Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The engineering admission rules in Odisha was changed after premier local news channel OTV exposed the violation of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) guidelines in the admission process. Now the admission into BTech course will be done on the basis of AICTE guidelines.

Employment And Technical Education & Training Department has apprised the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) authorities about the development. As per the guidelines, Physics and Mathematics at Plus Two level are mandatory subjects for aspiring engineering students. Chemistry, Biology or any technical and vocational subject should be taken as third paper.

Besides, students have to gain 45 percent marks in the above subjects.

However, last year the State Government had accepted five subjects instead of three for admission into engineering courses. Even language subjects were included in the list.

Talking to media persons OJEE Chairman Tushar Kumar Nath said, "There is a minimum mark criterion which is decided by AICTE. BTech admission for the year 2017 in Odisha will be held as per the criteria. Minimum mark criteria will be as per AICTE and admission will be done as per all India rank of JEE Main. Subjects can be Biology or Chemistry or any vocational subjects that is mentioned in AICTE guidelines."

The government had accepted the system in violation of the AICTE guidelines for filling up the engineering seats in State. OTV had broadcasted the news and also held a discussion on the issue at its News@9 Bulletin on July 7 last year. Educationists had raised questions on the rules. Currenlty they have welcomed the new rules.

Educationist Pritish Acharya talking to OTV said, "We had at that time opined that the guidelines of AICTE should be followed. Even if a little late the Odisha Government has accepted the guidelines, which is a good thing. We should not dilute but we need quality students those who have the aptitude for engineering course. They prove it in their Plus Two examinations and such candidates should only come."

The State Government has decided to implement the new rules from current year. On the other hand even after tampering the rules, 30,000 engineering seats are lying vacant in State. Now many stakeholders are waiting to see the impact of the new rules.