RANCHI: The erstwhile ‘Summer Capital’ looks forward to IT

Ranchi, the capital of the newly founded eastern state of Jharkhand is an important industrial city today. The erstwhile summer capital of Bihar, the city is well equipped to wear the mantle. Located beside the Suvarnarekha river in the Chotanagpur Plateau region, Ranchi is a sylvan, quaint and untouched. The serene town of Ranchi is an ideal stop for health buffs. A popular tourist destination for its pleasant weather and scenic landscapes, the city also boasts of eminent educational institutions within its precincts. It is the hub for the regions agricultural, tea and cotton trade The administrative and transportaton hub of the mineral rich state, Ranchi also has a large number of business travellers. It has a number of industrial complexes which are very important in the industrial life of the country. Being the headquarters of National Coal Development Corporation, the Heavy Engineering Corporation, and the Hindustan Steel Company, Ranchi holds prominence in the Indian economy too. Amidst rich flora and fauna, Ranchi has many enchanting waterfalls around it. The picturesque Ranchi has inspired the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore to write a major chunk of his prized

While on the one hand beautiful and exciting water falls are scattered around this town, on the other hand huge industries are also to be seen there which do attracts visitors. There are many scenic attraction in and around Ranchi which hold tourists for days together. It is also an important place for the study of tribal ways of life, it offers an ideal opportunity to those interested in Anthropology. Bihar Tribal Research Institute and Museum is well worth a visit for those seeking to know more about the tribes of Bihar. One can consider some of the villages rich in tribal life. Situated picturesquely in the heart of Chotanagpur plateau, it is the nucleus of the region.

Places of Interest

Ranchi Hill & Ranchi Lake
The Scenic attraction of the town have much to offer to its visitors. The landmark of Ranchi is a hill bearing a temple of Shiva on its summit with a lake at its foot, known as ‘Ranchi Lake’. One can have panoramic view of the town and surroundings from the top of the hill.

Tagore Hill
On the periphery of Ranchi is ‘Tagore Hill’, named after Ravindra Nath Tagore who is believed to have written a part of his famous Gitanjali here, besides other poems. Ram Krishna Ashram is situated at the foot of the hill. This hill is very attractive and bigger than
‘Ranchi Hill’

Kanke Dam & Jagannath Temple
On the other end of Ranchi is the ‘Kankedam’ which is ever crowded with tourists. It is a popular picnic spot. Few kilometres from the dam and 10kms from Ranchi is the 17th century “Jagannath Temple” when the annual Rath Yatra (car festival) is held in the month of June/July.

There is another beautiful dam known as ‘Hatia Dam’. It is about 12kms from the city.

Hundru falls :
‘Hundru Falls’ (45 kms on Ranchi – Purlia road) where the Subarnarekha river cascades down from an altitude of 320 feet is a sight not to be missed especially in monsoon or when the wind sets the motion. The pools at the base of the falls are favorite picnic and bathing spots. 

Johna Falls :
‘Johna Falls’ 40 kms on Ranchi – Purlia road) also known as Gautam Dhara, is another enchanting retreat amidst rich flora and fauna beside the Kanchi river. The scenery around it is very picturesque and it is a popular picnic spot. To admire the fall one is required to descend 500 pared steps. 

Sita and Dassam Falls :
Adjacent to Jonha falls is Sita falls which can be seen at its best early in the morning. Afternoons may best be saved for the Dassam Falls (34 kms on Ranchi – Tata Road) where river Kanchi falls from a height of 114 feet. 

Hirni Falls :
‘Hirni Falls’ is another fascinating water fall with beautiful surroundings. It is situated 75 kms from

Breeding Center :
23 kms from Ranchi is the Mutta Muggar Breeding centre in Ormanjhi which took off with 3 Bihari muggars (crocodiles) & 2 from Chennai. Today they account for over fifty Nearby is the biological park replete with valuable samples of wild-life. 

Mc Cluskieganje :
Mc Caluskieganje, 60 kms from Ranchi on Highway 41 is a sleepy hamlet amidst green forests. The name evokes nostalgia and one gradually discovers that the place was once popular with Angle-Indian community. During the 1950s there were no less than 100 Anglo-Indian families with their typical cottages, clubs and shops. 

