Vedanta to establish science college in Orissa

Lanjigarh: Even as its proposed Rs 15,000 crore university project hit roadblocks, Vedanta group today said they will set up a state-of-the-art science college near its alumina refinery here.

"The establishment of a science college was a long pending demand of the people of western Orissa as no such institution exists near Lanjigarh," Mukesh Kumar, president and chief operating officer of Vedanta Aluminium (VAL) said here.

Being set up by Vedanta in collaboration with DAV educational group, Vedanta Science College (VSC) would start classes from 2011-12 academic year, he said.

"The aim is to spread science education in interior parts and improve the quality of life of the poorest of the poor besides developing technical manpower for state`s industrialisation," Kumar said adding Vedanta has already been running a school here since 2006 in partnership with DAV.

The proposed college would be a boon to locals, mainly tribals.

"Besides getting employment, science education would help us to enhance quality of life in today`s science-oriented society," said Prof Arun Kumar Pujari, Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University.

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