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Indian School of Mines Dhanbad
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"
Established 1926
Type Public university
Chairman Prateep Kumar Lahiri
Director Prof. D C Panigrahi
Academic staff
251
Undergraduates 3,640
Postgraduates 2,066
Location Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India
23°48′48″N 86°26′31″E / 23.81333°N 86.44194°E / 23.81333; 86.44194Coordinates: 23°48′48″N 86°26′31″E / 23.81333°N 86.44194°E / 23.81333; 86.44194
Campus Urban, spread over 393 acres (1.59 km2) in Central Dhanbad
Alumni ISMAA
Affiliations Ministry of HRD of Government of India
Website www.ismdhanbad.ac.in

The Indian School of Mines (ISM) is an educational institute of India. It is located in the mineral-rich region of India, in the city of Dhanbad. 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.[1] What started as an institution to impart mining education has now grown into a full-fledged technical institution of international acclaim offering a host of programmes like B. Tech., M. Tech., M. Sc. Tech., and MBA. ISM admits undergraduate students from the top rankers out of the 150,000 candidates appearing for Advanced Joint Entrance Examination which is the replacement of IIT-JEE.[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.

The Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, during his budget speech in Parliament on 28 February 2015, said that he proposes to upgrade ISM Dhanbad into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).[4][5] By becoming an IIT, ISM is automatically going to become an Institute of National Importance, declared by an Act of Parliament.

History[edit]

The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that: [6]

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 at Dhanbad, on 9 December 1926.[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 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.

Recent changes[edit]

ISM Campus

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. 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 and Engineering Physics in 2014.

Location[edit]

ISM is located in the city of Dhanbad, which is also known as the coal capital of India. As per population figures of Census 2011, Dhanbad is the largest city in the state of Jharkhand.[7] 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). Other than nearby airports at Kolkata, Gaya and Ranchi, recently a new one called Durgapur airport has come up, which is very near to Dhanbad.

Departments and centres[edit]

Main building of ISM,Dhanbad

ISM has the following Departments and Centres:[8]

  • Business
    • Department of Management Studies (Formerly Industrial Engineering & Management)
  • Centres
    • Centre of Mining Environment
    • Computer Centre
  • Research Centers

An eight storey Central Research Facility is being set up at ISM as a Centre of National Importance. It is most likely to have an international accreditation .[9][10]

  • Extension Centre in Kolkata

An extension centre of ISM has been established in Salt Lake City, Kolkata, for promoting closer interaction with the industries.[11]

Academic programmes[edit]

National Emblem on main building

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 area of Earth Sciences and Engineering, besides training manpower in the other technical disciplines.

Admission to the courses of B.Tech, Dual Degree and Integrated courses are done from IIT-JEE Advanced qualified students.[3] 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
4 years Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering, Petroleum Engineering.
5 years 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.
5 years Dual Degree (B.Tech, MBA) Mining Engineering.
5 years Integrated Master of Technology (M.Tech) Mathematics and Computing, Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics.
5 years Integrated Master of Science (M.Sc) Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry.
5 years Integrated Master of Science Technology (M.Sc.Tech) Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics. (No new admissions after 2013 session. Programme has been replaced by 5 Year Integrated M.Tech)
3 years Master of Science Technology (M.Sc.Tech) Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics.
2 years Master of Technology (M.Tech) Computer Application, 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, Petroleum Exploration, Mining Machinery Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Power System Engineering,power electronics and electrical drives, Underground Space Technology.
2 years Master of Science (M.Sc) Appllied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Mathematics and Computing.
2 years Master of Business Administration MBA.
1 year Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) Applied Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, English.
PhD All engineering disciplines, interdisciplinary areas, science disciplines and the humanities and social sciences.

Campus[edit]

ISM is in the process of acquiring new land adjacent to the present campus, which will nearly double its area.[12] At present it is spread over an area of 88 hectares (212 acres). Currently massive construction activities are ongoing in the existing ISM campus.

The ISM campus 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. The ISM campus comprises academic buildings, student hostels with a 100% residential facilities for faculty, staff and students.

The main building, known as the Heritage Building, houses the departments of Mining Engineering, Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics and Electrical Engineering. Some unique features of ISM are the Geological Museum, the Seismic Observatory, a Data Processing Laboratory, the Long Wall Mine Gallery and the Remote Sensing Laboratory.

The 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 Computer Center supports a campus-wide fiber optic network with dedicated Internet gateway. It caters to all the computing needs of the faculty members and the students. The Health Centre provides medical care to students, teachers, staff and their family members.

ISM at night

Hostels[edit]

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

  • Amber Hostels (A, B, C and D)
  • Diamond Hostel
  • Emerald Hostel
  • Jasper Hostels (A, B, C and D)
  • Opal Hostel
  • Ruby Hostels -1, 2, 3
  • Research Scholar Hostels (1 and 2)
  • Sapphire Hostel
  • Shanti Bhawan Hostel
  • Topaz Hostel

Student life[edit]

ISM main building's lawn

The campus has 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, wu shu and boxing. Students choose between National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), National Sports Organisation (NSO) and Yoga as a compulsory extra curricular activity. There is a Student Activity Centre (SAC) with facilities like swimming pool, gym and cafetaria.

There are various Clubs to cater specific hobbies like Dramatics, Dance, Music, Quizzing, Literary, entrepreneurship, Robotics.

