The Orissa High Court directed the state government to resume conducting state-level Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE 2015) for admission into B.Tech programs in the state.
Earlier, the government had opted for JEE Main 2015 as the primary screening gateway for engineering first year admission in the state engineering institutes. JEE Main is the pan-India engineering entrance exam that screens eligible candidates for admission into some of the top engineering colleges in India including the NITs.
The High Court issued the directive while hearing a petition filed by Binod Dash, secretary of the Odisha Private Engineering College Association. As per the HC order, the government will now have to conduct OJEE to fill up all the vacant seats left after admission through JEE Main. This way, OJEE 2015 will only serve as the additional screening exam for the left over seats.
Dash argued that the decision to solely rely on JEE Main violated the Odisha Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2007 that makes OJEE a mandatory exam for admission into B.Tech programs.
“The court found the government move illegal and asked it to conduct OJEE also without disturbing the JEE Main,” Dash said.
The High Court gave the Orissa government two options to choose from – it can either go with OJEE or come up with a new entrance exam. In either case, the government must make it a point to adhere to the timeline suggested by the court.
As per the HC’s suggestion, sale of the online application forms will commence on June 1, 2015. The entrance exam will be conducted on July 24 and the results will be declared on July 27.
Meanwhile, the government stated that it would embark on an appropriate course of action after consulting the law department on the issue.