Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 6:
The Special Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) for filling up vacant B Tech, MBA, MCA and B Tech Lateral Entry seats in the state will be held tomorrow between 11 am to 12 noon. Around 11,000 candidates will appear in the Special OJEE.
This is the first time a second OJEE is being held for the same trade in the state following Supreme Court orders to fill up vacant seats in the technical and management institutions of the state.
“A total of 10,800 plus candidates have registered for appearing in the Special OJEE. But only 782 of them have deposited their fees online for appearing in the examinations. Those who have failed to deposit the fees online can deposit it by way of a bank draft at the respective examination centres. Otherwise they won’t be allowed to take the examinations. We want to tell candidates that there are plenty of seats available and students desirous of taking admissions to different courses will get seats,” said Tusharkant Nath, Chairman OJEE.
The examination will be held at 16 centres spread over the cities of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Brahmapur, Sambalpur and Baleswar. Admit Cards have been issued to all those who have registered for the examination, said sources in the OJEE.
The results of the test would be announced on September 9 after which the students can download their rank card from the OJEE website www.ojee.nic.in on September 10.
This would be followed by two days of counselling from September 10 to 12 after which the students will take admission in the institutions in accordance with their rank, sources in the OJEE said.
Much to the embarrassment of the state government, the Supreme Court on August 28 directed the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) to conduct a special test for admission of the students for over more than 38,0000 vacant seats.
The directive of the apex court came after hearing an intervention application filed by the Odisha Technical Colleges Association (OTCA).
It may be mentioned that over 38,000 seats had fallen vacant after the final allotment list was announced by the OJEE.
Later, the Odisha Private Engineering Colleges’ Association (OPECA) had moved the Odisha High Court for conduct of special OJEE and received an order in its favour.
Challenging the High Court order, the OJEE authorities had later moved the Supreme Court. The apex court had then ordered a stay on the special OJEE test in the state.
However, the OTCA later moved the apex court with an intervention application to lift its stay order by considering the large number of vacant seats and the future of the students of Odisha.