Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad

Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines dhanbad)
Dhanbad
भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान (भारतीय खनि विद्यापीठ) धनबाद
Indian School of Mines logo.jpg
Motto उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत
Uttitishthat Jagrat Prapya Varannibhodhat
Motto in English
"Arise, Awake, strive for the highest and be in the light"
Type Public
Chairman D.D. Mishra
Director Durga Charan Panigrahi[1]
Academic staff
271
Undergraduates 3,640
Postgraduates 2,066
Location Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India
Campus Urban
Acronym IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
Affiliations Government of India
Website www.ismdhanbad.ac.in

Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad (abbreviated as IIT (ISM), Dhanbad) is an Institute of National Importance located in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India. It was formerly known as the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (ISM Dhanbad) and was a Deemed University before it got converted into an Institute of National Importance under the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. It is located in the mineral-rich region of India, in the city of Dhanbad. It is the third oldest institute (after IIT Roorkee and IIT (BHU) Varanasi) which got converted into an IIT.[2] It was established by British Indian 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.[3] It started as an institution to impart mining education, and today, has grown into a technical institution with various academic departments. The institute featured among the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings of 2016 by Subject in the fields of Mining and Mineral Engineering.[4] IIT (ISM) Dhanbad admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), previously IIT-JEE.[5][6]

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has 18 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management programs. On 25 May 2016, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Modi approved that a bill be introduced in Parliament for converting ISM Dhanbad into an Indian Institute of Technology.[7] On 26 July 2016, the above mentioned Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha. On 2 August 2016 the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill was eventually signed by the President of India on 10 August and notified in the Gazette of India. [8]

History

Main building of ISM

The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that:[9]

The McPherson Committee formed by Government of British 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 at Dhanbad, on 9 December 1926.[3]

The institute offered courses in Mining Engineering, Applied Geology, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Applied Mathematics when it opened. 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 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India and Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister during their visit to ISM in April, 1950.

The school was granted university status by the University Grants Commission under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 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.

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 IIT Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) conducted jointly by the IITs and ISM.[10] 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, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad added 14 new courses, prominent among them being Electrical Engineering and a course in Environmental Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum. 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 institute offered a B.Tech programme in Chemical Engineering. The institute introduced Civil Engineering in 2013 and Engineering Physics in 2014.

Location

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad is located in Dhanbad, the most populated city in the state of Jharkhand.[11] The institute is located 3 km from the Dhanbad Junction railway station, which lies on the Kolkata (Howrah) - Delhi railway line. Besides rail, Dhanbad is also connected with Kolkata by NH-2 (Grand Trunk Road).

Departments and centres

Executive Development Centre Garden

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has the following departments and centers:[12]

Engineering
Applied Sciences
Social Sciences
Business
New Academic Complex
  • Department of Management Studies (Formerly Industrial Engineering & Management)
Centres
  • Centre of Mining Environment
  • Computer Centre
  • Center for Renewable Energy
  • Center of Societal Mission
Research Centres & Industry Interaction Centres
  • An eight storey Central Research Facility has been set up at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad as a Centre of National Importance.[13][14] IIT (ISM) Dhanbad works as a think-tank for eleven ministries of the Govt. of India.[15]
  • Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata: An Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata has been established in Kolkata, for hosting campus interviews and international conferences, etc.[16] Another Industry Institute Interaction Facility is being set up in Delhi, and will be ready by 2016.[17]

Academic programs

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad offers courses in engineering, pure sciences, management and humanities with a focus on engineering. The programs and courses offered at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad are changing as the institute is evolving into a full-fledged engineering university from the earlier focus on mining and earth sciences. The institute has 18 departments and five inter-disciplinary centers. The Department of Mining Engineering has been accorded the status of "Center of Advanced Studies" by the University Grants Commission.

Admission to the courses of B.Tech, Dual Degree and Integrated courses are done from 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 exams conducted by the institute.

Campus

The IIT (ISM) Dhanbad campus is surrounded by offices related to mining such as the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, and the headquarters of DGMS and of Bharat Coking Coal Limited. The IIT (ISM) Dhanbad campus comprises academic buildings, student hostels with a 100% residential facilities for faculty, staff and students. The Health Center provides medical care to students, teachers, staff and their family members. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad is home to the Geological Museum, the Seismic Observatory, a Data Processing Laboratory, the Long Wall Mine Gallery and the Remote Sensing Laboratory.

Rosaline Hostel for Girls at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

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 80,000 books, 8000 Ph.D. thesis and dissertations, 35,000 bound volumes of journals etc.[18]

Largest Academic Library in India at 25,500 square meters

There is a campus-wide fiber optic internet connection and Wi-Fi network, which covers all the departments, teachers' quarters, and students' hostels. There is a central computer lab, and computer labs in each of the Departments.

Being a fully residential campus, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has 10 hostels - seven for boys and three for girls. All hostels have a mess, canteen, badminton courts and common halls (having TV and pool tables). The newly constructed hostels of boys and girls also have gyms in their compound, which are in addition to the main gym that is for all IIT (ISM) students. The hostels are named after gemstones.

Jasper Hostel with Amber Hostel in the background

In 2011 the state government approved IIT (ISM) Dhanbad's acquisition of up to 240 acres of land adjacent to the present campus.[19] Massive construction activities are ongoing in the existing IIT (ISM) campus, which when complete will nearly double in size.

