Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 23:
A whopping 85,410 seats remained vacant after the second phase admission in the Plus Two streams that concluded in Odisha on Tuesday.
While 42,628 students were selected for admission in the second phase, only 26,930 students have taken admission, sources in the Higher Education department said.
The department, in a notice, has said that it would serve show cause notices to the colleges where less than 10 students or no students have taken admission.
While there has been an average of over 60,000 seats falling vacant in the Plus Two streams in the state for some years, the number of vacant seats is expected to touch 85,000 this year.
Surprisingly, the department, in spite of being aware of the large number of vacant seats, has been giving permission for opening of new private colleges every year adding to the number of vacant Plus Two seats in the process.
It may be mentioned that a total of 2,60,986 students have so far taken admission in the Plus Two streams in the first two phases out of a total of 3,37,658 seats in 1431 colleges in the state.
The spot admission is scheduled on July 30 after which regular classes will commence from August 1.