Wednesday, November 29, 2006


City has potential as big IT hub: Kalam

Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar

President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Gothapatna here.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that like Bangalore and Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar has the potential to develop into an international quality IT hub and attract blue chip companies in the IT field. The proposed institute would be a unique facility and lead to a convergence of technology.

The President, addressing the students present on the occasion, advised them to be good citizens. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said it would be named as the knowledge city.

The proposed institute on a area of 25 acres is being jointly developed by the State Government and the IT industry at a cost of Rs 16 crore, of which Rs 10 crores will be provided by the State Government.

There are plans to set up a 100-acre IT Park adjacent to it to house the IT companies. The IIIT will come up to cater to the booming IT industry and with a vision to contribute to the IT world by focusing on education and research, enterpreneurship and innovation, add sources.

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