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January 08, 2022 Saturday 01:58:35 PM IST

Invest in Structural Steel R&D : Prof BS Murty

Policy Indications

The use of structural steel in India is very limited compared to developed nations either due to lack of knowledge in structural steel design or outdated codal provisions, according to Prof B S Murty, Director of IIT Hyderabad. He was speaking at the first Indian Structural Steel Conference (IISC) held at IIT Hyderabad organised by the Structural Steel Research Group. He said it is necessary to invest more into the R&D sector to understand the science behind the behaviour of structural steel in infrastructure applications.  Industries should come forward to creating chair professorships at leading institutes for both knowledge creation and dissemination of structural steel to make the new generation of structural engineers feel comfortable in the design of steel structures.”

The inaugural talk was given by Mr. T V Narendran, MD, and Global CEO of Tata Steel and President of CII. This was followed by a talk by Mr. PK Mishra, Director General, INSDAG (Institute For Steel Development & Growth), Ministry of Steel - India.

Event Convenor, Prof Mahendrakumar Madhavan, Department of Civil Engineering at IITH, said, “As our nation celebrates the 75th Year of its Independence, many challenges lie ahead in terms of basic infrastructure and the difficulties faced by the millions of fellow citizens without proper housing for a safe livelihood. This conference aims to shed light on some of these challenges and is focused on sustainability to promote steel-intensive sustainable construction practices for a sustainable India. A galaxy of eminent keynote speakers from across the globe will present their latest research work which will create awareness among researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers”.

IIT Hyderabad has invited experts from all over the world, including Prof Leroy Gardner - Imperial College London, Prof. Ben Young - HK PolyU, Prof V Kalyanaraman - Emeritus IIT Madras, Prof Kim Rasmussen - University of Sydney Australia, Prof Ron Ziemian - Bucknell University USA, Prof Brian Uy - University of Sydney Australia, Prof A R Santhakumar - Anna University Chennai, Prof. KH Tan – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Dr. Tak-Ming Chan, HK PolyU, and Prof Eiki Yamaguchi - KIT, Japan and several leading industry experts from Tata Steel, ARCELORMITTAL/NIPPON STEEL, JSW Steel, APL Apollo Steel Pipes, Mutyam Steel, Tata BlueScope, Agrima Roof, and Façade Solutions, PEBS PENNAR, Kirby and to attend deliver a keynote talk at this conference.