Owing to a staggering number of seats lying vacant in the engineering colleges across Odisha, the Apex Court on Friday directed the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination Committee (OJEEC) to conduct a special joint entrance engineering test on September 07. The decision indeed comes as a breather to the various promoters of engineering colleges as approximately two thirds of the total seats reportedly lies vacant in the professional institutes.
Following the Apex Court’s direction, the OJEEC had already published an advertisement on Saturday for the process. The registration dates are open till Monday. Simultaneously, the students can download their admit cards on September 02. The results will be declared on September 09 – just two days after the test. The final process of counselling has to be completed by September 12.
It is also worth noting that around 700 students have already applied for the test as preparation for the second examination was already on its way. As per the Apex Court, the above engineering aspirants are exempted from re application.
The professional colleges of the state have been hit hard with the worst admission scenario this year. A total of approximately 39,000 seats were unable to find sufficient takers after the completion of the last round of admissions.
Presently, the total intake capacity of the engineering institutes in the state is 51,121. A total number of 3517 seats belong to government colleges and 45,170 seats are in the private colleges.
It has been noticed that for the last four years, the demand for pursuing a professional course among students has declined at a sharp rate. As such, the promoters of the engineering colleges have long been requesting for a relaxation in norms to have a greater say in the admission process.
Even the flow of students from the neighboring states has fallen sharply during the recent years. The professional colleges have to incur huge financial losses due to rising number of vacant seats.