The first meeting of the members of IIM and potential members around 40 was held in August 1979 and the meeting was chaired by Dr. Brahm Prakash, the then Director, VSSC. Stating the long-standing interest in the field of metallurgy and material science, Dr. Brahm Prakash stressed the need for having a local chapter of IIM in Kerala, and effecting this, a resolution was adopted unanimously by the members to from a chapter. After the approval of governing body, IIM Trivandrum Chapter was founded in 1980 with Dr. P.K. Rohatgi, then Director of Regional Research Laboratory, CSIR, Trivandrum as the Chairman. Since then, the chapter has been very active and has organized more than fifty International, National Seminars and Workshops with a wide participation of the metallurgical community from all parts of the country.
In the year 1987, the young chapter had the proud privilege of hosting the prestigious Silver Jubilee Session of the National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) and 41 st Annual Technical Meeting (ATM) of The Indian Institute of Metals at Trivandrum. Again in the year 2004, the Chapter had hosted 42 nd National Metallurgists’ Day, 58 th Annual Technical Meeting and International Symposium on Metal and Materials from Titanium Minerals at Trivandrum. The Chapter has also instituted Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Lecture to commemorate the services rendered by late Prof. Brahm Prakash to the chapter. This is held as a part of the National Seminar being conducted every year by the chapter. For the benefit of the members, the chapter is regularly arranging lectures from distinguished metallurgists visiting the region either alone or in association with other professional bodies. Through MET NEWS, the chapter news letter, the chapter publishes the important professional activities and achievements of the members. To promote interest on metals and materials among the students, chapter also arranges metals and materials Quiz programme for the students of the schools of this region. The winners of this competition are selected to represent the chapter in the national level Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Materials Quiz being held every year at IGCAR, Kalpakkam. Also the chapter confers Prof.Brahm Prakash Best M.Tech. and Ph.D. Thesis awards and Best Published Papers ( young and senior research categories) to the members to promote quality research in Metallurgy and Materials Science. The chapter also celebrates the Foundation Day of IIM on 24 th February by arranging lectures by senior and eminent metallurgists. Over the years the members of the chapter had won many prestigious IIM and NMD awards in addition to many other awards conferred for their professional excellence. The Chapter is proud and privileged to host the 57 th National Metallurgists’ Day, 73 rd Annual Technical Meeting and International Symposium on “Advanced Materials for Industrial and Societal Applications” again at Thiruvananthapuram.
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