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Metallurgy versus Information Technology: Tata Steel

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Posted on: November 20, 2006

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-- Dr.P.R.Prasad, retired Prof & Head, Dept of Met Engg, BIT Sindri (Presently settled in Patna)

3rd year Metallurgy students of BIT Sindri Aveesh K Sinha, Jivan Kumar, Vivek K Sinha, Onkar Nath and Manish K Singh presented a technical paper Preparation and Mechanical Properties of Al-Si/SiC Composite in the technical session held exclusively for 3rd year metallurgy students. The occasion was National Metallurgists' Day and Annual IIM Technical Meeting organized jointly by Indian Institute of Metals and Tata Steel during 13-16 November, 2006 at Jamshedpur. After the technical session, top management of Tata Steel interacted with the students of various institutes. The report published in the newspaper The Telegraph is reproduced below for your information. The participants in the technical session included students from IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IT BHU, NIT Rourkela, NIT Durgapur, NIT Jamshedpur, Jadavpur Univ, BCE Shibpur and BIT Sindri.
Steel job with a dash of glamour

Sushma Naik
The Telegraph
17 November, 2006

The Tatas make steel but don't get enough metallurgists. That, promises Tata Steel Managing Director, B. Muthuraman, will change as the group will make metallurgy as glamorous as IT, which is luring the best and the brightest from the engineering schools.

"Hiring metallurgy students is extremely important for us. the steel industry loses out to information technology firms, which are savvy with marketing. But we will go all out to attract these students", said Muthuraman, himself a metallurgist from IIT Madras.

A group of metallurgy students from five premier institutes - IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, Jadavpur Univ and NIT Jamshedpur - had an exclusive session with Muthuraman, Tata Steel deputy managing director T. Mukherjee and other officials at TMDC hall, Jamshedpur.

The idea was to chalk out a rough blueprint of the steel major's plan to employ metallurgists. Muthuraman said that Tata Steel would be in regular touch with engineering students and hardsell metallurgy jobs over IT postings. He said the company would start placements before the IT firms begin theirs in third year. The company also promised to offer scholarships to top performers in metallurgy. Tata Steel has been handing out such scholarships to NIT Adityapur, where five final year students are given a sum of Rs.2500 for 10 months.

During the one hour session, Muthuraman pointed out that a metallurgy job was as lucrative. "Starting salaries of metallurgists in Tata Steel are much higher than what software companies pay", he said. Metallurgy students are hard to come by because of job hazards. "Manufacturing does not seem a glamorous job to them. This is a global problem and companies worldwide are offering research scholarships to tackle this", says B.N.Sarangi, Chief of Employee Training, Tata Steel.