National Metallurgists’ Day Celebrations and 66th Annual Technical Meeting Begin. Tribute to the important role played by metallurgists in the country’s development.
INDIACSR News Network
JAMSHEDPUR: The National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) celebrations and the Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) were officially inaugurated today amidst the gathering of the top metallurgists and technologists of the country. This is the 50th edition of the NMD- the annual high body of the country’s thought leaders of metallurgy.
Mr H M Nerurkar, President, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) and Managing Director Tata Steel, inaugurated the proceedings in the presence of other guests and participants at the Tata Auditorium, XLRI Campus. Also present were Mr M Narayan Rao, Prof. Kamanio Chattopadhyay and Prof. S Ranganathan.
In his inaugural address, Mr Nerurkar said, “Steel Sector in India has set the target of 200 million tonnes by 2020. There are a lot of challenges that the sector is facing now including land acquisition and raw material security. Some of these are outside our control. Metallurgists have not had to worry about these issues but now the time has come that we sit and deliberate on the challenges that are within our control. There are a lot of challenges ahead in the context of raw materials, power and Human Resources Development. We have a huge challenge in front of us in the context of raw material up gradation and innovation. The next four days of meet will surely help participants discuss these challenges. I also urge the entire gathering to encourage all the upcoming metallurgists.”
The NMD celebrations are accompanied by an International symposium “Converting Challenges into Opportunities- Focus: Iron and Steel.” The Symposium will have participation from eminent speakers from India and abroad.
Also organised will be the National Metallurgists’ Day Awards, to honour the distinguished metallurgists of India. An Industry Forum will also be organised as part of the celebrations to discuss on Sustainability issues in metallurgy. An interesting session on “Students Program” is organised for young students of metallurgy to pursue a professional career in manufacturing and other sectors.
As part of the 66th ATM, the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) will recognise and reward outstanding Metallurgists, Material Scientists, Professionals, Researchers, Teachers and Students in specific areas of specialisation. The scope of ATM encompasses modelling, mineral extraction and beneficiation, manufacture of ferrous, non-ferrous and other materials, development and characterisation of products, environment and other sustainability issues, corrosion, tribology & surface engineering, joining technologies and a whole host of topics.
The NMD-ATM will be from November 16-19, 2012. This time, Steel City Jamshedpur is hosting the event. As part of the event, Exhibitions of various companies as well as branches of the science are on display.