Surging New Heights: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department
Niharika | Aug 07, 2017
The Year 2017 has brought about myriad modifications to the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. As the department stepped into a new era of Research and Development prowess, Team MM reviewed the recent developments in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering. Following are the excerpts:
Reduction of credits was a major feature of the curriculum change where the credits have been reduced drastically to 150-160 credits for the UG students. Moreover, Open Electives have been replaced with Minor Degree courses which students can apply from different branches thus, opening a vast array of opportunities. The course has been made very lucid and concise to reduce the workload of the students. As stated by Prof. Smarajit Sarkar, HoD, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Lot of workload has been reduced and attractive courses have been introduced to make the learning process much more interesting. Courses have been concised and it will be implemented from next year onwards. There has always been a room for improvement in our department and we have been evolving.
Prof. Ajit Behera has been recently felicitated with “Young Faculty Award-2017” in the 5th Faculty Branding Awards, Kolkata. Some of the notable professors of the department have contributed immensely in the field of Research and Development by conducting workshops and short term courses. The MHRD Gian Course on “Materials selection in Engineering Design” was conducted by Dr. Nagarajan as host faculty with Prof. Carlos H Caceres of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia collaboratively. Apart from that Prof.D. Chaira was the Convener of the National Conference on processing and Characterization of Materials which was held on 9-10 December, 2016.
A multitude of research projects is being carried out in the department which is being sponsored by the Naval Research Board (NRB), DRDO; Council of Scientific Industrial and Research (CSIR); Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and many more. Some of the most noteworthy ongoing projects out of the 9 Research and 1 Consultancy projects include the Effect of Hygrothermal Conditioning and cycling on CNT Embedded GFRP Composite under Prof. R.K. Prusty and Prof. B.C. Ray; Development of Zirconium based alloys by Mechanical alloying under Prof. S.K. Karak and Fabrication of Ti-TiC metal matrix composite from waste Ti chips under Prof. D. Chaira.
As Prof. Smarajit Sarkar says,
Research output of the department is quite commendable and is at par with the IITs and IISCs. The volume of the published work in the referred journals is enormous and is about 80 in this year. Research scenario has improved a lot as well.
Students of the department are also quite well placed in reputed Technical associations which includes the Indian Institute of Metals, The Institute of Engineers, Material Research Society of India, The Indian Science Congress Association and The Plasma Science Society of India.
The department has carved out a niche for itself in the realm of Research and Development with its prolific research work. The motto of the department has motivated to achieve greater heights of success,
Technology means Material and everything else is Immaterial.