Sunday, November 10, 2013

India - Corrosion Conference - International Corrosion Prevention Symposium for Research Scholars, CORSYM 2014, Feb 20-21, 2014, IIT Bombay (Mumbai)

International Corrosion Prevention Symposium for Research Scholars, February 20 - 21, 2014

The International Corrosion Prevention Symposium for Research Scholars (CORSYM-2014) intends to familiarize students and young research scholars with the basic and practical aspects of corrosion, its effects and protection issues. This symposium enables excellent networking opportunities and forms an important link between research scholars and corrosion scientists working in the corrosion field from all over the world to manage corrosion by a meaningful approach. The symposium programme will include plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations supported by NACE International and Gateway India Section.

The symposium, CORSYM 2014, is the second in the series after the inaugral event which was held in Chennai (2013)

Research scholars from various academic, R&D and industrial laboratories pursuing their Doctoral / Masters and other young corrosion professionals are invited to present their original work and participate in CORSYM-2014

Contact
Prof. V.S. Raja, Chair
Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science
IIT Bombay
Tel: 022-25767892
e-mail: vsraja@iitb.ac.in
Ajay Krishnan, Convener
Research Scholar
Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science
IIT Bombay
Mob: +91-9029861528
e-mail:m.ajaykrishnan@iitb.ac.in

Artcle Source: http://www.corsym.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

India - Corrosion Conference - The International Corrosion Prevention Symposium for Research Scholars (CORSYM-2014), February 20 - 21, 2014, IIT Bombay (Mumbai), India

International Corrosion Prevention Symposium for Research Scholars

February 20 - 21, 2014 [ Symposium ]

February 18 - 19, 2014 [ Workshop ]

The International Corrosion Prevention Symposium for Research Scholars (CORSYM-2014) intends to familiarize students and young research scholars with the basic and practical aspects of corrosion, its effects and protection issues. This symposium enables excellent networking opportunities and forms an important link between research scholars and corrosion scientists working in the corrosion field from all over the world to manage corrosion by a meaningful approach.


Research scholars from various academic, R&D and industrial laboratories pursuing their Doctoral / Masters and other young corrosion professionals are invited to present their original work and participate in CORSYM-2014

Article Source: http://www.corsym.com/

Thursday, October 24, 2013

India - Oil and Gas Production - Global Tender- EXPRESSION OF INTEREST For Provision of Comprehensive Process Corrosion Study at RAJASTHAN BLOCK, Cairn India Limited

Cairn India Ltd (“CIL”) is the Operator of the Onshore RJ-ON-90/1 block, on behalf of itself and its Joint Venture (JV) partners Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons Limited (CEHL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), located in Barmer district, in the state of Rajasthan, India. The Block contains number of
major oil discoveries, including the Mangala, Bhagyam and Aishwariya Fields.

The scope of work/ services would broadly consist of the following:

To meet the resource requirement CIL intend to award contract for Corrosion study interested competent party. The brief scope of work of the contractor under this contract is to carry out Corrosion study as per the requirement of CIL for Rajasthan asset.

The contractor is responsible for the Corrosion Study involving the following:

1. To complete the corrosion study/ assessment by site visits, carrying out ICDA and to identify key corrosion areas with clear recommendations to mitigate corrosion threats to maintain corrosion rate < 3mpy.
2. The entire corrosion study scope will be completed in 3 phases
3. The corrosion study is a time bound activity and to be completed in 8 months’ time from the start date of Phase I study.
4. The contract is applicable for Mangala infield assets and interconnecting pipelines Contract by its technical methodology has been split into phases at sole discretion of company.

Article Source: http://www.cairnindia.com/Media/ExpresionInt/Global_EOI_For_Provision_Of_Comprehensive_Process_Corrosion_Study_At_Rajasthan_12oct2013.pdf
Publication Date: 12 Oct 2013
EOI Submission Last Date: 25 Oct 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

India - Corrosion Control - NACE International India Section Corrosion Awareness Award Winners 2013

NACE International Honors Dignitaries for their Contribution towards Corrosion Awareness New Delhi, October 2, 2013: In order to appreciate the work done by the corrosion fraternity, NACE distributed Corrosion Awareness Awards on Wednesday to acknowledge the contributions of the individuals and organizations. The awards recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the corrosion industry.

