Scholarship to students who score 90 per cent in Odia language

In a bid to promote Odia language, the Odisha government decided to provide scholarships to the students who score more than 90 per cent in MIL (Odia) in Plus Two & Three level of the education.

The scholarship is named after the legendary Byasa Kabi Fakir Mohan Senapati, considered the father of Odia literature with a cash award of Rs 20,000.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who reviewed the Higher Education Department’s activities, directed that the latter must promote Odia language among students.

Similarly, students who secure more than 80 per cent in aggregate in all streams of Plus Two and Plus Three will also be entitled to scholarships which will be named after Dr Pranakrushna Parija.

CM also laid thrust on improving research quality of students pursuing PhD in the State universities. If the thesis of a PhD student is published by any of the top 400 international varsities listed by Time Magazine, he or she would be eligible for a special incentive, the CM said and directed that the departments must make provisions for such benefits.

The Chief Minister suggested that a Scholarship Council must be constituted in the State to streamline the process. He has asked Chief Secretary to look into the proposal.

The state government is also laying emphasis on girl education with Patnaik asking officials at the meeting to identify 50 educationally backward blocks and make provision for special scholarships for students in these areas.

It was also decided to construct an additional 20,000 hostels across the state in addition to the existing 6,000. The government also decided to extend soft loan facilities to more and more technical students.

The state government is planning to improve the educational standards at the school level.

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