IIT Kharagpur and Jindal Stainless forge metallurgical research partnership

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In a significant development that promises to shape the future of metallurgical research and development, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), one of India’s premier educational institutions, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jindal Stainless Limited, the nation’s leading stainless steel manufacturer. This strategic alliance marks a crucial step in fostering industry-academia collaboration, aimed at pushing the boundaries of innovation in metallurgy.

The collaboration between IIT Kharagpur and Jindal Stainless is set to focus on several key areas within the realm of metallurgical projects, including process optimization, materials characterization, and the production of primary alloys. Both entities are pooling their resources and expertise to spearhead advancements in metallurgy, aiming to introduce groundbreaking solutions that could significantly contribute to the industry’s growth and sustainability.

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The partnership was officially cemented in a ceremony held at the IIT Kharagpur campus, attended by prominent figures from both organizations. Prof Virendra K Tewari, the Director of IIT Kharagpur, emphasized the importance of this collaboration, stating, “This MoU with Jindal Stainless adds another milestone to industry-academia collaboration. By combining the academic expertise of IIT Kharagpur with Jindal Stainless, we aim to address pressing challenges and unlock new opportunities in the field of metallurgy.”

From Jindal Stainless, Managing Director Mr. Abhyuday Jindal shared his enthusiasm about the collaboration, highlighting the mutual benefits it brings to both the industry and the broader society. “This partnership will enable us to harness cutting-edge research in metallurgy and translate it into tangible solutions that benefit the industry and society at large,” he said.

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Under the terms of the MoU, IIT Kharagpur will offer technical consultancy and engage in both academic and industrial research to improve productivity and process efficiency at Jindal Stainless Limited. The collaboration will also explore lab-scale experiments, support material characterization techniques, and engage in modelling and simulation studies. A significant emphasis will be placed on sustainable metallurgical practices, including waste reduction, recycling, and water conservation.

This partnership not only affirms India’s position in the global manufacturing industry but also aligns with the vision of promoting Anusandhan National Research Foundation (ANRF) under the Vikshit Bharat 2047 initiative. By leveraging the academic prowess of IIT Kharagpur and the industrial expertise of Jindal Stainless, this collaboration is poised to foster a new era of excellence in stainless steel technology, driving transformative solutions and nurturing a culture of innovation.

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The collaboration between IIT Kharagpur and Jindal Stainless exemplifies a promising trend of industry-academia partnerships that are essential for driving innovation and addressing complex challenges in sectors like metallurgy. By combining rigorous academic research with real-world industrial applications, such partnerships are crucial in advancing sustainable and innovative solutions that can have a lasting impact on the industry and society.

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