Odisha, is the only State in the country, to have formulated all tribal bilingual dictionaries and trilingual tribal language proficiency modules.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday unveiled 21 tribal dictionaries and proficiency modules. The State Government through its Academy of Tribal Language and Culture (ATLC) has brought out the tribal bilingual dictionaries for multilingual education and tribal trilingual proficiency modules to preserve and promote tribal languages.
Stating that tribal language is the vehicle of a culture, Naveen announced the decision of the State Government to give the status of Odisha State Tribal Museum to the tribal museum located in the campus of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI).
Describing the tribal museum as the best in the country, Naven said “It has best of equipment with all kinds of interactive facilities. This is the only tribal museum in the country to have got the State Museum status.”
The museum has been greatly appreciated and acknowledged by the Culture Division of UNESCO and Ministry of Tribal Affairs has identified the museum as a model for other states to replicate. Director and Special Secretary of SCSTRTI Prof Akhila Bihari Ota said, the tribal dictionaries have been formulated as part of an endeavour by Special Development Councils (SDC). “The State Government has established nine SDCs in nine tribal districts with a view to promote, protect and preserve tribal culture,” he said.