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Plans to upgrade state-run stone sculpture institute at Konark

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Petroleum today offered the Centre's help to upgrade the of stone sculpture at into an institute of global standard.

In a letter to Chief Naveen Patnaik, urged the to extend cooperation to make the project successful.

Pradhan, who is also the Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, "An international standard skilling institute will not only help in upgrading the traditional skill sets of sculptors, but also help in keeping alive Odishas ancient heritage by training the entrants in the profession.

The upgradation will also help in saving an exquisite cultural element of the state presented through intricate carvings on the stone, the said.

The institute is located near the famous at

Noting that temples of are living testimony to the ancient cultural heritage of the state, the minister said, it is imperative on the part of the government to take all possible steps to keep alive this tradition.

The also said that the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has recently developed tourist facilities at the in

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 11:40 IST