Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over poor admission rate, Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) has now sought help from Odisha government to address the problem.

Worried over large scale vacancies particularly in B-Tech course, OPECA has urged State government to conduct OJEE instead of participating in JEE (Main) to fill up the vacancies.

According to OPECA officials, vacancies in B-Tech course have assumed alarming proportions in the last eight years. Moreover, the vacancies shot up to 75 percent from 50 percent of the total intake after Odisha joined the JEE (Main) four years back, cited OPECA in a letter to the State government.

The private colleges’ association claimed that several pioneering States in technical education including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are holding their own entrance examinations.

“As Odisha is conducting OJEE for admissions into other technical courses including MCA, BBA and Pharmacy, we have requested the State government to reconsider its decision of participating in the JEE (Main),” said OPECA officials.

At present out of the 29 States and 7 Union Territories in the country, only six States including Odisha, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh are admitting students through JEE (Main).

Sources believe, as JEE (Main) is based on the CBSE pattern, students pursuing their higher education under the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) pattern are facing problems to qualify.

Besides, a lot of students from Odisha are also not being able to appear in the JEE (Main) due to lack of adequate examination centers in the State.