Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 27:
Protesting against the decision of the Odisha government on cancellation of Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE), 2015, the Odisha Technical College Association (OTCA) has called for a one-day strike in all technical colleges in the state on December 1.
“It is “illegal” on the part of the state government not to conduct OJEE according to method prescribed for admission in the Odisha Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission & Fixation of Fee) Act, 2007”, the Association said in a release today.
It said the state government, on November 21, had rejected the recommendation of Policy Planning Body (PPB) to conduct OJEE to overcome the problem of huge vacancy of seats in private engineering colleges even after a special OJEE was conducted, and decided to stick to CBSE’s JEE Main-2015 for admission to B Tech courses.
Due to conducting of the JEE Main, there were huge vacancies in the technical colleges last year, it said, adding that if the government sticks to its decision, there would be chaotic situation.
Stating that the all India JEE Main is mainly for admission into IITs, the Association said very few students from Odisha are taking admission in IITs while thousands of students depend on OJEE for pursuing their Technical Education.
While the cost of examination and counseling of JEE Main is much higher in comparison with OJEE, there is no regional centre of JEE Main in Odisha for which students are facing too many difficulties in enquiring about various queries during the process of admission, it pointed out.
“Further the eligibility criteria for JEE Main is itself limiting the scope of application. Students who have passed the 12th Boards in the last 2 years and those going to appear in the present year can only apply. When there is no age limit for pursuing engineering, most of the students are debarred from appearing the test as per the eligibility criteria of JEE Main. As a result, large numbers of seats remain vacant in colleges. Even 5 percent of tuition fee waiver (TFW) seats in many colleges are not being filled up by this process,” it alleged.
Observing that all private universities are doing their respective tests for study in their respective universities by paying more money with less quality, the Association said injustice is being done to thousands of poor students of Odisha and it is inequality in policy.
“Private Universities are taking students from their own tests as well as from the rank holders of All India JEE Main. So their scope of choosing student expands. The objective of single test for convenience is not true. There are multiple tests still going on in Odisha by Private Universities as well as by Government. This action is encouraging the students of Odisha to study outside. This is a conspiracy against the poor students of Odisha who want to study in their motherland with less money in an affiliated college with a Government recognized college and university,” it noted.
“We demand justice and equal playing field vis-à-vis private universities for the poor students of Odisha,” said Biswajit Mohanty, president of the Association.
In his reaction, Association secretary Manoj Samantray said that the decision of the state government to cancel OJEE is illegal and has made the Odisha Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission & Fixation of Fee) Act, 2007 redundant.
He said 85 percent of Odisha engineering’s aspirants are now debarred from the opportunity at less expense in a government university due to the lop-sided decision of the state government.