Indian School of Mines

Indian School of Mines
Indian School of Mines logo.jpg
Motto उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत
Uttitishthat Jagrat Prapya Varranibhodhat
Motto in English "Arise, Awake, strive for the highest and be in the light"
Established 1926
Type Public university
Chairman Prateep Kumar Lahiri, Retd IAS
Director Prof. D. C. Panigrahi
Academic staff 217
Undergraduates 3,011
Postgraduates 1,889
Location India Dhanbad
23°48′48″N 86°26′31″E / 23.81333°N 86.44194°E / 23.81333; 86.44194
Campus Urban, spread over 212 acres (0.86 km2) in Central Dhanbad
Former names Indian School of Mines and Applied Geology (1926-1960s)
Alumni ISMAA
Affiliations Ministry of Human Resource and Development
Website www.ismdhanbad.ac.in

The Indian School of Mines (Hindi: भारतीय खनि विद्यापीठ) is a prestigious educational institute of India. ISM is located in the mineral-rich region of India, in the city of Dhanbad. It was established by British India Government on the lines of the Royal School of Mines, London, and was formally opened on 9 December 1926 by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India.[1] What started as an institution to impart mining education has now grown into a multi-departmental technical university. ISM admits undergraduate students from the top 0.5% rankers out of the 1.5 lakh candidates appearing for IIT-JEE Advanced Examination.[2][3]

Indian School of Mines has 18 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management programs with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research in the areas of Earth Sciences. The school has produced many pioneers of the Mining and Oil Industry, including Padma Bhushan awardees. ISM has been ranked consistently as one of the top 12 engineering institutions in India.

History

The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that: [4]

The Congress is of opinion that a Government College of Mining Engineering be established in some suitable place in India on the models of the Royal School of Mines in England...

The McPherson Committee formed by Government of India, recommended the establishment of an institution for imparting education in the fields of Mining and Geology, whose report, submitted in 1920, formed the main basis for establishment of the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. The Indian School of Mines was formally opened by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin on 9 December 1926 as the first mining technology institute of the country.[1]

The institute initially offered courses in Mining Engineering, Applied Geology, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Applied Mathematics. In 1957, the institute began offering Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics. Up to 1967 it was a pure government institute where the faculties were recruited through the UPSC Selection Board.

The all round achievement by the graduates of Indian School of Mines in nation building was duly recognized and the School was granted university status under the University Grants Commission Act in 1967. Later courses in Mining Machinery Engineering and Mineral Engineering were started in 1975 and 1976 respectively. It was among the few institutes to start courses in Industrial Engineering and Management (in 1977), to cater to the needs of industries like metallurgy, mining and manufacturing.

Recent Changes

The Mining Avenue

From 1996-97 the School came directly under the financial and administrative controls of Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India with pay scales and perks to its employees at par with that of Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management. In 1997, the institute began admitting students through the Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) conducted jointly by the sixteen Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. In 1998 courses for Electronics Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering were introduced and in 1999, the institute started a bachelor of technology course in Mechanical Engineering.

In 2006, ISM added 14 new courses, prominent among them being Electrical Engineering and a course in Environmental Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum. ISM started integrated Graduate engineering and management courses in mining, mineral and petroleum engineering as well which was the first such course offered by any technical institution in India. From 2006,ISM also started offering Integrated Master of Science (Int. M.Sc) in Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Mathematics & Computing, and Integrated Master of Science and Technology (Int. M.Sc Tech) courses for Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics. In 2011 ISM introduced an additional course in Chemical Engineering. The institute introduced Civil Engineering in 2013.

Location

ISM is located in the city of Dhanbad, which is also known as the coal capital of India. In population terms, Dhanbad is the second biggest city of the state of Jharkhand. The institute is surrounded by offices related to mining such as the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, and the headquarters of Directorate General of Mines Safety and of Bharat Coking Coal Limited. ISM is located 3 km from the Dhanbad Railway Station, which lies on the Kolkata-Delhi railway line. Dhanbad is also connected with Kolkata by National Highway-2 (Grand Trunk Road).

Departments and Centres

Main building of ISM,Dhanbad

ISM has the following Departments and Centres:[5]

Academic Programmes

ISM offers courses in engineering, pure sciences, management and humanities with a focus on engineering. The programs and courses offered at ISM are changing as the school evolving into a full fledged engineering university from the earlier focus on mining and earth sciences. The institute currently has 18 departments and 5 inter-disciplinary centres. The Department of Mining Engineering has been accorded the status of “Centre of Advanced Studies” by the UGC.

ISM is the only institute of its kind in India that caters to the human resource needs of the nation in the areas of Mining, Petroleum, Mining Machinery, Mineral engineering and Earth Sciences besides training manpower in the related disciplines of Management, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, applied Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.

The school conducts educational programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Master of Science (MSc.), Master of Science and Technology (M.Sc.Tech.), Integrated Master of Science (M.Sc), Integrated Master of Science and Technology (M.Sc Tech.), Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech), Integrated Master of Technology (Integrated M.Tech), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Philosophy (MPhil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.).

Admission to the courses of B.Tech, Dual Degree and Integrated courses are done from IIT-JEE Advanced qualified students. Admission to the M.Tech courses are done either through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) or through a special examination conducted by the institute. Admissions to the MBA program is done through the Common Admission Test (CAT). Admission to the M.Sc.Tech. and PhD courses are done through examinations conducted by the institute.

Degree Specialization
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering, Petroleum Engineering.
Dual Degree (B.Tech, M.Tech) Computer Science and Engineering, Mineral Engineering and Material Technology, Mineral Engineering and Mineral Resource Management, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering.
Dual Degree (B.Tech, MBA) Mining Engineering.
Master of Technology (M.Tech) Computer Science & Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Engineering Geology, Environmental Science and Engineering, Fuel Engineering, Geomatics, Industrial Engineering and Management, Maintenance Engineering and Tribology, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Engineering, Mineral Exploration, Mining Machinery Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Power System Engineering, Underground Space Technology.
Master of Science (M.Sc) Appllied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Mathematics and Computing.
Integrated M.Tech Mathematics and Computing.
Integrated Master of Science Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry.
Integrated Master of Science and Technology Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics.
Master of Science and Technology Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics.
Master of Business Administration MBA.
Master of Philosophy Applied Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, English.
PhD All engineering disciplines, interdisciplinary areas, science disciplines and the humanities and social sciences.

Campus

ISM is in the process of acquiring new land adjacent to the present campus, which will nearly double its area.[9] At present it is spread over an area of 88 hectares (212 acres).

National Emblem on the Main building

The Main Building, also popularly known as the Heritage Building houses the departments of Mining Engineering, Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics and Electrical Engineering. In addition it also contains the Geological Museum. The Penman Auditorium situated in the rear portion of the main building is used for functions having a bigger audience while the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre (GJLT) is used for workshops, presentations and seminars.

Some unique features at the ISM are the Geological Museum, the Seismic Observatory, a Data Processing Laboratory, the Long Wall Mine Gallery and the Remote Sensing Laboratory. The lawn in front of the ISM Main Building, besides being exquisitely designed, has several unique features. It has the original cannon used to defend this institute from the advancing Japanese troops during World War 2. It also has two rock samples of the oldest known rock formation on the Indian Subcontinent. The lawn is used to hoist the flag during the Independence & the Republic Day of India. It is also used to host the annual flower show at ISM.

The campus comprises academic buildings, student hostels with a 100% residential facilities for faculty, staff and students. ISM accommodates guests of the School at the Senior Academic Hostel. The Executive Development Center (EDC), under the charge of the training and placement cell at ISM, has the facilities to conduct Pre-Placement Talks, Group Discussions, Personal Interviews and has well furnished air conditioned rooms to accommodate executives from the industry. The campus has a State Bank of India branch and a Post Office.

The Central Library is automated and provides services seven days a week, catering to more than 5500 users belonging to 17 departments and centers. The library houses 85,000 books, 8000 Ph.D. thesis and dissertations, 35,000 bound volumes of journals and 1200 digital books. The library provides access to 2000 full text scholarly research journals. The library collection is available online through a web-based Public Access Catalogue. Creation of databases for the last 80 years collection was started in 2001 after the purchase of library management software called "LIBSYS". The whole library collection is bar-coded.

The Computer Center supports a campus-wide fiber optic network (ATM backbone switch) with 32 Mbit/s International Internet Gateway. It caters to all the computing needs of the faculty members and the students. The center has a number of state of the art servers and an adequate number of Intel Core PCs. The Health Centre provides medical care to students, teachers, staff and their family members. Important hospitals have also tied up for providing assistance in case of emergencies. There is 24-hour electricity and water supply in the campus.

Classes for first year students are held at the state of the art Lecture Hall Complex (LHC). The inside of the LHC functions as an Open Air Theater (OAT). The office of the Dean of Students Welfare (DSW) is located inside the LHC. New LHC has been inaugurated by montek singh ahluwalia- vice chairman of planning commission of India.

