Wednesday, November 25, 2015

India - Government proposes formulation of National Chemical Policy and establishment of Corrosion Control Bureau. Our Viewpoint: There is an essential need to tap the knowledge and skills of Overseas Indians for knowledge transfer to our country.

Our Viewpoint: It is a welcome move to form an agency that will coordinate the entire development in corrosion management of India. Our country needs rigorous research works and effective collaboration between scientific and industrial community. The present focus on producing the fundamental corrosion research works requires to be diverted to deal with real world corrosion problems. On the other hand, Industries have the general perception that we have to depend on foreign technologies for controlling corrosion in India at the present time. This is evident through Global tenders floated for corrosion management contracts. Although efforts are taken by various agencies in India to promote the corrosion control awareness, the present approach doesn't fetch productive results due to many reasons. A singe entity like National Corrosion Bureau is essential to bring all the available resources to a common platform. Collaboration among the stakeholders is the key for finding cost-effective corrosion control anwers. We come across numerous incidents of corrosion induced pipeline leakages leading to huge loss of drinking water supplied to the public. Our present policies on water and environment do not effectively address the importance for corrosion control. The present proposal for National Chemical Policy will encourage the Industries to employ the talents needed for corrosion control. A large pool of Indian science and engineering talents migrated to the overseas for employment in corrosion control and asset integrity management. There is an essential need to tap the knowledge and skills of Overseas Indians in this field for knowledge transfer to our country. We CAN Control Corrosion in India for connecting Indian Diaspora Knowledge Base with the Indian talent pool and industries for finding technology answers.
A National Chemical Policy, which is in the final stages of preparation, provides for the establishment of a National Bureau of Corrosion.

Pollution threat

Addressing a conference on corrosion, CORCON 2015, Surjit Kumar Chaudhary, Secretary to the Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, said, “Social economic development index of a country is directly linked to consumption of chemicals, which is increasing in India. Since they are also major pollutants, they should be dealt in a way that makes them sustainable.” The steps taken will not only ensure sustainable utilisation of petrochemicals, but also build a supply feedstock to the industry and help combat corrosion, he added.

Corrosion problem

VK Saraswat, Member of NITI Aayog, said “India loses about 7 per cent of its Gross National Product due friction and corrosion,” and added that programs for developing new materials that can withstand corrosion should be carried out.

Publication Date: 19 November 2015

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