New elective course to commence from July this year as part of PG & UG curriculum
IIT Kharagpur and Jindal Stainless have tied-up to introduce a 3-credit course on stainless steel and advanced ferrous alloys as a part of the premier Institute’s undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum for Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
The course shall comprise the study of stainless steel and the uniqueness of its various grades, behavioral and forming characteristics, determination of life-cycle cost, and an understanding of the entire gamut of applications; along with the study of advanced ferrous alloys.
The course shall commence as an elective from the autumn semester of the institute (July-November 2019), with an expected initial batch of around 50-60 students.
Head, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and School of Nano-Science and Technology, IIT Kharagpur, Dr. Rahul Mitra said “We are pleased that the Senate at IIT Kharagpur has approved the introduction of this elective course. The curriculum shall focus on a detailed study of different aspects of stainless steel and ferrous alloys. We thank Jindal Stainless for their efforts and look forward to a healthy industry-academia relationship.”
Managing Director, Jindal Stainless, Mr. Abhyuday Jindal said, “Educating young and brilliant minds about the wonders of stainless steel is the first step to nurturing a generation of future-proof engineers. As pioneers of stainless steel in India, we are propelling this transformation through our country’s premier institutes. I am certain that with the support of IIT Kharagpur, this course will pave the way for cost-efficient and sustainable infrastructure and an efficient public transport system. Stainless steel, as an environmentally-stable green metal, will be the perfect tool for this initiative.”
Director, Jindal Stainless, Mr. S Bhattacharya added, “As a dynamic and green metal, stainless steel has the potential to re-imagine sustainability. In India, it is still at a nascent stage, with a per capita consumption of 2 kg, as compared to the global average of 6 kg. This void provides immense opportunities to tap stainless steel efficiently in architecture-building-construction, automobile-railway-transport, and process industries, among other industrial applications. I am certain that with IIT Kharagpur’s expertise, we will be able to drive awareness among the future Indian engineers and architects.”
The course curriculum will also expose students to stainless steel fabrication through plant visits to the manufacturing units of Jindal Stainless in Hisar and Pathredi in Haryana. According to the new curriculum, the duration of this 3-credit elective course will be 4 months, with 3 lectures per week. Given that stainless steel is one of the fastest growing metals globally, this course shall open new professional avenues for graduating students.