Bhubaneswar: April 10: Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan today writing a letter to Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik urged to extend co-operation to upgrade the present Institute on Sculpture training at Konark and create an Institute of International Standard.
He wrote, ‘Presently, there is a Institute of the State Government at Konark that imparts training on stone sculpture. There is a need to upgrade the present institute and create an Institute of International standard’.
Mentioning regarding central assistance, he said, ‘Government of India will provide all necessary assistance for the purpose’.
Speaking on the purpose, he said, ‘An International Standard skilling Institute will not only help in upgrading the traditional skill sets of the sculptors, but will also help in keeping alive Odisha’s ancient heritage by training the entrants into the profession. This will help in the survival of a exquisite cultural facet of the state expressed through the intricate carvings on the stone.’