Demand For Odisha’s Private Engineering Colleges On The Decline

A staggering 21,500 B.Tech seats in engineering colleges across Odisha remain vacant even after the completion of the admission process conducted by Odisha Joint Engineering Entrance (OJEE) committee this year.

The admission process for the current academic session took place for a total of 34,220 seats, of which 3,960 is in the possession of Government colleges and around 30,260 seats distributed among 88 private engineering colleges. Although private colleges are struggling to fill up vacant seats, Government colleges have been better off and are boasting a full capacity.

Due to a large number of vacancies, OJEE authorities conducted a special OJEE test, seeking more students to join. However, a mere 5,080 students holding special OJEE ranks took admission in this second round of counselling, held in the first week of August, leaving over 70 percent seats yet to be filled.

According to Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) president Binod Dash, a clearer picture will be witnessed after the completion of the admission process on August 15. Dash added that there was a similar case last year, with around 26,000 seats remaining vacant even after two phases of admission.