Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 3:
In what has come as a debilitating blow to the private engineering colleges that have mushroomed in Odisha over the last few years, students have taken admission in only 11, 393 of the nearly 45, 000 engineering seats on offer in the state at the end of allotment seats for B Tech courses by the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) on Saturday.
OJEE sources said while all seats in the seven government engineering colleges have been filled up, a large number of seats had fallen vacant in the 87 private engineering colleges.
Out of the seven government-run engineering colleges, 918 students have taken admission in Vir Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), 819 in College of Engineering and Technology (CET), 693 in Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), 707 in Parala Maharaja Engineering College (PMEC), 126 in Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), 315 in Government Engineering College, Bhawanipatna and 433 in Government Engineering College, Keonjhar.
On the other hand, less than 10 students have taken admission in 19 out of the 87 private engineering colleges in the state, 15 of them in Bhubaneswar alone.
While one student has taken admission in B.Tech in a private engineering college in Puri, two students each have taken admission in a college in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. Besides, less than 5 students have taken admission in 12 colleges, OJEE sources said.
There are 10-30 students in 17 colleges which opened in the last five years. Considering the situation, closure of these colleges is a foregone conclusion.
This year, there has been no admission in Gurukul College of Engineering for Women and Indo-Tech College of Engineering in Khordha district, which had a great demand two years ago.
According to OJEE chairman Tusharkant Nath, out of over 45,000 B.Tech seats, 12,600 students had gone for choice locking of which 11,393 have been selected for admission this year leaving over 30,000 seats vacant.
Serving a dire warning that the worst may not have come yet for private engineering colleges, Satpathy said; “The number of vacant seats could go up even higher as some students are likely to withdraw from admission because they did not get a college of their choice,” he said.
“We will send a list of admission in these private colleges to the Technical Education department which will take necessary action in this regard,” Nath said.
Private engineering colleges are now desperately hoping that at least some of the students, who have qualified in the Special OJEE. would take admission in their institutes.