Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government decided to provide education to the linguistic minority students belonging to the Muslim, Telugu and Bengali communities studying in primary schools in their own mothertongue. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Patnaik, who asked School and Mass Education Department Minister Pratap Jena to take immediate steps to engage Shiksha Sahayaks proficient in their own languages before the next academic year.
Earlier, Urdu and Telugu-speaking students were given education in their mother tongue for their MIL papers.
It was decided at the meeting that as many as 17,543 Shiksha Sahayaks would be engaged in primary schools against the existing vacancies. The district Collectors were asked to issue notifications to start the process of recruitment immediately, sources said, adding that Shiksha Sahayaks proficient in Bangla, Urdu and Telugu would be given engagement in those schools having concentration of students of linguistic minorities.