NIFFT In consonance with the general guidelines of UNESCO (1962) regarding establishment of specialized institutes, National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT) was created in 1966 under the UNDP program to cater to the need of a large number of technicians. The particular emphasis was on Foundry and Forge technology to meet the demand of trained manpower in the primary metal manufacturing sectors like automobile, heavy engineering, machine and component manufacturing etc. Two carefully designed advanced diploma courses, namely Foundry and Forge technology were offered.
In view to push forward the knowledge boundary, four M Tech programs were introduced in the core areas of Foundry and Forge technology. Subsequently, two B Tech programs, one in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and other in Manufacturing Engineering, were introduced to reinforce the core framework of foundry and forging technology with the knowledge of materials and manufacturing to cater the emerging need of the industries.
The forward looking endeavor, pursued over the years, has evolved a four tier academic framework in NIFFT involving advanced diploma, B Tech, M Tech and doctoral program with a balanced emphasis on training, education and research. The partitioning among the subject domains has been consciously avoided with the objective of sharing facilities and expertise in pursuing near-net-shape component technology as a unique knowledge domain. Such ambiance of training and education has attracted the interest of the potential employers and augmented the employability of students at all the levels. Currently, a large segment of the alumni community of NIFFT is holding the positions of leadership in different industries. They are also serving in various research organization and academic institutions of the country.
In the present scenario, Foundry and Forge sector, owing to their consistent leadership in the global market over the years, fit best in the ‘Make in India’ endeavor. Both the sectors provide the large employment and are rapidly embracing the acquired potential in materials engineering and computer based modeling, simulation and design.
The call for creation of independent capability in Foundry and Forge technology, with highest standard has triggered the process of upgrade of NIFFT to the Centre of Excellence by incorporating the important attributes of autonomy. In the new paradigm, the institute is poised to evolve the complete pathway of component manufacturing technology with judicious synergy of computational science and manufacturing technology encompassing design of materials and process; net shape casting and forming; testing and characterization of materials and components; component integrity assessment; component reengineering and recycling.
At the eve of its Golden Jubilee year, NIFFT reaffirms its commitment to the nation.