Mission

SRTMI Mission

In order to augment R&D initiatives in steel sector,  Government has intervened from time to time with funding schemes such as Steel Development Fund (SDF),  Govt. Budgetary Support (GBS), Centre of Excellence (COE), Steel Chair Professorship and Scholarships to M. Tech./Ph.D students. However, net benefit in terms of new innovations and development of disruptive technologies remain inadequate. To bridge this long felt need and to promote steel research on themes of critical and vital national importance, an institutional platform called “Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI)” has been conceived and established. The SRTMI is a Registered Society with symbiotic relationship with Ministry of Steel (MoS). The Society has been constituted to fulfill the recommendations given by the Task Force on the terms of reference by MoS,  GoI vide office order No.11(1)/2011-(TW Vol.II), dated 16-12-2013.

OBJECTIVE

  • Spearhead R&D of national importance in iron & steel
  • Strengthen existing centers of R&D through creation of state-of-art facilities to conduct cutting-edge research and augment human resource
  • Pursue and manage collaborations and synergy amongst industry, national R&D laboratories and academic institutes as per national objectives and aspirations
  • Contribute towards creation of a globally competitive and sustainable steel industry on its own merits
  • Develop appropriate technology for cost-effective production of quality steel with indigenous raw material, including utilization of low grade resources in an environment friendly manner
  • Develop indigenous capabilities for design/engineering and equipment manufacturing for steel plants
  • Evolve R&D programs of national importance, as per guidelines of SRTMI, covering all areas from ore to products, including energy, environment and design
  • To facilitate establishment of international benchmarks and best practices
  • To step up R&D investments for the steel sector to 1% of turnover in a phased manner
  • Augment human resource development to facilitate R&D programs of national importance

Creating Synergies with Existing R&D Infrastructure

The activities undertaken by the industrial centres, either independently or in collaboration with academic institutions, are basically aligned with the priority areas for sustainability of the steel industry, the majority of the activities undertaken by the academic institutes are aligned with futuristic steels, modeling, characterization, etc. However, there is a further need of detailed mapping of the R&D infrastructure in the context of specific proposals for mission mode projects. Such mapping would be undertaken by SRTMI. Good design and manufacturing capability exists in the country with organizations such as MECON Limited, L&T, Bharat Forge etc. who are capable of delivering the end results when faced with challenges, given suitable mechanisms. Some of the industrial laboratories and the national research centres have well equipped pilot scale facilities as well. It is worth noting that Tata Steel has a pilot scale facility for coal beneficiation and JSWL has pilot scale facilities for agglomeration, ore beneficiation and briquetting. Similarly, RDCIS (SAIL) also has several pilot scale facilities. Based on the expertise, laboratory infrastructure available and the active R&D programme under progress, some of these laboratories at steel industries, national laboratories and academic institutions can be identified and may be designated as "mission facilities". Based on the capability, and capacity requirements for conducting research on mission projects, the "mission facilities" can be grouped to form a team to augment and support each other for sharing the expertise and the infrastructure.
The Mission Projects, as identified and approved by SRTMI, shall have at least one member industry (preferably more) as 'leader(s) / promoter(s)' who would facilitate the pilot scale technology demonstration and deployment. In addition, each of the mission projects shall have experts from identified agencies to support development of design and manufacturing capabilities for implementation and deployment of the new technologies. The academic institutions as a member of the team would be required to ensure that sufficient number of M. Tech. and Ph.D. students are available for working on the mission projects and shall encourage and permit the students to carry out their work at the designated "mission facilities". All the member laboratories/ institutes shall permit a planned utilization of the facilities by other members of the team as required to augment each other for achieving the project objectives.

Strengthening Current Capacities and Capabilities

The major laboratories and pilot facilities available with organizations like SAIL, Tata Steel, JSW, ESSAR, NML, IMMT, IITs etc. can be formed into groups for specific mission project requirements. Thus, the facilities available can be effectively utilized and can augment each other's requirements. A suitable mechanism for sharing the facilities for the mission projects needs to be devised and implemented. Augmentation of facilities, equipment and human resources at the existing laboratories within a group can be recommended by the project review committees and sanctioned by the SRTMI based on the specific project requirements. In order to strengthen the research capability and to achieve the objectives of the national mission projects, a collaborative approach between the researchers and the domain experts from industry, academia and research organizations from India and abroad can be adopted.

Setting up New Facilities/Labs as Needed

The mission activities in 1 - 2 critical areas of immediate attention are proposed initially by strengthening the existing facilities and the management of deliverables. The kick-off for the initial mission projects shall  be initiated by careful scrutiny, identification, teaming up of "mission facilities" and augmentation of the "mission facilities" wherever necessary. It is envisaged that new specialized facilities would have to be created for meeting the mission objective.