Sponsored by
SAIL, Bhilai Steel Plant, Bhilai

This award is given to the Best Paper in Reclamation and Repair Welding in Steel Plant during the National Welding Seminars / International Congress / Conference of the Institute.


Evaluation Criteria



  • Purpose/Objective of the fabrication/repair and its industrial importance.
  • Benefits visualised through lower cost and higher functional efficiency.
  • Clearly defined planning and scope of work.





  • Adequacy of the NDT techniques adopted/effectiveness of QA procedures.
  • Stringency of the quality requirement.
  • Innovation or ingenuity in setting up work, adoption of the most cost-effective inspection procedure for the job.
  • Procedures for higher productivity.
  • Maintenance of inspection records and data management.




  • Accuracy of the results in terms of cost savings, functional efficiency, with reference to the objectives specified by the author.
  • Other findings, if any, of importance besides what was specified, as a by-product during the course of the work.

Overall writing style and effectiveness in communication.

  • Evaluation Procedure



WHY – 10%, HOW – 40%, WHAT – 50%


  • Each paper is evaluated by three separate judges (Professors, Researchers, Welding engineers from various fabrication industries, consultants, consumable manufacturers etc.) for each category.
  • Copies of the papers are sent to the judges.
  • Their evaluation is compiled and normalised with respect to Judges average and the global average.
  • Care is taken to avoid the judge being one of the authors of the papers being evaluated.


The winner of this award receives a Certificate and a cash prize of Rs.10,000.00.