Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 24:
Lack of interest among students seeking admission in the Plus Two streams in the current academic session is a matter of grave concern for the Odisha government.
Sources in the Higher Education department said out of a total of 4,41,508 seats in 1512 Plus Two colleges in the state, only 3,01,508 seats have been filled up till the second phase admission with about 1,40,000 (22.74%) vacant seats.
Out of the 1,40,000 vacant seats, about 50,000 are in the Arts, more than 60,000 in Science and about 30,000 in Commerce.
Leave alone non-government and private Plus Two colleges, there is a large number of vacant seats in government colleges too.
The sources also said there has been no admission in 60 colleges of which seven colleges have no admission in Arts, 37 colleges in Science and 16 colleges in Commerce.
On the other hand, there are 148 Plus Two colleges where less than 10 students have taken admission whereas less than 20 students have taken admission in 170 colleges.
“The Higher Education department will seek reply from the colleges having no Plus Two admissions this year,” said a senior department official with a hope that some of the remaining vacant seats would be filled up as the concerned colleges have brought out a list of vacant seats.