Pranab lays foundation stone of new NIT building
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday (25th Dec) laid the
foundation stone for a
60 crore building of the prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT) here.
The 13 storied building equipped with sophisticated gadgets and modern facilities
would be constructed coinciding with the golden jubilee of NIT. The landmark building,
scheduled to be completed in two years, would house important sections including
the administrative office of the NIT. Mukherjee, who was on a two-day visit to the
steel city, praised the role being played by NIT in imparting high quality technological
education. The finance minister also inaugurated the 84th annual conference of Nikhila
Bharat Banga Sahitya Samilana where more than 1,000 delegates participated from
different parts of the country.
Highlighting the significant role played by language in national integration and
harmony, Mukherjee said the bond among people gets strengthened through literature
which transcends geographical barriers. The senior Congress leader, during his arrival
here yesterday, was greeted with a demonstration by activists of India against Corruption
who protested the visit. About six of the demonstrators who shouted slogans and
carried flags demanding a strong Lokpal, were arrested as a preventive measure.
The finance minister had attended the golden jubilee celebrations of Rourkela Chamber
of Commerce and Industry last evening.