Steel job with a dash of glamour
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
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.