Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 3:
With thousands of seats lying vacant in engineering colleges across Odisha, the State Government today gave a green signal to a series of reforms to the engineering admission process.
Speaking to reporters after a top level meeting with Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan and OJEE Chairman Tushar Kumar Nath among others, Secretary of Technical Education Sanjay Kumar Singh today said that the final admission list for engineering will be published only after the third round of counselling.
Besides, the students will need to deposit Rs 30,000 admission fee with OJEE instead of the colleges.
“A part of the admission fee will be deposited with OJEE and they (students) will have to wait for further rounds of upgradation. The students will not have to go to the concerned institutes where they have received temporarily allotments. They will only have to go there after the final allotment is done after the completion of all rounds of upgradation,” said OJEE Chairman Tushar Kumar Nath.
The government also gave a nod to a provision that allows students to change colleges based on the rank upgradation system. This will enable students, based on their rank, to take admission in government colleges if seats lie vacant.
Further, the students will get back the deposited amount if they choose to pull out from counselling.
Speaking about the vacant seats, Singh said that the state government will study the patterns in place in other states to fill in the vacant seats.
“We see a lot of engineering seats lying vacant each year. We will study the processes in place in other states and take a decision on how we can modify it according to our own needs. A preliminary discussion was held today on this context,” said Singh.
It may be mentioned here that as many as 36,000 students from the state have applied for JEE-Mains so far.