Since its inception, the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) has experienced tremendous growth. Its membership has grown from a modest 42 to over 10,000 (as of 1999), represented by various fields of metallurgical activity. Membership requirements are strict to ensure the highest professional standards.
The institute has evolved into a reputable organization devoted to the promotion and advancement of the study, practice, and research of Metallurgical Science and Technology. It is now recognized worldwide as one of the premier metallurgical organizations.
The scope of the institute's activities includes mineral beneficiation, extraction, fabrication, heat treatment, finishing, as well as practical and theoretical aspects of metallurgy for all ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys. Ceramics and other disciplines and technologies related to metallurgical problems are also included.
The institute's activities include organizing national and international technical conferences and programs, research activities, publications, and conducting qualifying examinations. Although the Institute has a small permanent staff, almost all activities are carried out through the honorary services of the office-bearers, council members, chapter chairmen, secretaries, treasurers, and a large number of Institute members.