The Odisha government on Monday decided to set up two Odia language chairs in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

The Odia language chair in the Central University, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh would be named after Bhaktakabi Madhusudan Rao.

Another chair at Gandhinagar University in Gujarat to be named Utkal Bharati Kuntala Kumari Sabat chair, state Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said.

Panda said the two Odia language chairs will help spread the language besides encouraging research on it.