India, Feb. 14 -- The Naveen Patnaik government has proposed to sanction 100 hostels with an accommodation capacity for 10,000 OBC as well as SEBC students to access higher education in 14 major urban educational hubs of the state.

Making this announcement in his speech on the first day of the Budget session in Odisha Assembly, Governor Ganeshi Lal said his government has adopted a holistic and integrated approach for development of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward castes and minorities with special focus on social, economic, education, health and livelihood sectors.

Officials of State SC/ST and Backward class department said the hostels will house 5,000 boys and girls each drawn from higher secondary students belongin...