Pradeep Pattanayak

The first World Odia Language Conference is going to be held in Bhubaneswar in February 2024. A decision in this regard was taken at the Heritage Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. 

This conference, a three-day-long affair, will witness the participation of nationally and internationally acclaimed linguists and experts. Besides, students from across the state will also take part in the conference. In the three days, special focus will be given on how the youths can be encouraged toward the use of the Odia language. 

The government hopes the conference will help spread the Odia language in the country and abroad as well. 

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“At the Heritage Cabinet held today, a decision was taken to organise the first World Odia Language Conference in February 2024,” said Odia Language, Literature, and Culture Minister, Aswini Patra. 

Informing more about the conference, Secretary of Odia Language, Literature and Culture Department, Sujata Karthikeyan said, “This is a very big decision. For the first time, a World Odia Language Conference will be organised where linguists and experts from inside and outside the state and abroad will participate. We will take their input. There will be seminars as well. Today the Heritage Cabinet has approved it.”

Educational institutions will present their own programmes at the conference.