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A Metallurgist Turning Waste into wealth

Renowned Metallurgist Rajkumar Choubey has come a long way since his birth in a Farmer family in Bhojpur Dist in Bihar. His quest to do something has helped him achieve top spots in his career, and today he is an example for youth who want to become entrepreneurs.

An environmental activist, Choubey just like everyone else is seriously concerned about environmental degradation today. The industrial revolution has taken a big toll on human lives. The topic of ecology is one of the biggest concerns of the modern world. With an increase in demand which leads to an increase in industrialisation, the issue of handling waste – especially industrial waste is becoming gigantic day by day. India is one of the various nations that do not have an adequate waste management system. Hundreds of thousands of tons of waste get generated every year and efficient treatment of this waste is an expensive affair. And most of the industries dispose of this waste either in rivers or it just sits there building up mountains.

Choubey started his venture, Metcon Power Consultants and Engineers to overcome this issue and started working on various projects. Recovery of Zinc from steel melting shop fly dust in association with IIT Indore and in partnership with Jagdeep Steel Pvt. Ltd.  M.P., estimated to cost Rs 50 lakh is one such project. The project will extract zinc from fly dust generated during steel production. The outcome will help hundreds of steel units in India to extract zinc from fly dust.

Just after finishing his engineering studies he operated 1st Induction Melting Furnace of India in Jaipur Metals & Electricals in 1981, and was a Team member in 1986 of 1st Diesel engine manufacturing in India by Hindustan Motors.

Other Projects by Metcon

Not only in India, but Metcon is currently setting up units internationally also. They have been tied up by the Ministry of Steel, India to set up a pilot plant for Ferro-Chrome.

A Pilot project plant with CSIR for design and commission of solid state reduction of chromites.

Pyrolisis of waste plastic plant commissioned in Mangalore Karnataka to convert plastic waste into fuel that is cheaper than petrol and diesel. They also make sponge oil from steel rolling mill waste.

In Vardha Maharashtra, Metcon has revived a sick unit that had Technical know-how from China but was nonfunctional for years.

Achievements and social services

Last year Choubey was honoured for his achievements by the American Society of Metals (ASM International), a 100+-year-old global organisation for Metals in the world located in Ohio, USA, and nominated him as the Joint secretary – Eastern Region of India located at OP Jindal University, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.

As a social activist, he is active in:

  • He believes that people who are capable should always help incapable people and he believes that a country can progress when the rural areas are developed, for example, by providing education facilities to poor kids in Odisha n Bihar.
  • Helped people during COVID.

During his student life also he was very active, particularly at Malaviya Regional Engineering College (now MNIT – Malaviya National Institute of Technology), and was the Coordinator, Joint Organising Secretary, and Editor of Souvenir of All India Advani Memorial Basket Ball Tournament.

He was

Refreshment Secretary, President – twice of MREC – ESA

Editor of college magazine ‘ Abhibyanjana’

Saraswati Puja – Secretary

Founder – Dr. S. K. Si Memorial Photography Club

Founder – MREC Book Bank

Major role in the formation of MREC Alumni Association in Kolkata

Major role in the formation of MREC/MNIT Alumni in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, and Pune

In 2012 revived and organised AIAMBT after a gap of 15 years

In 2013 – revived and organised Saraswati Puja in MNIT after 15 years.

In 2016 – MNIT Alumni Meet in Durgapur, West Bengal & Angul, Odisha

In 2017 – Bihar – Jharkhand alumni meet at Patna and anonymously elected President of MNIT – Bihar Jharkhand

In 2018 – Organised Bihar Jharkhand Alumni meet at Ranchi

In 2019 – Alumni meet at Gangtok

In 2020 – Organised MNIT alumni meet of Middle East in Dubai

In 2021 – Organised MNIT alumni meet at Puri

In 2022 – Organised MNIT alumni meet at Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Formation of alumni groups in Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

Overseas MNIT alumni group formation in the Middle East, United Kingdom, and the United States


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