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In a last moment change, Utkal University has decided to conduct its own entrance test for admission into its MBA and MCA courses instead of taking students through Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) leaving OJEE qualifiers a dejected lot. The OJEE brochure 2012-13 mentioned Utkal University in the list of government institutions offering MBA / MCA courses and where admission would be based on OJEE results. However, long after students cleared the OJEE examination, result of which was published on May 30, the university has done a U-turn by taking out advertisements last week to conduct its own entrance for these courses. OJEE counseling for these courses would begin this week.
"I was under the impression that I can easily get a seat in Utkal University MCA. That was precisely the reason I appeared for the OJEE. OJEE and Utkal authorities should have had better coordination to avoid such confusion," said a student. Utkal's MBA and MCA programmes with 30 seats each are among the most sought after in the OJEE list of institutions for these two courses. OJEE authorities said they were not aware that Utkal would not draw students from OJEE pool. "While advertising for OJEE or during conducting the entrance, we had no idea that the varsity will not take students from OJEE pool. Only recently, they have conveyed us the decision," said OJEE secretary, Priyabrata Sahoo.Till last year Utkal University was taking students through OJEE for these courses. But Utkal University authorities said they had intimated OJEE about the change well in time. "We had written a letter to OJEE well in time that we will conduct our own entrance examination. Recently, when we discovered that the OJEE has misplaced the letter, we have written again," said varsity's PG council chairman Prof P K Mishra. Mishra said the varsity took the decision for its own entrance to get better students by giving certain weightage to career. "We saw that for departments where we conduct our own entrance, the lot of students coming are better, resulting in better job recruitment at the end of the courses. However, for MBA and MCA, campus placements were on the decline," he said. As per its advertisements, Utkal will select students for these two master degrees by giving weightage to career marks, entrance test, group discussion and personal interview.
Courtesy: Times of India
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