Odisha CM rolls out scholarships for development of Odia language

Odisha CM rolls out scholarships for development of Odia language

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Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik interacting with school students in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday

10 students of each block in state will get Rs 5,000 scholarship for good marks in Odia

40k students securing good marks in HSC exam to get Rs 5,000 each

By Odisha News Online

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 15: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who is very often criticised by the opposition Congress and BJP for his handicap to speak Odia, – on Tuesday announced a series of scholarships for students and also teachers during a state-level Children’s Day celebrations at Capital High School in Bhubaneswar.

For the development of Odia language and encouraging students’ interest towards the language, Naveen announced Rs 5000 scholarship for 10 students of each block for scoring good marks in the language.

He also announced Rs 5000 scholarship each for a total of 40,000 students for scoring good marks in High School Certificate (HSC) board examinations.

The CM exhorted schools to include alumni for all-round development of schools under ‘Mo School Abhiyan’ and announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh for best three schools in each block across the state.

“Education will take us to the next level of development. With our focus on quality education, we can take our State to next level. This can happen when all of us join together in a movement,” said Naveen to students.

He also motivated students to study hard to fulfill their dreams and take moral responsibility of parents and work for the development of society, state and nation as a whole.

The hi-tech venue was replete with big-screen LCD monitors to enable over ten thousand students, their guardians and public to witness the event.

The opposition BJD and Congress strongly protested the celebration saying it aimed at indoctrination of students with BJD ideology.

Senior Congress leader and former Pradesh Congress president Niranjan Patnaik came down heavily for not showing proper respect to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the Children’s Day celebrations.

“The meeting venue was replete only with photographs of chief minister Naveen Patnaik. There was no picture of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru whose birthday is observed as Children’s Day. This is very sad and it exposes the narrow-mindedness of the BJD leaders,” said Mr Patnaik.

Senior BJP leader Prithwiraj Harichandan said, “What is the wisdom behind celebrating this function spending nearly Rs 200 crore? Hundreds of schools in the state do not have required number of class rooms and teachers. Quality of education has gone down in state-run school. Instead of looking after such problems, the Naveen Patnaik government is wasting money on holding such unwarranted event.”