…standing tall since early decades of 20th century, the institute is steadily sailing through the millennium change and has emerged into one of the most prominent institution- Indian Institute of Technology IIT(ISM) with full bloom functioning of 18 branches of Engineering, Applied Sciences, Management Studies and Humanities. IIT (ISM) has had a centenary long credentials of outperforming achievements/contributions in academia and the industry.
The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) constituted under Institute of Technology Act, 1961 is administered through IIT Council-the apex body, Government of India under the Chairmanship of Honourable Minister, MoHRD for uniform and smooth governance of Pan-IIT in our country.
Further, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) functions under tandem administrative guidance of Board of Governors (BoG) & Finance Committee (FC) headed by Chairman and Director, IIT(ISM) as its member.
Academic administration is the domain of Senate constituted of all the Professors of IIT(ISM) and few other nominated members from reputed organizations. Director, IIT(ISM) is the ex-officio Chairman. The Senate helps in structuring the course-curriculum, research activities and all other academic activities towards creating a learning ambience in the institute and to facilitate overall academic excellence.
IIT(ISM) offers thirteen 4-years B.Tech programmes in various branches of Engineering like Chemical, Civil, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical, Electronics & Communication, Electronics & Instrumentation, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science & Engineering, Mechanical, Fuel & Mineral, Mining Machinery, Mining and Petroleum. It also offers 5- years Dual Degree (B.Tech + M.Tech) Programme in Computer Science & Engineering. Besides, it offers 5 years Integrated M.Tech Programme in Applied Geology & Applied Geophysics and Mathematics & Computing. The Institutes also offers 3-years Masters programmes viz. MSc. (Tech) in Applied Geology & Applied Geophysics, 2-years M.Sc. Programmes in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics & Computing. It offers higher degrees in Management and Humanities as well, in addition to PhD & PDF in various streams.
IIT(ISM) Dhanbad adopts a total transparent admission process ; B.Tech. through JEE (Advanced) and M. Tech. through GATE conducted at Pan-India level. Admissions to MBA programmes are done on valid CAT/ GMAT Score. However, students from foreign countries are admitted through sponsorships of the respective embassy.
The Office of the Dean (Research and Development) drives strategic planning and provide guidance across academic and research programs, fostering new and interdisciplinary research initiatives and collaborations
Passage through the era- Geological Museum at IIT(ISM) Dhanbad.
Skull of an elephant
Siwalik vertebrate fossils and casts excavated by geologists displayed in geological museum
Rare view of some atomic energy minerals displayed at geological museum.
Rare earth minerals displayed at geological museum.
Lower Permiam 250 million years old silicified wood (Dadoxylon indicum) excavated at Barakar Series, Lower Gondwana of Jharia Coalfields (Dhanbad, Jharkhand)
A sample of malachite, an ore of Cu (Cu2CO3(OH)2)
Malachite (green) and azurite (blue) associated with quartz
Crystals of zeolites developed in cavities of basalt
Crystals of quartz
Agate, a banded form of finely-grained, microcrystalline quartz.
Banded Hematite Jasper (BHJ) is considered to be the proto ore of Precambrian iron ores.
A small scale fold pattern preserved in a rock
IIT(ISM) GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Geological Museum of Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad established in 1926, is a treasure trove of more than 12,000 exhibits and displays of typical and rare specimens of minerals, rocks and fossils and models of earth processes & evolution of life. Besides, the museum has an excellent collection of gemstones; in natural and polished forms.
There are collections of fossils (age-wise, phylum-wise) of both plants and animals, rocks of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic groups, and minerals (element-wise, state-wise, genesis-wise- type/group-wise).
Various physical features of rocks, namely folds, faults, joints and foliations together with different geomorphic models are also included in the exhibits. The museum has collections from the Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, Rochester, New York; Gregory Bottley, London; Dr. F. Krantz, Bonn, Germany; Hubbard Scientific Company, North Brook, Illinois, USA; Thomas Murby & Co., London; Academy of Cracow, Poland; Institute of Computer Science Academy, Republic of Czech and Badwin Lead Zinc Mines, Burma.
There are several Indian contributors as well, namely Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow; Geological Survey of India; State Departments of Mines & Geology; Tata Steel Mines; Mosabani Copper Mines; Manganese Mines; Mica Mines, Koderma; Hindustan Zinc Ltd ; BCCL Mines; Kolar Gold field; Hindustan Minerals and Natural History Specimen Supply Company, Kolkata; P. Gupta, Artist, Sculptor, Bronze founder & Photographer, Kolkata; Munshi Ambika Charan & Sons, Geologist & Biologist, Varanasi; Cosmos Industries, Varanasi; and Bharat Educational Stores, Merrut among innumerable others.
Many of the collections have been obtained through the prolonged efforts of the students and faculty members of the department and this deserves a special mention about the geological museum.
SCHEME OF DISPLAY
The collections of the museum are displayed in three broad sections:
A systematic code for each of the exhibits (Minerals, Rocks and Fossils etc.) and for the different showcases and display boxes has been adopted for generating a comprehensive catalogue.
In the past over 90 years of its antiquity, the museum has acquired a real gigantic collection of rare and typical exhibits of rocks, minerals, fossils and other items of geologic interest through the dedicated efforts of faculty members, researchers and students of the department. At present, the museum has approximately 6000 specimens on its regular display and another 6000 exhibits as storage, preserved in its appropriate sections of the museum. A section-wise number of exhibits are as under:
MINERALOGY-ECONOMIC GEOLOGY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY SECTION
Type of Stone
PETROLOGY –STRATIGRAPHY-STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY SECTION
STRUCTURES IN ROCKS
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY MODELS
ROCK CYCLE MODEL
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY MODELS
Since its establishment in 1926, the museum has been catering to the needs of students and research scholars in the field of Earth sciences.It aims to attract attention of public in general and prove its utility to academicians in particular. Eminent persons and distinguished guests Faculty members, students from different universities, visitors from various organizations and from different parts of India and abroad regularly visit the museum.
The museum is known for excellent collection and methodical display of its exhibits that quickly attracts attention of the visitors. The unique artefacts collected from the bowels of the earth exhibits the passage of geological time and evolution.