Soni Salma Priyadarshini, a native of Odisha’s Rayagada district and an IIT student, has successfully digitised the tribal Saura script of the state. The script will promote the Saura culture and help the tribal students pursue studies in Saura medium.

After digitising the script, Soni is planning to help the publishers publish textbooks in Saura for the state primary schools and Anganwadi centres. Soni has digitised the Saura script with the help of IIT Mumbai professor Girish Dalvi.

“I was doing a job in a big company in Germany. Though I was getting a hefty salary, I left the job and came back to Rayagada to do further research on Saura script. As I have completed the digitization, the script will be computerized. But as the coding is necessary for the publication of the textbooks, I will complete it within a few days,” Soni said as quoted by Odisha Bytes.

“Publication of textbooks in Saura script will benefit over 30,000 tribal students of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts,” she added.

As per records, 62 tribal communities reside in Odisha. However, only five communities’ languages have been digitised so far in the state.