Almost 61 years after passing of the Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 in the Assembly.
The State Cabinet on Friday approved the Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 for successful implementation of Odisha Official Language Act, 1954 which has already been amended.
As per the rule of the Act, a language division would function under the general administration department. The division would see how the Act was being implemented.
This apart, a committee headed by the Chief Secretary and having members as secretaries of information and public relations, general administration, school and mass education and higher education, would also be in place.
The Cabinet also approved a proposal to set up a unitary university for furthering the advancement of learning and research in Odia at the post graduate level on different aspects of Odia literature, language, linguistics and comparative literature.
The university will also take up research work on evolution of Odia language script, tribal language study, regional language study, epigraphy, archaeology and museology, translation into and from Odia.