Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 18:
Like the previous years, more than 30,000 seats in the B.Tech streams are most likely to fall vacant this year in 93 engineering colleges in Odisha.
According to reports, there are about 4000 B.Tech seats in six government engineering colleges and about 42,000 seats in 87 private engineering colleges in the state.
Out of the 46,000 seats, only 12,600 students have gone for choice locking for admission this year.
It may be mentioned that there was a drastic fall in the number of admission in the B.Tech streams in Odisha since last four years.
Out of 46,000 seats, 18,041 students had taken admission in 2011, 22,570 in 2012, 20,800 in 2013 and 15,600 in 2014.
This year, it was expected that the number of admission would increase substantially. Out of a total of 48,000 students who had appeared in the JEE Main examinations, 45,000 students had obtained ranks.
There was an improvement in the number of admission in the first five days of the choice locking which began on July 3 in which the number was over 12,000.
On the last day of the choice filling and choice locking on Friday, about 20,000 students had gone for choice locking. However, the choice locking in the nodal centres were disappointing as only 12,600 students were found eligible for admission.
With this, about 34,000 seats in B.Tech streams would fall vacant this year.
As per the directive of the Odisha High Court, a Special OJEE test would be held on July 19 for which about 11,000 students have registered their name of which around 2000 students will not appear, sources said.
However, educationists have estimated that the number of admission of the students qualifying the Special OJEE would be a maximum of 4000.
Going by their calculations, over 30,000 seats would fall vacant.
According to OJEE chairman Tushar Kant Nath, students who have done the choice locking in the first phase counselling would be allotted temporary seats on July 20 while the final allotment of seats would be made on July 25. The students would later take admission in the first week of August after downloading their allotment cards from the OJEE website.
However, Binod Das, secretary of Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA), hoped that there would comparatively less number of vacant seats this year.
“While 12,600 students, who had qualified the JEE Main examination, have done the choice locking, about 11,000 students will appear in the Special OJEE test. After their admission, more than 20,000 B.Tech seats would be filled up while around 25,000 seats would fall vacant”, he added.