PROFESSOR AMIT GORAI: A SPANKING NEW PERSONALITY IN MINING DEPARTMENT

Hailing from a village known as Bagmara at Sindri at a distance of around 15 km from Dhanbad District, Prof AmitGoari received his preliminary education from Bagmari Middle School where he studied upto class 8. After that he got enrolled in Beliapur High School and passed his matriculation from there. He completed his high school at Sindri College and then cracked his WBJEE, thereby pursuing his B.E from Bengal Engineering College and completed his Master Degree from the same. Thereafter, he carried out a project for 4 months at Central Mining Research Institute, Dhanbad and subsequently completed his Doctoral from ISM Dhanbad. He then joined BIT Sindhri as a part-time lecturer for over one-and-a half year, and then served at the department of Environmental Science and Engineeirng at BIT Mesra for & years. In the meantime, he was conferred the Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship awarded by UGC and thereby pursued his Post Doctoral from Jackson State University USA for a year. He then rejoined at BIT Mesra where he worked for another 3 months before joining NIT as a professor in the department of Mining Engineering NIT Rourkela.

Narrating his experience at Jackson State University, Prof. Gorai admits that though Jackson State University is not as good as compared to other universities of US, yet it has better academic and infrastructural development. He also mentions about the transfer of his faculty and the problem culled upon him for switching under a new faculty. Overall his experience was worth-while and he enjoyed working there.

Although he pursued his B.E and M.E in Mining Engineering, his area of research in BIT Mesra was Environmental Science and Engineering dept. where he covered the domain of Air and Noise pollution and System Engineering. His present area of research is Air Pollution Modeling and Soft Computing. No doubt he joined NIT Rourkela as a Mining Professor, but he still aspires to continue his research on Environmental Sciences.

His recent achievements include being presented with a DST travel grant for attending an International Conference in Air Quality in 2012, held in Athens, Greece. He also received the ENBTC World MeteorologicalOrganization Young Researcher Award. Also, he was conferred DST young scientist and Research Project award in BIT Mesra. He has authored a book titled “A Complete Guide for Mining Engineering” that was published in 2012. He aims at coming up with another volume of the book comprising of solutions.

Dr. Gorai appreciates the working ambience of NIT Rourkela. He expresses regret of not having proper academic guidance as is provided in the cities as a result of which he failed to grab a seat in one of the leading engineering colleges of the nation. He cites an account of his IIT entrance exam that although he was pretty confident of knowing the answer for almost all the questions that came under Physics, he lost a whole lot of marks owing to silly mistakes as he lacked the confidence and exposure to competitive examination system. After his first failure, he did not give up, rather looked forward and after six months of coaching and a year of hard toil, he managed a seat in a reputed college.

Stating quotes from his own experiences of hard struggle during his college days he mentions a drive in the generation to work for software companies rather than opting for core sector jobs. Blame is to be equally shared; students who do not entitle for core jobs have software jobs as a residue. Even in the job sector, absorption rate is not proportional to the growth of students and colleges. Also there is a heavy influence of management studies which inculcates the habit of subject slicing, as there is a switch of subjects from engineering to management. So, students develop the tendency of ignoring branch studies and missing classes. As a message to future moneymakers he urges them to take their studies seriously and not miss classes as whatever studied now is helpful in future, at some point of time.

Ending his conversation with us, he urges students to make their decisions judiciously, and provides higher education as an alternative to students who do not think beyond corporate jobs.

 

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