Out of the total 44,179 engineering seats in 110 colleges as many as 27,000 seats are lying vacant this year. In 25 colleges there are less than 50 students while seven colleges have less then 10 students. Even there are two colleges having one and nil students.
The state government has started second round of counseling to fill up the vacancies, but Orissa Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA) members are not very hopeful from this. They demanded the state government to give it a free hand to fill up large-scale vacancies in engineering colleges. A team of OPECA met senior government officials and expressed concern over the remaining vacancies in different technical colleges.
“The situation became worse this year than previous years. We are really worried about what to do. So we have sought permission to fill up the vacancies at our end,” said secretary of OPECA, Binod Dash. Secretary of employment, technical education and training C S Kumar said, “We cannot do anything till the second round of counselling is over.” (Source – Times of India)