Bhubaneswar: The Odisha School and Mass Education minister, Samir Dash on Monday said that the State Government will provide every kind of help needed for the study of Odia students residing in districts bordering of Andhra Pradesh.
After an important meeting with the Andhra Pradesh house committee which visited Odisha Capital on Monday, Dash said the media about a large number of Odia students staying in AP and facing problems with their studies due to unavailability of Odia text books, schooling facilities and Odia teachers in AP.
“The aim of the meeting was to address the issues faced by the students willing to learn Odia language at the border areas like Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam.” Dash said.
Reportedly, the house committee from Andhra Pradesh also had a meeting with Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro.
Patra said, “I have already ordered the officials to visit the respective places after the current Assembly session gets over and collect the information about every student facing problems in their studies so that Odisha government can reach out to them on time.”
It is worthwhile to mention here that, a House Committee headed by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council Chairman, Sarif Ahmed Mohammad was on a visit to Odisha to address the same problem faced by students who wanted to learn Telugu in Odisha.
“Telugu associations of border districts have submitted the representations to our committee and a memorandum made on that basis has been submitted in the meeting on behalf of those people living in Odisha with a will to learn Telugu,” said Mohammed.
He also added that there are nearly 80 Lakh people and students willing to learn Telugu and are struggling due to language difference in districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri.”
When asked about the meeting, Patro said, “I have briefed the AP House Committee about the initiative taken by Odisha in opening a number of B.Ed and C.T institutions to teach students Telugu.”