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Odisha Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for the proposed Odia University

Satyabadi:9/10/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the proposed Odia University at Bakula Bana in Sakhigopal under Satyabadi block of Puri district.

The varsity would offer post graduate courses in Odia language and literature. It would also facilitate research activities on literary criticism, evolution of East Indian language scripts, historical scripts, archaeology and translation into and from Odia.

Notably, five iconic leaders of Odisha— Pandit Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, Pandit Krupasindhu Mishra, Acharya Harihar Das, Pandit Godavarish Mishra and Pandit Nilakantha Das— had founded the unique education system at the Bakul Bana in Sakhigopal in 1909, with students being taught in natural environment.


Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister offered floral tribute to the Panchasakha in the lawns of the State Assembly in Bhubaneswar. Later, Patnaik planted saplings at Bakula Bana with the holy soil and water brought from 30 districts of the State for the plantation drive.

Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements were made in the area for the CM’s programme. According to reports 18 platoons of police forces were deployed in the area to maintain law and order during the programme.


Among others, Panchayati Raj Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty and MP Pinaki Mishra were present at the event, higher Education minister Ananta Das, Satayabadi MLA Umakanta Samantaray, Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Das Burma, Nimapara MLA Sameer Ranjan Das, Kaktpur MLA Surendra Sethi and Development Commissioner S Balkrushna were present on the occasion.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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