Saturday, July 15, 2006
Saturday July 15 2006 13:25 IST
BHUBANESWAR: Centre has approved the proposal for upgrading four ITIs in the State into centres of excellence with World Bank assistance this fiscal. The ITIs are located at Berhampur, Balasore, Hirakud and Talcher.
Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Chandrasekhar Sahu on Friday announced this at a news conference here. A National Institute of Science (NIS) would also be set up in Bhubaneswar.
Sahu said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave this assurance to a delegation of State Congress, which called on him in New Delhi recently.
The NIS issue had sparked off a controversy after the UPA Government dropped a proposal floated by the preceding NDA government for setting up such an institute in the City. The State Government had identified 75 acres of land for this on the request of the University Grants Commission.
Besides, the ESI hospital at Rourkela would be converted into a model hospital with central assistance.
The Labour and Employment Ministry has decided to open a sub-regional office of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation at Keonjhar, Sahu revealed. This was a long-standing demand of the employees of the area.