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  • Flurry of new mines sets of a job rush at ISM Dhanbad

    OF THE 19 institutions that admit successful IIT-JEE candidates, the one that’s least known is the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (Jharkhand), though it’s been around since 1926, is an institution national importance and an IIT, and has worldwide alumni links in areas of mining, petroleum, mining machinery, mineral engineering and earth sciences.

    With unexploited mineral reserves estimated to total over 85 billion tons, it’s a gold mine of opportunities awaiting students in the mining sector, which employs over a million people accounting for around 4 per cent of the country’s work force.

    Indian mining engineers are in demand across the world and the turnout for ISM’s annual placement process is indicative of the growing corporate sector involvement in the sector. Just five names chosen randomly from the companies checking in for campus recruitments at ISM — Adani Mining, Bharat Forge, Cairn Energy, Haliburton and Shell Technology — will give you an idea of the kind of opportunities opening up for mining engineers.

    The four-year B. Tech. programme in Mining Engineering at ISM (, not surprisingly, is one of the most sought-after specializations among students who make it to the IIT-JEE merit list. “The demand for mining engineers in the country is huge,” says D. P. Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, ISM. Data provided by the ISM show that the mining industry provides up to 700,000 new job openings every year in a total of 3,100 mines, of which 550 are fuel mines, over 560 are mines for metal ores, and another 1,970 are for extraction of non-metals. And ISM’s B. Tech. programme has a student strength of only 120.

    ISM Dhanbad 2012 Placement Statistics
    (as on 11 May 2012)

    Discipline Total Strength Students Placed
    B.Tech 356 310
    Dual Degree 35 31
    Int. M.Sc. 15 07
    Int. M.Sc.Tech 20 19
    M.Tech 133 62
    M.Sc. Tech 83 34
    M.Sc. 81 05
    MBA 59 36
    M.Phil 13 --

    “After graduation, a mining engineering graduate can join the industry as a management trainee and go on to become an assistant manager at a mine,” Mishra says.

    Other job specializations for mining engineering graduates are in areas of planning, consultancy, and business analytics. A number of mining service companies, such as Orica Mining Services Worldwide (headquarters in Australia) and two Swedish global mining equipment suppliers, Atlas Copco and Sandvik Mining, also recruit graduates for marketing and in-house R& D. “The number of companies entering the mining sector is on the rise with new mineral block allotments in Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa and Jharkhand,” Mishra adds.

    Is the remuneration offered to the candidates as impressive as the job prospects? “A mining engineering graduate can earn a starting salary of INR 25,000 to INR 50,000 per month,” says Mishra. “The remuneration can go up to INR 1,00,000 per month depending on the company that’s hiring,” he adds.

    Like a gold mine waiting to be discovered, ISM-Dhanbad had finally got its place in the sun, though it’s been around for 86 years. It happened only last year when it got a new director and the coveted IIT status after a protracted controversy.

    But it’s never too late for a good thing to happen.

    Source: Mail Today