Concerned by the low percentage of JEE Main applicants from the state, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Secretary Odisha Skill Development and Technical Education, has urged CBSE to push back the last date for registration. Imposition of the Aadhaar Card is being considered the may cause for such low number of applicants from the Odisha. Hence, the Secretary seeks permission to extend the deadline until January 20, 2017.
Latest: The last date to fill the JEE Main 2017 Application form has been extended till January 16, 2017.
As per the reports, last year 4900 students applied for JEE Main, from the state. However, for the upcoming Joint Entrance Exam, only 18,873 candidates have registered so far. In reference to the huge drop down in the number of applicants Singh said, “The last date of submission of application form is required to be extended to facilitate enrollment of the candidates for Aadhaar so that along with the candidates who will get their Aadhaar number, others who had previously enrolled under Aadhaar, but need corrections, can also get time to rectify their database. As a result, more number of candidates will be able to register for the JEE Main,”.
Recently, the students in Odisha displayed agitation over the reluctance of district administration for providing the Aadhaar Card. When asked about the same, Singh ensured that the Aadhaar registration is been handled at the priority level and all the efforts are being made to provide Aadhaar Card to each student.
“Besides, we all are trying to ensure that the students will have their Aadhaar registration without any hassles. There has been much progress in this matter. We are now planning to set up Aadhaar camps in schools so that the number of Aadhaar registration of the students can be increased substantially,” said S.K. Singh