Odisha CM inaugurates hostels for ST/SC students
BHUBANESWAR [Maha Media]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated hostels for the scheduled tribe (ST) and scheduled caste (SC) students in the state. The CM inaugurated three 'Akankhya hostels' located at Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela, an official said, adding that ?150 crores was spent on the construction of these hostels.
Patnaik inaugurated the projects through virtual mode. The chief minister said the state government has been implementing the 'Akankhya Programme' to provide education to the SC and ST students at reputed schools. As part of the scheme, the CM inaugurated the three Akankhya hostels. Patnaik also launched the 'Sanhati Programme' which will enable around 1.5 lakh students to avail primary education in their mother tongue. He said the learning process becomes better when primary students are taught in their mother tongue. Patnaik also said that the state government has credited ?101 crores towards Post Matric Scholarship to the bank accounts of around 50,000 students.