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Tata Steel remembers the pioneering geologist P N Bose on his 164th Birth Anniversary

Jamshedpur, May 11, 2019

Tata Steel today observed the 164th 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 Arun Misra, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel, Mr R Ravi Prasad, President, Tata Workers’ Union, the Guest of Honour. Also present on the occasion were union office bearers and employees of Tata Steel.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Arun Misra said: “The pursuit of truth is important in all aspects of life, whether in mining or in general life, so that we leave an impact for future generations. P N Bose pioneered the mineral exploration in India. His passion for mineral exploration and industrial self-reliance undoubtedly makes him one of the handful of visionaries accredited with foresight and dedication in India’s journey to industrialization in the early 20th century.”

Mr R Ravi Prasad lauded the efforts of P N Bose in identifying the mineral deposit in the surrounding areas of Jamshedpur.  He said: “We, at Tata Steel are indebted to P N Bose. A letter by him was received by J N Tata in 1904, informing about rich iron ore deposits in Mayurbhanj district and that is how Tata Steel came into being. We`ve to appreciate the fact that it was only because of his contribution that we are here today.”

On the occasion, a narrative on the P N Bose`s life and contributions was also shown. A special brochure was made to commemorate the event.

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.

About Tata Steel                         
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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