The Odisha High Court has ordered the State Government to conduct a special Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) this year too to fill up the vacant seats in several private engineering colleges in the state.
The same process is being repeated since 2011, except in 2013. Anticipating the order by the High Court, the government later announced 31 July as the date of exam and took the decision to complete the final seat allotment procedure by August 10. This second JEE has also been scheduled on the same day to fill up the vacant seats in MCA and MBA courses.
Concerning the situation of vacant seats in the private engineering colleges, a petition was filed by Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) to conduct the exam. The petition had contested the intake engineering students in Odisha engineering colleges on the basis of a single All India JEE by violating a provision of Odisha Professional Education Act.
The petition said before merging with the All India JEE, the state Act was not amended. Further the state Act also has a provision to have a second JEE to fill up the vacant seats if any, OPECA president Binod Das said adding more than 32,000 seats were now lying vacant of the 45,000 seats in 93 engineering colleges of the state after the completion of admissions on the basis of All India JEE.