Vacant engg seats worries pvt. institutes

Bhubaneswar: Despite a second round of counselling for admission into engineering colleges in the state that ended Saturday, as many as 24,000 seats are still lying vacant. The figure which has become a cause of concern for the authorities of private institutes increased from last year’s 15,000, sources said.

Meanwhile the Odisha private engineering college association (OPECA) has demanded the state government to authorize the institutes for filling up their respective seats and allowing spot admission.

Minister of Employment and Technical Training Pratal Keshari Deo however said final decision would be taken soon in this regard.

According to available information, as many as 17, 242 students took admission in the first counselling while 2,878 seats were filled up in the second round. Adding much woe to the institute authorities, nearly 2500 students withdrew from the admission process even after depositing the required amount in the final choice locking. 

Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) had conducted an entrance examination for 44,179 seats of 99 engineering colleges and rank cards were sent to 63,634 eligible students for admission.