BTech seat hike: Counselling to continue

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: After the Orissa High Court’s interim order that the validity of enhanced BTech seats in government colleges will be ascertained based on the verdict on the main writ petition, the Employment and Technical Education & Training (ETET) department said that the counselling will continue and further steps will be taken only after the final decision of the court on July 29.

Meanwhile, the court’s interim order will be posted on the OJEE website all throughout the counselling process, according to sources in the department.

The High Court yesterday directed BPUT and OJEE authorities to bring out advertisements mentioning that the validity of enhanced BTech seats in government colleges of the State are subjected to the outcome of the court decision on the main writ petition.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices Indrajit Mahanti and D.P. Choudhury, said in an interim order that this court had passed a previous interim order on June 30, 2015, stating that the six government engineering colleges of the State have enhanced their BTech seats for 2015-16 academic sessions, pending an approval from AICTE.

However, when it was informed that the colleges through OJEE are admitting the students against the unapproved enhanced seats, the court observed that any action taken shall be subjected to the writ petition and this ought to be brought to the notice of the aspiring students.

Education department sources said the six government engineering colleges have enhanced their intake for BTech courses this year by over 600 seats.

All these enhanced seats have not got AICTE approval, according to Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) which had challenged the validity of the enhanced seats in the High Court.