Tusharkanti Behera, the Minister of Electronics, Information and Technology, expressed his displeasure with the exclusion of Odia from the Swayam portal and stated that Odisha will write to the Centre to have the decision reconsidered.
The pandemic has sparked a boom in demand for online education, he added, and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) removing Odia from the Swayam site is tantamount to denying Odisha students of the opportunity.
“Last year, it was decided to convert courses into ten other languages. The Odia language, on the other hand, has been discarded. It’s heart-breaking, unjustified, and regrettable “stated the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology.
“We will absolutely write to the Centre about this,” Behera stated.
He went on to say that the COVID-19 outbreak has pushed online education to new heights, and that the Odisha government is doing everything it can to make internet access available throughout the state.
“As per the Chief Minister’s directives, our department is trying to ensure internet access in the State’s rural and distant regions,” he stated.
Written By: Swati Sahoo