HC breather for OJEE aspirants

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court issued an interim stay order on eligibility criteria of Orissa Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) aspirants following a petition filed by private engineering colleges body to relax the norms.

The Orissa Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA) moved High court challenging OJEE decision to implement AICTE guidelines wherein a candidate securing minimum 50 per cent marks (general category) in PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Maths) is eligible to take admission into technical courses. On the other hand, minimum 45 per cent marks are required for a reserved category student.

“As per the revised AICTE norms, a JEE aspirant belonging to the general category has to secure minimum 50 per cent marks and a reserved category student has to secure at least 45 per cent marks for admission into technical courses. We will put forth our stance before the High Court. Whatever decisions the HC takes, we will abide by that during the admissions of the eligible students,” said vice chairman of OJEE Sitaram Mohapatra.

The interim order has brought some relief to the students. As of now, more than 82, 000 applications have been received by OJEE as compared to last year with 75, 000 applications.

Meanwhile, the examination conducting body has extended the application form receipt deadline by three days to March 26. However, OPECA is mulling to urge state government to further extend the deadline by seven days.

“We would urge the state government to extend the deadline by seven more days so that maximum number of students could apply,” said president of OPECA Binod Dash.

“The HC has given an interim stay order. We would first look into the matter and then take decisions accordingly,” said Industries Minister Raghunath Mohanty.