Currently massive construction activities are ongoing in the ISM campus. A new 8 storied, central library, designed to be one of the best libraries in Asia and the biggest in any Indian university, is under construction and is expected to be ready by the end of 2014. The SAC (Student Activity Center) along with a swimming pool is on the verge of completion. Other on-campus construction activities include the setting up of a new administration block which will host the Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering departments. The Senior Academic Hostel and the Executive Development Center have also been expanded.

ISM at night

Halls of Residence

Being a fully residential campus, ISM has 10 hostels - six for boys and four for girls. All hostels have Mess and Canteens attached. The hostels are named after famous gemstones. The hostels are as follows:

Student life

The campus has good facilities for training in games and sports like athletics, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis. Interested students are also trained in combat sports such karate, wu shu and boxing. Students choose between National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), National Sports Organisation (NSO) and Yoga as a cumpulsory extra curricular activity.

CONCETTO is the annual inter college Techno-Management fest of ISM Dhanbad. It consists of the guest lectures, exhibitions, robotics and management events.

PARAKRAM is a three-day annual inter college Sports festival. Parakram includes cricket, basketball, volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton, athletics and other indoor games. ISM also holds an annual two-day-long sports meet after Republic Day (India) for the students of ISM only. Annual intramural competitions for cricket, football, badminton, table tennis etc. are notable features as is the two-day Annual Sports. Athletic competitions include track and field events, long jump, high jump, pole vaulting, discus throw, javelin throw, shot-put etc. Non-athletic events include sack races, tug-o-wars, etc.

SRIJAN is the annual inter college Cultural Fest of ISM.

Pratibimb, the annual ten-day inter-departmental cultural competition is held in January, with events such as Hindi and English vocals, instrumentals, dance, mime, skits, debates, quizzes, dumb-charades, fashion show, and Antakshari. Musical nights, DJ nights, and Kavi Sammelans also form a part of ISM culture. Other features are the events of SPIC MACAY, painting exhibitions, and Yoga workshops.

Student clubs include Cultural Scientific and Literary Society (CSLS), Cyber Society, Music Society, Photographic Society and Chayanika Sangh (whose objective is the promotion of Hindi Language). ISM has a technical society for each department at ISM like the Petroleum Engineering Society, the Mineral Engineering Society, the Mining Engineering Society etc. The societies mentioned above function under the purview of the ISM Students Society (ISS) which is the link between the administration and the students.

ISM also has student chapters of technical organizations like the Society of Applied Mathematics (SAM), Society of Applied Physics, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Association of Petroleum Geologistss (AAPG), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the PETROTECH Society. The SPE, ISM chapter was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Award in 2010 thus deeming this chapter to the best student chapter in Asia. The ISM PETROTECH chapter was awarded the Best Chapter Award for the academic year 2010-2011 among all its chapters in India.

Other activities include the voluntary efforts by the students to teach and provide education to underprivileged children under the name of Kartavya (Duty). Kartavya was initiated by an alumnus of the 2003 batch and is managed by the students. Kartavya centres have been established at NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Durgapur, NIT PATNA, NIFFT Ranchi, OIT Burla, BIT Sindri and Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. There are four centers in Dhanbad. In 11 centers, about 700 students have been covered.

Another initiative called Fast Forward India (FFI) is an effort to find ways to tackle problems that impact the lives of millions of under-served people in India. In this ISM students provide computer education and training in spoken English to poor and needy children. They organize blood donation camps and hygiene awareness campaigns for locals, and career counseling programs for school students. The intra Dhanbad inter school quiz competition BRAINSTORM organized annually has generated funds and publicity for FFI.

A monthly in-campus students' newsletter called Mailer Daemon is published by an independent student body.(Website:www.mailerdaemon.co.in) Genesis an entrepreneurship cell has been established, promoting entrepreneurial skills among students. The ISM Energized Toastmasters Club a local club of the Toastmasters International organizes weekly meetings for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) ISM chapter organizes Green Marathons, Cleanliness Drives, Sapling Plantation drives and various other competitions at ISM to promote awareness about the environment.

At a few hours distance from the ISM campus are places for trekking, outings and picnics. Students at ISM frequently make trips to the Maithon Dam, Khandoli and Deoghar, and waterfalls like Johna, Dassam and Hundru near Ranchi, just over 160 km from Dhanbad. The Parasnath Hills nearby are important tourist and pilgrimage place, as twenty of the twenty-four Tirthankaras (teachers of the Jains) attained Moksha (Nirvana) from this place (but not Mahavira, the last Tirthankara).

Ranking

ISM was ranked 11th in India in the Outlook Engineering Colleges survey of 2013 and also of 2012.[10] It has been consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges of India by Outlook magazine. ISM does not participate in ranking surveys by other magazines due to their low credibility.

