Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The dilemma over choosing between Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) and national JEE Main exam scores for admissions into next year’s BTech stream, has intensified once again. While Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) continues to vehemently support the OJEE, the State government has said that since the matter is sub-judice, decision can be taken only after a thorough review.

In a meeting of the Employment, Technical Education & Training (ETET) department, the OPECA has argued that since the national-JEE ranks are published late counseling of students is getting delayed. This delay is leading students to move outside the State to pursue their studies.

OPECA secretary Binod Dash said, “We are demanding to follow OJEE rankings for admission, given the delay in national-JEE rank publication.”

Commenting on the issue, ETET minister Sanjay Das Burma said that his government will form an opinion based on the Orissa High Court guidelines and observations of the Supreme Court.

Moreover, the OPECA has also demanded an amendment to the Odisha Professional and Education Act, 2007, citing that it will give more authority to private engineering colleges to fill up the seats.

Meanwhile, OPECA members have also alleged that certain private engineering colleges and universities are running without due permission from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

“It is a matter of concern that certain institutions are issuing diploma and degree certificates without AICTE approval and are also trying to get approval for making those degrees equivalent to the State government ones,” alleged OPECA member Prafulla Samal.