Biju Patnaik Special Centre for Odia Studies will be set up at JNU

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The State Government will provide one time assistance of Rs. 10 Crore the establishment of the centre. The Biju Patnaik Special Centre for Odia Studies will start a master’s program for Odia Studies, study Biju Patnaik’s leadership and governance, study Jagannath culture, pursue manuscriptology of ancient Odia literature.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (Image credit, CMO Odisha)

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

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By Pradeep Kumar Panda

Bhubaneswar, February 5: Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University Prof Shantishree Dhulipudi Pandit met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Government of Odisha and JNU for the establishment of Biju Patnaik Special Centre for Odia Studies.

During the discussion Prof Pandit admired CM’s transformational initiatives in Odisha that have brought visible changes in every sector of Odisha. She describes Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as the finest example of Co-operative federalism.

She appreciated the efforts to promote Odia language and culture, and expand its scope beyond Odisha. She said the Special Centre at JNU will create favourable conditions for promotion of Odia language, literature and culture.

Praising Biju Patnaik’s role in the Indonesian freedom struggle, she said Biju Babu single-handedly raised the glory of Odisha to the global level. She also appreciated the efforts of the chief minister to promote regional languages and culture, developing a pan Indian identity for them.

The State Government will provide one time assistance of Rs. 10 Crore the establishment of the centre. The Biju Patnaik Special Centre for Odia Studies will start a master’s program for Odia Studies, study Biju Patnaik’s leadership and governance, study Jagannath culture, pursue manuscriptology of ancient Odia literature.

CM announced that Odisha will come up with a special language policy aimed at promotion of Odia language in future. Inaugurating first ever ‘World Odia Language Conference’ here, Mr. Patnaik said, “Odia is our language and identity. Language is unifying factor for a race.” “Odia is a classical language with a rich history. It can be enriched further with addition of new words. Culture and technology have their influences on language,” he said calling upon experts to deliberate on these issues.

“There should be discussion on good Odia literature and its usage. We must know the history of our great language, reflect on present condition of the language and lay foundation for the future,” Mr. Patnaik said.

Stating that for propagation of Odia language, an Odia University has been established, he called upon people to work together for development of Odia language. “The government will accept recommendations emerging from the conference and come up with a special language policy. I am confident that the future of Odia language and race would get strengthened,” the CM said.

Over 100 scholars including linguists from four countries are participating in the three-day-long conference which is expected give direction for the growth of the language.

Mr. Patnaik conferred linguist Devi Prasanna Patnaik with the first World Odia Language Award for his lifelong dedication to the development of the Odia. He was given a certificate and ₹20 lakhs. On this occasion, the Chief Minister felicitated two Odia Jnanpith awardees winners Padma Vibhushan Sitakanth Mahapatra and Padma Bhushan Pratibha Roy.

To mark the occasion, people across sang the State sang ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ in one voice on occasion of first World Odia Language Conference-2024. The State government organised story telling session and cultural programmes to celebrate importance of Odia.

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