Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 27:
About 1.30 lakh Plus Two seats remained vacant in Odisha this year after the spot admission, which ended on Sunday.
While 1.4 lakh seats had fallen vacant after the second phase admission, about 8000-10,000 students have taken spot admission leaving around 1.3 lakh seats vacant, sources in the Higher Education department said.
Out of a total of 3,12,102 students who were sent intimation letters for first phase admission, 2,76,914 have taken admission while of the 47,608 students who had received intimation letters for the second phase admission, 31,125 have taken admission.
The admission was held for a total of 4,41,508 seats in 1512 colleges of which 3,09,275 students have taken admission with 1,32,233 vacant seats.
However, the number of vacant seats is much more while taking their number stream-wise.
In the Arts stream, there are 64,435 surplus seats while the surplus seats in Science and Commerce streams are 71,583 and 27,538 respectively.
Considering the better pass percentage in the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examination this year, the Higher Education department had increased 20 percent seats in the Plus Two streams this year.
It is now found that about 20 percent Plus Two seats, increased by the department, have fallen vacant.
Although some of the seats are expected to be filled up with the admission of students who have passed the HSC Supplementary examination, the number of vacant seats in the Plus Two streams will still be over one lakh this year.
As notified by the Higher Education department, regular classes of the Plus Two would begin from July 30.