Students of the college also take part in social activities and causes of social uplift. Kartavya, Fast Forward India (FFI) are two such initiatives to improve the society around the college campus. While Kartavya aim to educating "poverty stricken" and "slum dwelling" students, FFI conducts blood donation camps, imparts basic computer and English education, and numerous careers counseling sessions in schools to help the deprived students shape their future.[13][14]

Mailer Daemon is a monthly campus newspaper, published by ISM students. Genesis is the Entrepreneurship Cell of ISM. The Cell motivates and provides resources to the students to start-up their own enterprises.[15]

SRIJAN is the annual inter college Cultural festival of ISM. Concetto is the annual inter college Techno-management fest. Parakram is the annual inter college Sports fest.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Throughout ISM's history, many of its alumni have excelled in their fields. Some of them have received the Padma awards - India's highest civilian awards, from the President of India. They are:

Ranking[edit]

ISM was consistently ranked as 11th best Engineering College of India in the Outlook magazine's surveys of 2011, 2012 and 2013.[20] [21]

From ISM to IIT Dhanbad : A Brief History[edit]

Main article: ISM to IIT

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

Several years later, in 2007-08, several new IIT's were set up 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. There was significant progress here onwards.

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.[22] 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.

The Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, during his budget speech in Parliament on 28 February 2015, said that he proposes to upgrade ISM Dhanbad into a full-fledged IIT.[4][5]

International Research Collaborations[edit]

Penman Auditorium

Indian School of Mines has international collaboration with several foreign universities for conducting joint research. Some such universities are- Imperial College London in UK, University of South Florida in US, Texas A&M University in US, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany, Technische Universität in Germany, Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany, Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University in Paris, AGH University of Science and Technology in Poland, Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy, Technical University of Crete in Greece, China University of Mining and Technology, Technical University of Košice in Slovakia, Kōchi University in Japan, University of Lyon in France, FernUniversitaet Hagen,[23] Pennsylvania State University in US, Camborne School of Mines in UK, CNR Frascati in Italy, University of Leeds in UK, KIT Japan, Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany, AIST in Japan, Photon Factory in Japan, and European Commission.[24]

Collaborations of ISM are also with Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, ENSIT in Tunisia, National United University in Taiwan,[25] Eindhoven University of Technology in Netherlands,[26] International Centre for Theoretical Physicsin Italy, University of New South Wales in Australia, Colorado School of Mines in US, Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Jazan University in Saudi Arabia, University of Baghdad in Iraq, Wenzhou University in China, University of Perugia in Italy, Auburn University in US, Yazd University in Iran, University of Ostrava in Czech Republic, Saint Petersburg State University in Russia, Romanian Academy and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.[27]

ISM is an Indian Partner University of the "India4EU II" and the "AREAS+" Programme under the Erasmus Mundus.[28] ISM is the mentor university for setting up Afghan National Institute of Mines, through an agreement between Government of India and Government of Afghanistan.[29] ISM conducts classes for students of other countries like Afghanistan, Ghana and Tanzania.[30]

Mention of ISM in Statement of Indian PM with Australian PM[edit]

"Prime Minister Abbott and Prime Minister Modi agreed to expedite approvals for key mining investment projects. They agreed to cooperate on clean coal technologies and welcomed the intention to explore opportunities for partnership between Australian institutions and the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad." (Dated: 18th Nov 2014, Place: Canberra).[31][32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "14 lakh examinees get ready to take JEE mains". The Times of India. 
  3. ^ a b "Institutes". iitm.ac.in. 
  4. ^ a b See point 80 of Budget speech.
  5. ^ a b "Budget 2015: FM Arun Jaitley proposes to convert Indian school of Mines at Dhanbad into a full fledged IIT". timesofindia-economictimes. 
  6. ^ Dhanbad, Indian School of Mines (26 February 2013). "About ISM". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jharkhand Population Sex Ratio in Jharkhand Literacy rate data". census2011.co.in. 
  8. ^ "ISM - Indian School of Mines". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  9. ^ "Central Research Facility". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  10. ^ "IRAA". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  11. ^ Extension Centre in Kolkata- PDF file
  12. ^ "Indian School of Mines welcomes IIT tag plan". The Times of India. 
  13. ^ "About - Kartavya". Kartavya. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Fast Forward India". Fast Forward India. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "Padmabhushan Shri G.L Tandon". ismaa.in. 
  17. ^ "Prof. Harsh Gupta". ismaa.in. 
  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ "Dr. Vijay Prasad Dimri". ismaa.in. 
  20. ^ outlook rankings 2013 and 2012
  21. ^ outlook rankings 2012 and 2011
  22. ^ See page 99 of 5 Year Plan - PDF file
  23. ^ [3]
  24. ^ [4]
  25. ^ "IRAA". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  26. ^ "IRAA". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  27. ^ "IRAA". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  28. ^ "India4EU II - Partnership". india4eu.eu. 
  29. ^ "Indo-Afghan Relations  : Developement Partnership". eoi.gov.in. 
  30. ^ "IRAA". ismdhanbad.ac.in. 
  31. ^ » Joint Statement during Prime Minister’s visit to Australia (November 16–18, 2014). "Joint Statement during Prime Minister’s visit to Australia (November 16-18, 2014)". pmindia.gov.in. 
  32. ^ "Prime Minister's Joint Press Statement with the Prime Minister of the Republic of India". pm.gov.au. 

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