Bhuabneswar, Nov.22 ( Odisha.in): Eminent Non Resident Oriya educationist Chitta Baral professor, Arizona State University has urged upon Sanak Mishra and Malay Mukherjee of Arcelor-Mittal group to set up its Research and development center in Orissa.
In a letter to Mr Mishra and Mr Mukherjee, Dr. Baral has said,” various newspapers report that Arcelor-Mittal plans to set up an R&D center in India soon.
Please do not be like the Tatas who take a lot of their minerals from Orissa but set up mega research centers and hospitals in big cities like Mumbai. This has alienated them all over Orissa.
The vibes coming out of your company (Arcelor-Mittal), on issues such as R&R, water harvesting etc. have been very good so far.
Following on those, please set up the Arcelor-Mittal R & D center in Orissa and perhaps even plan to make it a full-fledged technical institute at the level of an IIT or a university.
If proximity to an existing technical institute is important then please note that NIT Rourkela has a good Metallurgy department. Similarly, various locations in North Orissa are within an hour distance of IIT Kharagpur.”