Metals & Materials are of immense global proportions, with diverse products and applications. The steel industry has become more global, more efficient and more financially viable. Nanotechnology, Semi- conductors and Super conductor materials are taking the world in a great different direction.
The idea of formation of an Indian Institute for metallurgists was conceived as early as in 1945. This was possible by the efforts of a few practicing metallurgists, who realised the need for an adequate body for professional metallurgists in India.
About a dozen young metallurgists met informally in Calcutta and discussed the issue at the residence of Dr. Dara P. Antia, who was then Chief Metallurgist of Indian Aluminium Co. It was unanimously agreed that an institute of metallurgists in India should be formed.
The activities of the Institute include organising national and international technical conferences and programmes, research activities, publications, conducting qualifying examinations etc. Although there are small permanent staffs of the Institute, almost all the activities are carried out through the Honorary services of the Office-bearers, Council Members, Chapter Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasurers as well as a large number of Institute members. At present IIM is actively growing with 12,000 members from 53 functioning chapters. Out of which IIM- Vizag chapter is one of the very active chapters.
The scope of the Institute activities includes mineral beneficiation, extraction, fabrication, heat treatment, finishing as well as practical and theoretical aspects of metallurgy of all ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys. Ceramics and other disciplines and technologies allied to metallurgical problems also come under the scope of the Institute.
The Institute presently publishes three journals:
1. Transactions of The Indian Institute of Metals,
2. Journal of Alloy Phase Equilibria and
3. Metal News now a monthly technical journal.
However, in spite of all positive efforts I would still insist that Chapter activities still needs to be increased. Several new avenues are to be explored. With ramping up of production from expansion units of VSP- RINL on the anvil, fresh metallurgists are added to RINL family. Endeavour should be there to catch them young to impart & inculcate the fundamentals & philosophy of Indian Institute of Metals, so they not only learn but cultivate in a long run which will be beneficial for the Chapter & RINL as well.
Two new student chapters were inaugurated RGUKT-Nuzvid and NIT-
AP during the month of April, 2017.
I congratulate the student chapter of JNTU-K for successfully conducting a seminar cum workshop NWFFCM-2016 and a two-day national level technical symposium EISEN 2017 covering various topics like Nano materials, failure and fatigue analysis and composite materials at College of Engineering, JUNTK, Vizianagaram in association with IIM Vizag chapter. They have to inspire students by conducting such programs every year.
Similarly, the emerging student chapters RGUKT-Nuzvid and NIT-AP should look in similar direction.
A number of technical talks including various presentations were conducted on a wide variety of topics like “Inclusions in Steel and challenges in production of clean steel”, “Application of crystallographic texture application in steel industry”, “NDT evaluation for metal characterization”, “Maintenance of industrial assets based on reliability” and “Fracture mechanics for evaluation of materials” from eminent speakers from Industry and academia.
An amount of ₹5000 /- each award has been disbursed to 3 best students of final year of AU, RGUKT-Nuzvid and JNTUK-Vzm based on their marks percentage up to 3 rd year.
I feel that Chapter should organize technical lectures more frequently. Local Small Scale Industry units should be lured to join the chapter for mutual benefit. Efforts should be there at the earliest to organise a National Seminar.
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