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The Times of India |

BHUBANESWAR: In order to cope with continued large-scale vacancies in BTech seats, engineering colleges in the state want to diversify into courses in basic sciences and humanities, besides vocational education. In representations to the AICTE, the state government and the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), private engineering colleges sought that they be allowed to open industrial training courses, engineering diploma, Plus II science, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in science / arts / commerce and various skill development courses. Odisha Private Engineering College Association secretary Binod Dash said such a request was made to keep the infrastructure viable.

Pointing out that the state-run Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) and IITs already offer courses in basic sciences, Dash said there shouldn’t be a problem in the BPUT giving affiliation to such courses in its affiliated colleges. BPUT VC Shyam Sundar Patnaik could not be contacted for comment. In 2015, around 75,000 students had cleared Plus II science. Since many of these students take admission in other courses such as medical, general plus III and other alternative courses, the number that opt for engineering is far lower than the available seats. The colleges’ demand for diversification came after at least three years of large number of vacant seats. Around 50 per cent of the seats were lying vacant in 2013 and 2014 while it became more than 65 per cent this year. Around 16,000 students took admission against 48,000 seats in BTech first year. – Courtesy


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