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Odisha CM releases “Encyclopedia of Tribes in Odisha” in State Tribal Museum

by Akankshya Mahapatra

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today released 5 Edited Volumes of “Encyclopedia of Tribes in Odisha” published by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute and Odisha State Tribal Museum in the Museum complex. Odisha is the only State till now to publish an Encyclopedia of all Tribes.

Expressing happiness over such an incredible and unique publication, he said that this book will certainly be a great treasure and repository for all the academicians, researchers, policy makers and those interested to know about the tribal communities of the State, and also commended the work of the Institute.

All the five edited volumes contain 3800 pages and 418 research articles covering all the 62 Scheduled Tribe Communities and 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups.

The 418 articles in the Encyclopaedia had been published in Adivasi journal and other publications over last six decades. This mammoth painstaking and commendable job of editing, compilation and republication has been carried out over a period of last 4 years by Prof. A.B. Ota, Director, SCSTRTI and his Consultant S.C. Mohanty.

The CM also visited the galleries of the museum and appreciated the newly added Projection Mapping Unit in the PVTG Museum.

Among others Minister ST & SC Development Jagannath Saraka, Chief Advisor to CMO Balakrishnan Principal Secretary Saswat Mishra and Director SCSTRTI & Odisha State Tribal Museum Prof. A.B.Ota were also present on the occasion.

Notably, the Chief Minister had inaugurated the Tribal Museum in 2001, and the second Museum in 2009, which is exclusively devoted to the PVTGs. The Museum was accorded Odisha State Tribal Museum status in 2018 by the Chief Minister.

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