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HC nod for second OJEE to fill up vacant seats




 The Orissa High Court today gave its nod to conduct the second Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) to fill up huge number of vacant engineering, MBA and MCA seats in colleges across the State.

The entrance exam will be held for filling up of vacant seats of reserved category for admissions into B Tech, MBA and MCA courses. The court has directed for publication of notification in this regard on August 5 and completion of admission process by August 14, reports said. While the exam will be held on August 10, the results will be declared on August 11, reports added.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Odisha Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA) had sought the intervention of State government to bail them out of the crisis that involves a whopping 94 pc B Tech seats remaining vacant in colleges across Odisha.

A delegation of OPECA had met the Secretary of Technical Education to apprise him about the situation and demanded to conduct the second Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE). “The fake placement issue has certainly affected the admissions and we have appealed government to consider our demands. We have all sympathy for the affected students and we are also trying to convince students for admissions,” OPECA secretary Binod Dash.

However, the experts also blamed lack of quality education behind the poor response of students towards engineering as second OJEE is now being held every year in Odisha for the last three years. Out of the total 43,000 seats in 88 private and eight government colleges, only 8,151 seats have been allotted in the colleges in the State. There have been no takers for the B Tech courses in at least eight colleges this time. Sources said that over 400 students of ITER had fallen victims to the major fake placement racket which has now started to affect the admission process in the State.






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