The Centre came up with this mission to propagate language and culture of two paired state through various activities. In this process, the MHRD has paired Odisha with Maharashtra. The mutual exchange during the programme will promote knowledge of the culture, traditions and practices of two states.
The state higher education department on Friday urged regional directorate of National Service Scheme (NSS), Bhubaneswar, to attend the MoU signing meeting with representatives of 13 universities on January 17 at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.
Higher and technical education department, Maharashtra, has also written a letter to Odisha’s higher education department on Wednesday about the signing of the MoU. After this understanding or mutual agreement, students from Odisha will get to know about the Maharashtra culture and vice versa.
Surekha Sundari Swain, state NSS officer, said students from Odisha will visit Maharashtra and meet their counterparts in that state. Through this process they can get to know about Maharashtra culture and language. “Similarly, students from Maharashtra will visit our state and know our culture, language and art through this exchange programme,” she added.
These selected 13 universities are Utkal University Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur University, Berhampur University, North Odisha University Baripada, Ravenshaw University Cuttack, Fakir Mohan University Balasore, Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University Puri, Gangadhar Meher University Sambalpur, Rama Devi Women’s University Bhubaneswar, Khallikote University Berhampur, Rajendra University Balangir, VSSUT Burla and Biju Patnaik University of Technology Rourkela.