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OJEE or JEE: PPB Recommendation Awaited

Bhubaneswar, Nov 04: Confusion continues among the students and educationists on whether Odisha to conduct OJEE or national-level JEE Main for admission into engineering colleges in the state next academic year. However, the final decision will be taken on the basis of recommendations of Policy Planning Board (PPB), which will meet on November 7.

Odisha joined JEE(Main) in the current academic year. Despite a series of meetings held earlier this year by the department of Employment, Technical Education and Training, the Chief Secretary and the Minister failed to resolve the issue.

Many seats are still lying vacant in the engineering colleges as many students turn up for the OJEE.

Concerned over the matter, Technical Education and Training minister Sanjay Das Burma said that the PPB will discuss the issues prevailing in OJEE and the meeting is scheduled on November 7.

The state was conducting OJEE till last academic year. However, the problem started after the government decided to adopt the national level JEE-Main score to select students for admission to engineering colleges.

Meanwhile, Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) suggested the state government to adopt both JEE(Main) and OJEE for admissions into engineering colleges.

However, the experts and educationists were of opinion that the quality of courses were decreasing for which students preferred to opt for other professional courses that will provide them jobs. Perhaps this is the key factor the seats are laying vacant in the engineering colleges in the state.

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