OJEE or JEE(Main): Final decision depends on PPB recommendation, says Min

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Technical Education and Training minister Sanjay Das Burma on Monday said a final decision on whether to conduct OJEE or join JEE(Main) for admissions into engineering courses in the state next academic year will be taken on the basis of recommendations of Policy Planning Board (PPB), which will meet on November 7.

Odisha joined JEE(Main) in the current academic year. Seats in the engineering colleges were lying vacant after the counselling following the declaration of the national level test result. After the Supreme Court’s intervention, the state agreed to conduct OJEE.

However, many seats in the engineering colleges remained vacant as not many students turn up for the OJEE.

Confusion continues in the state, whether it should go for OJEE or JEE(Main) next academic year.

Meanwhile, Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) suggested the state government to adopt both JEE(Main) and OJEE for admissions into engineering colleges.

Educationists were of the opinion the quality of engineering courses were decreasing in the state which is discouraging students to opt for the course. In Odisha, number of colleges is more than that of students.