On the occasion of the award ceremony, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) Mr. Srikant Kumar Jena, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers sent a congratulatory message to the organizers and said, “It gives me immense pleasure that NACE International Gateway Section is organizing such a conference which provides a common platform for sharing and exchange of knowledge pertaining to critical issues of Corrosion. I hope that this international conference shall also facilitate and augment the business relationships of Indian companies with international companies.”

List of 19th Corrosion Awards winners at NACE World CORCON 2013:-
Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology
Award for individual working in research/ educational organization
Recipient
Dr. Mumtaz, Ahmad Quarisi, Prof.& Head, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT (BHU), Varanasi
Dr. S.K. Shrivastav, Chief Chemist, IEOT, ONGC, Panvel, Navi Mumbai
Distinction in Corrosion Science and technology
Award for an individual between 25 to 40 years of age working in an Industrial Organization
Recipient
Mr. Ashish Khera, P. Eng, Director
Allied Engineers, N Delhi
Distinction in Corrosion Science and technology
For an individual between 25 to 40 of age working in the field of education & research
Recipient
Dr. M. Kiran Kumar, Scientist Materials Science Division, BARC, Mumbai
Excellent Laboratory Award
For a material testing and research laboratory in private / public sector
Recipient
Welspun Corp Ltd. Bhauch, Gujarat
Student Awards
For thesis of a student who obtained Ph D degree in 2012-13 with corrosion as the main subject
Recipient
Dr. Geogry J Abraham, Student Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
For the thesis of a student who obtained M.Tech. degree in 2012-13 with corrosion as the main subject
Recipient
Mohammad Umar Farooq Khan, Student Indian Insitute of Technology, Bombay
Meritorious Contribution Award
For field of corrosion science & technology & the activities of NACE & similar organizations
Individual from Industry
Recipient
Mr. Prabhakar M Fanse, consultant, Varodara, Gujarat
Individual from Education & Research Insitute
Recipient
Dr. R Venkatesan, Scientist G, Programme Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai
Life Time Achievement Award
For distinguished Senior Citizen for his life time contributions to the activities for the growth & development of: NACE International & NIGIS, Corrosion Science & Technology, and Corrosion Awareness in India.
Recipient
Padma Shri Dr. Baldev Raj
Article Source: SagarMedia Inc
Publication Date: 02 Oct 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

India - Corrosion, a life cycle challenge - Pump Selection, a Puzzle for Public and Material Selection, a Challenge for Pump Manufacturers.

India - Corrosion, a life cycle challenge - Pump Selection, a Puzzle for Public and Material Selection, a Challenge for Pump Manufacturers.

When Pumps come to the minds of public for domestic application, the selection of pumps is always a puzzle for them. The moment the requirement is identified, the users merely check certifications like ISI mark, the only clue available for making a purchase decision.

The technical knowledge required for proper selection of pump set and pipe sizing is clearly out of the reach of public, especially farmers, who are the final consumers.

There are many weaknesses associated with the development of pump manufacturing sector. Major contributors are: Absence of innovative approach to improve the existing processes and usage of low grade raw materials so as to produce cheaper products that are not efficient by unorganised sector (Source: BDS, Coimbatore)

There is vast difference between the cost-intensive pumps imported for specialised applications from the manufacturers with access for the latest developments in materials and corrosion research and the low cost pumps manufactured locally without the involvement of appropriate material selection process. This difference is truly a life cycle challenge for the pump users as well as manufacturers
in India.

Article Source: Chemical Engineering World http://issuu.com/cewindia/docs/cew__september_2013_/44
Publication Date: Sept 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

ISO - Corrosion Standards - ISO TC 35 and ISO TC 156 - Opportunity to participate in ISO corrosion related standards, announcement from NACE International, USA

NACE International, the ANSI accredited TAG administrator for ISO TC 35 and ISO TC 156 is looking for additional US TAG members to actively participate in responding to ISO standards.

ISO TC 35, Paints and varnishes, also includes subcommittee SC 12, Preparation of steel substrates before application of paints and related products, and SC 14, Protective paint systems for steel structures. The overall scope of ISO TC 35 is Standardization in the field of paints, varnishes and related products, including raw materials.

ISO TC 156, Corrosion of metals and alloys, has a scope of Standardization in the field of corrosion of metals and alloys including corrosion test methods and corrosion prevention methods. General coordination of activities in these fields within ISO.

