Chief Secretary B K Patnaik addressing the media
Chief Secretary B K Patnaik addressing the media
Bhubaneswar: As informed by Chief Secretary B K Patnaik on Tuesday, the State Government would take a decision on the vacant seats soon, including 15 per cent NRI quota, in the private engineering colleges in the State before couselling for admission in the coming academic year starts.

Mr. Patnaik revealed this to the media persons after a meeting the representatives of the Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA).

The Association since long has been demanding either to amend the Odisha Private Engineering 2007 Act and accept the recommendations of the High Power Committee or allow them to fill up the vacant seats and had moved to the Supreme Court on October 31 last year, alleging callousness of the State Government towards technical education.

Mr. Patnaik informed that a decision in this regard would be taken after studying the recommendations of the High Power constituted in 2009 and verifying the systems existing in other states in this regard.

Binod Dash, Honorary Secretary of OPECA said, while 29 per cent of the total 31,008 engineering seats were vacant in 2009, in 2010 about 50 per cent of the total 35670 seats remained vacant. Similarly last year 60 per cent of the total 42722 seats in engineering colleges were vacant. At present more than 250 technical colleges in the State have employed more than five lakh people. So it is apprehended that many of the colleges would be closed throwing several people out of jobs if a decision on the filling of vacant seats is not taken soon.