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Differing interpretations of an Orissa high court order by Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) authorities and private engineering colleges have left OJEE qualifiers seeking admission into engineering colleges confused. Some private engineering colleges on Thursday, 12th July, 2012 published advertisements that the choice locked for admission can be unlocked and one can change one's list of preferences filled during the e-counselling in view of extension of choice filling dates by the high court.
But OJEE authorities described the advertisements as misleading and did not entertain students' request for such changes. "I visited a nodal centre to change my choice after seeing the advertisement. They turned down my request," said a student. OJEE authorities said the court has only extended the deadline. "The advertisements are misleading. Students unnecessarily came to the nodal centres requesting for change in their preference. The court only extended the last date to lock choices from 12th July to 16th July, not to change the already locked choices. These can't be changed," said OJEE secretary Priyabrata Sahoo. The HC on Tuesday, 10th July, 2012 had directed the state government to extend the last date of OJEE engineering counselling by four days while acting on a bunch of petitions filed by various private engineering colleges. The colleges had alleged that even though All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) had approved increase in seats in 20 private engineering colleges, the OJEEE had not allowed these colleges to participate in counselling. Private engineering colleges stood by their advertisements in newspapers, describing these as in accordance with the court order. "The HC order clearly allows change in the locked choices. When students locked their choices by 10th July, we had no second shifts. Now we have second shift. Unless those who locked their choices by 10th July are given a chance, students with higher ranks will not be able to take admission in our college while those with lower ranks can. This is subversion of justice," said S.K. Rout, chairman, C.V. Raman College of Engineering. Rout said the college will file a contempt petition against OJEE. The college got permission has second shifts in mechanical and electrical branch, which was added in OJEE seat matrix from 10th July. Contrary to the interpretation by section of the private colleges, Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA), however, said the HC order did not allow consideration of already locked choices. "The HC only extended the deadline. The order doesn't mention about reconsidering students who have already locked their choices," said OPECA honorary secretary Binod Dash.
Courtesy: Times of India
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