Forging the Future: Department of Metallurgical and Material Science.
Animesh Mohanty | Jun 10, 2019
Established in 1963, the Department of Metallurgical and material science recently celebrated the completion of 50 glorious years of moulding the young minds and serving the ever-growing industrial needs of the nation. With a strength of 60 enthusiastic students who are led and supported by a pool of 18 zealous professors and experts of their respective fields, the department is sure to excite the young minds with much learning.
The student to teachers ratio is one of the best in the institute with 3.25 sponsored research projects per faculty, which is favourably comparable to many IIT's (highest being around 3.8). The professors are incredibly experienced and are one of the most well-known minds in their respective fields in India. Some of the notable research projects undertaken are “Assessment of mechanical, thermal and morphological behaviour of Nano Al2O3 embedded glass fibre/epoxy composites at elevated in-situ temperatures” and “Microstructural evolution of NITINOL and their species formed by atmospheric plasma spraying”
About 75% of the students take up jobs in the Industry, and the rest of the students go for higher studies. For those who applied for jobs, there was 100% placement in the department with the rest opting for higher studies. A lot of data analytics companies working on material analytics also hire students from the department. Subsequently, the performance of the students in GATE exam is also excellent with 11 students qualifying it this year and one student having achieved AIR 33 in the exam. Many more students have got under AIR 100.
Many professors in the department are encouraging and pretty serious about the students performing well in the GATE exam. A lot of care is taken, and guidance is provided for students who have the interest to acquire knowledge in earnest.
When asked about the research scenario of the department prof. Smarajit Sarkar says
The department is a trendsetter in the Institute for following the best research related practices. To make sure that our students are abreast all the latest development projects, every 15 days the department organises a short-term course for the students.
When asked about the way forward for the department, prof. Smarajit Sarkar says
This department is one of the best departments in the institute, but we also acknowledge that we have a long way to go as there is always room for improvement. The department plans to get more industrial partnerships and forge relations with more foreign universities as we had done in the past. We are also planning to procure more modern equipment in this academic session to enhance the research.
For those who are new to this field, the importance of metallurgy and metallurgists in this modern era can be summed up in one line given by Prof. Archana Mallick
We live in metal and metal-based civilisation, and the metallurgists are the Hercules of this civilisation.
For the benefit of the students taking admission into Btech 4 year courses of the department the previous cutoff ranks (not including the special rounds) have been provided below
Gender neutral pool (7th round of JoSAA)
Female only pool (7th round of JoSAA)
The students taking up this discipline of metallurgy and material science are assured of a great career ahead if they are willing to put in the work for it. The department offers everything on the palate, ranging from substantial research opportunities to lucrative industrial postings. The department is poised for future developments too. Regarding the future, prof. Smarajit Sarkar happily beams “The biggest room is the room for development” which clearly illustrates the enthusiasm and zeal the professors of the department have for furthering the study of this discipline in India and carving out talented Metallurgists from the future students.