Many degree colleges in the State have been left with huge number of vacant seats after completion of the third round of admission.
Even after the third selection, 12,626 seats are lying vacant in 699 degree colleges.
To fill up these seats, the Department of Higher Education has yet again asked the colleges to carry out admission through fresh Common Application Forms (CAFs) within August 30.
While the total number of seats in degree colleges stands at 1,56,518, as many as 1,43,892 students have taken admission in three rounds of admission.
Last year, even as the vacancy figure in 676 colleges stood at 10,374, the department decided to increase stream strength, mostly in Arts and Science, in around 150 colleges this year. Apparently, some colleges in places like Balasore, Bhadrak, Balangir, Kalahandi, Athagarh, Cuttack, Deogarh, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur registered 50 per cent enrolment or even less than that till now.
At Paradeep College in Jagatsinghpur, 119 out of 256 seats in Arts stream have not been filled up. Similarly, Kharasrota Mahavidyalaya and Baruneswar Mahavidyalaya having 256 seats in Arts in Jajpur district, 144 and 117 seats are lying vacant respectively.
At Kousika Baba Plus Three College, only seven out of 64 seats in the stream were filled up and there have been no takers for 152 seats of 256 in Birupa College at Indipur.
Situation is similar for Science stream at certain colleges. Balasore’s Kshetra Mohan College of Basic Science offers 64 seats each in Physical Science and Biological Science. While 50 seats in Physical Science are lying vacant, just three students took admission in Biological Science.
Similarly, in Berhampur College of the district offering Physical Science, of 52 seats, only 12 were filled up. At Vedanta DAV Lanjigarh Science College in Kalahandi, only nine students took admission in Physical Science having 128 seats and for 128 seats in Biological Science, 10 students took admission.
Authorities in the department said after the last round of admission on August 31, they will study the reasons behind low enrolment in colleges before taking any step.