About IIM Kalpakkam Chapter


The Kalpakkam Chapter of the Indian Institute of Metals was founded in February 1982 with Dr. Placid Rodriguez as its founder Chairman, and was inaugurated by Mr. C.V. Sundaram, the then Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research. Under the guidance and able leadership of Dr. Baldev Raj, Distinguished Scientist & Director of IGCAR the Chapter has continued to be very active over the last many years and has grown in stature and strength. Today it has a total strength of about 236 members that include 11 Life Fellow Members.

Major Achievements of the Chapter includes:

  • Two Presidents of IIM
  • Three Chief Editors of Transactions of IIM
  • Four Editors of Transactions of IIM
  • Five members of Kalpakkam Chapter in IIM National Council
  • One IIM Platinum Medalist
  • Eleven National Metallurgist
  • Three Young Metallurgist
  • Five G. D. Birla Gold Medalists 

Major Activities & Programmes of the Chapter are

  • Metallurgy colloquia with speakers from India and abroad
  • e-Newsletter - ‘Materials Matter’ highlighting chapter activities every six months
  • Series of theme meetings and workshops in various subjects
  • Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial National Level Materials Quiz
  • Prof. Brahm Prakash Memorial Lecture
  • Placid Rodriguez Memorial Lecture
  • Symposia, conferences discussion meetings
  • Joint technical events with other professional bodies like IIM-HRDC, ASM International Chennai chapter, NACE International Gateway India section (south zone), Chennai



We regret the sad and sudden demise of Dr. Baldev Raj, former Director, IGCAR, former President, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) and a distinguished member of Kalpakkam chapter of IIM, on 6th Jan 2018.




Last Updated on Thursday 11th January 2018