It is a privilege to start my tenure as the President of the Indian Institute of Metals. I feel honored to serve our great institution comprised of outstanding leaders, professionals & young talents from academia, industries and government.
While I take charge of the responsibilities you have bestowed on me, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Past Presidents of IIM for their outstanding contribution & service to guide IIM to be a premier global institution. I, also, would like to thank Prof Indranil Manna, outgoing President, for his excellent contribution throughout his long continuing association with Indian Institute of Metals and for his leadership during his president-ship of the institute in the past one year. Some of his notable contributions include successful NMD-ATM 2016, initiation of a new conference series on materials engineering (ICME), strengthening IIM operation and finally, the wonderful commencement ceremony of AMIIM graduates for the first time.
Our country is witnessing both interesting as well as challenging times. Government of India’s Make-In-India initiative has provided a fillip to manufacturing sector like never before. It is hearting to see the government’s rightful anticipation of private sector participation in a major way to make that happen. Defense and strategic sectors are recently opened up major opportunities.New markets are fast emerging with significant potential untapped opportunities in sustainable products and technologies. India is on a track of strong economic growth and Metallurgy &Materials Engineering professionals & leaders from Industry & academia would play the most important role in this journey.
In this journey of Make-In-India, IIM can play a crucial strategic role in advising materials policy, synergistic development in technology & products across sectors, providing direction to cutting edge science & technology and building talented workforce. Being a distinguished professional institution with eminent experts & leaders from all sector, IIM can effectively synergize among all stakeholder’s like industry, academia & governments, enable & steer such strategic programs result oriented and thus, make marked contribution to the growth India. In this year, we will continue to work on this strategy, plan to initiate few such programs and also, accelerate our engagement with industries.
We recognize that there has been a slowdown in the membership growth of our institute. With Mineral, Metals and Materials being the basis of any product & technologies, we need to strategize on how to induct larger section of professionals in different manufacturing industries and I think that it is possible. With your initiative and support, we can strengthen our relation with other professional & industry associations though participation and also, organizing conferences jointly and I believe that this will enhance IIM visibility tolarger industrial sectors & help membership drive.
We are proud of the success of the AMIIM certification and I am happy to note significant contributions made by our AMIIM graduates in the Industries. We will continue to strengthen our AMIIIM program and it is in line with national thrust on skill development. With diligent and dedicated effort from you, our flagship technical communication Transaction of IIM is now recognized as a leading international journal in the field of Metals & Materials. I am sure that we will see its growth in future years with international outreach and content. With monthly publication, Metal News becomes a great platform for our members to remain connected with latest development.
Finally, we are in the era of digitization and all organizations are going through digital transformation. Digitization improves operating efficiency, helps governance and enhances visibility of any organization. Being a premier institution, we should also leverage gains from the technological advancement to improve and we will begin our digital journey this year.
I am sure you have more suggestions and ideas to offer as key stakeholder of Indian Institute of Metals. If you have any suggestions, I will request you to communicate to me.
I look forward to welcome you during the 55th National Metallurgists' Day (NMD) and the 71st Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) at the BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa campus from 11th to 14th, November, 2017. I am sure that you will have an enriching experience in technical deliberations &business networking at Goa.
With your support and active participation, we will continue to build excellence in IIM and make IIM more visible and industry relevant.