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CSR of Vedanta: Vedanta Bal Chetna Project expanded in Rayagada
INDIACSR | APR 05, 2011
LANJIGARH: Looking at the importance of education and in an attempt to improve the nutritional status of the children, Vedanta Bal Chetna Anganwadi project will now cover 2900 more children in Rayagada district alone. This became possible after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between District Administration of Rayagada, Vedanta Foundation and Vedanta Aluminium Ltd, Lanjigarh.

The MoU–signed on 17 March 2011–will support, in its second phase, an additional 2900 children of 478 Anganwadi Centres under Public-Private-Partnership Project. Till now, Vedanta foundation has been providing support to 1014 Anganwadi centres in Kalahandi & Rayagada Districts covering about 47,000 children. Now the number of children will increase up to 76000.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mukesh, President and COO, Vedanta Aluminium Limited, Lanjigarh, said, “Children are the future of any place, so Vedanta has always been trying to give children of Rayagada and Kalahandi districts a better education and health care.”

The prime object of behind the project is to make all pre-school Anganwadi Children socially and psychologically productive and ensure 100 percent enrollment in formal schools.

According to the MoU, the additional project will cover Anganwadi centres in Muniguda, Bissam Cuttack, Kolonara, K.Singpur, Rayagada, Rayagada Muncipalty and Ramanaguda block. All these centres cover about 29,000 children. Less privileged children love to come to the Anganwadi Centers as they get quality education in a playful method along with nutritious food.

Ms. Sanghamitra Kanungo, DSWO, Mr. Manoj Kumar Gouda, Chief Co-ordinator, Vedanta Foundation were also present during signing of the MoU.

Vedanta Foundation has tied up with Government-run Anganwadi centers to give a proper pre-schooling education along with nutritional additives in the government supplied food to the children. The project mainly focuses on overall development of children like Cognitive development, sensory development, Language development, Physical development and social development with special emphasis on Education, Neutrition and Health Care.

Vedanta assures quality science Education at Orissa through Science College
Report by Suchismita Sahoo; Bhubaneswar: Today the management committee of upcoming Vedanta Science College organized a day long conference on “Emergence of Science Education” in the society at Lanjigarh.

As 21st century every human life is more dependent on technology the knowledge on scientific innovations is becoming essential for all of us . “Science education would not only help in getting employment but also will help us to enhance a quality life in science oriented society’, said Prof. Arun Kumar Pujari, Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University during a conference. More than 200 students and faculty members from 15 colleges in Kalahandi and Rayagada participated in this conference.

The objective of the conference was to make the people conscious about the value of science education at degree level as well as to discuss about the proposed Vedanta Science College at Lanjigarh. Dr. Mukesh Kumar, President and COO, Vedanta Aluminium Limited, said, “Vedanta Science College was a long pending demand of the people of Western Orissa. Vedanta is committed to create a state of art Science College that will promote quality science education in western Orissa”. Quality Science education can help in developing technical manpower for industrialization in Orissa, he added.

The proposed Vedanta Science College will start its academic session from 2011 and will provide education in subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Mathematics, Zoology, and Environmental Science. As the local students of the region depend on Bhawanipatna, Rayagada and Bhubaneswar for degree level studies on science subjects, Vedanta Science College can make a valuable contribution to the local people around Lanjigarh,

Prof. Gopabandhu Behera and Dr. A. K. Nanda, who are also the Governing Body member of Vedanta Science College were also present on the dais.

Also present on the occasion were, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Pattnaik Vice-President, VAL, Mr. C Joseph, in-charge of the Vedanta Science College, Dr. Nabakrushna Panda, Principal, Govt. Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna, Mr. S. P. Nanda, Principal, Govt, Women’s College, Bhawanipatna, Mr. Sudershan Rath, Principal, Bisamcuttack College, Mr. Bharat Rath, Principal Rayagada Govt. College.
No Tribal Lives in Niyamgiri Hills: Orissa Govt
Annoyed over the Centre's rejection of a proposal to start bauxite mining atop Niyamgiri hills in Orissa's Kalahandi district, the state government today said no tribal was living in Niyamgiri Reserve Forest area spreading over 2,100 hectare.

This was stated by Orissa Steel and Mines minister Raghunath Mohanty while replying a question in the assembly. "As per the information available with the state government, no scheduled tribe person lives in the Niyamgiri reserve forest area," he said.

He said the total area of Niyamgiri area was 30.032 km. "There was no village in Niyamgiri area also," the minister said.

Stating that an estimated 88 million tonne of bauxite was reserved in Niyamgiri hills, the minister said that two central organisations like Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) had undertaken survey work in the area.

The state owned Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) was about to start bauxite mining atop Niyamrigi hills to feed Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL)'s refinery at Lanjigarh when the Union ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) rejected the proposal on August 24.

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