Department of Fuel and Mineral Engineering


भारतीय प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान ( भारतीय खनि विद्यापीठ ), धनबाद

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About Department

The Department of Fuel and Mineral Engineering was founded in the year 1976 to address the processing issues of the minerals (metallic, non-metallic and fuel). It started with DISM and M Tech courses in Mineral Engineering and in Fuel Engineering. The department launched a B Tech program in Mineral Engineering with a grant of Rs. 4.2 crores from the Ministry of Mines (MOM), Government of India in 1984. This unique program has produced graduates who are well absorbed in the industry by organisations like CIL, HZL, NMDC, SAIL, Tata Steel, Monnet Ispat, Aryan Coal Beneficiation, JSPL and JSW among others. Other major recruiters of Mineral Engineering graduates include BHP Billiton, Evalueserve, PWC, Outotec, Metso Minerals, Hatch, Bateman, Humboldt Wedag, McNally Bharat, MN Dastur etc. Apart from B Tech Mineral Engineering, the department also offers dual degree programs by adding M Tech in Mineral Processing and MBA to the B Tech Mineral Engineering course for students interested in higher levels of Mineral Engineering and management respectively. The traditional M Tech programs in Mineral Engineering and Fuel Engineering continue to be offered with revised course structure, keeping in pace with the present scenario, along with the PhD programs.

The courses offered by the department and the admission routes are:

1 B. Tech Mineral Engineering JEE (Main + Advanced)
2 Dual Degree – B Tech Mineral Engineering with M Tech Mineral Engineering JEE (Main + Advanced)
3 Dual Degree – B Tech Mineral Engineering with MBA JEE (Main + Advanced)
4 M. Tech Mineral Engineering GATE/ ISM Entrance Exam/ Industry Sponsored
5 M. Tech Fuel Engineering GATE/ ISM Entrance Exam/ Industry Sponsored
6 Ph.D (Mineral Engineering)Full Time/ Part Time ISM Evaluation
7 Ph.D (Fuel Engineering) Full Time/ Part Time ISM Evaluation

Besides imparting high quality education to fulfil the skilled human resource requirement of mineral and coal processing sectors in the country, the department is actively engaged in research in the following areas.

  1. Selection and testing of coal, rock and minerals for various end usage.
  2. Crushing, screening, grinding and classification.
  3. Development of process flowsheets for coal, metallic and non-metallic minerals.
  4. Entire spectrum of coal preparation, carbonisation and combustion
  5. Entire range of iron ore beneficiation
  6. Sponge Iron Making
  7. Pelletisation, sintering and other methods of agglomeration
  8. Processing of glauconitic sandstone, silica sand and other industrial minerals
  9. Sponsored research carried out by the department has been supported by DST, Coal S&T, MOM, CSIR, MHRD, UGC, NTPC, Tata Steel and others.

Professional Development Programs (PDP)
Since its inception, the department has been conducting PDP of 3 days to 2 weeks duration both incampus and off-campus for executives at different levels in industry on wide range of topics such as size preparation, iron ore beneficiation and agglomeration, mineral processing, coal preparation, process equipment selection and flow-sheet development. The programs are general in nature and client specific. The specific clients include Tata Steel, SAIL, CIL, McNally Bharat, M N Dastur, JSPL, Essar Steel etc. The participants of the general PDP are from virtually every company which matters in coal preparation cum utilisation and mineral processing industry.

The department is equally active in consultancy offered to a wide range of Indian clients such as Raw Materials/Mines/Collieries Divisions of Tata Steel, SAIL, NTPC, L&T, ICML, CDE Asia, SGS, SGL, Kutch, JSMDC, CSIR, FCI, ECL, CCL, BCCL and other subsidiaries of CIL, DVC, Auroma Coke and also PWC, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and clients from abroad such as World Bank, USAID, Evalueserve, IMC Montan, etc. Expertise of the department has been offered in the areas of selection and testing of coal, coke, rock, ores and minerals – including their complete range of analysis; physical and chemical analysis for processing needs or for various end usage; crushing, grinding and classification issues; washability analysis; flotation studies; process flowsheet development; pelletisation, sintering and DRI studies; status report preparation, policy issues, etc.

