Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Odisha government on Saturday sent Odia textbooks from class I to VIII to Odia students residing in eight states. Those states are Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh.

School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash started the initiative by flagging off the vehicles carrying the Odia textbooks to other states. For the first time, a diary and two calendars will be provided along with the textbooks to the Odia students from outside the State.

Earlier, Odia textbooks have already been sent to various parts of the State. The new academic year will start on April 3, the minister informed.

“The process to send Odia textbooks for the Odia students studying outside the State started today on the occasion of Utkal Dibasa. The academic session is starting on April 3 this year. Admissions of students will take place from April 3-8. Proper arrangement has been made to provide textbooks to students immediately following their admission,” said Minister Dash.

“The textbooks have already reached every school points and block points within the State. It will be provided to the students within the targeted period,” he added.