In order to fill the vacant engineering seats lying at several private engineering colleges, the Odisha High Court has directed once again to conduct a Special Joint Entrance Examination to fill up B.Tech seats in the state. The same status has been continuing in the state since 2011, where the state has to conduct a separate JEE to fill up the vacant private engineering college seats.
The special JEE examination would be conducted by the government of Odisha on 31 July, 2016 and the final allotment of seats would be done by 10 august, 2016. On the same day, another JEE would be conducted throughout the state to fill up MCA and MBA vacant seats in several colleges.
The petition in the High Court regarding the vacant seats in the private engineering colleges was filled by the Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA). The petition mentioned that admitting students through All India JEE was a clear violation of Odisha Professional Education Act, and thus the private engineering institutes could have to face severe losses. The division bench of the High Court judges heard the matter and gave judgment in favor of the private colleges and allowed to conduct a special JEE for this year.
The State Act has not been amended in ages, and it has the provision of conducting a second JEE in case there is lack of students taking up the seats in the private engineering colleges. According to the President of OPECA, Binod Das, among the 45000 seats in 93 private colleges in the state, more than 32000 are still vacant after the completion of admission on the basis of AIJEE. He stressed that without a second JEE, most of the private colleges would not even be able to conduct the BTech course this academic year.