BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Saturday announced to offer online certificate courses in Odia for the benefit of Non-Resident Odias (NROs) globally and the students residing outside Odisha from 2017.
“I would like to announce that the Government of Odisha has decided to facilitate Odia Certification Courses on Online basis for the benefit of Non-Resident Odias (NR0s) globally and the students residing outside Odisha from 2017,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.
He said the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha would conduct the lower Odia test.
The curriculum of the said test will be equivalent to Class-VII standard Odia, he added.
“For this, the Odisha Society of Americas (OSA) and other organisations had made an appeal to me earlier. This will benefit the second generation of Odia children living outside the countries and will carry forward the grand legacy of our language,” said the Chief Minister.
The board will conduct the online exam maximum two times in a year. The students will appear for 70 marks.
While the NRO students will have to pay US $100 to appear in the examination, the students residing outside Odisha will pay Rs 1500, said School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra.