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Naveen pleads for IIIT centre for Orissa

Written by: Staff
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Bhubaneswar, June 29 (UNI) After strongly pleading for Indian Institute of Science (IIS) centre in Bhubaneswar, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set up Indian Institute of Information Technology(IIIT) in the state capital.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Patnaik said the vast growth potential of information technology sector in Orissa has necessitated the setting up of an IIIT for further development in the IT sector.

He said the proposal to set up an IIIT in Bhubaneswar was mooted during the previous NDA government but was shelved during the UPA government.

Mr Patnaik said all major top IT companies have already opened their Development Centres in Bhubaneswar while several others have evinced keen interest to establish their centres.

Keeping this in view the state government, the Chief Minister said had already proposed to have another Info Park in the state capital after the Info City, to accommodate the IT companies.

Under this circumstances the establishment of the IIIT would certainly create a conducive atmosphere for the development of the IT sector in the state which has witnessed a substantial growth in the export of IT sector over the years, Mr Patnaik said.

Mr Patnaik said Orissa had already been deprived of institutions like National Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Management and Indian Institute of Technology in the past.

He, however, hoped that the proposal for the setting up of IIIT would receive the centre's approval as Orissa is slowly emerging as a major IT destination for the country with export from the state in the IT sector likely to touch nearly Rs.1000 crores by 2008 judging the 25 per cent growth in exports in the previous year.

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