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Govt. mulls to take up outside diploma holders in lateral entry criteria

Govt. mulls to take up outside diploma holders in lateral entry criteria

Bhubaneswar, 25/07/2014:Keeping un-expected numbers of seats lying vacant in different Engineering Colleges, the Government is now considering to make suitable amendment in lateral entry provisions for admission into IInd year of B Tech.courses by allowing outstate diploma holders. A decade ago, as there was a tremendous craze for engineering studies, the norms and conditions were suitably formulated so as only Odia diploma holders after qualifying Odisha JEE would be eligible for admission into IInd year of 4 years B Tech. courses through lateral entry reservations. But due to sudden economic recession, the Industrial Sector and different IT Companies drastically reduced intake of Engineering students which resulted not only crises of employment opportunities but also shifting of students into general Graduates and PG courses. This is in fact, created vacancy of seats in different Engineering
Colleges. In order to make a balanced set-up in vacant seats front, a high level meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Minister for Employment and Technical Education Mr Sanjay Kumar Dasburma, where Secretary of the Department Dr. C. S. Kumar, Director DIET, Chairman and Secretary of OJEE,Executive Body of Private Engineering College Association, MLA Mr. Prafulla Samal, MLA Mr. Pranab Balabanta Ray were present, The meeting came to the conclusion that after convening a next high level meeting with Chief Secretary,Development commissioner, Minister and Department’s Secretary, the outcome will be communicated to the Policy Planning Board, which acts upon admission relates matters. The PPB heading by Justice A. K. Parichha as per the direction
of Hon’ble Supreme Court would make necessary amendment for the cause of essentiality of the matter, the meeting expected. Even as AICTE had approved 20,000 numbers of seats by the year of 2008, the seats are now increased
doubly. But, below 50% seats are lying vacant which brings concern. 88 Private Engineering Colleges, 8 Government Engineering Colleges are facing such crises even though from around 100 diploma institutions Odia students are
getting admitted.

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