Saturday, January 09, 2010

Reliance Industries to set-up a multi-disciplinary university

Reliance Foundation, the recently set up philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), plans to set up a multi-disciplinary university in the country. The university, modelled on the lines of American Universities like University of Pennsylvania, will offer courses in science, technology and liberal arts. The new initiative would be launched under the chairmanship of Nita Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of RIL, said during his acceptance speech after being honoured with the Dean's Medal by the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science on Friday. The medal was conferred for his visionary leadership in the application of engineering and technology for the betterment of mankind.

The award was given today to Ambani by Eduardo Glandt,Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science,University of Pennsylvania, in Mumbai."I will treasure this medal. It is much more than the recognition of the modest contribution as a chemical engineer from India. It recognises the collective achievement of the Reliance family and the creativity of over 25,000 engineers in Reliance," Ambani said.

Commenting on the inaugural medal, Glandt said that Ambani "embodies what the engineering profession can contribute to a country, as someone who seeks to apply technology for the betterment of society". The University of Pennsylvania is one of the leading universities in the US.

The Reliance Group, is looking at the option of establishing the educational institute outside Mumbai or Delhi. The move comes seven years after it established the Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai.

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