Bhubaneswar: The Central-sector aluminium behemoth Nalco has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIT, Rourkela, and NIT Rourkela Alumni Association (NITRAA) for creation of a Centre of Excellence with the objective of collaboration to develop entrepreneurs by supporting technology-driven start-up companies to improve manufacturing and service delivery competitiveness.

The tripartite partnership, supported by IIT, ICT & DST, is aimed at developing an ecosystem for promoting entrepreneurship, to promote a knowledge environment by collaborating with research institutes and universities in both, core and enabling technology areas. This will foster creativity, innovation and improve competitiveness in specific technological needs of the host institute and other industries.

The incubation centre will be located at Nalco’s Research and Training Centre at Gothapatna, Bhubaneswar, where the aluminium giant is developing a world-class research facility to benefit the aluminium sector.

The union mines secretary Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao praised this new initiative and urged the three partners to develop an ecosystem that will encourage fresh ideas and innovative practices.

On this occasion, Nalco rewarded 50 employees of the company with ‘Excellence Award’, with an aim to foster a culture of high performance, professionalism and excellence at workplace. 

Speaking on the occasion the Nalco CMD TK Chand, said, “The hard work and dedication of the employees are paying off in all fronts – production, productivity and profitability”.