Colleges fear a decrease in student enrollment.

Private engineering colleges in Odisha are worried that the number of students applying to the programs they offer could decline even higher this year . Last year, only 12,397 seats out of a total of 33,967 were filled up, leaving more than 60% of the seats vacant in these colleges .

Bhubaneswar: Private engineering colleges in the state are worried that the number of students applying to the programs they offer could decline even higher this year due to missed exams and the poor job market.Last year, only 12,397 seats out of a total of 33,967 were filled up, leaving more than 60% of the seats vacant in these colleges.In fact, admissions to BTech courses at private colleges has fallen dramatically for the last seven years.According to the Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA), on an annual basis, more than 60% seats have been vacant since 2015.

Odisha has more seats than the prospective students.For technical training, some students go outside the state, while others prefer private universities or deemed-to-be universities.The long-term examination and admissions process is another issue.Apart from this, students often opt for a BTech in computer science, electrical, and civil engineering.

The OPECA's Binod Dash said, So many large-scale openings for such a short time frame are definitely a source of great concern.The OPECA had requested that the state government come up with appropriate guidelines for filling up the vacant seats created last year, and we are again pressing the government to provide recommendations from the beginning of the application process.We won't have to seek legal assistance in such a scenario, and Dash said that the admission process would be carried out quickly and within the agreed timeline.Following two rounds of evaluation process by the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE), the OPECA has advised the Odisha government that the remaining vacant seats be transferred to the colleges.