In a momentous occasion, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the new campus of the Odia University at Satyabadi in Puri district through a virtual ceremony on Wednesday. The event marked a significant milestone in the state’s commitment to promoting education, culture, and the rich linguistic heritage of Odia.
The newly inaugurated university campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including an administrative building, well-equipped classrooms, two hostel buildings, and an eatery to cater to the needs of the students. Currently, the university has admitted 180 students, and the inaugural ceremony was attended by the Vice Chancellor, lecturers, and enthusiastic students.
Addressing the audience, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his joy at unveiling the Odia University at Satyabadi, emphasizing the historical and cultural significance of the location. He remarked, “Satyabadi was the karmabhoomi (workplace) of Utkalmani Gopabandhu. I am extremely happy to unveil the Odia University at this place. I congratulate the students of the university on this occasion.”
Patnaik acknowledged the need for a concerted effort to create literary works that reflect the rich cultural tapestry and traditions of Odisha. He lauded Satyabadi as the shrine of Odia literary renaissance, noting that Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das, a key figure in Odia literature, chose it as his workplace. The Chief Minister paid respects to the sons of the soil who have made significant contributions to the development and enrichment of the Odia language.
The establishment of the Odia University at Satyabadi represents a visionary step towards nurturing the linguistic and cultural heritage of the region. It aligns with the government’s commitment to providing quality education and fostering an environment where students can explore, learn, and contribute to the literary and cultural legacy of Odisha.
As the university opens its doors to aspiring students, it is expected to become a hub for academic excellence, research, and the promotion of Odia language and literature. The virtual inauguration reflects the modern approach to education in the digital age, allowing stakeholders from various locations to participate in this momentous event.
In conclusion, the Odia University at Satyabadi stands as a testament to Odisha’s dedication to education, culture, and linguistic diversity, providing a platform for students to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Odia heritage.