Students Corner

This is a new feature introduced to elicit the views of students who have been using the resources of TRAERF, be it the Summer Internships or the Educational Material or any other feature which they find relevant to their studies. They can freely express their views and/or describe their experiences. Send your mini Write-up (not exceeding about 100 words) as a
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As a beginning and as a model we are giving below the experiences of Mr Bidyut Dutta, recipient of TRA-ERF Summer Internship 2015.

TRAERF Summer Internship Experience at IIT Bombay
                                            - Bidyut Dutta, TRAERF Summer Intern 2015, NIT Durgapur 2012-2016 batch
My search for an Internship started in the month of December, 2014 when I started applying to different Internship programs. It was during this period that I came to know about the TRA-ERF Summer Internship Program, an initiative of the TR Anantharaman Education and Research Foundation to motivate meritorious undergraduate students of metallurgical engineering to improve their learning and research skills and pursue a research career in engineering.
As a part of the selection procedure two students were nominated from our institution for the final selection process and I was lucky to be one of them. Little did I expect that I would get selected for the Internship from amongst the many students nominated from various institutions and so I was overwhelmed when I received an email from Dr. N. Eswara Prasad, Author, TRA-ERF informing that I was one of the 15 students selected by the panel for the Internship.
The best part of the program was that the interns could choose their own field of interest and their mentor. Each of the selected students was awarded a one-time grant of Rs. 16,000 and a Travel Allowance.
I was lucky to get Prof. V.S. Raja of IIT Bombay as my mentor who is a renowned scientist in the field of Corrosion Engineering. I arrived at Mumbai on May 07, 2015 and my Internship started from May 08. The topic of my project was “Electrochemical study of the effect of inhibitors on corrosion of AA7050”. The research experience at IIT Bombay was an awesome one. The wide spectrum of experimental facilities at the Aqueous Corrosion Laboratory and at the Central Instruments Facility meant that I had ample opportunities to put my theoretical findings to test. The Research scholars of the department were very helpful and helped me clear my doubts about the possible interpretations of the results. The weekends were never boring since the institute is situated in Powai which is itself a place of tourist attraction and well connected to almost all the major tourist destinations of Mumbai. The various international concerts and student activities going on in the campus meant that there was plenty to do after devoting sufficient time to my project work. The Internship came to an end on July 12, 2015 after giving a PowerPoint presentation on my research and submitting a project report on the same to my mentor. A copy of the Report was sent to TRAERF for evaluation after which I was reimbursed with my travelling allowance for the to and fro journey. A Certificate of participation was awarded to me after the completion of the Internship. The Board of Trustees with Dr. P. Rama Rao as its President, Dr. V.V. Kutumbarao as its Secretary, Dr. N. Eswara Prasad and Shri TP Rao as its Authors helped me out in every step of the Internship process.
I would like to thank TRAERF for giving me the opportunity of being a part of this wonderful initiative in the memory of the pioneering contributions of Prof. T. R. Anantharaman in the advancement of education and research in the fields of materials science and materials engineering. I sincerely hope that more and more students benefit from this wonderful initiative and are encouraged to devote their life to research in the field of materials science and engineering.

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