On 12 Nov 2013, Odisha state government ruled out reconsidering its decision to join hands for national level JEE Main exam scores for Engineering courses admissions.
The state private Engineering colleges threatened the state government, by saying that they will move to court on governments move on cancelling OJEE exam.
"The government decided to be a part of the national-level test months ago in July, after consultation with various stakeholders. The decision was already in public domain. I don't think there is scope of review at this stage," said principal secretary (technical education) Chandra Sekhar Kumar.
Earlier, Odisha state government had decided to scrap their Odisha Joint Entrance Examination from the year 2014.
Government has decided to accept Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main score for admission to Engineering courses in the state from the academic year 2014-15.
Kumar said, " We planned to be a part of JEE exam in 2012. Because of some differed movements, made us to go by this year."
Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) on 5th Nov has stated that the joint to JEE Main will violate the state Professional Educational Institutions Act 2007, as it stipulated that admission in at least 70% seats in the state colleges have to be done through JEE.
Kumar said the decision doesn't violate the act.
"The act says the seats will be filled up through JEE. It doesn't speak about whether state level JEE or the national-level," he said.
OPECA has requested the government to amend 2007 Act before joining to JEE Main. OPECA also requested government to go with the JEE Main by next year 2015.
According to the sources, JEE Main 2014 has made special considerations for candidates from odisha, beside Maharashtra on the eligibility criteria.
The candidates who passed out class 12 examinations from all previous years from Odisha, are eligible for test.
JEE Main for the year 2014 will be conducted on 6th April. Online application will be available from 14th Nov 2013.