Odisha govt seeks extension of application date for JEE Main 2017


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has requested the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to extend the last date of submission of applications for the JEE Main 2017.

The government’s request came following poor registration of students for JEE Main 2017 due to mandatory Aadhaar enrolment.

The skill development and technical education (SD&TE) secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh has requested the chairman of CBSE Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi to extend the last date from January 2 to January 20, 2017.

“For the first time the validation of Aadhaar number is made mandatory for JEE (Main) candidates. It is observed that this year online registration is very poor compared to the previous years. Till now, 18,873 students have registered for JEE-Main 2017. But, last year 49,000 students registered for this examination by this time,” Singh said in his letter to Chaturvedi.

“Therefore, the last date of submission of application form needs to be extended to facilitate enrollment of more candidates with Aadhaar and other papers,” said the secretary.

Notably, the CBSE has made Aadhaar number mandatory for applying for the JEE-main this year. If the details printed in the Aadhaar card do not match with the details given by the candidate’s application forms, they stand a chance to be rejected.

The online application process has begun December 1 while the examination is scheduled for April 2, 2017. The last date for submission of applications is January 2 while fees can be paid up to January 3.

For the fourth year in succession, the state has joined JEE-main to facilitate the students seeking admission in engineering courses in various institutions, including IITs and NITs across the country. The students can also get admission in the state colleges as well.

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