Participation in US TAGs is limited to US national interested parties but NACE members outside the US can participate in their countries. US national interested parties are defined as an individual representing a corporation or an organization domiciled in the U.S. (including U.S. branch offices of foreign companies authorized to do business in one or more states as defined by the relevant State’s Corporation law within the U.S.); an individual representing a U.S. federal, state or local government entity; or a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

U.S. national interested parties who are directly and materially affected by the ISO committee work and have an interest becoming a TAG member may contact TAG administrator Ed Barrett at Ed.Barrett@NACE.org or 281-228-6295. NACE members outside the U.S. may also contact Ed for information on how to participate in your country.

Thanks,
Alysa

Article Source: Discussion in NACE International Group on Linkedin  posted by  Alysa Lebeau Reich
Senior Manager, Public Relations at NACE International
Publication Date: Aug 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

India - Corrosion Control - Renovation of Pamban bridge gains momentum - Coating Maintenance Frequency needs to be improved

Renovation of Pamban bridge gains momentum

The Pamban road bridge, connecting the mainland to the pilgrim town of Rameswaram, will be closed to traffic for 40 minutes every day for the next two and a half months as renovation works gain momentum.
The Rs 18.57 crore upkeep and renovation work of the 2.345 km long bridge began on April 11 in the lead up to its silver jubilee next year. The Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge was inaugurated by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on October 2, 1988.

The bridge was closed to traffic for 20 minutes on Monday as M. R. Hitech Engineers Private Ltd., which has entered into a joint venture with the Chennai based Trinity & Co., began replacing the existing 592 Elastomeric Neoprene bearings with new ones.

The National Highways has entered into an agreement with the two companies to complete the work in a year. Trinity & Co. will do the anti-corrosive painting work, while M R Hitech Engineers, the engineering and electrical works, sources said.

The bridge has received anti-corrosive coats of paint only twice- in 1992 and 2002. Situated in the world’s second most corrosion-prone zone, the bridge would need a protective coat of paint every five years, sources said.

Publication Date: 04 June 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

US - CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire. Extensive Sulfidation Corrosion Noted

CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire; Extensive Sulfidation Corrosion Noted

Washington, DC, February 13, 2013 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today released a technical evaluation report on piping samples taken from the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California, where a hydrocarbon release and massive fire occurred on August 6, 2012. Cal/OSHA participated in this technical evaluation as part of its enforcement investigation.

The report, prepared by Anamet, Inc., a metallurgical laboratory in Hayward, California, concludes that the 8-inch steel pipe, from a section designated as 4-sidecut which was installed in 1976, ruptured due to severe sulfidation corrosion, and that tested pipe samples showed a very low concentration of corrosion-inhibiting silicon.

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said, “The report, resulting from a cooperative effort between the CSB, Cal/OSHA, the United Steelworkers (USW), and Chevron provides a solid, technical basis for the firm conclusion that the pipe corroded over time from sulfidation corrosion. We hope this report receives widespread attention throughout the petrochemical industry as a precaution to all refiners to carefully examine potential corrosion mechanisms and use the safest possible materials of construction to avoid failures. Refineries and other plants must incorporate strong mechanical integrity and inherently safer strategies in their process safety management programs.”
The Anamet report provides the following conclusions:


1. Rupture of the 8-inch 4-sidecut resulted from wall thinning caused by sulfidation corrosion.

2. Post rupture corrosion destroyed fracture morphology that could have indicated the rupture initiation site. However, rupture likely originated in the thinnest region and initially followed a longitudinal path driven by the hoop stress. Consequently, an area of likely rupture initiation was identified.

3. The wall thickness of the ruptured section was less than all the other sections of the 8-inch 4-sidecut that were evaluated.

4. Chemical analysis showed the silicon concentration of the ruptured section was 0.01-wt%.

5. Six of twelve specimens (50%) from unique sections of the 8-inch 4-sidecut, 12-inch 4-sidecut, and 2011 12-inch samples were found by chemical analysis to have a silicon concentration of less than 0.1-wt%.

6. Deformation of a small region of the 8-inch 4-sidecut rupture edge was consistent with mechanical force applied from the outside surface of the pipe, possibly from a fire pike, such as samples E-099 and E-082-2, or other pointed object. This deformed region was located within the area of likely rupture initiation.

