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`Incorporate latest welding techniques in curriculum'

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TIRUCHI, FEB.16. The latest welding techniques and methodology should be incorporated in the curriculum of technical institutions to enable them produce engineers, the Executive Director of the BHEL, Tiruchi Complex, A. K. Mathur, said.

Speaking at a function to inaugurate the six-day long International Training Programme on `welding for industrial managers', organised by the Welding Research Institute (WRI) of the BHEL here today, Mr. Mathur said that welding was always given a backseat in academic institutions.

The WRI was a centre of excellence in metallurgy and metal joint works and right from its inception it has stood up to the expectations of the nation. Mr. Mathur said the specialised training programmes organised by the institute in the last 27 years had benefited more than 8,500 engineers from over 200 organisations and 3,600 welders. It has completed over 2,500 consultancy assignments.

The Chairman and Managing Director of the CNN Associates, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nandi Wakista, presided over the inaugural function and the Senior Manager, WRI and the Course Director, G. Bhuvanasekaran, presented an overview of the training programme.

Mr. Mathur released the course material and Mr. Nandi Wakista received the first copy.

The Additional General Manager and Head, WRI, A. V. Krishnan, in his welcome address, said 15 participants from Sri Lanka representing the industries of ship building, heavy engineering engaged in field construction, repair and reclamation and welding equipment suppliers were taking part in the training programme. They would be trained in both conventional and non-conventional welding techniques, quality control and safety aspects, metallurgy and maintenance. Besides, classroom lectures by experts in the field, practical classes and case study presentations were included in the training programme.

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