The Odisha government has decided to join the common national examination process from the year 2014 for admission of students in engineering colleges subject to acceptance of certain conditions.

The decision was taken by the State to join common national examination after detailed deliberation at a high-level meeting.

The State Employment and Technical Education and Training department in a letter to the Department of Higher Education under Union Ministry of Human Resource Development put forth certain conditions.

According to the department, separate merit list for the State candidates should be generated in the common national examination and provided to the State government and the counselling for such state candidates shall be done by the State government through its admission agency following the reservation policy and the provisions prescribed in the Odisha Professional Education Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act, 2007.

At least 15 per cent seats of the approved intake of all the private institutions including autonomous institutions and private State universities should be filled on merit basis from all-India level following the general and all-India merit list through the State admission agency, it said.

Not less than 50 per cent seats of the Deemed Universities functioning in the State shall be filled up through the merit list generated for State candidates through counselling conducted by the State government, the department says.

The remaining seats of the deemed universities shall be filled through central counselling conducted by the CBSE at all India level.

Counseling at institution level should not be allowed as it can be ensured that such admission procedure is fair, transparent, merit based and non-exploitative.

Besides, sufficient number of examination centres for common national examination across the State should be fixed.

Separate merit list for the State candidates is among the conditions