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History of IIM

The idea of formation of an Indian Institute for metallurgists was conceived as early as in 1945. This was possible by the efforts of a few metallurgists, who realised the need for an adequate body for professional metallurgists in India. During that time many of the technical informations were not easily available in India. Communications with other countries were difficult because of the war. The ordnance factories and many other industries involved in manufacture of various products for the war efforts were greatly handicapped because of the non-availability of technical information on metallurgy. The Inspectorate of Metals in the ordnance factory was the only reliable organisation who could undertake investigations on metal products.

It was in this background that about a dozen young metallurgists met informally in Calcutta and discussed the issue at the residence of Dr. Dara P. Antia, who was then Chief Metallurgist of Indian Aluminium Co. It was unanimously agreed that an institute of metallurgists in India should be formed. Later, various metallurgists holding senior positions in India were approached for their support. Also, a large number of people in high positions in Government and Industries were approached. At the same time a Memorandum and Articles of Association were drafted after studying the memorandum and articles of various other bodies. The Iron and Steel Institute, UK and Institute of Metals, UK also welcomed the idea and suggested formation of a single institute and not various separate institutes such as Metals, Iron and Steel, etc. Accordingly the Memorandum and Articles were finalised and the Institute was registered at Calcutta. An Organisational Council with Dr. Dara P. Antia who played a key role in establishing the Institute as President (see page 7 for full membership) was formed to manage the affairs till the election of the first Council. The House of Tatas provided office space in Calcutta.

The first Organisational meeting was held on 24th February, 1946 at the residence of Mr. K. C. Sood in Calcutta. Later, four more meetings were held within two months. These meetings were mostly attended by M/s Dara P. Antia, V. Rama Iyer, R. N. Kapoor, R. Krishnasamy, P. K. Paul, B.A. Rao, D.V. Reddy, C.J. Shah, S. Sircar and K.C. Sood. The Institute was inaugurated by Hon’ble Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Minister for Industry and Supply on Monday, 29th December 1947 at the Royal Asiatic Society Hall, Calcutta. Sri Jahangir J. Gandhy became the first President and Dr. Dara P. Antia the first Honorary Secretary of the Institute. The following were elected as the first council members.

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IIM PUNE CHAPTER

The Indian Institute of Metals is a premier organization representing materials and metallurgical engineers in India. Founded in 1946 by a group of metallurgists led by Dr. D.P. Antia, IIM is the largest professional organization for metallurgist in India with over 8000 members from R&D laboratories, academia and industry. The two main objectives of IIM are: promoting and advancing the science and technology of metals and alloys and protecting the interests of metallurgists and metallurgical industry.

Indian Institute of Metals, Pune Chapter

IIM, Pune Chapter is one of the oldest chapters of IIM, established in 1947 under the leadership of Prof. Ogale, a distinguished metallurgist and the then Principal of College of Engineering, Pune. The activities of Pune Chapter include organizing the topical seminars by leading experts from India and abroad and specialized symposia, workshops and seminars like this one, on the topics of current interest to local metallurgical industry. Some of the regular annual events of chapter include Metavista – a national level Technical Paper Competition for Engineering students in collaboration with Dept of Metallurgy, Pune Institute of Engineering and Technology and Pune round of the prestigious Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Material Quiz Competition for 11th and 12th grade students.

Pune Chapter has been given the responsibility to organize the prestigious Dr. Dara P Antia Memorial lecture every year. The inaugural lecture was delivered in 2006 by the then Honorable President of India Dr. A P J Kalam. The 2nd Dara P Antia Lecture was delivered by Prof. Ted Massalski on November 12, 2007.

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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Lalit Kumar Pahwa

Pahwametal Tech Pune

Chairman

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Dr. Goutam Mohapatra

John Deere Pune

Secretary 

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 Aakash Bhattacherjee

TRDDC - TCS

Jt. Secretary

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Dr N B Dhokey

COEP Tech University Pune

Member

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 Rishabh Shukla

TRDDC - TCS

Member

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Dr Bhanu Pant

KCIT, Pune

Vice Chairman 

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Dr. Raju Kadam

KCIT, Pune

Jt Secretary 

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Dr K .Kambale

COEP Tech University Pune

Treasurer

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Uday Bendre

Former Hoganas India

Member

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Dr D. Deshpande

Member

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Dr. B. Mujumdar

DIAT Pune

Vice Chairman

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Dr. Vijay Hiwarkar

DIAT, Pune

Jt. Secretary

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Dr Satyam Sahay

John Deere,

Pune

Member

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Dr P Ghosh

CME Pune

Member

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Dr Dinesh Singh Thakur

DIAT Pune

Member

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Dr Pravin Kumar

ARDE Pune

Vice Chairman

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Dr  P.K.Ajeet Babu

ARAI Chakan, Pune

Jt. Secretary

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Dr S P Butee

COEP Tech University Pune

Member

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 Dr S. Sarkar

COEP Tech University Pune

Member

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Dr Madhu Ranjan

COEP Tech University Pune

Member

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