In a major decision that will benefit lakhs of students, the Odisha government has decided not to hike the admission fees for various Plus II streams.
The State School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash on Tuesday said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the officials not to hike admission fees in view of the hardships faced by people in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, there will be no hike in admission fees for any self-financing or courses in any government colleges. The admission process for various courses in Plus II streams will start from August 12, said Dash.
The SAMS portal will be live from August 12; and accordingly, students can submit online applications for admissions in Arts, Science, and Commerce streams. A detailed programme will be announced later in the day.
According to the minister, over 6 lakh students had passed the Matriculation examination, the results of which were announced as per the evaluation criteria fixed by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) as the examination had to be cancelled in view of the Covid-19 pandemic this year.
In view of the pass percentage in the 2021 Matriculation examination, the State government has decided to increase seats in Plus II streams in various colleges across the State.
The Minister informed that applications were received to hike nearly 72,000 seats in the State. Following a review, the government has decided to increase 38,000 seats in Arts, 13,000 seats in Science, and 3,900 seats in the Commerce stream. The concerned department had received applications seeking a hike of 40,000 seats in Arts, 25,000 seats in Science, and 4,000 seats in Commerce stream, Dash added.