Mr. SATISH PAI
(President of The Indian Institute of Metals : 2023-24)
Greetings and warm regards to each one of you. It is my privilege and honour to be President of the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) for the year 2023-24.
I would like to thank Dr. Samir V Kamat, the outgoing president, for his significant contribution in steering the institute towards improvement in various domains throughout the past year. I would also like to acknowledge the exemplary efforts of our former presidents who have set high standards, elevating IIM to a unique position among industrial and academic institutions.
As India undergoes a transformative phase and takes on a leading global role, IIM has the unique opportunity to act as a catalyst in bridging the gap between the evolving technology requirements of industries and the research and development efforts of academic institutions.
The rapid adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and the growth of its ecosystem have ushered in new and exciting prospects for the metals and materials sectors to develop indigenous supply chains. This is a great opportunity for IIM. Through knowledge sharing, joint research, and technology transfers, IIM can enable the seamless integration of cutting-edge materials into EV components, supporting India's ambition to become a global player in the electric mobility space.
At the same time, the metal industry is facing major sustainability challenges such as GHG emissions, zero discharge and waste management. Here, the vast knowledge base of IIM members becomes valuable. The institute can proactively engage with industries and government institutes to develop sustainable practices, leveraging research and expertise to devise eco-friendly processes and waste reduction techniques. By actively contributing to the formulation and implementation of sustainable practices, IIM can help the metal industry attain its environmental goals and contribute to India's broader commitment to combat climate change.
The non-ferrous and ferrous industries, research and educational institutes share a symbiotic relationship that is central to the growth and progress of the manufacturing landscape. By aligning our efforts and expertise, we can together power the Make in India movement - creating a cycle of innovation and collaboration that propels the metal industries forward, making them more competitive and resilient on the global stage.
To achieve this vision of co-creation and industry acceleration, collaboration among research and educational institutions, industry stakeholders, and government bodies is paramount. Through joint research projects, technology transfer initiatives, and knowledge-sharing platforms, we can foster a vibrant ecosystem of innovation. This ecosystem will empower researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to translate cutting-edge ideas into practical solutions that benefit the metal industries and society.
I am enthusiastic about working closely with my distinguished Vice-Presidents - Mr. Sajjan Jindal, Prof. B. S. Murty, and Dr. Komal Kapoor, as well as all the Council Members and Office Bearers of IIM, to continue the new initiatives started by my predecessors. As we push these initiatives - encompassing membership drives, the enrolment of younger members, and specialised training programs - we recognize the pivotal role that diversity plays in driving innovation and progress. By promoting diversity within the IIM, we foster an environment where ideas, experiences, and talents converge, propelling us towards novel solutions.
Additionally, I aim to strengthen the ties of IIM with international metal societies like GDMB, JIIM, ASM, and Materials Australia.
I eagerly look forward to your proactive support in our collective mission to establish IIM as a global institute of excellence for the Metallurgy & Materials industry and research and academic institutions.
(Mr. SATISH PAI)