More than 22,000 engg seats to lye vacant this year

Bhubaneswar: Even if due to faulty selection procedure, when aspirants securing zero and minus marks in Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) are declared eligible to get an engineering seat in state, as many as 22,000 seats are expected to remain vacant in academic session 2012-13.

According to information available, ranks cards have been sent to 63,000 students, declared eligible by OJEE for the 43,879 engineering seats available in the state. Since only 21,700 students have done the choice locking for their favourite colleges, nearly 22,000 seats will remain vacant this year. 
OJEE authorities reasoned students opting outside the state for higher education and their poor financial background for the current situation. The college authorities however claimed that due to huge time gap between conducting examination and declaration of results by Biju Pattnaik University and Technology (BPUT) students prefer deemed universities than these colleges.