Travelling Overseas: Sustainable Design in Mining

Mr. Alok Ranjan, PhD Scholar at the Department of Mining Engineering visited Amman, Jordan from 13th -15th May 2014. He attended a conference on ZEC Sustainability, organized by the Al Zaytoonah University of Jordan and presented a paper entitled Advancements in Communication and Safety Systems in Underground mines: Present Status and Future Prospects. The theme areas of the conference were sustainability, architecture, new communicative applications, water, sewage and gray water networks, solid waste management, geo-technique and road safety, green buildings, renewable energy systems and so on.

The conference hosted a number of keynote speakers who could provide the participants with a good view of the sustainability scene. He interacted with experts from the United States of America, Canada, Europe and Middle East. The international scientists appreciated the presentation and encouraged him and the institute to carry out research in the frontier area of engineering. They also shared with him other upcoming technologies which would be helpful in the context of the Indian mining industries with special reference to Mining Communications. Trapped miner communication is a relatively unexplored area but is now gaining impetus as it has been declared one of the thrust areas by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India. He acknowledges support from Director Prof. Sunil K. Sarangi, FNAE and his guide Prof. Himanshu B. Sahu, Associate Professor, for their continuous and unflinching support, both academically and financially. He also rendered his thanks to his elder brother Shri Amit Ranjan, currently Advocacy and Communication Consultant at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Mr. Ranjan described his visit as ‘good time spent’ and it enhanced his knowledge both academically and culturally, as he got an opportunity to visit Petra, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The visit was sponsored by the institute.