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Skill development key driver of Indian economy: NALCO CMD

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BHUBANESWAR: Industries must come forward to invest in skill and innovative ideas for employment generation and growth in economy, says NALCO CMD Tapan Kumar Chand,PTI reports. Seventeen per cent of India’s GDP depends on agriculture, 26 per cent on industry and 57 per cent on the service sector, he said.

“But to strengthen other sectors, industries must ensure bringing down production costs and increasing the purchasing power. For this, skill development and investment in innovative ideas are a must,” said Chand.

He was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 74th Foundation Day of Utkal University here today. Odisha Governor S C Jameer, also the Chancellor of the University, inaugurated the event.

Chand, in his address, appreciated Prof Ashoka Das, Vice Chancellor and all faculty members for their efforts to bring in all-round development of the university promoting free-thinking.

Citing the example of Navratna NALCO’s R&D efforts, Chand spoke about presence of fluoride in the ground water of Angul sector even before Nalco was established, and to address this endemic problem, the company is investing around Rs 20 crore in a breakthrough Nano technology conceived by a young group of scientists.Similarly, efforts are being made by the company as part of waste management to extract iron from its residual red mud in Damanjodi sector.

As part of industry-institution interaction programme of NALCO, Chand announced that it would collaborate with Utkal University for all-round development, including infrastructure and intellectual development, and provide a platform to students, teachers and researchers for their innovative ideas through a dedicated web portal.

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