Utkal University signed MoU with NALCO, skill development, research, internships on anvil

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) : Aluminium major Nalco signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Utkal University on the occasion of the 37th Foundation Day of the former here on Sunday. Nalco and the university will now collaborate on areas like research and development, baseline and impact assessment survey for CSR projects, industry and institution interactions, and skill development.

“Nalco has been emphasizing on skill development as an organization and has therefore tied up with several institutions like National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and Utkal University in an effort to create more skilled manpower. The aluminium major will also collaborate with the premier university for research and development and conduct impact assessment surveys,” said Nalco chairman and managing director, Tapan Kumar Chand.

As part of the celebrations, Nalco honored several achievers of Odisha for their contributions to different fields. The Nalco Literary Award was given to personalities like Ramakanta Rath, Pratibha Satapathy and Binapani Mohanty. Nalco Start-up award was given to Srikumar Mishra, CEO of Milk Mantra. BK College of Art and Crafts and sand sculpture Sudarshan Sahoo received Nalco Fine Arts awards.

Nalco Sports awards were given to chess player Debasis Das, athlete Amiya Mallick and scuba diver Sabir Bux. Nalco also recognized the efforts of three SBI officers in promoting cashless transaction by honoring them with Nalco Digital Drive awards.

As part of the MoU, Nalco will also facilitate vocational training and provide internships to students of the university. The varsity will take up research projects on subjects that lie in the areas of Nalco’s interests in the next five years, informed Utkal University vice chancellor, Ashok Das.

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