For research purposes, the National Institute of Technology – Rourkela (NITR) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL), recently. The aim of the MoU is to develop technologies that aid in recovering iron oxide from waste that has been generated from the alumina industry. The memorandum was signed by NITR Director Sunil Kumar Sarangi and Chief Operating Officer of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd.
Mukesh Kumar. As an initial deposit for conducting research, VAL had presented the institute with a cheque of INR 21.2 lakh. There has been a set up of an alumina refinery has been set up at Lanjigarh in Orissa by VAL, with production capacity of one million tonnes per annum and, after it has been established successfully, the new technology would be available to be implemented across other alumina refineries under VAL. An exchange of expertise between the institute and the company for future research via M.Tech or Ph.D programmes as well as for skill upgradation has also been included in thememorandum of understanding.