On Thursday, Governor Raghubar Das of Odisha stated that although the state has become a centre for education in eastern India, none of its universities have national recognition. As the governor presided over this vice-chancellor’s conference, he urged the VCs to raise the bar for university education so that it can rival that of foreign institutions.
Das said that increasing staffing levels, raising standards, and improving the educational environment on campuses should be the main priorities. Additionally, he demanded that the state successfully execute the National Education Policy 2023. “The Governor stressed on research and innovation in higher education institutions,” stated Sabita Acharya, VC of Utkal University. Additional chapters on the customs and culture of Odisha were also discussed. Santosh Kumar Tripathy, VC of Fakir Mohan University, emphasised the importance of holding exams on time and disclosing results.
Odisha has centuries-old culinary traditions. It is said that the kitchen at the Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri, which employs 1,000 cooks to prepare meals for over 10,000 patrons every day, is the biggest in the world. The chulas, or clay hearths, burn wood.
The world is familiar with the sweet, syrupy Odisha delicacy Pahala rasagola. Another popular sweet dish from Odisha that has its roots in Nayagarh is chhenapoda. Dalma, a popular dish that combines dal with particular vegetables, tastes best when served with ghee.
On July 29, 2019, the “Odisha Rasagola” received a GI tag following a protracted legal dispute with West Bengal regarding the sweet’s originality.
Classical art forms include Odissi dance and music. Based on archaeological evidence, odissi is the oldest dance form still in use in India. Odissi has a 2,000-year-old uninterrupted tradition that dates back to Bharatamuni’s Natyashastra, which may have been composed in 200 BC. But during the British era, the dance style was on the verge of extinction. It was only brought back to life by a few gurus following India’s independence. Ghumura, Chhau, Jhumair, Mahari, Dalkhai, Dhemsa, and Gotipua are among the many dance styles.
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