Delving Into Research:Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Dec 12, 2016 | Saswat Choudhury
2016 has been year of change for NITR and as the second half of the year comes to an end, Team MM reviewed the recent developments in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering. Following are the excerpts:
Recently, Prof. Subhas Chandra Mishra, Head of Department, Department of Metallurgical and Materials (MM) Engineering was invited to Tata Steel, Jamshedpur for a talk. During his visit he signed a few sponsored and consultancy projects and as per the guidelines, he will be closely mentoring the projects and on top of it, a total of four M.Tech students from the institute will be allowed for internship at Tata Steel under different projects. He has also been invited to serve as a technical consultant at HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited).
Shortage of funds:
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has sanctioned an amount of INR 2 crore under FIST (Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure) for procuring an Optical Emission Spectrometer and a high temperature Creep Testing Machine but the funds are yet to be received. Also under the TEQIP-2 scheme, the estimated grant of INR 60 crores has been drastically reduced to INR 1.3 crores. In this respect, the HOD was quoted as
Probably, the recent change in economic policy of MHRD is causing the delay. The earlier system of quarterly funding has been changed to monthly basis. I have been sending reminders to them since a month to hasten the process. The meagre amount of INR 1.3 crores granted by TEQIP is not even sufficient to run a smart class program.
Prof. Animesh Biswas on his first visit to the Department has agreed to sanction INR 25 lacs for renovation and repairing of instruments like particle analyser, heating microscope and furnaces which are non-functional. The previous plan of procuring X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XFS) seems no longer plausible due to insufficient funds.
The Director on recent visit to the MM Department also felt the need for more space and hence agreed to the shifting of it to the Mechanical Engineering Department once the construction of new building for Mechanical Engineering Department is completed.
In this regard, the HOD told
We do not hope the shifting anytime soon, not at least within a year.
Despite all odds, the department has carved out a niche for itself in collaborative research with industries and is eyeing better opportunities.