During ALUCAST 2010, 5th December was marked as a Students' day. The program involved inviting students of engineering to the venue of ALUCAST 2010 at Chennai Trade Center, briefing them about ALUCAST as a technical body and also the Aluminium casting industry.
Students from the colleges and institutions in Chennai and Southern region showed excellent response to the invitation, with over 300 students, along with some faculty members attending the venue at Chennai Trade Center. Their enthusiasm was encouraging and exciting.
The program was chaired by Dr P. R. Khangaonkar. Professor Emeritus College of Engineering, Pune. Dr. A. Janagan, Technical Director (PD and Q), Hinduja Foundries, Ennore, Chennai, was the chief guest.
Dr Khangaonkar welcomed the students and faculty members and gave a briefing on the overall purpose and the program of the day. Shri R A R Prasad, Vice President, ALUCAST gave a presentation on ALUCAST its nature, organization, memberships, programs and various activities.
This was followed by two presentations by firms in the field of Aluminium casting, with a view to explain the students the nature of activities and process and the extent of the industry. The presentations were done by engineers from Sundaram Clayton, Padi, Chennai and Dynatek, Chennai.
The students were also briefed on their visit to the large exhibition on the casting industry, with many sophisticated and technologically advanced products and machines displayed.
The chief guest was then introduced by Shri Ambuselvan, Secretary, Chennai chapter of ALUCAST. The chief guest Dr Janagan, then delivered his brief address to the students. He emphasized the need to realize the importance and extent of the casting industry in general, and aluminium casting industry, which is growing due to the efforts to save automobile fuel, which is a scarce and depleting asset, from the point of view of environment.
After the meeting and lunch, the students and faculty members went around the exhibition and had a very fruitful interaction with the engineers and ALUCAST members during the visit. Many of them evinced interest in joining ALUCAST as student members.