Cal/OSHA has already issued 25 citations and civil penalties of $963,000. Chevron has announced it will appeal these citations.

Article Source: http://www.csb.gov/newsroom/detail.aspx?nid=457


Publication Date: 13 Feb 2013




India - Pre Budget Memorandum 2013-2014 - How do you view increase in depreciation rate called by Engineering associations?


CII for higher depreciation rate, lower CST


New Delhi, Jan 14, 2013 (IANS)

Calling for some tax reforms to revive growth, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Monday asked the government to allow higher depreciation rate on plant and machinery from the current 15 percent to 25 percent for the next three to five years.   Article Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/305177/cii-higher-depreciation-rate-lower.html Publication Date: 14 Jan 2013   Discussion Link: http://lnkd.in/xw8iES



Sunday, February 10, 2013

India - Corrosion induced Oil Pipeline Leak worries residents in Tiruvottiyur, Chennai. CPCL asserts facility health through external protection by CP. Is internal corrosion overlooked?

Residents have been complaining of seepages from the CPCL pipeline; oil company asserts facility is in good health


A leak in an underground oil pipeline in Tiruvottiyur on Friday set off panic among residents even as oil company officials initiated immediate action to plug the hole and clear the contaminated soil on Ottravadai Street. While CPCL officials said that the pipeline was being monitored regularly and no abnormality had been detected, TNPCB officials, who inspected the spot, said the leak was due to corrosion.

Residents said the leak was first been noticed at 6.30 a.m. By 8 a.m., the area was cordoned off by Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) with the assistance of the fire service personnel and Central Industrial Security Force. Soon, the excavation of the area began and the workers kept throwing mud on the oil collected in the pit dug up to plug the leak on Ottravadai Street. Chennai Corporation Councillor Prabhakaran said the residents have been complaining about the oil leak for the past few months. Many wells and bore wells in the residential locality have been closed because of oil contamination. CPCL officials said the leak had been plugged by evening.

As a school was located on the same street where the leak occurred, officials asked residents to avoid cooking or using LPG stove for any other purpose till the hole was plugged. “The discharge of oil has intensified over the past two years. Luckily today, no vehicles skidded on the oil patch,” said S.Damodaran, a resident.

The 30-inch oil pipeline runs for a distance of 6.9 km underground and 300 metre above ground level. “The pipeline has been properly assessed for its health periodically. CPCL has been taking extraordinary precautions to periodically inspect the health of the pipeline. The pipeline is protected by impressed current cathodic protection system and monitored every week. Walk-through inspections of the pipeline are done every fortnight. Extensive condition assessment studies of the pipeline are done once in four years and the last exercise was done by Engineers India Limited (EIL) in December in 2012,” a CPCL release said.

Article Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/oil-leak-in-tiruvottiyur-blows-lid-off-twoyearold-problem/article4394389.ece

Publication Date: 09 Feb 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

India - Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering- BTech Course - Invitation from Centre for Education, CECRI for Campus Recruitment


Dear Sir

CECRI (Central Electro Chemical Research Institute), Karaikudi, established in 1953, is one of the pioneering research institutions in the field of electrochemical science and technology. Governed by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), and guided by a team of highly qualified and internationally acclaimed scientists, it has evolved as the largest institute in Asia focusing on the electrochemical sciences.

The present R&D thrust is on Fuel cells, Batteries, Corrosion science and engineering, Electrochemical instrumentation, Electrochemical materials science, Electrochemical pollution control, Electrodics and Electrocatalysis, Electro metallurgy, Functional materials, Industrial metal finishing, Electroplating and Nanoscale electrochemistry, to quote a very few from a large spectrum of ongoing activities.

CECRI has been hosting a prestigious four year, eight semester B.Tech program in Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering since 1988, with the goal of initiating scientific temper in the bright, evolving generation of India. The admission for this course is through the unified single window admission system of Anna University.

The course is a unique and a judicious blend of Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering. The curriculum includes chemical engineering subjects like Process calculations, Chemical engineering thermodynamics, Fluid mechanics, Equipment design, Heat and Mass transfer and Electrochemical engineering subjects like Electrodics & Electro catalysis, Electrochemical reaction engineering, Corrosion science & engineering, Electrochemical energy storage systems, Electroplating etc. The students also get an opportunity to work hands-on during the practicals. Kindly refer the following link to know more about the syllabus.

http://www.cecri.res.in/CFE/New%20folder%20(2)/syllabus.html

An aspect of its singularity is that the course is conducted by eminent scientists and engineers, who are personally involved in various research and developmental activities of Electrochemical Science and Technology. With a highly-focussed objective of moulding the aspiring and intelligent young minds into great technologists, CECRI provides them with real time exposure on flag-ship research projects that focus on finding solutions to the significant problems faced by the industry.

