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Job fair for Odisha tech students: website continues to play hide and seek

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 5:

The website http://cpcdtet.nic.in/Nijukti.aspx developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to enable aspiring candidates from technical and management institutes to register themselves for the special four-day recruitment drive to be organised by the Odisha government here from September continues to play hide and seek.

Picture Courtesy: nisharaghavan.com
Picture Courtesy: nisharaghavan.com

A day after authorities claimed that the problem with the site had been sorted out, it developed a snag again on Friday and remained inaccessible for the better part of the day.

However, the problem has now been solved, claimed Registrar of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) Dr. Mihir Ranjan Nayak.

“Experts have sorted out the problem after grappling with it for hours, hopefully for good,” Dr Nayak said.

The BPUT Registrar said the problem occurred after someone from Finland hacked the site, generating over one lakh hits per minute, leading the crashing of the site.

Regretting the inconvenience caused to the students, Dr Nayak said; “NIC has now provided a landline number – 0674-2390420 – which students can call in case of difficulty in accessing the site.”

Prof L M Panda, a member of the technical committee, said NIC had devised alternatives to ease the congestion in the website this evening. “Now it is working fine and students can register themselves in the website without problem,” he said.

Hundreds of students have complained in the last few days that they were facing problems in accessing the site. Many of them have written to odishasuntimes.com, which has been carrying regular updates on the job fair since the day it was announced.

Sources in the Employment Technical Education and Training (ET & T) department, which is organising the recruitment drive, only 491 students could register for the job mela today due to the problem in accessing the site.

With this, the total number of registrations for the fair has now reached 12228, out of which 10, 620 are B Tech students, 246 M Techs, 619 MCAs, 651 MBAs, 71 B Pharma adn 21 M Pharma.

Meanwhile, Minister of Employment and Technical Education and Training (ET&T) Sanjay Kumar Das Burma will chair a meeting of the high level committee formed to oversee preparations for the fair tomorrow. The meeting would discuss the problems faced by students in registering for the fair, besides taking a call on the extension of the deadline for the registration, sources in the BPUT headquarters said,

The other members to be present in the committee would be Chandra Shekhar Kumar, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ET&T, Prof J K Satpathy, Vice-Chancellor of BPUT and representatives from Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) and the Directorate of Technical Education and Training (DTET).

The four-day special recruitment drive is scheduled to be organised by the Odisha government at the Kalinga Stadium here from September 17.

According to sources, the first two days of the drive will be earmarked for B Tech, M Tech and MCA pass outs. MBA degree holders will take part on the third day while the last day will be reserved for placement of pharmacy graduates.