Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 19:
The Special Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) began in the state this morning.
About 12,000 students are appearing in the examination at 15 centres in Bhubaneswar.
The examination which began at 10 AM would conclude at 12 PM.
The examination is being held for admission in the 49,000 B.Tech seats in six government-run engineering colleges and 90 private engineering colleges in the state.
While 12,700 JEE Main qualifying students have done their choice locking in the first phase counselling, the number of vacant seats is about 37,000.
The results of the Special OJEE would be announced by July 27 while the counselling for the qualifying students would be held between August 8 and 14.
The second phase counselling for the JEE Main qualifying students would begin from August first week.
Talking to the media today, OJEE chairman Tushar Kant Nath said the Special OJEE is being held as per the directive of the Odisha High Court to allow the students of Odisha to take admission in the B.Tech streams as most of the students of the state have been misssing the admission opportunity due to JEE Main examinations.
Talking about the large number of vacant seats in the engineering colleges in the state, he said it has to be accepted as a trend.
“The fact is that the number of engineering seats is more than the number of students in Odisha”, he added.