Demands for conversion of ISM to an IIT

The proposal for conversion of ISM into an IIT had been strongly recommended by the Evaluation and Review Committee set up by the Government of India in 1994. It was headed by Prof. S. Sampath (former Director of IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras). However, no action was taken over the proposal.

In 2007-08, several new Indian Institutes of Technology were set up and started running without even having a campus, while ISM was not converted into IIT. This was despite the fact that ISM was from many years taking in IIT-JEE qualified students (along with the 7 older IIT's and IT-BHU). Significantly, after the conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU in June 2012, ISM is now the only non-IIT institute which admits IIT-JEE (now called IIT-JEE Advanced) qualified students to its various undergraduate and dual degree programmes. Interestingly, once admitted into ISM or an IIT through IIT-JEE (Advanced) exam, a student is not permitted to appear in the exam again, and hence cannot take admission in an IIT next year (as per rules of the JEE exam). In this respect, Govt of India treats ISM at par with IIT's. Also, the salary of teachers of ISM is same as that in IIT's.

In 2009, ISM got the approval of its Finance Committee, Executive Board and General Council, proposing its conversion to an IIT. This was forwarded to Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India in early 2010. This was followed by a detailed project report on the conversion prepared by EdCIL (a Public Sector Enterprise), on the directions of the HRD Ministry. The ISM Teachers Association and ISM Alumni Association passed resolutions in 2010-11, favoring this conversion. In September 2011, a resolution was passed by the Government of Jharkhand, recommending to the Government of India to convert ISM to an IIT soon.[11]

On 7 May 2012, the Director of ISM gave a detailed presentation highlighting the various aspects of institute and the need for its conversion to an IIT, at the Yojana Bhawan, Planning commission. The meeting was chaired by Narendra Jadhav, Member of MHRD. The conclusion that came to be was inclusion of the conversion in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012–17).

In June 2012, a Planning Commission panel, on a reference to it from the Union Cabinet, favoured that this conversion be done, during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) and in such a possible way that ISM's core competency in mining and geology is maintained.[12][13][14]

The proposal to convert ISM to IIT became a part of the new 5 Year Plan after its passage by the Prime Minister headed National Development Council or NDC, on 27 December 2012.[15] The NDC comprises the Prime Minister of India, the Union Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers of all States, and members of the Planning Commission. It is worth mentioning that ISM is the only institute of India selected by NDC to be converted into an IIT in the 12th Five Year Plan. However, the inclusion in 5 Year Plan itself does not guarantee that ISM would be converted into IIT.

After receiving recommendation from the NDC, MHRD sent a letter to ISM administration demanding the institutional specifications and variants, comparing it to the other IITs and a report was sent from ISM to MHRD for the same. This report was approved by the officials and has been further forwarded to the IIT Council (consisting of HRD Minister, all IIT's Directors, some M.P.'s) for their advisory opinion on this matter. A meeting of IIT Council for the same was held on 7 January 2013. In this meeting, it was decided that a committee be formed to look into the matter afresh and its financial implications. The IIT Council in its meeting on 16 September 2013 deferred the conversion for at least another six months. Also, in the meeting,a committee headed by Prof. Ashok Mishra (Ex Director IIT Bombay) was set up to look into the issue. The committee paid a visit to ISM from 18-20 Jan, 2014.[16] The committee's report was submitted to Union HRD Ministry in Feb 2014, but its content is unknown. It will be discussed by the IIT Council in its next meeting.

If the Govt of India finally decides for the conversion of ISM into IIT, then the Institutes of Technology Amendment Bill to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 will have to be introduced in Indian Parliament by the Union HRD Minister.

International Relations

Indian School of Mines has international collaborations with universities like Imperial College London, University of South Florida, Texas A&M University, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Goethe University Frankfurt, Braunschweig University of Technology, Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Polytechnic University of Turin, Technical University of Crete, China University of Mining and Technology, Technical University of Košice, Kōchi University Japan, University of Lyon, FernUniversitaet Hagen and also with Government of Ontario, Canada.[17]

ISM is an Indian Partner University of the "India4EU II" Programme under the Erasmus Mundus.[18] ISM is also the mentor university for setting up of Institute of Mining for the Government of Afghanistan and helps Government of Bangladesh in the mineral resource planning.[17]

Alumni of ISM

Following are the Alumni of ISM awarded by the President of India-

For detailed list of Notable Alumni of ISM, click here Talk:Indian School of Mines#Notable Alumni of ISM Dhanbad

See also

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