Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:
After facing a lot of flak over the lack of clarity on the eligibility criteria for aspiring candidates who want to take part in the four-day special recruitment drive beginning here from September 17, the Odisha government today announced that candidates from all engineering and technical colleges and universities in the state can take part in the job fair.
Taking note of the disquiet among the prospective candidates, Technical Education & Training minister Sanjay Dasburma today ordered department officials to publish a revised notification making it clear that B Tech, M Tech, B Pharm, MBA and MCA pass outs from any college and university in Odisha are eligible to take part in the recruitment drive.
The original notification, it may be noted, had stipulated that only graduates from colleges affiliated to the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) are eligible to participate in the job fair.
The revised notification in this regard would be published soon, the department said today in a press release.
The student community has welcomed the decision of the minister.
“We are happy that the government has finally heard our aggrieved voices. We will be getting a wider choice in the job fair since about 300 companies will be participating in the recruitment drive,” said Rakesh Kumar Acharya, a student of KIIT deemed university.
Bijay Dash, a student from ITER, said, “This indeed is great news. We apprehended that we would not be able to participate in the mega job fair. However, the government has come out with the clarification that passed out students of all colleges not affiliated to BPUT can participate.”
The decision of the government comes after a spate of reports in OST on the resentment of the student community a large section of which was debarred from taking part in the recruitment drive as per the earlier eligibility criteria.
They had vented their anger over the earlier decision not allowing them to participate in the job fair. It is to be noted that while about 30,000 students are passing out from engineering, MBA, MCA and Pharmacy colleges and universities in the state every year, only about 2,000-3,000 students are being selected through campus selection forcing others to run from pillar to post to get jobs in and outside the state.
Meanwhile, students have come up with a fresh complaint that the website http://cpcdtet.nic.in/Nijukti.aspx is not working properly. Authorities say this could be due to heavy rush of traffic as students have thronged the website to get themselves registered to participate in the recruitment drive.
“There may be heavy rush of traffic in that site. The NIC is looking after this. It would make necessary arrangements for smooth registration of students,” said BPUT vice-chancellor JK Satpathy, who heads the committee to oversee the job fair.
More than 19,000 students have already registered their names to participate in the job fair.
Odisha pass-outs in B.Tech, M.Tech, B.Pharma, M.Pharma, MCA & MBA starting from passing year 2000 and having no backlog can register for the recruitment drive.
The registration process would continue till September 10 and the applicants can register their names and other details by logging in to http://cpcdtet.nic.in/Nijukti.aspx.
Those aspiring to take part in the proposed recruitment drive will have to pay Rs 100 each online for registration.