Ranchi is now fast developing into an important industrial center of the country. The city is home to the regional administrative headquarters and research / planning centers of the steel and coal sectors. Located at Ranchi are offices of the following nationally important organizations and institutes:

MECON:- Metallurgical Consultants Limited
RDCIS-SAIL:- Research and Development Center for Iron and Steel,  of the Steel Authority of India Limited
CET:-Center for Engineering and Technology
CCL:- Central Coalfields Limited
CEMPDIL:- Coal Mines Planning and Development Institute
The Central Lac Research Institute
Various State Government Corporations

Major industries located at Ranchi are:
HEC:-Heavy Engineering Corporation, MDEP:- the Marine Diesel Engine Plant of the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and
Engineers Usha Martin Industries Limited.

Usha Beltron Shriram Bearings Limited Shriram Needle-Bearings Limited
Some important professional modern training Institutes here MTI:- the Management Training Institute of SAIL
IICM:- the Indian Institute of Coal Management of CIL, and the ATI:- the Administrative Training Institute

Within a radius of about 200 kilometers of Ranchi are the industrial towns of Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Muri, Asansol and Sindri. The Chotanagpur plateau is a major source of minerals such as iron ore, coal, bauxite, uranium, mica, etc.
Ranchi is also an important educational center for this region. It is the seat of Ranchi University (founded in 1960). It has several professional Institutions, such as the Rajendra Medical College and Hospital, the Central Institute for Psychiatry, the Birsa Agricultural University, the Xavier’s Institute of Social Sciences, the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology. 

Ranchi, has the largest potential of becoming hub of IT activities in whole of Eastern India. Gifted with natural resources, hi-tech industries and, India’s largest consultancy organisations, and some of the best schools and colleges, Ranchi has an envious list of IT-education training institutes, both in public and private sector. The climate is excellent for hosting software technology parks and software exports. These educational institutes shall provide excellent quality IT-professionals. Aptech, Arena Multimedia, Birla Institute of Technology, CMC Computer Education, NIIT, Novell Authorized Education Centre, STG and ZAP, are some of the institutes to name a few.

Major Resellers

Computek International

First Floor, Subodh
Granthmalka Bldg.
Pustak Path, Ranchi

Computer Network
Rattanlal Surajmal Compound
Main Road, Ranchi

Premier Stores
Main Road, Opp. Purulia Road

Minu Marketing
J. J. Road, Post Box No. 267

Tirupati Enterprises
Main Road, Ranchi Club Complex

LA Vision Pvt. Ltd.

Kusai, Doranda

Comptek International
First Floor, Subodh Granthmala Bldg.
Pustak Path, Ranchi
Tel: 202858/200819

Computer Network
53, Main Road
Ratanlal Surajmal Compound
Tel: 203861/203864/309578

Jay Computers
First Floor, Muniwar Karket
Ratu Road
Tel: 202378/209096

Kanaria Enterprises
Radium Road
Tel: 300744

KAR ROX Technologies Ltd
4th Floor, Pradhan Tower
Main Road
Tel: 98351-56927

Madhuraj Imprints Pvt Ltd
Anand Bhawan
Court Road, Ranchi
Tel: 206181

Mohan Computers And Electronics
8 Lalpur Super Market
Lalpur, Ranchi
Tel: 300234/305704

Origin Infotel
14a, Ground Floor
Mahabir Tower, Main Road
Tel: 306669/314179/228451

Sigma Computer
6, Anjuman Plaza
1st Floor, Main Road
Tel: 305866/317555

Spike Computers & Telecomm. Pvt Ltd
Pustak Bhawan Complex
Court Road
Tel: 206069/204623/206069

Ranjan Electronics
22, Centre Point
Near New Daily Market
Main Road, Ranchi
Tel: 317802

Computer Valley
G-7, Roshpa Tower
Main Road, Ranchi
Tel: 301277/280009

Ranchi Techno Solutions Pvt Ltd
Ground Floor, Pradhan Tower
5th Main Road, Ranchi
Tel: 307171/510378

Computer India
57-A, Main Road
Tel: 202020/208284 

Computek Agencies
101, Club Complex
Main Road
Tel: 200649/309029

Vatan Desire Technologies Pvt Ltd
4th Floor, Pradhan Tower
Main Road, Ranchi
Tel: 208939/313598 

LG Electronics India Ltd
306, Commerce Tower
Opp Gel Church Complex
Main Road, Ranchi
Tel: 301815/301020

Computer Network
CN Tower, Rattanlall
Surajmull Compound
Main Road, Ranchi
Tel: 203861/203864

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