Burgeoning Towards The Zenith - Ceramic Department

Burgeoning Towards The Zenith - Ceramic Department

Sibasis Sahu | Jun 10, 2019

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Though it's far from obvious, we live in a ceramic world, just as people have for thousands of years. Ceramics have become a part and parcel of the multitude. Waking up to the quartz clock to start off another fateful day of our lives from inside those brick, cement and glass comprised families, nibbling on the first meal of the day in those porcelain made plates the world of ceramics has been incorporated meticulously into our daily lives. Understanding the gravity of ceramics, a department pertaining to ceramic engineering was set up in NITR to further the interests of the society and also build upon the research aspects akin to that of ceramics. It has grown over the years and is now an integral part of NITR.

Headed by Prof.Ritwik Sarkar, the HOD and his elite and sumptuously qualified group of professors amounting to a total of 14 people the department of ceramic engineering is flourishing as it had never earlier. Every year with a total intake of 35 students for the 4-year B. Tech course in Ceramic engineering and 10 students for 5-year B. Tech and M. Tech Dual degree course in Industrial Ceramics, the ceramic family grows. Along with these the department also offers 2-year M.Tech degree in Industrial Ceramics, and M. Tech (Research) and PhD degrees in Ceramic Engineering.

One needs to take the JEE (Main) exam and either secure at least 75% marks (65% for SC/ST/PWD) in Class XII or be within the category-wise top 20 percentile in his/her respective Class XII board examination.

The previous year saw the introduction girl’s quota, which stated the total number of female students in every branch need to account for a total of 14% of the whole strength of a department. Following which, supernumerary seats were added to meet the required criteria and hence did not affect the seats of males. 

With NITRKL doing rounds on the global platform for ticking in the right boxes of academics the placement scenario has seen quite a spectacular rise and so has been the case with the ceramic engineering department. Several top-notch companies have been providing the students with the opportunities to be a part of them and live the long dreamed reality. There has been a rise in the number of category-3(>5.5Lakhs Per Annum) companies offering several placement offers. Increase in the number of core companies coming to the campus for recruits has also increased significantly. However, some core companies have left with zero recruits.

NITR has been a notable place for research with ample resources being provided to the students. The fields of nuclear technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology are being explored through advanced ceramic engineering. Industry grade machines, advanced technology provide just the right ambience for fruitful research work. Organizations of national importance like DAE(Department of Atomic Energy), DST(Department of Science and Technology), etc have offered quite a lot of faculties the opportunity of research along with sponsorship.

The student chapter of Indian Ceramic Society was inaugurated very recently in April of 2019. It came into existence as a work of collaboration between the ambitious sophomores of Ceramic engineering department along with the prodigies that have been enlightening the students of this department. Backed up by some big names as TRL Krosaki, Kerneos aluminate, Aditya Birla Insulators, Tata steel, NALCO, CGCRI and several others the student chapter launched its propaganda with full acknowledgement by aspiring ceramists.

Prof. Ritwik Sarkar, HOD of the Ceramic Department had a say about the present scenario of the aspiring to be ceramic engineers,

The students here lack proper inspiration and need to develop interpersonal skills alongside staying updated with the current affairs. They need to be smart and knowledgeable enough to tackle problems instantly and effectively. However, that can happen when they regularly participate in Group Discussions and stay updated.

Team MM wishes luck to all the prospective students in their future endeavours.

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