Naveen Patnaik launches PREMA project on Gopalpur NTTF campus
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reiterated his government's efforts to promote education during his whirlwind visit to Ganjam district on Tuesday.
During his visit he inaugurated project PREMA for vocational and professional training for youths, inaugurated new college building of Parala Maharaja Engineering College and attended the annual function of Berhampur University Students' Union. At all these places he reiterated that his government was trying hard to promote education in the State so that Orissa's human resources match up with its economic development to benefit from it.
At the Parala Maharaja Engineering College on the outskirts of the city, which is the only government managed engineering college in south Orissa, Mr Patnaik unveiled the statue of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati, scion of Paralakhemundi royal family who had played a pivotal role in the formation of modern Orissa State on linguistic basis. Apart from inaugurating the new college building he also laid foundation stone for its hostels and attended the annual function of the students' union. He urged the students to become well trained to encash the continuing industrial development in Orissa.
He launched Project PREMA at Gopalpur campus of Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF). The project is a collaborative effort of an NGO named PREM and AXIS Bank Foundation. It is aimed at providing vocational and professional education to more than 10,000 youths of tribal and dalit community in Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, and Puri districts. The five-year project would have extra stress on women as 80 per cent of its beneficiaries are going to be women. CEO and MD of Axis Bank Sikha Sharma was present during the ceremony.
At the students' union function on Berhampur University campus the Chief Minister asked the students to get ready to excel in the highly competitive professional world. During his visit Mr Patnaik laid foundation stones for destination tourism project at Tara Tarini hill shrine, and project to renovate old ghat road to the top of Tara Tarini hill. He inaugurated the college building and distributed subsidy and ex gratia to peasants at Pitala village.