Odisha HC quashes OPECA plea

The private colleges association had challenged the government’s decision to increase seats in government engineering colleges

A plea by the Odisha Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA) was rejected by the Odisha High Court on Monday 19 September 2016. OPECA had in July 2016 challenged the Odisha state government’s decision to increase intake of students in government engineering colleges in the state for the academic sessions from 2016 to 2020. The association had stated that the decision to increase the seats was taken without due clearance from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
Binod Dash, secretary, OPECA observed that the CAG report on Employment, Technical Education and Training Department had pointed out that government engineering colleges in Odisha did not have the requisite infrastructure such as laboratories and libraries. He added that a number of these colleges had also opened new branches without clearance from AICTE and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
Responding to the allegations representatives of the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) maintained that there had been no violation of any norms and that the intake of the colleges had been increased for the benefit of the students.

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