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Indian School of Mines

Indian School of Mines Dhanbad
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, India
Campus Urban, spread over 393 acres (1.59 km2) in Central Dhanbad
Former names Indian School of Mines and Applied Geology (1926-1960s)
Alumni ISMAA
Affiliations Ministry of Human Resource and Development

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 1.5 lakh 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.


  • Mention of ISM in Joint Statement of Indian PM with Australian PM 1
  • History 2
    • Recent changes 2.1
  • Location 3
  • Departments and centres 4
  • Academic programmes 5
  • Campus 6
    • Hall of residence 6.1
  • Student life 7
  • Ranking 8
  • Demands for conversion of ISM to an IIT 9
  • International relations 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Mention of ISM in Joint Statement of Indian PM with Australian PM

"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."[4][5] (Dated: 18th Nov 2014, Place: Canberra).


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


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 Department of Mining Engineering of the then Bengal Engineering College(now the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology) was shifted to Dhanbad, thus establishing the Indian School of Mines 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 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 and Engineering Physics in 2014.


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:[7]

  • Engineering
  • Applied Sciences
  • Social Sciences
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business
    • Management Studies (Formerly Industrial Engineering & Management)
  • Inter-disciplinary Centers
    • Center for Engineering Management
    • Center for Information & Communication Technology
    • Center for Longwall Mine Mechanization
    • Center for Mining Environment
    • Center for Resource Management
  • Research Centers
    • A Central Research Facility is being set up at ISM as a Centre of National Importance which is most likely to have an international accreditation .[9]
  • Academic Service Centers
    • Executive Development Center
    • Continuing Education Centre
    • Institute Computer Center

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, Engineering Physics, 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, Petroleum Exploration, Mining Machinery Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Power System Engineering,power electronics and electrical drives, 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.


ISM is in the process of acquiring new land adjacent to the present campus, which will nearly double its area.[10] At present it is spread over an area of 88 hectares (212 acres).

National Emblem on the main building

The main building, 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 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 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.

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.

Classes for first year students are held at the newly constructed New Lecture Hall Complex (NLHC). Earlier, classes were held at Lecture Hall Complex (LHC) which now constitutes the Civil Engineering Department. 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.

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 has already beed constructed recently and is running full-fledged. However the swimming pool is not operatonal yet due to lack of certified trainers but it is estimated to be perational at the end of October 2014. 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. A new International EDC Annexe has been constructed near NLHC. The Senior Academic Hostel and the Executive Development Center have also been expanded.

ISM at night

Hall 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:

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

Student life

The campus has facilities for sports like Yoga as a compulsory extra curricular activity.

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.[11][12]

SRIJAN is the annual inter college Cultural Fest of ISM.


ISM was ranked 11th in India in the Outlook Engineering Colleges survey of 2013 and also of 2012.[13] It has been consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges of India by Outlook magazine.

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 way back in 1994. It was 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 Indian Institutes of Technology 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. 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.[14]

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.[15][16][17]

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.[18] 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.

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.[19] 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 on 22 September 2014.

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.[20]

ISM is an Indian Partner University of the "India4EU II" and the "AREAS+" Programme under the Erasmus Mundus.[21] 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.[20]

See also


  1. ^ a b About ISM
  2. ^ IIT-JEE 1.4 million
  3. ^ Opening and Closing ranks in IIT-JEE 2012; code 'S' indicated ISM as per link on right hand top of webpage
  4. ^ Statement given on Indian PM's website
  5. ^ Statement given on Austrlian PM's website
  6. ^ Dhanbad, Indian School of Mines (26 February 2013). "About ISM". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Departments-ISM Dhanbad
  8. ^ Civil Engineering to be introduced from AY 2013-2014
  9. ^ central research facility
  10. ^ Land acquisition by ISM
  11. ^ "About - Kartavya". Kartavya. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fast Forward India". Fast Forward India. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Top Engineering Colleges
  14. ^ "ISM varsity gets new director - Times Of India". 9 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  15. ^ ISM could be upgraded as IIT
  16. ^ ‘Indian School of Mines could be converted as IIT’
  17. ^ Indian School of Mines welcomes IIT tag plan
  18. ^ See page 99 of 5 Year Plan
  19. ^ Raju for IITs’ accreditation through internal process. (2013-09-17). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  20. ^ a b "Brief Profile of ISM & International Collaborations" (PDF). Indian School of Mines. 24 November 2012. p. 9. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  21. ^ India4EU II Partnership

External links

  • Official Website
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