Expressing concerns over the exclusion of Odia language from Swayam portal, the Minister of Electronics, Information and Technology, Tusharkanti Behera has said that Odisha will write to the Centre to reconsider its decision. 

The pandemic had resulted in a surge in demand for online education and dropping Odia from the Swayam portal by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is like depriving the students of Odisha from the facility, he said. 

Online education has reached to a new level amid the COVID-19 pandemic and dropping Odia language from the Swayam Portal is unjustified and unfortunate, said Odisha Minister

"Last year, a decision was taken to translate courses into 10 selected languages. However, Odia language has been dropped. It's saddening, unjustified and unfortunate," said the State E & IT Minister.

"We will definitely write to the Centre on the matter," said Behera.

He further said that online education has touched a new level due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hence, the Odisha government has been taking every possible measure to make internet facilities available across the State.

"As per the instructions of the Chief Minister, our department is working towards ensuring internet connectivity in the rural and remote areas of the State," he added.

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