Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today wrote to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking the latter’s cooperation to upgrade stone Sculpture Training Institute at Konark to international standard.
Urging the Chief Minister to extend the cooperation for the project Pradhan wrote, “There is need to upgrade the present institute and create an institute of international standard. The government of India will provide all necessary assistance for the purpose.
“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,” he added.
This will help in the survival of an exquisite cultural facet of the state expressed through the intricate carvings on the stone as there are many renowned sculptors who are descendants of this unique skill sets, he informed. It is imperative on the part of the government to take all measures to keep alive this tradition, said Pradhan.