Puri: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for the proposed Odia University at Bakula Bana in Puri district.
Earlier, the State Government had proposed a budget of Rs 10 crore to be spent for establishment of the university. At least 25-acres of land have also been earmarked for the purpose.
During a review meeting last month, Chief Minister Patnaik directed the officials to ensure not a single tree was felled for construction of the university.
The proposed varsity would offer post graduate courses in Odia language and literature, besides facilitating research in literary criticism, evolution of East Indian language scripts, historical scripts, archaeology and translation into and from Odia.
Set up by five iconic leaders – Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das, Acharya Harihar Das, Pandit Nilakantha Das, Pandit Godabarisha Mishra and Pandit Krupasindhu Mishra – popularly known as Pancha Sakha, the Bakula Bana Vidyalaya was known as an ideal centre of learning in pre-independence Odisha.
Higher Education Minister Anata Das, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, Puri MP Pinaki Misra and almost all the MLAs of Puri districts attended the foundation stone laying event.