Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 13:
A total of 40,137 seats remained vacant after the first phase admission in the Plus Two streams in Odisha that concluded on Saturday.
The remaining students, eligible for the first phase admission, cannot take admission in the next phase as per rules, a senior official of the department said. Along with the number of vacant seats in the first phase, it is estimated that over 60,000 seats are likely to fall vacant this year after the entire admission process is over, he added.
Stating that while an average of 12,000-15,000 seats fall vacant in the Plus Two seats in the state every year, he said the department will conduct a probe to ascertain the reason for the huge number of vacant seats this year.
The official also said that nearly 2000 students of English Medium schools had applied for admission in the Odisha CHSE Plus Two streams this year. However, with the order of the Odisha High Court directing the DAV School authorities to allow direct admission of pass-out Class-X students of their school in the CBSE Plus Two streams, these vacant seats in the CHSE Plus Two seats have fallen vacant.
Besides, a majority of students have taken admission in technical institutes to pursue ITI and Diploma courses while the remaining students have not taken admission as they did not get their preferred colleges, he said.
On filling up the vacant number of Plus Two seats, the official said that the department is likely to give another opportunity to the left-out students to take admission after the second phase admission.