Issues like tedious application process, delay in publication of results and malpractices in counselling were discussed at a two-day workshop, which kicked off here on Wednesday.
Joint secretary of employment and technical education and training department Ratnakar Rout said,"We heard private college authorities, students and parents and will definitely take appropriate steps to address their concerns."
The experts were of the opinion that a tedious and lengthy application process often dissuades students, who migrate to other states leading to large-scale vacancies.
A total of 1,26,194 candidates registered for Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE 2013). For the first time, there will be no negative marking in the exam. The admit cards and rank cards will be available in the official website only.
OTCA president Biswajeet Mohanty said, "We need to check this trend right now as some colleges are already shut owing to student shortage."
The newly-formed association has also demanded a non-negotiable fixed OJEE calendar, no double locking of choices, update of seat matrix and changing of nodal centres.
"We got all support from the state government and are hopeful that technical education will improve soon," Mohanty added.
The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE 2013) is conducted for admission to first year degree course in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy/ Homeopathy/ Ayurveda and Dual Degree course in Master's degree in Applied Mathematics (MAM) & Master's degree in Computer Application (MCA) and lateral admission to Second year Engineering/ Technology/ Pharmacy/ Architecture/ MCA and First year Maters degree courses MCA, MBA, M.Tech, M.Pharm and M.Arch commencing in the session 2013-14.