The move of increasing number of seats in state-run engineering colleges by Odisha government has been widely opposed by the Odisha Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA). The government colleges have hiked the seats for the batch of 2016-2020.
According to OPECA secretary Binod Dash, “For the ensuing session, government colleges have raised the number of seats by 1,550 in B.Tech and 779 in M.Tech streams which is arbitrary and has been done without approval of All India Council for Technical Education.”
He further added while pointing towards the CAG report on Employment, Technical Education and Training department, “Government engineering colleges in Odisha do not have required infrastructure like building, laboratory equipment, library and e-journals which is depriving students of practical knowledge. Many colleges have opened new branches without AICTE’s approval and knowledge of National Board of Accreditation.”
The members of the OPECA believe if the number of seats in government engineering colleges is increased, the students will face a lot of difficulty in getting scholarships for GATE and also they will face certain issues when they are appearing for UPSC and OPSC examinations.
Some of the universities have also violated the norms of the AICTE. One such university is a government-run Sambhalpur university. The university has given an advertisement for B.Tech admission. The university is ready to take students on the basis of the marks they have secured in 10+2. This is against the norms set up AICTE, the OPECA argued. The matter has already been taken to AICTE and also to the State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik by OPECA. It is expected that strict action will be taken in this matter.
At the same time, Tushar Kumar Nath, Chairman of OJEE has said that the number of seats have been increased for the benefits of the students only. He also said that they have not violated any of the norms of AICTE.