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Culture minister extols Odisha’s rich heritage


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, June 24:

Tourism and Culture minister Ashok Panda today extolled the rich natural and cultural heritage of Odisha, which has made the state known the world over.

It is this heritage which led tThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include the Bhitarkanika Sanctuary, Chilika lake and Ekamra Kshetra (Bhubaneswar) of Odisha in its list of heritage sites, he said speaking at the Siksha O Anusandhan (SOA) University here today.


“The ancient monuments and sites in Bhubaneswar that have enthused historians since long, have led the state capital city to be shortlisted by UNESCO,” Panda sai.

Expressing happiness at the capital city’s growth as an education hub, the minister said; “The city is now being referred to as ‘Vidya Nagari’ and the SOA University has also developed into a huge institution creating its own identity in the country.”

With several IT companies setting up their centres in Bhubaneswar, the city was being discussed as an IT destination in a conclave held in San Francisco in 2010 and the matter has been given due weightage in the Vision-2030 document prepared by the IIT, Kharagpur, the minister said, adding chief minister Naveen Patnaik had set up a task force for education.

Panda also said the state government was keen to protect the state’s heritage for which the skill of master craftsmen in different fields was sought to be transferred to those willing to learn through the ancient “guru-sishya” tradition. A project to revive the “Bhagabat Tungis” in the state had also been taken up, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mohanty stressed the need for Odisha expanding its tourism infrastructure and set up a think-tank at the state level.

The SHM planned to organise an international conference on tourism, he said while seeking the minister’s assistance in the matter.

Panda, who is the legislator from the Ekamra assembly constituency in the state capital, was felicitated at the School of Hotel Management (SHM) run by the University by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof RP Mohanty in the presence of the Registrar and Dean of SHM, Prof BB Pradhan.
Among others, Prof BP Tripathy, Associate Dean, SHM and Prof Jyoti Ranjan Das, Associate Professor of the University also spoke.


  1. ” is this the only piece of heritage that you can show off to the world? Seriously there are better things to latch onto 🙂

    chaitanna mahaprabhu did come from GEOGRAPHICAL ORISSA but back then there was no orissa, are we forgetting this?

    and your dear lord ASHOKA the great wasn’t your hero too until he defeated your so called “kalinga empire”. he was a scavenger of kalinga and not a king 🙂

    your bali, sumatra etc “J(y)ATRAS” came form LORD ASHOKA’S INVASION of your pillage state.

    the regular oriya isn’t sweet at all, its rather very harsh, its rather the languages like sambalpuri and languages near the west bengal border where the oriya dialects turn sweeter. would you not agree?

    sambalpuri is such a cute language! why are you guys stomping it down to non-exitence and these guys want their language to prosper just like yours. give them their due!

    oh, btw, i forgot to mention YOUR BEST CM (infact my best CM too, one of the best CMs our country ever had) doesn’t even speak Oriya! ”

    (MBA, IMT Ghaziabad)
    Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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