Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad

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Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad
Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad Logo.png
उत्तिष्ठ जाग्रत प्राप्य वरान्निबोधत (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
"Arise, Awake, strive for the highest and be in the light"
Established1926 (1926)
ChairmanDhanush Dhari Mishra
DirectorRajiv Shekhar[1]
Academic staff
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23°48′48″N 86°26′31″E / 23.8133°N 86.4419°E / 23.8133; 86.4419
AffiliationsIndian Institutes of Technology

The Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad (abbreviated as IIT (ISM)[3]) is a public engineering and research institution located in Dhanbad, India. It was formerly known as Indian School of Mines and was a Central University before it was converted into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an Institute of National Importance.

IIT 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.[4][5] It was established by British Indian Government on the lines of the Royal School of Mines - London, and was formally inaugurated on 9 December 1926 by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India.[6] It started as an institution to impart mining education, and today, has grown into a technical institution with various academic departments. IIT (ISM) admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), previously IIT-JEE.[7][8]

IIT 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.[9][10] 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.[11]


The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that:[12]

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 and approach of Indian Mine Managers' of India in 1924,formed the main basis for establishment of the Indian School of Mines & Applied Geology at Dhanbad on 9 December 1926.[6] From 1926 to 1946 it was led by Prof F. W. Sharpley.[13]

The institute originally offered courses mainly in Mining Engineering and Applied Geology when it opened. In 1957, the institute began offering courses in Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics and the name was changed to Indian School of Mines. Up to 1967, it was a government institute where the faculties were recruited through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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 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.[14] 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) added 14 new courses, prominent among them being Electrical Engineering and a course in Environmental Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum. From 2006, IIT (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.

Conversion to Indian Institute of Technology[edit]

While a proposal to upgrade ISM Dhanbad to an Institutes of National Importance had been put as early as 1994 by a Government Committee,[15] no action was taken by the Government over this proposal.

A proposal for the conversion was included in the 12th Five year plan after its passage through the National Development Council (NDC), on 27 December 2012,[16] and put across the IIT Council on 7 January 2013.[17]

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during his budget speech in Parliament on 28 February 2015, proposed to upgrade ISM Dhanbad into an IIT.[18][19] On 25 May 2016, the Union Cabinet approved that a bill be introduced in Parliament for converting ISM Dhanbad into an IIT.[10] On 19 July 2016 the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced into the Lok Sabha. It was passed by the Lok Sabha without opposition on 25 July 2016. The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Bill on 2 August 2016. The Bill got the Presidential assent and a Gazette notification was made on 6 Sep 2016, thus officially converting erstwhile Indian School of Mines into an Indian Institute of Technology.[20]


IIT is located in Dhanbad, the second most populated city in the state of Jharkhand.[21] The institute is located 3 km from the Dhanbad Junction railway station, which lies on the Kolkata (Howrah) - Delhi railway line.

Departments and centres[edit]

IIT (ISM) has the following departments and centers:[22]

Basic Sciences
Social Sciences
  • Centre of Mining Environment
  • Computer Centre
  • Center for Renewable Energy
  • Center of Societal Mission
  • Centre of Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship
Research Centres & Industry Interaction Centres
  • An eight-storey Central Research Facility has been set up at IIT (ISM) as a Centre of National Importance.[24][25] IIT (ISM) works as a think-tank for eleven ministries of the Govt. of India.[26]
  • Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata: An Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata has been established in Kolkata, for hosting campus interviews and international conferences, etc.[27] Another Industry Institute Interaction Facility is being set up in Delhi, and will be ready by 2016.[28]
  • The Environmental Information System (ENVIS), a centre at Centre of Mining Environment (CME), Indian School of Mines (ISM), was established in 1991 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India, for collection, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information in the area of mining environment.[29]

Academic programmes[edit]

IIT (ISM) offers courses in engineering, pure sciences, management and humanities with a focus on engineering. 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.


University and college rankings
General – international
QS (BRICS) (2018)[30]191-200
Times (World) (2018)[31]601-800
Times (Asia) (2018)[32]143
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[33]27
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[34]25
Engineering – India
NIRF (2018)[35]13
NIRF (2019)[36]15
India Today (2017)[37]6
Outlook India (2017)[38]13
The Week (2017)[39]12
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2019)[40]32

Internationally, IIT (ISM) ranked 191-200 among BRICS nations in the QS World University Rankings of 2018, 601-800 globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018[31], 143 in Times Higher Education Asia Rankings 2018[32] and 146 in Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings 2018.[41]

In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked 6th by India Today in 2017,[37] 13 by Outlook India[38] and 12 by The Week.[39] It was ranked 13 among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018 in Engineering category[35] and ranks 27 in the Overall category.[33] QS world university ranking for mining and mineral engineering ranks IIT(ISM) as 24th best in the world in 2017 [42]

IIT(ISM) also obtained 32nd in NIRF for its management course floated by the Department of Management Studies in 2019.


The IIT (ISM) 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) 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) is home to the Geological Museum, the Seismic Observatory, a Data Processing Laboratory, the Long Wall Mine Gallery and the Remote Sensing Laboratory. 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.[43] 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) has 10 hostels - seven for boys and three for girls. All hostels have a mess, canteen, badminton courts, volleyball courts and common halls (having TV and table tennis tables) except girls' hostels. 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. In 2011 the state government approved IIT (ISM)'s acquisition of up to 240 acres of land adjacent to the present campus.[44] The plan for a 300-acre ISM regional campus in Vizag was scrapped due to ISM's conversion into an IIT.[45]

Student life[edit]

The campus has outdoor and indoor facilities for sports like athletics, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, squash, chess 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 and music club. There are various clubs related to dramatics, dance, music, quizzing, literary, photography, robotics, film making, etc. Students of the college also take part in social activities and causes of social uplift. Kartavya, Fast Forward India[46] (FFI)[47] and Samitra are three such initiatives to help the underprivileged children around the college campus.[48][49]

Other activities include the student-published bi-annual 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.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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