The intensive industrial internships and the students involvement in various activities such as event management, participating in national and international seminars make them job-ready-professionals when they enter their fourth year. The constant guidance by the eminent alumni of CECRI in the form of seminars, interactions and sharing of experiences enable our students in touch with the dynamics of the industry.

We welcome you for an exclusive visit to our campus where you can find an enabling atmosphere. We will be too pleased to extend our assistance such as guest house accommodation, transport etc. to make the recruitment process, a truly remarkable experience.

We earnestly look forward to your esteemed visit to our campus. We can also arrange an online interview through video conferencing.

Best Regards


Mr. R V Alagesan
Scientist&Head, TTBD
IP Coordinator
Placement officer, CFE
Central Electrochemical Research Institute(CECRI)
Karaikudi-630 006,Tamil Nadu, India

Phone :91-4565-227713(O)/229350(O)
Fax :91-4565-227713.
Mobile : 09443005416

Canada - Corrosion Education - iPhone App on Corrosion developed by University of Toronto Engineering Student


Corrosive behavior? There's an app for that on iphone

Corrosion iPhone app developed by University of Toronto engineering student Jason Tam is finding a grateful audience among professional engineers and engineering students.

Tam created the app last year when Professor Steven Thorpe asked his MSE 315 Environmental Degradation of Materials students whether anyone would be interested in developing an app that provided corrosion terminologies, formulae, and benchmarking data.

Thorpe had originally hoped to find an existing app that students could use in the course, which primarily deals with electrochemical and corrosion behavior of engineering materials in various applications. He could only find one less-than-ideal app in the iTunes store that didn’t even spell 'corrosion' correctly.

The app now sells for 99 cents on the iTunes app store and all proceeds go to the George B. Craig Scholarship, an in-course award designated for an academically high-performing upper-year Materials Engineering student with demonstrated financial need.

The app includes a glossary of more than 300 technical corrosion engineering terms, a list of constants, such as the Boltzmann constant, reference electrodes and schematics, and even virtual corrosion experiments. For example, you can explore crevice corrosion on the Titanic.

Article Source: http://www.news.utoronto.ca/corrosive-behavior-theres-app
Publication Date: 01 Feb 2013

India - Corrosion Conference - Bring on the HEAT (BOTH), 18-19 April 2013, organised by NACE India Section


Dear Sir / Madam,

We are pleased to inform that NACE International Gateway India Section in association of NACE International is organizing a conference “Bring on the HEAT” (BOTH)  from 18 - 19 April 2013 at Hotel Mirage, Mumbai.

The objective of this conference is to provide you with an ideal opportunity to discuss on the hottest coatings, fire proofing solutions, high-temperature and other protective coatings in the industry. BOTH would cover :-
·         Passive Fire Protection

·         Corrosion Under Insulation

·         Corrosion Under Passive Fire Protection

·         High-Temperature Coatings

·         Thermal Spray Aluminium (TSA)

·         Epoxy Intumescent Fireproofing

·         Cementitous Fireproofing

The last date of abstract submission is 23 February 2013.

Attached please find the BOTH conference brochure with a request to sponsor and participate the event which is addressing the Industry’s Hottest Coatings around the World. For more information please visit www.nace.org/bothindia

We request you to confirm the receipt of this letter and your intent for the participation in this conference as early as possible. This will enable us to keep you informed / updated with regard to  other activities of the conference.

