New Delhi, Apr 6: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday welcomed the University Grants Commission (UGC)’s decision to establish chairs after Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi at the University of Delhi (DU) and Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (GGV), Bilaspur.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, Pradhan wrote: “A proponent of Mahima Dharma, Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi played a stellar role in rekindling the cultural and literary consciousness in Odisha. A visionary, Bhimabhoi through his earthy poems batted for the empowerment of the marginalised.”
He added that Bhima Bhoi Chairs at DU and GGV will encourage higher studies and research on the humanitarian philosophy of the great saint and is a fitting tribute to a literary giant, like him.
Earlier last year on October 2, Pradhan visited the birthplace, Santha Kabi Bhima Bhoi to pay tribute to his statue at Rairakhole.
There he suggested the UGC conduct extensive research on the philosophy of Mahima Dharma and include it as a part of the syllabus in the undergraduate curriculum.