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
Motto in English
Arise, Awake, strive for the highest and be in the light
TypePublic technical university
Established1926; 95 years ago (1926)
ChairmanPrem Vrat
DirectorRajeev Shekhar[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
23°48′48″N 86°26′31″E / 23.8133°N 86.4419°E / 23.8133; 86.4419
444 acres (1.80 km2)
AffiliationsIndian Institutes of Technology

Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad (abbreviated IIT (ISM), Dhanbad) is a public technical university located in Dhanbad, India. It has main campus of 218 acres in Sardar Patel Nagar area of Dhanbad and recently Jharkhand Cabinet approved 226.98 acres of land in Nirsa for its second campus, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad administration has plans to open more than 29 academic centers in this upcoming campus in Nirsa, Dhanbad. It is an Institute of National Importance. IIT (ISM) has 18 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management programs. It was formerly known as Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad before its conversion into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).[3]

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad 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 education in mining and mineral sciences, and today, has grown into a technical institution with various academic departments. IIT (ISM) Dhanbad admits its undergraduate students through Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), previously IIT-JEE.[7][8]

On 25 May 2016, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Modi gave its approval to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 for conversion of ISM Dhanbad into an Indian Institute of Technology.[9][10] The amendment was approved by parliament and upon presidential assent, was notified in the Gazette of India on 10 August 2016.[11]


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

The Indian National 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 British India, recommended the establishment of an institution for imparting education in the fields of mining and geology, whose report, submitted in 1920 along with 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) Dhanbad added 14 new courses, prominent among them being Electrical Engineering and a course in Environmental Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum. From 2006, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad also started offering Integrated Master of Science (Int. MSc) in Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Mathematics & Computing, and Integrated Master of Science and Technology (Int. MSc Tech) courses for Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics. In 2011, the institute offered a BTech 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 conferring Indian Institute of Technology tag to erstwhile Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad .[20]


IIT (ISM) Dhanbad campus[21] total campus size is around 444.98 acres, and with its main campus of size approximately 218 acres located in Sardar Patel Nagar of Dhanbad and 226.98 acres of upcoming campus in Nirsa, Dhanbad. The institute has around 8101 students with 3732 undergraduate studentes, 1951 postgraduate students, and 2418 doctoral students.


The institute has 11 hostels[22] which are all named around some precious stones like Diamond, Sapphire, Amber, Ruby, Opal, Jasper etc. Some of these hostels are as old as 94 years, and have capacities ranging from 400 to 2200 students. Four of them are for girls and remaining Seven for boys, both include one hostel each for international students.


The campus has various places[23] where students like to spend their major portion of their time apart from taking classes in the lecture halls.

Central Library
Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre (GJLT)

These include: Student Activity Center (SAC), Main Canteen, Ram Dhani (RD), Library Basement, Penman Auditorium, Heritage Building, Oval Garden, and the Seismographic observatory.

Organisation and administration[edit]


IIT (ISM) Dhanbad has the following departments[24] offering courses in various academic programs:

Engineering Basic Sciences
Social Sciences Business
Department of Humanities and Social Science Department of Management Studies (Formerly Industrial Engineering & Management)

Research Centres & Industry Interaction Centres[edit]

  • An eight-storey Central Research Facility has been set up at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad as a Centre of National Importance.[26][27] IIT (ISM) works as a think tank for eleven ministries of the Govt. of India.[28]
  • Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata: An Industry Institute Interaction Facility, Kolkata has been established in Kolkata, for hosting campus interviews and international conferences, etc.[29] Another Industry Institute Interaction Facility is being set up in Delhi, and will be ready by 2016.[30]
  • 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.[31]
  • AICCET- Australia India Clean Coal and Energy Technology Center - It is a joint center between IIT(ISM), Dhanbad and Curtin University, Australia and it is located at Fuel, Minerals and Metallurgical Department building at IIT(ISM)[32][33]


Academic Programs[edit]

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad offers courses[34] 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 BTech and Integrated BTech-MTech are done from JEE Advanced qualified students. Admission to the MTech 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 MSc, Integrated MSc-MTech course and PhD courses are done through exams conducted by the institute.

Various courses offered by institute include:

  • BTech Course (Duration – 4 Years)
  • Integrated BTech-MTech Course (Duration - 5 Years)
  • MTech Course (Duration - 2 years)
  • MSc Course (Duration – 2 Years)
  • Integrated MSc-MTech Course (Duration - 3 years)
  • MBA Programme (Duration – 2 years)
  • PhD
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs)


University and college rankings
General – international
QS (BRICS) (2019)[35]173
Times (World) (2020)[36]801-1000
Times (Asia) (2020)[37]201-250
Times (Emerging) (2020)[38]251-300
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[39]22
NIRF (Overall) (2021)[40]26
Engineering – India
NIRF (2020)[41]12
NIRF (2021)[42]11
Outlook India (2019)[43]14
The Week (2019)[44]12
Business/Management – India
NIRF (2020)[45]29

Internationally, in the 2017 and 2018 QS World Rankings by Subject, IIT Dhanbad featured at 24th and 29th respectively in the world in Engineering-Mining and Mineral Science,[46] IIT (ISM) Dhanbad ranked 173 among BRICS nations in the QS World University Rankings of 2019,[35] 801-1000 globally by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020,[36] 201-250 in Asia Rankings 2020[37] and 251-300 in Emerging Economies Rankings 2020.[38]

In India, among engineering colleges, it ranked 14 by Outlook India in 2019[43] and 12 by The Week in 2019.[44] It was ranked 11 among engineering colleges by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2021 in Engineering category[42] and ranks 26 in the Overall category.[40]

The institute was ranked 29th in NIRF for its management course floated by the Department of Management Studies in 2020.[45][47]

Student life[edit]

Fests and Events[edit]

The institute hosts many fests including Srijan - The cultural fest of IIT (ISM), Concetto - The Tech-fest, Parakram - Games and sports fest, Basant - The alumni re-union, and Pratibimb - The inter departmental cultural fest. Apart from these the institute also hosts inter-house sports and cultural competitions and technical fests of various departments.[48]

Student Gymkhana[edit]

The Students' Gymkhana[49] (SG) gives students a role in the administrative and academic governance of the Institute and helps them develop leadership and administrative skills. SG activities subordinate to academic activities. The SG functions through the Students' Senate and its Executive wing. The Senate is the Central Representative, Legislative and Supervisory body of the students. The student body is elected through gymkhana elections held every year in the month of march.

Sports & Physical Education Centre (SPEC)[edit]

The professional world needs human force skilled in not only IQ, but also in EQ. The professional spheres require people to learn how to work as a part of a team, how to be in the company of the people who might not be complementary to your own self but working with each other to realize each other's potentials to the maximum, how to follow orders and deliver orders when time demands, how to work with your team to the end of the line. Looks like a lot to do, doesn't it? Well, we have got a straightforward solution for you to join a sports club. Welcome to our family of IIT ISM's Sports clubs!

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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