Student life

The campus has outdoor and indoor facilities for sports like athletics, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis. Interested students are also trained in combat sports such karate and boxing. Students choose between National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), National Sports Organisation (NSO) and yoga for an extra curricular activity.

The Student Activity Centre (SAC) has a swimming pool, gym, food cafe, and music club. There are various clubs related to dramatics, dance, music, quizzing, literary, photography, robotics, etc. There is a students society by the name of IIT (ISM) Students Society (ISS).[20]

Olympic Size Swimming Pool at SAC

Students of the college also take part in social activities and causes of social uplift. Kartavya, Fast Forward India[21] (FFI)[22] and Samitra are three such initiatives to help the underprivileged children around the college campus.[23][24]

On 14 September 2014 students of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad donated a record 1011 units in a single day eventually grabbing the top place in number of blood donations in Jharkhand.[25]

Other activities include the student-published monthly campus newspaper Mailer Daemon, the annual inter-college cultural festival Srijan, the annual techno-management fest Concetto, the annual sports fest Parakram and the Spring Fest Basant.

There are several clubs operating in IIT (ISM) as for example: ISMDiaries, LITC, the Music Club, Toastmasters, etc.

Notable Alumni

Ranking

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad was ranked as the 7th best Engineering College of India in the Edu-Rand Rankings of 2015.[30] The survey was done jointly by Edu, an Indian company and Rand Corporation, a non-profit American think-tank.[31]

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has been ranked at 201 position among BRICS nations' by QS World University Rankings in 2016.[32]

From ISM Dhanbad to IIT (ISM) Dhanbad: History

Main article: ISM to IIT

The proposal to upgrade ISM Dhanbad as an institution of national importance had been strongly recommended in 1994 by a Government Committee, headed by Prof. S. Sampath (former Director of IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras).[33] However, no action was taken by the Government over this proposal.

Several years later, in 2007-08, several new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were set up without even having a campus. Since 1997, ISM was taking admissions through IIT-JEE system (along with the 7 older IIT's and IT-BHU).[10] After the conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU in June 2012, ISM was the only non-IIT institute in the IIT-JEE (now called IIT-JEE Advanced) system. Once admitted into ISM or an IIT through IIT-JEE (Advanced) exam, a student was not permitted to appear in the exam again, and hence could not take admission in an IIT next year (as per rules of the JEE Advanced exam).[34] In this respect, Govt of India treated ISM at par with IITs.

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 Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India in early 2010. There was significant progress here onwards.

The proposal to convert ISM Dhanbad to an IIT was approved by the Planning Commission after a meeting was held in the Yojna Bhawan in 2012 in which the Director Prof. D.C. Panigrahi gave a presentation on the history of ISM Dhanbad and the merits of converting ISM into an IIT both for ISM Dhanbad and the IIT system.

The proposal was subsequently include in the 12th Five year plan after its passage through the National Development Council (NDC), on 27 December 2012.[35] It is worth mentioning that ISM was the only institute of India selected by NDC to be converted into an IIT in the 12th Five Year Plan.

The proposal was then put across the IIT Council (consisting of Chairman, Board of Governors and Director of all IITs and IISc Bangalore headed by HRD Minister) on 7 January 2013.[36] It was decided that a committee be formed to look into the matter as ISM has its own unique identity. A committee was formed by the HRD ministry headed by Prof. Ashok Mishra (Currently, Chairman, IIT Roorkee). The IIT Council noted in its meeting that only 1 meeting of the committee had been held till September 2013. The committee visited ISM Dhanbad in January 2014.

In the run-up to Lok Sabha elections 2014, Shri Rajnath Singh in his Ranchi rally promised to provide IIT status to ISM Dhanbad. Consequently, Shri Narendra Modi, the prime-ministerial candidate in his Dhanbad rally mocked the government for not providing IIT status to ISM Dhanbad and declared that ISM should be converted to an IIT.

The committee formed by MHRD submitted its report in June 2014[1 years 6 months after IIT council decided to form a committee] and only after the new government headed by Shri Narendra Modi took over. The committee did not favor the conversion of ISM Dhanbad to an IIT. Later, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani wrote to the committee members to submit a report focussing on the merits of ISM Dhanbad as to how it can be made a good IIT. Later the committee submitted its report andMHRD approved the conversion.

The Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, during his budget speech in Parliament on 28 February 2015, proposed to upgrade ISM Dhanbad into an IIT.[37][38]

On 25 May 2016, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Modi approved that a bill be introduced in Parliament for converting ISM Dhanbad into an IIT.[7]

The Institutes of Technology Amendment Act, 2016 was introduced in the LokSabha by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on 19 July 2016.[39]

On 26 July 2016, the Bill was subsequently considered and passed by the Lok Sabha.

On 2 August 2016, the IT Amendment Act 2016 (for conversion of ISM Dhanbad to IIT(ISM) Dhanbad and setting up of 6 new IITs ) was passed by Rajya Sabha.

The bill got the assent of the President on 9th august 2016 and a notification was published in the Gazette of India on 10th of august 2016, officially completing the conversion of I.S.M to I.I.T(I.S.M) Dhanbad.

See also

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