Look forward to your active participation at BOTH. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


With Regards
Rishikesh Mishra

Rishikesh Mishra, Manager, Technical Services
NACE International Gateway India Section
305-A, Galleria, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai - 400076
Tel: +91-22-25797354 Email: technical@corcon.org
Web: http://events.nace.org/conferences/BOTHIndia/index.asp
“Corrosion is a naturally occurring phenomenon commonly defined as the deterioration of a substance (usually a metal) or its properties because of a reaction with its environment”

Monday, January 21, 2013

India - Academics - Science and Engineering Education - Request for Internships in Corrosion Management for BTech Metallurgical Engineering Student, IIT (BHU), Varanasi


We have a pool of graduate and research students in our forum, We CAN Control Corrosion in India, a Science and Engineering Diasporas Network. As a part of their curriculum, they are interested do Internship in Corrosion Management. We know the difficulty in finding a proper placement/research opportunity for Corrosion Management in India. Our referral would be of great help to the students community in choosing Corrosion Management as their career path. I'd like to introduce these students to our forum.   Mr Jayanth Reddy Mareddy, B Tech Metallurgical Engineering Student, IIT (BHU), Varanasi

His Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mareddyjayanth
His email: mareddy.jreddy.met10@itbhu.ac.in

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

India - Water Infrastructure - Indo-Japan Collaboration - Hitachi Consortium signed Water Purchase Agreement for Seawater Desalination Project in Dahej SEZ, Gujarat, India

Japanese firm Hitachi, on Friday, announced that a consortium comprising Hitachi and Hyflux had signed an agreement with Dahej Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for a sea-water desalination project in Gujarat.


The consortium signed a water purchase agreement with Dahej Special Economic Zone in Gujarat, Hitachi Ltd said in a statement issued here.

The consortium plans to construct a sea water desalination plant in an industrial park within Dahej SEZ, and provide a stable supply of industrial water over a period of 30 years (including the construction period). “Hitachi will work closely with Hyflux to successfully implement the project, in order to facilitate the use of water resources in Dahej SEZ in Gujarat,” Hitachi president Hiroaki Nakanishi said.

The project involves construction of a 336,000 m³/d seawater desalination plant in an industrial park within Dahej SEZ in Gujarat and stable supply of industrial water over a period of 30 years (including the construction period).

It is one of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Projects being promoted jointly by the Japanese and Indian governments, involving the construction of industrial parks between Delhi and Mumbai (approximately 1,500 km) utilizing private sector capital.

The consortium will conduct discussions toward the final agreement with DSL planned for around fall 2013, after obtaining environmental assessment approval and achieving the financial close.

Article Source: http://www.thehindu.com/business/companies/hitachi-team-inks-pact-for-desalination-project-with-dahej-sez/article4298822.ece

Publication Date: 11 January 2013

Article Source: http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/130111.pdf


Publication Date: 11 January 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

India - Research and Technology - How Indian companies can change the future of research?

Although IITs and a few top-notch institutions exist in India, many of the new colleges that have come up in the past 20 years lack necessary infrastructure. At the same time, research bodies too have lost touch with the needs of the country and the industry and cater to a programme that runs on churning out PhDs instead of working on innovations. The absence of a dependable and equipped higher education system in the country and a bureaucratic scientific tradition has thrown up a massive casualty: research.


Apart from companies, the government also appears to be convinced that the private sector can play a huge role in research. This is the reason why, after having extended invitations under the public private partnership (PPP) route to the industry to collaborate on building roads, airports, railways and water, the government sees a huge role for the private sector in research and development (R&D) as well.

This collaboration between companies and campuses has been cemented under the National Functional Knowledge Hub project. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) started the knowledge hub programme and has planned five such regional hubs in the country to facilitate industry-academia linkages. "These programmes help the institutions to expose their students to the cutting-edge demands of their industry. It also helps companies find solutions through the research work done at these campuses," says Shobha Mishra Ghosh, head of education at Ficci.

Article Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-trends/how-indian-companies-can-change-the-future-of-research/articleshow/17998129.cms
Publication Date: 13 Jan 2013

India - Oil and Gas Production - L&T wins Rs 749 crore offshore contract from ONGC

MUMBAI: Larsen a Toubro has secured an offshore contract valued at Rs 749 crore from the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for total 'EPCI' - Engineering Procurement Construction a Installation of four wellhead platforms.


The contract was won against international competitive bidding. The project, spread over the Mukta, Bassein and Mumbai High South fields is part of ONGC's strategy to develop marginal fields to meet India's rising energy demands. L&T is scheduled to complete the project by April, 2014. In addition to conventional wellhead facilities, one of the platforms, viz., the 8-127, will also have process gas compression facility.

Article Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-08-27/news/33425062_1_wellhead-platforms-mumbai-high-south-offshore-oil
Publication Date: 27 August 2012

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