Odisha [OPSC] Current Affairs - 2019

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MadhuApp: Odisha govt. launches smart learning mobile app

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha has launched a smart learning phone application ‘MadhuApp’ for school children. This app is aims to help school students in learning their lessons via videos and tutorials.

About MadhuApp

The app named after ‘Utkal Gourab’ Madhusudan Das, the first graduate and advocate of Odisha. The app has been developed by Ganjam district administration in accordance with the 5T action plan of state government. The 5T stands for Technology, Transparency, Teamwork, Transformation and Time.

The app is equipped with video lectures and exercises in Odia language by leading subject experts and educationists. In 1st phase, the study material has been created for Mathematics and Science Subjects of classes V to Vlll.

About 5T Action Plan

On 25 July 2019 Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik approved 5T action plan for Higher Education Department, to ensure better service delivery to public in Higher Education sector. The 5Ts aim at achieving progress via Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation. This action plan includes a number of new initiatives such as creation of a ‘Mo College’ platform in line with State Government’s ‘Mo School’ campaign to allow alumni as well as other interested individuals contribute to development of college.

National Tribal Craft Mela- 2019 being held in Bhubaneswar

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela at State Tribal Museum Complex in Bhubaneswar. The seven-day long event will be opened for public from 2.00 PM to 8.00 PM every day from 23 to 29 November.

As a part of Odisha Government’s ‘5Ts’ initiative, (which is aimed at achieving progress through Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation) 45 Supplementary Readers prepared in 21 Tribal languages were released simultaneously by Chief Minister on the occasion of Tribal Mela. These supplementary Readers will be used as Learning Materials for Multi-Lingual Education (MLE) of Scheduled Tribe (ST) Students.

About National Tribal Craft Mela- 2019

Objective: The National Tribal Crafts Mela is held annually with an aim to preserve, promote and popularize traditional tribal art and crafts and help the artisans to look for better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for the commercial viability of their products.

Participants: Over 240 tribal artisans from 18 States like Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telengana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand including Odisha are participating. Both Government and Non- Government Organizations such as TRIFED, TDCC (Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation), OTDC (Odisha Tourism Development Corporation), World Act, Anwesha, SCSTRTI (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute) and ATLC are also participating in Mela.

Exhibit: Handicraft items, handloom products, iron, lacquer craft, tribal jewellery, dhokra, bamboo products, puppets, sabai and siali crafts, tribal textiles and embroidery work, tribal paintings as well as many more tribal products will be put on display by these tribal artisans.