Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr The private colleges of Odisha are seeking to admit students in engineering courses through non-JEE route. Since last year, the private engineering colleges are asking the Odisha state government to opt out of admitting students in B.Tech. courses based on JEE Main Result and have submitted a memorandum for the same. Memorandum by OPECA The Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) issued a memorandum addressed to technical education secretary of skill development and technical education department Sanjay Singh and pleaded the government to re-introduce the state-level Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) for admission in first year engineering courses. Odisha stopped conducted OJEE for B.Tech.admissions in 2014 and started taking students from those who qualified JEE Main. However, the state government continued to conduct OJEE for other courses such as MCA and MBA. In this memorandum, OPECA has also proposed that after two rounds of OJEE counselling, all vacant seats shall be handed over to the colleges so that they can fill those seats through college level counselling for JEE rank holders, JEE rank holders from other states, state deemed university rank holders and non-JEE candidates with 45 per cent marks as per eligibility criteria fixed by the government. According to OPECA, if this model is adopted for admissions, then there may not be any necessity for conducting OJEE also. The demand from private colleges for a non-JEE route have increased because the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has empowered state governments and Union territories to decide the modalities for the admissions in their respective areas in its Approval Process Handbook 2018-19. So, the colleges expect the state government to switch to OJEE exam. Present Scenario At present, the State Government uses JEE Main route for admission to B.Tech. programs. A separate list is prepared from JEE list for the State. The number of candidates enrolling for the courses has dropped a lot in the recent years and it is about 35 per cent at present. Because of this decrease in enrollment of students, private colleges are resorting to closure of the courses with less enrolments. However, AICTE has already announced that courses with less than 30 percent admissions will see 50 percent decrease in the available seats. The private colleges have welcomed this step and are heading towards closure of branches with less admissions in the recent years. Increase in Vacant Seats: What Colleges Say? The private colleges are urging a non-JEE route for admissions in B.Tech. because the number of vacant seats in many engineering courses is increasing rapidly. They have considered JEE Main a major reason for the increase in number of vacant seats. According to the colleges, since there are only nine JEE Main centers in the state, the number of students appearing for it is lower. Another reason for the same is that as JEE Main is conducted on the syllabus pattern of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), many students do not appear for JEE Main. OPECA said that only six states (Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Odisha) are taking admissions from JEE Main qualifiers while the others conduct their own state-level exams, so Odisha should also look forward towards admission through non-JEE route. It also pointed that it will not be difficult for the government to conduct state level exams as OJEE is already being conducted for courses such as MBA and MCA. So, the private institutions has put forward their demands to the government and their demands will be examined before any finally decision is taken.