Jamshedpur, March 9: The two day Skill Training programme on Energy efficient Brass melting furnace for Production of Brass artifacts, 2018 was organized by CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur.
Brassware industry is one of the oldest sectors in India dating centuries. It shares approximately 24% of the metalware industry and has a very high employment ratio.
It is used in sectors stretching from utensils, figuring, musical instruments to industrial tools. This industry is facing tough competition in present economic environment. It continues to use the conventional and indigenously developed technologies with limited improvements in production processes.
No change in the product range has been seen in the last three to four decades. The technology in use is inefficient and leads to lower productivity, excessive wastage, poor/inconsistent quality, high degree of pollution and is also hazardous to the health of the artisans.
The interventions made by now for the development of artisans/artisan enterprises need to be spread in different areas. With this thought entrepreneurs and artisans from all over India were encouraged to participate in this programme.
The objective of the programme was to create awareness among the people about the new technologies used so far for achieving quality product. This training program was organized under the CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative Program for development of Entrepreneurship. CSIR-NML has several technologies benefiting Brassware industry and intends to mentor entrepreneurs who would like to work in the field of Brass.
The programme was formally inaugurated by Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur. He highlighted about technologies developed by CSIR-NML. He mentioned that CSIR-NML has developed very high efficient energy furnace and Anti-Tarnishing Lacquer. He also mentioned about the Moradabad Brass cluster firstly using CSIR-NML technology in India.
Dr. Amitava Mitra, Head of RPBD Division discussed about the importance of CSIR Skill Training Programme which was aligned to National Skill Mission. He spoke about the CSIR skill training programme which was started in 2016 which aims at spreading the new technologies to the artisan of different rural areas.
He highlighted about the Energy efficiency furnaces which CSIR-NML is using for achieving better product quality. He mentioned that this training programme is a small initiative of CSIR-NML, for aspiring entrepreneurs in the field of Brass making and to aware the artisans about the new technologies developed so far.
Dr. K L Sahoo, Senior Principal Scientist of MTE Division discussed about the issues related to Brassware industry. He mentioned that technologies used by the artisan are very old and lags behind in product quality. Through this training programme they will get to know about new technologies, ways to detect the defects and to eliminate those defects.
Dr. Mita Tarafder, Senior Principal Scientist of RPBD and the Co-ordinator of this programme firstly wished International Women’s Day to all. She highlighted about the importance of this training programme. She mentioned that the motive behind this training programme is to make the livelihood of the artisans better and to create entrepreneurs in this field. The Inaugural programme was concluded after the introduction of participants. Each participant shared their thoughts about the training program.
Around twenty four participants including Entrepreneurs from various organization all over the country such as Shilpkari(Jamshedpur), Nehru Yuva Kendra sanstha(Jamshedpur), TTI (Bahanaga),BVG Ind. Ltd.(Jamshedpur ), MNPS(Parsudih), Adityapur Auto cluster(Jamshedpur) and artisan from West Bengal, Orissa participated in the programme.
This training programme included various technical sessions, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on sessions followed by laboratory visit. Around four lectures were given by the renowned Scientists of CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory.
The lectures delivered in the two sessions were “Entrepreneurship development opportunities for brass artisans”, “Talk on Scope on brassware activity & traditional activity”, “Energy efficient coke based brass melting furnace & Gas based furnace”, and “Alternative cleaning process of artifacts & application of lacquer”.