The Institution of Engineers (India), Rourkela Local Centre, organized an All India Seminar on MINING – RECENT ADVANCES, CHALLENGES AND SCENARIO BEYOND 2015 (MRACSB15-2014), from 8th to 9th November 2014. This seminar was organized in the pretext of the Golden Jubilee year of the centre. The seminar focussed on several issues like geotechnical investigation, mine design, new mining technologies, mine communication and environmental impacts of mining. The financial support for the seminar was provided by TEQIP-II, NIT Rourkela.

Shri G.S. Verma, CEO, Rourkela Steel Plant graced the inaugural function as Chief Guest, while Prof. Sunil K. Sarangi, Director, NIT Rourkela, presided over the function. Prof. Sarangi placed emphasis on multi-disciplinary technological solutions for India’s industry. Prof. Singam Jayanthu, Convenor of the seminar, welcomed all the speakers and delegates.

A total of 52 papers were received  and 44 were accepted. 30 of these papers were presented at the seminar, including 6 keynote papers. Some of the eminent experts present in the seminar were Dr. T.N. Singh (Ex-Director, CSIR-CIMFR), Prof. Arif Jamal (Head-Mining Department, IITBHU), Dr. Ajay K. Singh (Head-CBM Division, CSIR-CIMFR), Dr. V. Laxminarayana (Director, DGMS), Prof. H.K. Mishra (Visiting Professor, Earth Science Department, NIT Rourkela), Prof. Siva Kumar (Dodoma University, Tanzania) and Shri A.C. Palai (Vice President, Chariot Cements). Dr. T.N. Singh gave the theme lecture and main keynote address of the seminar. He said that the technologies being used in Indian mining industry were far too obsolete and drastic changes were needed.

In the valedictory function, Dr. T.N. Singh was the Chief Guest while Dr. V. Laxminarayana was the Guest of Honor. Dr. Singh, an Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Awardee, delivered the Valedictory Address in Hindi. He asked young mining engineers to take a cue from Mission MOM of ISRO and take a fixed objective in mind. He also released the proceedings of the seminar in a CD form, keeping in mind the conservation of paper. Prof. Siva Kumar of Dodoma University, Tanzania, awarded cash prizes to eleven research scholars who presented their work at the seminar on behalf of his Deputy Vice Chancellor. This he said was according to his philosophy, “Tan Snan se shudh hota hai, mann dhyan se shudh hota hai aur dhan daan se shudh hota hai”. Prof. Jayanthu thanked all the speakers and delegates for their enthusiastic participation. Prof. H.K. Naik, Head, Department of Mining Engineering, NIT Rourkela and Co-convenor of the seminar proposed a formal vote of thanks.