Archive for February, 2015

Mukesh Ambani awarded with honorary Doctor of Science Degree

February 18, 2015

Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, Mukesh Ambani has acquired an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. He has been a former student of ICT. The honor was conferred upon him on 16th February, 2015 by the hands of the Chancellor, Dr. R.A. Mashelkar and Vice Chancellor, Professor G. D. Yadav of ICT.

This honor makes Ambani stand with three of the most known scientists. Among these are Dr. C.N.R. Rao who has won Bharat Ratna; the well-known scientist, Professor George Whitesides and Professor M.M. Sharma who has been conferred by Padma Vibhushan and has taught Ambani at the institute.

Ambani’s relation with the institute

ICT was earlier known as University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) when Ambani passed out. He acquired the degree of BE in Chemical Engineering from the institute in 1979. He has strengthened his relationship with the institute over these years. He mentioned UDCT to be his home and said that the institute has shaped him to emerge as one of the most powerful entrepreneurs of the world.

He said that the 35-years he spent with the institute after passing out has also been very special. ICT has been very close to the entire Reliance Family. He got the opportunity of participating actively in establishing grassroots assets across the country with an investment that has been more than Rs. 300,000 crores. He also said that ICT and Professor M.M. Sharma has always helped and encouraged him to take some of the major decisions concerning Reliance Industries. He further added that ICT has played a vital role in ‘building the Reliance of today.’

The renowned industrialist remembered his father and the Founder of Reliance Industries, Late Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, while accepting the honor. He said that his father has deeply influenced and shaped his life. He dedicated the honor to over 1 lakh individuals who have assisted him to take his company where it is today.

Institute of Chemical Technology

The former, UDCT was established on 1st October, 1933. It was set up by the University of Mumbai with the help of many entrepreneurs. It has laid great emphasis on research since then and is said to make more than 500 first generation businessmen. On 26th January, 2002 UDCT was renamed to ICT and was converted to an institute. It acquired complete autonomy from the Government of Maharashtra in June, 2004 and got the status of Deemed University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in September, 2008.

Mukesh Ambani

Apart from BE in Chemical Engineering, Ambani has acquired MBA degree from the Stanford University in USA. He then joined Reliance Industries in 1981.  He took Reliance from the business of textiles to polyester fibers and then to petrochemicals. He also actively worked to set up the largest grassroots petroleum refinery in the world at Jamnagar, Gujarat and also another one located next to it.


The Chairman of Reliance Industries, <a href=”; title=”Mukesh Ambani”>Mukesh Ambani</a> was conferred upon the honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Institute of Chemical Technology.


Reliance Foundation promoting Art and Culture of India

February 13, 2015

Reliance Foundation is indulging in varied activities to protect and enhance the culture and heritage of India.Being the oldest civilization in the world, India is rich in its arts, culture and heritage. UNESCO has recognized 29 heritage sites across the country out of which 23 are cultural while six are natural sites.

Understanding the need and importance, Reliance Foundation has conducted varied events promoting arts, culture and heritage. The foundation feels, that India’s priceless culture should be widely popularized and also connect with the youth and children. Some of the steps it took to promote the culture are as follows.

Annual musical concert

Reliance Foundation extends its heartfelt support to conduct the yearly concert of UstadZakirHusain. The concert named as Abbaji is a tribute to his legendary father, maestro Ustad Allah Rakha Khan. It is one of the ways to pay homage to the cultural legends of India and honor and promote their talents.

Egyptian exhibition                  

In November 2012, Reliance Foundation along with BP held the internationally popular exhibition at Mumbai’s nine decades old museum, ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharajVastuSangrahalaya. The Sangrahalaya collaborated with British Museum for the exhibition. The exhibition was called ‘Mummy: The InsideStory’. The main attraction of the exhibition was an old coffin of priest Nesperennub, who died 3 millenniums ago. Through the use of x-rays, CT scans and advanced computer technology, the audiences could see a virtual unwrap and then the mummification process of Egypt. The history of Egypt was also shown through a 3D movie. The exhibition continued for 3 months and saw 4.5 lakhs footfalls. Out of these, 1 lakh were students who came from 300 schools,to visit the museum.

