Orissa to promote IMA as world class institute - Naveen

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Bhubaneswar, Jul 23 (UNI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said his government was committed to promoting the Institute of Mathematics and Applications (IMA) into a world class institute to achieve international reputation.

Inaugurating the IMA, funded by Tata Steel at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore, Mr Patnaik said the institute had already attracted international attention because of its unique quality of nurturing talents from rural Orissa.

He said the IMA would certainly add another glorious chapter in the academic scenario of Orissa with the state capital region already emerging as a hub for technical education.

Mr Patnaik said the Rural Mathematics Talent Research Programme, conducted by the institute, had fired the imagination of the young and hoped the institute would become an example not only as a centre of excellence but also an institute having profound concern for disseminating a scientific tempo to many more young persons.

Tata Steel Managing Director B.Muthuraman said the Tata Steel was as much as state of mind as a company, adding it would support every worthwhile activity of the state.

He said all the 120 students, who passed out from the Training institute, set up by the Tata Steel in 2005 at Gopalpur, had been suitably placed.

This apart, the company he said had brought the Lifeline Express to the state five times benefiting nearly one lakh patients.

IMA Director Dr Swadhin Patnaik said the institute had successfully conducted the Rural Mathematics Talent Programme and planned to introduce an ambitious programme, exclusively for the tribal children to prepare them for the IITs and NISER courses.

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