Gyan Prakash Sahoo | Dec 13, 2016

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As another semester is about to get wrapped, the Department of Mining Engineering has undergone few more changes, added new feathers to its proverbial cap and have prepared some new plans in the pipeline. Team MM presents these achievements in a nutshell.

Placement is an integral factor for any branch and ultimate goal for every budding engineer. The placements of Mining department has been good for this academic year with students getting handsome packages from companies like Tata Steel, TCS, Vedanta(HZL),VE commercials and Tredence.Following is the number of students placed in these companies:-

Tata Steel(PPO)2
VE Commercials1

Apart from these placements, two students from 3rd year also bagged internships in Tata Steel.

Mercury Porosimeter, procured from Quantachrome, USA in the beginning of this semester finally became operational in the month of October and has been set up in Materials Characterization Lab of the department. This equipment uses mercury to penetrate into the pores and determine their structure and distribution in the porous materials. Another equipment, 60T Rock Cyclic Loading Unit, which will be used to study the uniaxial strength and deformation behavior of rocks, is undergoing installation and will get functional within few weeks.

The department earned yet another chance to flourish itself when Odisha Mining Corporation, Bhubaneswar extended financial aid to it for the construction of a new Geotechnical laboratory. Experiments related to rock characteristics, bore hole logs, earth and other materials will be conducted in this lab. On asking Prof. Manoj Kumar Mishra, HOD, he replied that this investment is a major one for the institute and the work for the construction will start in a full swing in the last week of November.  

Er. S.Choudhury, a representative of Lafarge Group, Mumbai visited the department from 27th-30th October to train the students on SURPAC software, a mine planning and scheduling software. Adding to this, Mr. S. Kirtane, Head (Sales and Marketing) of Mining Business, Eicher, Bengaluru visited to have a look at the various facilities and infrastructure in the department and have an interaction with the faculty, to ensure them that Eicher Group will extend them help in all forms in the near future.

The faculty have decided to conduct frequent visits to mines for the students from 3rd year onwards in order to have a smoother teaching-learning process and this started with 5th Semester students visiting Lanjibarna Limestone and Dolomite Mine in Rajgangpur on 20th September along with some professors. As quoted by Prof. Manoj Kumar Mishra

“Mines are the real laboratories for each budding miner and hence more such visits would enhance the learning process.”

National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC) team visited the department on 5th November and had an interactive session with the students and the faculty staff. After the visit, suggestions on underground space technology were given to the research scholars and were inspired to bring new ideas in that field.

A conference on Sustainable Mining Practices was organized from 2nd to 3rd December in the institute, with the objective of utilizing the scientific, technical, educational and research potential of the mineral extraction community to contribute to a sustainable future.  Team MM wishes the department good luck for this conference and hopes for its further flourishing in the upcoming years. 


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