Bhubaneswar, July 26: Results of the matriculation supplementary examinations were announced today, bringing hope for hundreds of junior colleges struggling to fill up seats.
Of 58,361 students, who had taken the tests this year, 22,152 passed. These students may get admission to the 25,000-odd seats that have remained vacant at various colleges even after several rounds of admission. The Plus Two colleges in the state have a total number of 3,37,462 seats.
The pass rate has been recorded at 37.96 per cent, and the students, who have passed, include at least 9,520 girls, said school and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda.
The Board of Secondary Education conducted the tests in June. The results were announced early to ensure that the students did not lose an academic year. Sources said Nuapada district had recorded highest pass rate of 68.15 per cent, while Keonjhar witnessed a lowest pass rate of 28.21 per cent. “The mark sheets and provisional certificates will be issued to the students by August 3,” said Nanda.
“The candidates can know about the details of their results on the board’s official websites after 2pm,” he said, adding that the results booklets were also available at the board’s head office in Cuttack.
In another development, the seat vacancy scenario continues to haunt the colleges with the private institutes admitting hardly four to five students. At least 100 junior colleges in the state have received less than 10 students.
A number of 2,69,430 students were admitted in the first selection and 24,482 students in the second.
Classes for the first-year students have already begun from July 22. The students, who have cleared the supplementary exams, will take admissions within the next 20 days, said an official.
Last year, over 38,000 seats remained vacant in junior colleges.
About four lakh students passed matriculation examination this year. It included 3,85,852 students of the state board. Around 20,000 students cleared the exam through CBSE and ICSE. “While many students continue Class XI in their same schools, many have shown interest in pursuing vocational and technical courses after Class X,” he said.