Mining deep: Gearing up the Store

The Mining Department of NIT Rourkela which works with the aim to develop potent engineers who toil in the real world towards production of sustainable energy and conserving natural resources, has undergone several magnum developments during the summer in order to create a safe research environment for its students and aspiring research scholars.

Recently the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India has sanctioned a whooping amount of 160 million rupees giving a head start to the FIST 2013 project for infrastructure development in Department of Mining. Prof. H.K. Naik instantaneously sprang into action allowing procurement of new equipments for the department. Several sophisticated flagship machineries and apparatus have been procured under the supervision of Prof. M.K. Mishra, Prof. Equeenuddin, Prof. D.S. Nimaje, Prof. H.K. Naik, Prof. H.B. Sahu, Prof. B.K. Pal, Prof. S. Jayanthu and Prof. D.P. Tripathy which include FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) with hydraulic press, Electronic Laser Theodolite, Lynx digital level, Reflector-less Total Station, Handheld digital manometer, Aermod View Software single user academic license, Blast vibration monitoring and advanced software, PCB (Printed circuit Board) Assembly, Analytical Sieve Shaker, Humidity Chamber, Nitrous fumes tube, Software for Laser Blast Design, Flammability Temperature Apparatus, PC based Spirometer, Octave Band Analyzers and several other equipments have been lined up for procurement process.

A new Water Quality Laboratory is being set up under the supervision of Prof. H.B. Sahu. Equipments for the laboratory have been procured and are undergoing tests to validate and ensure safety. Equipments include Autoclave which provides media sterilization for growth of bacteria under controlled artificial environment; BOD Incubator (Biological Oxygen Demand) used to measure amount of impurities in form of micro-organisms present in water; Orbital Shaker which is extensively used to extract heavy metals like Zn, Hg, Cd from their core, removing the contaminants from the solution and the occupying the crown table of them all is the Double Distillation Unit which is one of a kind equipped with sensors requiring less human attention and 4 heaters for distillation through channels.

Other developments include a departmental library being set up with a massive collection of textbook, references and journals for the students. Many new subjects have been introduced in the curriculum for B. Tech, M. Tech and dual degree. GIS (Geographical Information System), a new professional elective subject under the guidance of Prof. Nikhil Prakash has been incorporated. 

A dynamic and visionary head of the department looks forward to more involved and constructive approach towards research from his colleagues and students in the forthcoming session.