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Tata Steel opens registration for the ninth edition of its flagship technology mentorship programme - ‘Mind Over Matter’

Mumbai, December 17, 2022

~A one-of-a-kind platform for the brightest young minds to test their theoretical knowledge and practical applications~

~For the first time ever, the programme invites 1st year M.Tech and 4th year dual-degree students from the country’s premier tech schools~

~Winners get cash prize and a six-month mentorship opportunity with Tata Steel’s R&D leadership~

Tata Steel’s flagship technology mentorship programme, Mind Over Matter, is open for participant registrations from December 15, 2022 until January 14, 2023. Mind Over Matter is a one-of-its-kind technology mentoring programme that challenges the sharpest and smartest engineering students in the country's top institutes that addresses real-life problems related to steel-making and new materials.  

For the first time since its inception, Mind Over Matter challenge is open to 1st year M.Tech students and 4th year candidates of 5-year dual degree courses (B.Tech + M.Tech). The programme aims to boost creativity, foster a culture of cutting-edge research, and inspire them to join the manufacturing industry.

Atrayee Sanyal, Vice President, Human Resource Management, Tata Steel, said: “Indian technology institutions, both at the national and regional levels, groom some of the brightest minds who will be leading the industry of tomorrow. Mind Over Matter is our flagship technology programme that taps into their immense potential, not only to build a competitive advantage for the Company, but also to ensure that these bright young minds get the best opportunity to express themselves."

Dr. Debashish Bhattacharjee, Vice President, Technology & New Materials Business, Tata Steel, said: “Technology has emerged as one of the key differentiators for steel manufacturers to win in the global market. The technologies we are pursuing today in the steel sector not only aim to create new products & applications and more efficient manufacturing processes, but also help us deal with the challenges of climate change. As in the past eight editions of the Mind Over Matter programme, we expect to create amiable ecosystem for India’s young and bright engineering minds. We intend to achieve this by mentoring the participants under some of the best tech leaders in the steel sector and having them gain work experience in one of the world’s most technologically progressive steel making companies.”

The participation in the 9th edition of Mind Over Matter will be open to 37 national and regional technology and engineering academic institutions including 14 IITs, 10 NITs and several regional engineering/tech colleges.

In the first stage of the programme, top 10 teams based on the case-study submission will be offered a 6-month internship along with a stipend and a certificate of internship. In the next and the final stage, post completion of the internship, the internship projects will be evaluated, and winners will be decided.

The top 3 teams – the winner, first and second runners up will receive a cash prize of ₹ 100,000, ₹ 75,000 and ₹ 50,000 respectively. A certificate and a pre-placement offer (PPO) will also be given. The 4th to 10th ranking teams will be offered pre-placement interviews (PPIs). The winners will be invited to Tata Steel to create prototypes of their ideas under the mentorship of the Tata Steel’s formidable R&D leadership. 

Schedule for the 9th Edition of Mind Over Matter:




15 Dec’22 – 14 Jan’23

Case Submission

15 Dec’22 – 15 Jan’23

Short listing of entries

16 Jan’23 – 26 Jan’23

Written test and evaluation*

30 Jan’23 – 6 Feb’23

Declaration of Top 10 teams

10 Feb’23

Internship at Tata Steel

May’23 tentative


Oct’23 tentative

Tata Steel’s promise to the young minds

At Tata Steel, we believe in the ability to revolutionise, create, and transform the future. There are many elements that make Tata Steel so brilliantly unique. Arguably, the most significant of these is our ability to balance Human Values and Human Potential

About Tata Steel          

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $ 32.83 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2022. 

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000. Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM, worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme and World Economic Forum’s Global Parity Alliance, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, featured amongst CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2021 and top 10 sustainable organisations of India Hurun Research Institute in the 2021 Capri Global Capital Hurun India Impact 50, received Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for five years in a row, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, RIMS India ERM Award of Distinction 2021, Masters of Risk - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the sixth consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.

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Tata Steel