The Odisha government has slashed down of the fees for the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) after facing criticism from private engineering colleges over BTech admission charges at the time of counselling.
What is the revised OJEE counselling fees?
According to the revised structure, the following is the fees:
- General candidates will now have to pay Rs 10,000
- SC, ST and differently-abled students will pay Rs 5000 to register for the counselling process in BTech courses.
- The State Government, in a notification issued earlier this year, hiked the counselling from Rs 5000 for all category candidates to Rs 25,000.
What does OJEE Chairman have to say?
"The OJEE has decided to cut down the fees for general candidates to 10,000. The fees for SC, ST and physically disabled candidates will remain on par with the previous year's fee,'' OJEE Chairman Tushar Nath said.
Why is OJEE fees reduced?
Odisha Private Engineering Colleges' Association (OPECA) had requested the OJEE committee to reduce the fee structure as it would hurt economically weaker students.
The decision has been taken in the larger interest of the candidates who qualify for OJEE. As per the new guidelines, meritorious students of JEE Main can register themselves and lock choices on OJEE website following which temporary seats would be allotted, Nath added.