From nanotubes to optical fiber communication to an ultra high-speed internet, be it any wonder of the modern day technology, one can’t imagine the scenario, but for the role of material scientists in it. The rosy picture of the future we are made to behold by the scientists is simply through the glasses of material science. It is such a vast field that there is no major aspect of science existing which it leaves untouched. Especially with the current scenario of research marching into the nano arena, material scientists can be rightly labeled as the torch bearers of the progress. If you too are bitten by the bug of innovation and nurture the dream to contribute something significantly to the society around, then this article has got ample food for your thoughts!
What is Material Science and what are Material Scientists up to!
This happens to be a highly inter-disciplinary subject that deals with the physics as well as the chemistry of matter and its subsequent applications in engineering. The matter is a highly generalized term and equally wide is the ambit of material science. Be it the carbon nanotubes or the most advanced solar cells (called Perovskite), every aspect is touched, if not encompassed by this discipline. This simply happens due to the fact that the properties of the finer matter change considerably from their bulk counterparts. It is solely due to this reason that material science is hailed in high aspirations by the scientist community.
What is the qualification required to become a Material Scientist?
After the obvious +2 background in PCM, one may either take any branch and do a further specialization in his stream of choice amalgamated with material science (which is the trend nowadays) or take material science as a core subject of his interest during his master’s. Following are the premier colleges in the country offering material science courses:
- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Material Science course being ranked 53rd in the whole world, QS ranking)
- Indian Institutes of technology Bombay, Madras, Kanpur and Kharagpur
- Hyderabad Central University
- Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta Universities
- Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Jobs and Higher Education Prospects
This field is relatively more anticipated with the pass outs taking higher studies as their preference; still, many lucrative job prospects are available in R&D divisions of private as well as public firms. One may go on to assume scientist positions at various organizations of national importance such as the BARC, DRDO, CSIR etc and may even apply for faculty positions at various governmental as well as private universities and continue with their research work while simultaneously guiding students in their doctoral and Postdoctoral endeavors. The Pay band in the government is that of a class I officer along with the other perks while the remuneration in the private firms depends upon the nature of work and experience.
It can be very aptly concluded that this is the field literally responsible for contributing exceptionally to the world and making it a better place altogether to live in. If one has a penchant for learning, the mindset for innovation and is motivated by the keen desire to research he should undoubtedly go for becoming a material scientist!