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Odia to get classical status, minister informs Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Aug 17:

Union Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday that the Linguistic Experts Committee of the Upper House, constituted by the Centre to consider the demands for categorisation of languages as classical languages, has recommended Odia to be declared as a classical language.

She said as per a resolution of the Upper House on November 1, 2004, two major international awards for scholars of eminence in Classical Indian Languages would be awarded annually.

Besides, a Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Languages would be set up and the University Grants Commission would be requested to create a certain number of professional chairs for classical languages in the central universities, for scholars of eminence in classical Indian languages, the Union minister informed the members.

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