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OJEE Medical replaced by NEET - OJEE 2013 is last state test

The Odisha Joint Entrance Exam (OJEE) used to be conducted for admission to the first year degree courses in Engineering/Technology, Architecture, MBBS/BDS, Pharmacy, MCA, MBA and to the Lateral Entry of State candidates to third semester of degree courses in Engineering/Technology and Pharmacy for both private and government engineering colleges located in Orissa.

But from 2013 onwards, the NEET UG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for under graduate medical and dental courses) will replace the OJEE for medical and dental courses (MBBS and BDS). While medical entrance is out of the purview of OJEE this time, the government has brought admission of bachelor of ayurvedic medicine (BAMS) and bachelor of homoeopathic medicine (BHMS) courses under OJEE. Along with these, admissions in engineering, MBA, MCA, pharmacy and architecture courses in Orissa will continue on the basis of OJEE. The OJEE is scheduled to be held on 12 May 2013. Around one lakh students are expected to take OJEE 2013.

After much delay, the government finally started mandatory online filling up of forms for OJEE on 13 February 2013 even though private engineering colleges have moved the Orissa high court demanding offline option along with the online mode. The Odisha Private Engineering College Association has filed a petition in the Orissa high court seeking a direction to the government to allow offline filling up of forms along with the online option. "Last year when both online and offline mode was available, only 13% students opted for the online mode while the rest 87% exercised the offline option. Our students need some more time to get used to online applications," said OPECA honorary secretary Binod Dash.

The decision to introduce mandatory online mode of application was taken by bureaucrats bypassing the policy planning body, the apex decision making body on such matters by providing misleading information to the departmental minister, Dash alleged. OJEE authorities said that since OJEE 2013 is the last state level test, students will anyway have to submit online applications from next year when Odisha will be part of the national level pre-admission test for admission in professional courses from 2014.

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