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Ambani brings tech twins

Calcutta, Dec. 1: A solutions and services development centre and a technology institute ' the country's biggest corporation is planning big for Bengal.

Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, announced the company's intention to roll out two initiatives for a 'rejuvenated and revitalised' Bengal during the inauguration of Infocom 2004, organised by Nasscom and Businessworld, an ABP group publication, today.

'We will set up a solutions and services development centre, the first outside Mumbai, here and it will create employment for around 2,500 people over three years. For the talented youths of the state, we will also set up the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology,' said Ambani, the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the five-day conference-cum-exhibition, billed as one of the biggest IT expositions in the country.

He later inaugurated the exhibition, where over 150 participants are showcasing the latest tech tools, on the Salt Lake Stadium grounds. Nasscom chairman Jerry Rao and president Kiran Karnik and state IT minister Manab Mukherjee were also present.

Using the Infocom platform, Mukherjee announced the state government's next target: 'We are growing very fast, but we are not satisfied. Not just in India, our aim is to become the most favoured IT hub in Asia.'

He said the government is tackling the misconceptions about Bengal. The government is also addressing issues related to labour, power, traffic and road infrastructure.

Ambani did acknowledge the initiatives: 'The Bengal IT minister is the only minister in the country who works faster than Reliance.'

He topped the compliment with the announcement of the two projects and appreciation for the human resource in Calcutta, 'the mind of Bengal'.

Reliance has laid an extensive optic fibre cable network in the state and is also setting up a 2,000-seater call centre in Salt Lake. 'In the Reliance Infocomm project in the state, we have invested around Rs 1,000 crore,' Ambani said.

He took care to explain how Reliance Infocomm ' perceived to be one of the factors that soured the relationship between the older Ambani and his brother Anil ' was working to marry information and communication and fulfil the dream of Dhirubhai Ambani.

Nasscom's Karnik picked up from where Ambani left off and complimented the Left Front government for its 'can do and must do' approach.

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