Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 7:
The Special Odisha Joint Entrance Examinations (OJEE) that was held today to fill up vacant seats in Engineering, MBA and MCA courses in various colleges across the state turned out to be a damp squib.
Around 60% of the candidates who had registered for the Special OJEE did not turn up to sit for the entrance examination. Only 3925 of the 10,871 registered candidates sat for the examination, sources in the OJEE said.
Most of the candidates who appeared for the test were from outside states, OJEE sources said.
“We will decide on the nodal centres after finding out number of candidates in different streams. The list will be announced on September 9. All other details regarding counseling and admissions will be notified on our website as well as through advertisements in the media”, said Tusharkant Nath, chairman OJEE.
The results of the Sunday test would be announced on September 9 after which the students can download their rank card from the OJEE website www.ojee.nic.in on September 10.
This would be followed by two days of counseling from September 10 to 12 after which the students will take admission in the institutions in accordance with their rank, sources in the OJEE said.
This was the first time that a second OJEE was held in the state in the same year thanks to a Supreme Court order to fill up vacant seats in the technical and management institutions of Odisha.
This year, around 33,000 B.Tech, 3420 MBA and 2417 seats had remained vacant after the counseling for the JEE (Main) qualifiers.
Much to the embarrassment of the state government, the Supreme Court on August 28 directed the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) to conduct a special test for admission of the students for over more than 38,0000 vacant seats.
The directive of the apex court came after hearing an intervention application filed by the Odisha Technical Colleges Association (OTCA).
It may be mentioned that over 38,000 seats had fallen vacant after the final allotment list was announced by the OJEE.
Later, the Odisha Private Engineering Colleges’ Association (OPECA) had moved the Odisha High Court for conduct of special OJEE and received an order in its favour.
Challenging the High Court order, the OJEE authorities had later moved the Supreme Court. The apex court had then ordered a stay on the special OJEE test in the state.
However, the OPECA later moved the apex court with an intervention application to lift its stay order in view of the large number of vacant seats and the future of the students of Odisha.