Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 20:
The Odisha government today decided to opt for the JEE Main route, the all-India examination, for admission of students seeking admission into engineering colleges in the state.
However, admissions to other courses like MCA, MBA, B Pharma and admissions to engineering courses through the lateral entry system would continue to be done OJEE.
“Admissions to engineering courses in the state were done through the all-India examination (JEE Mains) last year. This year too, the government has decided to take the same route. It was officially communicated to us today. The policy planning board had also ruled in favour of it. This will be in the interest of the students as they will be getting a chance to compete for colleges outside the state by appearing through a single entrance examination,” said Chandrasekhar Kumar, secretary department of Employment, Technical Education and Training to reporters here at the state secretariat.
Kumar said OJEE will be conducted for admissions to other courses like MCA, MBA, admissions to engineering courses through lateral entry system and Pharmacy. A relook at last year’s decision was taken following representations by theOdisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA), he added.
The policy planning board of the Odisha government’s Technical Education department that met on November 7 to take a final call on Odisha JEE had recommended in favour of all-India examination (JEE Mains) like it was done last year, while leaving the final decision in the matter to the state government.
Students appearing in JEE Mains will be awarded two ranks based on their performance – an all India rank for taking admissions to colleges outside the state and a state rank for admissions to all colleges – both government and private – within the state, official sources said.
The state government was under pressure from private engineering colleges to withdraw from the all-India examination (JEE Mains) for admission to premier technical colleges and revive the Odisha JEE instead.
OPECA had complained that admission through the JEE Mains had led to poor admission figures, which were “the worst in seven years.” The state had joined the all-India examination in 2013 for the 2014 academic session. The number of students taking the JEE Mains test has dropped considerably. Wwhile 63,635 students had taken the test in 2012, the number came down to 62,157 in 2013. The fall between 2013 and 2014 was even greater with only 48,221 students taking the test, it had pointed out.
It may be recalled here that despite a special state-level JEE examination conducted at the behest of Orissa High Court, nearly 37,000 seats have remained vacant in the state’s 101 private and 10 government colleges. Only 11,000 students are pursuing technical courses in the state and in this context private colleges wanted the government to revert to the Odisha JEE.
Educationists had opposed the move to revert to the old system severely criticizing the state government for deterioration of the education standard in Odia-medium schools. The performance of students in the JEE Mains last year drew criticism over the quality of students. Only 3,202 students had qualified for the JEE Advanced. Ultimately, only 59 students from the state could make it to various IITs.