Vikash Sharma

The Odisha government is planning to start the admission process for various Plus II courses in colleges early this year.

School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash on Saturday said last year the entire admission process had begun from August 21. This year, efforts are on to ensure that the admission process starts at least a week earlier, he said.

The Minister further clarified that sufficient opportunity will be given to the students who appeared for the special offline matriculation examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, for admission.

The special Class 10 matriculation exams were conducted for students who were not satisfied with the marks scored by them in the evaluation process after a special criteria was adopted by the BSE.

The BSE had come up with the evaluation criteria following the cancellation of the annual matriculation examination in view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation this year.

“The BSE is in the process of publishing the results of the offline matriculation examination by August 20. The Plus II admissions were taken up from August 21 last year. So far, there has not been much delay. However, we are planning to start the admission process by a week earlier,” said Dash.

Dash further said as per the previous announcement, students, who will clear the offline matriculation exams, will get adequate chance to take part in the Plus II admission process so that their studies do not suffer.

The Minister assured that there will be no shortage of seats in various streams in Plus II colleges across the State as colleges have applied for increasing around 55,000 seats this year.

“I want to assure that seats will not be an issue for students. We are looking into all aspects including adequate infrastructure like laboratories which are crucial for Science stream students and other self-financing courses,” Dash added.