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Jamshedpur, May 12, 2018

Tata Steel today observed the 163rd birth anniversary of Pramatha Nath Bose (P N Bose) to commemorate his invaluable contribution towards the setting up of Tata Steel, India’s first integrated steel plant at Sakchi.

The occasion was marked with the garlanding of the statue of P N Bose by the Chief Guest, Mr Rajeev Singhal, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, Mr Satish Kumar Singh, General Secretary, Tata Workers’ Union, the Guest of Honour, Mr.Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel. Also present was Mr Abhijit Bose, great grandson of PN Bose, other senior officials, union office bearers, employees of Tata Steel.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Singhal said ‘If we look at Mr Bose’s span of activities he was not only a Geologist but an Entrepreneur. He had the spirit of adventure so he visited many places. He has immense contribution not only Tata Steel but to the country as well.

Recalling P.N.Bose’s contributions, the Guest of Honour Mr Satish Kumar Singh lauded the efforts of Mr Bose in identifying the mineral deposit regions in the surrounding areas of Jamshedpur.  He mentioned that Mr Bose after much research discovered iron ore deposits in Badampahar, hence he suggested to Jamsetji Tata to establish a company in this region. He stressed on the fact that the Steel plant and the city of Jamshedpur is all because of the immense contribution of Late PN Bose.

On the occasion a narrative on the legendary man’s life and contributions was also shown. A special brochure was made to commemorate the event.

As part of the celebrations the first PN Bose Memorial Lecture was organized at Centre for Excellence.
During the event Mr Abhijit Bose, great grandson of PN Bose spoke about the personal life of PN Bose. He mentioned that PN Bose did his BSC from London University. He was looking for an assignment in India. The British gave him a job in Geological Survey of India in 1880, so he came back to India. He was also interested in Arts and Poetry apart from Science.

Mr B B Bhattacharya, Former Director, ISM, Dhanbad spoke on the topic ‘Recent trends in the field of Applied Geology and Geophysics’. He mentioned that Geophysics is non-destructive and non-invasive earth science. It studies the nature of the very outermost part of earth’s crust.

About P N Bose
Born on May 12, 1855 in a remote village of Gaipur, in 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, Geologist Late P. N. Bose graduated in Science from London University and passed out from the Royal School of Mines in 1878. During his years as geologist, he discovered iron ore mines in Dhulli and Rajhara in Madhya Pradesh. The most outstanding achievement of his life was the discovery of iron ore deposits in the hills of Gorumahisani in the state of Mayurbhanj. Following the discovery, Late P N Bose wrote a letter to J N Tata on February 24, 1904 which led to the establishment of Tata Iron and Steel Company at Sakchi.

Bose has several firsts to his credit. He was the first Indian graduate in science from a British University; first to discover petroleum in Assam; first to set up a soap factory in India and also the first to introduce micro sections as an aid to petrological work. He was also the first Indian to hold a graded position in the Geological Survey of India where he served with distinction. As a man of science, he had constantly taken up the cause of technical education in the country. His efforts also catalysed the foundation of the Bengal Technical Institute which is better known as the Jadavpur University today of which Bose was the first honorary Principal