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Vedanta, NITR joins hands for waste utilization

Bhubaneswar, Aug 12 (IANS) Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL) Thursday signed an agreement with National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, to develop technologies for utilization of waste generated in the alumina industry.

The pact was signed by VAL Chief Operating Officer Mukesh Kumar and Sunil Kumar Sarangi, director of the institute, at steel city of Rourkela, some 514 km from here.

‘The agreement was for technology development to recover iron oxide from waste generated in alumina industry,’ a senior VAL official told IANS.

VAL will provide financial and technical support towards conducting the research and development projects. The company has handed over a cheque of Rs.21.2 lakh to the institute as an initial deposit for undertaking the work, he said.

In any mineral based industry, disposal of waste is always an area of concern. They incur huge cost of processing, generate no revenue and result in unsold material which becomes a concern for the environment and community, he said.

The pact includes exchange of expertise between two organizations for skill up gradation as well as future research through master and doctorate in technology program, he said.

This will provide an opportunity for bridging the gap between institution and industry and may be a model case for others, besides linking research directly with industry, he said.

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