In total there are about 34,223 seats offered by Odisha government and private engineering college but only 20% of them get filled.
27,000 seats are still vacant in the government and private engineering colleges after the second phase of the admission process.
Near about 7,100 students have taken admission till now after the two phase counselling.
Manish Tripathy, vice-chairman of OJEE said that after seeing the trend of a low percentage of students enrollment in engineering courses the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) board reduced around 4,073 seats in the 2019-20 academic session.
“The core streams in most of the colleges are filled but there is less interest for admissions in lesser-known courses. The counselling process is ongoing and more seats are expected to be filled through the spot-admission process,” said the Manish Tripathy.
Manish Tripathy said, “Once the counselling process ends the colleges can admit students following their individual criteria.”
Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) secretary Binod Dash said that the fall in engineering seats is due to a lack of interest among students in pursuing B.Tech courses as there are fewer jobs available in the field.
“In the last five years only 30 % students got placement,” Binod Dash said.
An official from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology blamed the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) for its curriculum and education pattern Technology. As a majority of engineering colleges in Odisha are affiliated under BPUT.
“The curriculum followed by the BPUT is quite outdated and students, after clearing their Bachelors, failed to get jobs in their desired sectors,” said the official.
However, an official from the syllabus committee of the BPUT said the decline in the number of takers for engineering courses has nothing to do with the curriculum as it has been revised every three years at par with all-India and state varsities.
According to the official “Lots of engineering colleges have come up in the state in recent years but they could not maintain standards due to their poor faculty. There have been issues of unpaid salaries of teaching staff and lack of infrastructure which have contributed to falling standards.”
AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said ,”Near about 14 lakh engineering seats available across the country and only 10 lakh students take admission.”