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Odisha to join JEE (Main) 2015 for Engineering Courses

Bhubaneswar, Nov 21: Odisha government has decided to opt for the JEE (Main) for admission into engineering courses in the state. However, the admissions into other courses like MBA, MCA, lateral entry and Pharmacy in the institutes of the state would be conducted through Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE).

Odisha will join the JEE (Main) for the second year along with Gujarat and Maharashtra to facilitate the students seeking admission in engineering courses in various institutions, including IITs and NITs in the country. The students can also get admission in the state institutes, said ET&ET Secretary Chandra Sekhar Kumar.

The decision was taken on the recommendation of the policy planning board of the Odisha government's Technical Education department that had met on November 7 to take a final call on Odisha JEE. The board had recommended in favour of JEE Main while leaving the final decision in the matter to the state government.

The state government was under pressure from private engineering colleges that have been demanding to withdraw from the all-India examination (JEE Mains) for admission to premier technical colleges and revive the Odisha JEE as many seats are still lying vacant in the engineering colleges.

The latest decision may spark protests and demonstrations by the associations and unions of private engineering colleges in the coming days.

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