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Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the high-performance hockey centre – Naval Tata Hockey Academy

Bhubaneswar:13/8/19 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the high-performance hockey centre – Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA), Odisha, that will groom the best hockey talent in the State into future national and international players.

This elite hockey academy has been opened in Bhubaneswar as part of the three-pronged Tata Odisha Hockey Programme, a joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Government of Odisha to nurture sports talent in the State, which is already being hailed as a cradle for the sport.

The State government sports hostels in Bhubaneswar, Sundargarh, and Rourkela will become the Regional Development Centres (RDCs), where experts engaged by Tata Trusts and Tata Steel will work with the RDCs to further enhance their efficiency and excellence.

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Ten to 20 grassroots centres will initially be established in Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts. The talent scouted from the grassroots centers will be recommended for admission into the sports hostels. The grassroots centres and the RDCs will ensure a continuous flow of talent into NTHA.

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The government will help develop infrastructure in these regions to improve the quality of hockey players being fed into the RDCs and NTHA Odisha. Young players from the community, who are enthusiastic and willing to work with children, will be trained and provided with career opportunities as trainers and coordinators in these centres.The Academy was formally dedicated to the Nation by Chief Minister in the presence of Mr T.V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel and Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha. Vineel Krishna, Director, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha, Mr. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel, and Mr Burzis Taraporevala, Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts, also graced the occasion with their presence.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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