OTCA opposes PPB Decision on OJEE

Bhubaneswar, Nov 15: The Odisha Technical College Association (OTCA) has opposed the decision taken by the policy planning board (PPB) of the Odisha government that recommended the the state to join all-India examination (JEE Mains).

The association will call for a strike to protest the decision by the PPB as several seats are still lying vacant in the engineering colleges of the state.

"If required, the association will approach the Supreme Court again challenging the final decision by PPB", said Biswajit Mohanty, chairman, OTCA, while attending a function here at the New Marrion Hotel on Friday.

Reacting to the OCTA, Odisha employment and technical education minister Sanjay Dasburma said that the state government is yet to decide on whether the students would get the admission into engineering courses either through JEE Mains or OJEE.

The government will take the final decision after reviewing the report submitted by the PPB, the minister said.

It should be noted that the PPB, headed by former Odisha High Court judge Justice AK Parischa, of the Technical Education department on Nov 7 decided that the students aspiring to get admissions to engineering courses would appear in the all India examination (JEE Mains) like previous year.

The state government has been under pressure from the engineering colleges to withdraw from the all-India examination (JEE Mains) for admission to premier technical colleges. They have been suggesting to revive the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE).

Last year, the association of the private engineering colleges had moved the apex court challenging the government decision after seats laid vacant in the technical colleges in Odisha.