Major Projects (Recently Completed and Ongoing)
  1. Beneficiation and Utilisation of Non-coking coal – Phase I (completed): Rs.43.50 Lakh, Phase II (On-going): Rs. 50 Lakh; UGC SAP
  2. Up gradation of low grade iron ore fines for production of Hybrid Pelletized Sinter (HPS) and Carbide: Rs. 15.00 Lakh; MHRD
  3. Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence of coal preparation laboratory: Rs. 24.00 Lakh; MODROB
  4. Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence of Fuel Engineering laboratory: Rs. 20.00 Lakh; MODROB
  5. Beneficiation of Marginal grade ore for sustainable mineral development: Rs. 15.00 Lakh; MHRD
  6. Processing of lean grade sulphide ores for value addition: Rs. 14.00 Lakh R & D MHRD
  7. Development of user friendly models for design and operation of Jigs and HMS for treatment of different coal: Rs. 14.22 Lakhs (in association with RRL Bhopal); Coal S & T

  • The department has conducted more than 60 programs for the training of over 1000 professionals and continues to run unique PDPs every year.
  • The department has conducted more than 35 R&D projects and around 500 consultancy projects.
  • Faculty members of the department have written a number of monographs, contributed chapters in internationally acclaimed books, compiled and edited a number of international conference proceedings, have won a large number of prestigious awards of GOI and professional bodies and are represented in editorial boards of important peer reviewed international journals.
  • Prof R Venugopal, the senior most faculty member of the department, is the president of Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME), the only professional body of mineral engineers in India.
  • Comminution: Jaw Crusher, Roll Crusher, Cone Crusher, Ball Mill, Pot Mill, Vibrating Mill, Bond Work Index Ball Mill, HGI apparatus, etc.
  • Sizing and Classification: Cyclosizer, dry and wet sieve shakers, Spiral Classifier, Cyclone classifier
  • Analytical facilities: Digital pH meter, Zetameter, Thermal analyser (DTA/TGA/DSC), CHNS & O Analyser, Bomb Calorimeter, High temperature furnaces, Ovens, Free Swelling Index apparatus, Low Temperature Gray King Assay Furnace, Shatter & Micum Index facilities, Drum test apparatus, Coke Reactivity Index (CRI), Coke Strength after Reaction (CSR) apparatus
  • Dewatering: Disk filter (continuous), Leaf filter, Pressure filter, Laboratory Vaccum Filter
  • Beneficiation: Denver mineral jig, Humboldt Wedag coal jig, Wilfley table, Mozley mineral separator, Mozely vanner, Multi-Gravity Separator, Fagergren, Agitair and Denver flotation cells, Heavy media separator, Davis Tube Magnetic separator, Wet drum magnetic separator, Perm roll magnetic separator, Electrostatic separator, Attrition scrubber
  • Agglomeration: Oil Agglomeration cell, Disc pelletiser, Drum pelletiser, Flocculation test unit
  • Hydrometallurgy and Bio-Mineral Processing: Flask shaker, leaching columns, Reactor, Apparatus for development of microbial culture,
  • Pilot Plant Facilities: Humphrey spirals, Cyclone (HC, DMC and WOC) test rig

  • Faculty members of the department has won many prestigious awards including 7 National Mineral award, one National Metallurgical day award, Indranil award, 5 R P Bhatnagar award, Institution of Engineers gold medal, Institution of Mineral Engineers awards and brought name fame and laurel to the department as well as Indian School of Mines
Prof. Nikkam Suresh
Head of the Department
Phone: +91-326-2235440/5276 (O),
FAX : +91-326-2296626