Orissa Guv launches Gyanaloka project in Mayurbhanj

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Baripada, Nov 15 (UNI) An otherwise obscure and tiny village called Jiani under Kuliana block of Mayurbhanj district hogged limelight with the launching of the''Gyanaloka'' project by Orissa Governor M C Bhandare today.

A brainchild of the Governor, the project ''Gyanaloka'' sought to woo the school dropout students, mainly tribals back to the schools.

Mr Bhandare wanted the National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers to involve themselves in the task of bringing back the school dropouts to their classes again.

North Orissa University (NOU) NSS Programme Co-ordinator Sarat Kumar Swain said at least 100 NSS volunteers from Baripada College and another 100 from NOU were currently engaged in counselling to motivate the dropouts to attend schools.

Under the initiative of NOU Vice-Chancellor Prof Shiba Prasad Rath, the NSS wing of the ''Baripada College'' had recently adopted the village to implement the ''Gyanaloka'' project, he added.

During his visit to the Jiani village, the Governor interacted with the school dropouts and distributed school bags and reading and writing materials among them.

He advised the NSS volunteers to implement the ''Gyanaloka'' project in the village with utmost zest and zeal.

Located hardly five km away from the district headquarters Baripada, the basic amenities like drinking water and electricity remained elusive for the villagers.

''There is only one well that could hardly cater to their needs,'' the villagers felt.

After nearly 65 years of Independence, the village was still languishing in abject poverty and illiteracy.

The village had no road links even to reach the district headquarter. The district and block administration woke up to their responsibilities and worked in a breakneck speed to construct a road connecting it with the district headquarter following the visit of the Governor.

The village was predominantly inhabited by the most primitive ''Khadia'' tribals. Of the total 39 families inhabiting the village 32 families belonged to the ''Khadia'' tribals, while the remaining seven are Santhals.

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