Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 17:
In a bid to encourage the students to develop an interest in Odia language, the Odisha government today announced a scholarship in the name of legendary Odia writer Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Senapati for students securing 80 percent and above marks in Odia in the annual Plus Two and Plus Three examinations.
Besides, the chief minister also announced another scholarship in the name of eminent Odia scientist Dr Pranakrushna Parija for the students of Arts, Science and Commerce securing more than 80 percent marks in the annual Plus Two and Plus Three examinations.
The directive of the chief minister came at the annual review meeting of the Higher Education and Science and Technology departments at the State Secretariat here.
Besides, the chief minister also proposed formation of a Scholarship Council for timely disbursal of scholarships instituted by the Higher Education, School and Mass Education, SC and ST Development and Employment and Technical Education and Training (ET&T)departments and directed the chief secretary to review the proposal.
Patnaik asked the Higher Education department to construct an additional 20,000 hostels and provide soft loans to the meritorious students to pursue higher studies in technical education.
Stressing the presentation of quality PhD thesis papers, he asked the Science and Technology department to make provisions to provide special incentives for the university students of Odisha whose thesis papers are ranked among the top 400 technical universities by the Time Magazine.
The chief minister also directed the Higher Education department to identify 50 educationally backward blocks in the state and make arrangements for special scholarship for improvement in girl’s education.
This apart, he directed the Science and Technology department to take steps for installation of hi-max solar lights, supply of drinking water through solar power to the tribal hostels and distribution of solar lanterns among the poor people of KBK and other backward districts of the state.
It was revealed that a total of 519 solar lights have been installed in 200 tribal and inaccessible villages while 1621 villages had been electrified with solar power.