Thursday, August 10, 2006


Mail from a reader

Hello Mr. Baral,

Please refer to this link which describes how Orissa managed to get the MOU for Vedanta signedin face of stiff competition .

'Vedanta University' on the lines of Stanford, Harvard and Oxford, being promoted by UK-based NRI industrialist Anil Agarwal might take its root in the State.

Experts views Hyderabad as a definite high-potential candidate for the location of the world-class university.

Talks with the AP, Maharashtra and Rajasthan governments had already been done and officials from Vedanta is in the process of talking to Karnataka and Goa. A final decision on the location is to be taken by April this year.

The 'not-for-profit' Vedanta University will strive to impart world-class education and drive a cutting-edge research agenda, with an envisaged student population of more than 100,000.

The university would also aim to nurture all-round excellence, beyond the academic dimension, to produce tomorrow's Nobel laureates, Olympic champions and community leaders.

The vision implies spawning of an education and research township, around the university in a manner similar to Stanford University.

Vedanta Resources is a leading diversified metals and mining group with operations in India, Australia and Zambia. The group has an annual turnover of $ 4 billion.

The above article shows that practically every state in India wanted this university to be a set up in their state. We have got this university as a masterstroke. I think as a state we should learn to take opportunity when it knocks on our doorsteps.

I would appreciate if you publish my letter in your Vedanta university blog.

Thanks & Regards
Umashankar Das

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