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NML pep talk for budding engineers
- 220 students from across 23 cradles take part in two-day metallurgy seminar

Donít be an engineer if you donít want to be one. There are many who donít enjoy their jobs despite being good students all their lives and receiving plum packages.

Thatís National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) director S. Shrikanth for you.

Speaking at a two-day seminar, Behind the Teacherís Desk, Shrikanth gave pep talk to 220 students from 23 institutes across the country at CSIR-NML auditorium in Burmamines on Thursday.

Organised by the Jamshedpur chapter of Indian Institute of Metals in association with CSIR-NML and Tata Steel, the seminar will conclude on Friday.

This is the fourth edition of Behind the Teacherís Desk, a student seminar to make aspiring engineers aware of the scope in metallurgy as a subject and career.

After the success of the first edition in 2011, the organisers made it a point to host this seminar that benefits students and make them gain more knowledge in metallurgy.

ďThere are 1.5 million engineers in this country who can turn be innovators. But, very few of them do anything out of their comfort zone,Ē said chief guest Shrikanth while stressing on innovation among students. According to him, innovation has taken a backseat among the youngsters.

The technical sessions for the students included raw materials and metal extraction, metal processing, forming and recycling, damage mechanism and failure analysis, advanced materials and emergent technology, materials modelling and simulation of metallurgical processes, resource, energy and environment, materials knowledge management and technology entrepreneurship.

The participating students will get an opportunity to share their ideas through technical presentations and interaction with reputed scientists.

Besides, they will gain industrial exposure by visiting industries like Tata Steel, CSIR-NML and others on Friday.

The number of participants has multiplied this year. The last edition of the seminar saw 170 students only.

The Indian Institute of Metals, Tata Steel and NML has been playing a key role to help youngsters imbibe a scientific temperament. They promote various studentsí activities in the field of metallurgical engineering to boost creativity and innovative thinking.

Behind The Teacherís Desk aims to achieve this goal and showcases the importance of metals, minerals and materials in todayís industry.