Celebrating Metallurgical Excellence: NMA 2022

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The Ministry of Steel honored five outstanding metallurgists with the National Metallurgist Award 2022 for their excellence in iron and steel contributions. Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste emphasized their research's role in carbon reduction, productivity enhancement, and future green hydrogen utilization. Secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha emphasized Industry 4.0, inter-sector interaction, collaborative research, and continuous improvement in metallurgy.


The Ministry of Steel in India recently celebrated the National Metallurgist Award (NMA) 2022, recognizing the exceptional contributions of five distinguished metallurgists across various categories. The ceremony, held on November 22, 2023, was graced by esteemed dignitaries, including Sh. Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union Minister of State for Steel & Rural Development, and Sh. Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Steel.

Sh. Faggan Singh Kulaste lauded the recipients' exemplary research and innovation, underscoring its potential to revolutionize the steel industry. He highlighted the profound impact of their work in reducing carbon emissions, enhancing productivity, reducing costs, and opening avenues for future adoption of green hydrogen in the steel sector.

The esteemed awardees and their respective categories were announced during the ceremony:

• Dr. Kamachi Mudali Uthandi - Lifetime Achievement Award

• Dr. Debashish Bhattacharjee - National Metallurgist Award

• Dr. Rameshwar Sah - R&D in Iron & Steel Sector

• Dr. Niloy Kundu - Young Metallurgist (Environment) Award

• Agilan Muthumanickam - Young Metallurgist (Metal Science) Award

Sh. Faggan Singh Kulaste emphasized India's remarkable progression to becoming the world's second-largest steel producer, attributing this success to the relentless contributions and innovations of engineers, metallurgists, and academicians from both public and private sectors. However, he stressed the need for continuous adaptation and expansion strategies to remain competitive in a dynamic global market.

The Minister revealed impressive statistics, citing a 15% year-on-year growth in India's steel production and consumption from April to October 2023, reaching around 82 million metric tons and 75.8 million metric tons, respectively. He expressed confidence in the industry's potential to produce close to 140 million metric tons of crude steel in the current fiscal year.

Addressing the ceremony, Sh. Nagendra Nath Sinha emphasized the Indian Institute of Metals' role in facilitating collaboration among innovative metallurgists and material engineers. He highlighted the Ministry's focus on encouraging excellence, fostering a culture of continuous improvement, and urged metallurgists to contribute to the industry's betterment.

He advocated for Industry 4.0 technologies, increased interaction between ferrous and non-ferrous metal sectors, collaborative research platforms, and the training of skilled manpower for process metallurgy, stressing the importance of collective effort and shared accomplishments in metallurgical advancements.


The National Metallurgist Award 2022 celebrated exceptional contributions in the iron and steel sector, showcasing the pivotal role of research and innovation in shaping a sustainable and progressive industry landscape. The event underscored the need for continued collaboration, technological advancements, and a relentless pursuit of excellence in metallurgy for a robust and competitive steel sector.

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