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The idea for this Project was born out of a lunchtime conversation this writer had with Mr. R.K. Prasannan, Development Commissioner for Iron and Steel, and Mr. M.S. Ramanujam, the Regional Development Commissioner (Ministry of Steel) in late 1998. It became obvious that the low usage of Structural Steel in India was largely attributable to skills shortage in the effective use of this material in construction. The urgent need to reorient the education of student engineers and to retrain the current stock of practicing professionals (based on the current state-of-the-art) was clearly identified. It was noted that the British Steel industry, when faced with similar problems of skills shortage in the 1980's, solved it by generating a Teaching Resource to enhance the teaching quality in the Universities, under the expert direction of Professor Patrick Dowling. The present success of the British Steel Industry is generally regarded as a direct consequence.

An Expert Team led by Professor Rangachari Narayanan, Retired Head of the Education and Publications Division, The Steel Construction Institute, England, working in co-operation with Professor V. Kalyanaraman, (Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras), Professor A.R. Santha Kumar, (Dean, Anna University, Chennai) and Dr. S.Seetharaman (Assistant Director, Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai), representing Dr. T.V.S.R. Appa Rao, (Director, SERC, Chennai) was entrusted with the task of compiling this Teaching Resource which could be used for the purposes outlined above. Dr. S.R. Mediratta, the Director General of the newly formed Institute for Steel development and Growth (INSDAG) was requested to act as the facilitator. The Team commenced its work in August 1999 with the added strength of three young experts, Dr. Satish Kumar (IIT, Madras), Mr. Arul Jayachandran (SERC) and Mr. R. Senthil (Anna University). Rapid progress of the work was made possible by the willing support given by the young Project Associates, Miss R. S. Priyadarsini, Mr. S. Sambasiva Rao, Mr. G. Venkateswara Rao, Mr. Indranil Banerjee and Miss P. Usha who joined the Team.



HOT ROLLING PRACTICE An Attempted Recollection

Information on Reinforcement Bars Usage

Welding Options In Steel Constructions

Cost Effective Ways to Protection Steel Structures from Environments

IS: 800 - Indian Code of Practice

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