Pune: City-based experts claim that there is a huge demand for Metallurgist in the market but there is less number of colleges, which offer Metallurgy branch and this has lowered the production of students. This has made Metallurgy unpopular in the country.
According to Umesh Kokate, Head of Department (HOD) of computer engineering and additional in-charge of training and placement department at Government Polytechnic in Pune, the demand for metallurgy has always remained high.
“The increase in steel production in the country has kept the demand on the rise. For example, there are so many defence ordnance factories in the country where there is a need of a metallurgist. Unfortunately, there is less supply of manpower in the field,” said Kokate. “Many industries require people who have specialised in examining metallic elements, their components and mixtures, which are called alloy. It is more popular outside India, as there are many manufacturing companies abroad,” said Kokate.
“Every year, a new college offering engineering and polytechnic is opened. Otherwise, if any engineering college suffers less demand in a particular branch, then they start a polytechnic course in mechanical and civil. This is another reason that a large section of the student population is inclined towards these two branches only,” said Joint Director of Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) DR Nandanwar.
Moreover, there are only three colleges in Maharashtra.