Bhubaneswar, Sept. 19 -- Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has initiated the process for developing technical institutions like ITIs and polytechnics into centres of excellence (CoE) in the mineral bearing areas of the state, an official said on Saturday.

This was discussed at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

Considering the need for CoE, Tripathy directed to develop such institutions in the Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC) areas for expanding the avenues of employment.

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