Music album

Reliance Foundation has launched the musical album ‘Infinite Love’ along with the Academy Award winner, A. R. Rahman. This album aims to foster and spread the message of love and brotherhood. It conceptualizes the idea of a world without borders.

Cultural festival

Reliance Foundation associated itself with the annual Elephanta Festival held on 2nd and 3rd March, 2013 by being its lead sponsor. The festival was held at the Elephanta Island, situated alongside the World Heritage Site of Elephanta Cave. This is an event that popularizes India as a nation of rich artistry, talent and culture, world over. It is a celebration of the heritage of art, sculpture and dance of India.

Eminent classical artists showcased their talents in the event. Some of the performances were SaraswatiVandana by ShwetaPandit, classical dance by ParvathyDutta and Vaishnamoperformance by five popular classical musicians. Besides, there were performances of Pt. PrabhakaKarekar, ManjariChaturvedi and RanjitBarot, too. Around 2000 people attended the event.

Reliance Foundation

Reliance Industries focuses on sustainable development for India. To boost its activities and give it a shape, it established Reliance Foundation in 2010. Reliance Foundation aims to bring ‘transformative change and build an inclusive India.’

The philanthropic organization works for the overall development of the marginalized sections of the society. It lays emphasis on its five core pillars. These include Health, Education, Urban Renewal, Rural Transformation and Arts, Culture and Heritage.


<a href=”; title=”Reliance Foundation”>Reliance Foundation</a> has actively worked to protect and promote the heritage, art and culture of India.

Reliance Jio Infocomm to give Free 4G Wi-Fi service in Kolkata

February 11, 2015

The telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, made Kolkata the first metro city to offer public 4G Wi-Fi service in India. The service was launched at Park Street in Kolkata by the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee. Currently, the Wi-Fi service of Reliance Jio is available from Park Street Metro Station to Mullick Bazar Junction. Reliance has planned to make the entire city Wi-Fi enabled in two months’ time.

Statement by the Chief Minister

At the inaugural function of the 39th Calcutta International Book Fair, the Chief Minister announced that Reliance Jio has installed optical fiber cable connections that will cover 2,000 kms, in the last two years. With this, Reliance Jio has accomplished over 90% of its work in the city. It will be covering another 250-300 kms in the next couple of months. Reliance Jio will cover all 149 wards of the city and also focus on the areas of Greater Kolkata.

With this new development, Kolkata will become the first global knowledge hub in the country. The Chief Minister said that the free Wi-Fi will especially cater to the youth. “This will transform Kolkata into a networked society – smart, simple and secure,” she added.

Service in Kolkata

Kolkata will soon compete with cities like Singapore and Taipei that give Wi-Fi services to people in the entire city.  According to the Eastern Head of Reliance Jio, Tarun Jhunjhunwala, the service in Kolkata will be the best of its kind.  Reliance Jio has announced that this unlimited Wi-Fi service in the city will be free not only till the launch but for the entire year. Early test results have shown a constant speed up to 50 mbps.

Reliance Jio’s 4G launch

Reliance Jio has made an investment of about Rs. 3,300 crores to provide 4G services in the state. Before the official commercial launch in March 2015, Reliance Jio is giving free services and trial runs to test efficiency and boost popularity.

Preparations by Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio is the only organization in the country to hold a pan-India Broadband Wireless Access spectrum license, which was acquired in 2010. This enables the organization to offer 4G services in any part of India.

It also acquired ISP (Internet Service Provider) license through acquisition of Infotel Broadband Services.

Besides, Reliance Jio has a Unified License (UL) that it got in October 2013.  With this license, the company can make use of any technology to give different telecom services.

Reliance Jio rolled out its public Wi-Fi services in April and May, 2014 in Gujarat. It chose cities of Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Surat for this.


<a href=”; title=”Reliance Jio Infocomm”>Reliance Jio Infocomm</a> launched free 4G Wi-Fi services in Kolkata, making it the first metro city to get this in India.