Bhubaneswar: Electronics and IT Minister Tushar Kanti Behera on Thursday expressed concern over the exclusion of Oriya language from the Union Education Ministry’s self-education online education portal.

Behera said that the incident would be brought to the notice of the concerned Union Ministry. “Under no circumstances will the future of Oriya students be compromised,” the minister said.

Educational institutions are closed due to the Covid-19 epidemic situation. Students rely heavily on online education. Self-Education The online education portal contains study materials on science, engineering and technology, pharmacy, humanities and social sciences, law and management.


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These materials have been prepared by experienced professors from reputed institutes of the country and will be available in major regional languages. “The Union Ministry of Education has announced the availability of study materials in a total of 10 languages, including Oriya, on this portal. It is now certain that during the translation of study material by AICTE, ia dialect language has been omitted which cannot be accepted, ”said Behera.

He said that the Center has recognized Oriya language as a classical language. Odisha is now one of the leading states in the country in terms of IT. “The decision of the ministry to drop Oriya language courses from the Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC) scheme is unfortunate and unjust. The Centre’s move has deprived millions of Oriya students of learning from the platform itself, ”he added.

Behra has appealed to the ministry to reconsider its decision to include Oriya as an educational platform language for the sake of Oriya students.