Worried over declining interest of students in higher studies and research in Odia language, intellectuals have demanded an Odia university in the State. Speakers at the 15th Foundation Day function of Fakir Mohan University here on Friday appealed to the State Government to consider the demand seriously.
Addressing the gathering, educationist Debi Prasanna Pattnaik said the State Government’s demand before the Centre for classical language status to Odia is definitely a welcome move. At the same time, it should work for setting up an Odia university in the State.
“It is a matter of concern that the students are losing interest in Odia language. Enrolment for the subject in the state universities is decreasing considerably compared to other regional languages and English. In research also, more students are opting for other subjects than Odia,” he said.
Underlining the fact that Balasore has a history of vibrant maritime trade, he rued that most students of this generation have no idea about the maritime heritage of the region.
He suggested that the university should encourage research on maritime history, art and culture of the region so that it can be preserved for future generations.
Noted writer Manorama Mohapatra hailed the attempt of Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Senapati who through his novel Rebati had focused on women education and their empowerment. She said violence against women now-a-days has emerged as a sensitive issue which can be addressed only when women would display their ability to deal with the situation.
Highlighting the youth power, Mohapatra said it can be a powerful source to build a prosperous society.
Seven dignitaries including former UGC secretary Gouragopal Dandapat, former VC of Utkal Culture University Amiya atnaik were felicitated on the occasion.
VC of the University Kumarbar Das and Registrar Trilochan Mishra spoke on the occasion.