Tech Hub: IIT Bombay, JSW Group Collaborate to Create Indian Steel Manufacturing Hub

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IIT Bombay collaborated with JSW Group to establish India’s first-of-its-kind, cutting-edge JSW Tech Hub for steel manufacturing. The Centre of Excellence in Steel Technology (CoEST) was established at IIT Bombay with funding from the Ministry of Steel, the Government of India, and other industry partners. The JSW Technology Hub will be established within the CoEST with the primary goal of rapidly expanding quality steel production while keeping carbon emissions within target levels.

“The partnership with IIT Bombay will also allow JSW Group to undertake and intensify R&D efforts in the Steel sector to develop competent capabilities in the area of steel technology for the Indian conglomerate. The JSW Technology Hub will also be the nodal point for JSW Group’s research activities beyond the steel domain,” said the institute.

JSW Technology Hub

According to the agreement signed between the two organisations, JSW will provide financial and technical support to establish and build the technology hub with cutting-edge infrastructure to conduct a wide range of R&D for steel manufacturing and use. IIT Bombay and JSW Group will use the JSW Technology Hub to conduct inter-disciplinary research projects and technical activities on various aspects of steel manufacturing and use.

The technical collaboration enables IIT Bombay and JSW to conduct research and training projects in order to develop patentable industrial applications and solutions. In the future, JSW may decide to operationalize as well as commercialise these industrial applications. A Joint Steering Committee will be formed, with IIT Bombay and JSW Steel represented. The committee will direct the technical collaboration between the IITB and JSW.

IIT Bombay will establish Sajjan Jindal Steel Professor Chair

IIT Bombay will also establish the Sajjan Jindal Steel Professor Chair to facilitate focused training and research on new and emerging steel manufacturing technologies. The establishment of this Chair would assist IIT Bombay in taking an interdisciplinary, collaborative, synergetic, and transdisciplinary approach to consistently advance research and address application-oriented demands from industry, society, and government. The Chair would work to expand on the existing knowledge base and create a platform for further innovation and scale.

According to Sangita Jindal, Chairperson of JSW Foundation, “Our strategic partnership with IIT Bombay is one-of-its kind industry-academia collaboration for advancement of research in steel manufacturing. 

This powerful combination will jointly leverage IIT Bombay’s knowledge-rich faculties and JSW’s technical capabilities to develop novel industrial applications for steel manufacturing with focus on low carbon emissions. This partnership will also initiate new academic courses while consolidating existing courses. We will also provide academic and technical leadership in broad areas of research while working towards increasing steel consumption in the country.”

According to Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, “Our CoEST has a vision to facilitate the Indian steel sector to become a world leader. This agreement with JSW Group will help to further strengthen our efforts in this direction. Through this partnership, we would like to achieve rapid scale-up of quality steel production while enabling India to meet its sustainability goals by keeping carbon emissions within targeted levels.”

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