Odisha Plans To Set Up Centre Of Excellence in Mining

The Odisha government has announced plans to revamp the state-run College of Engineering in Keonjhar into a centre of excellence focused on mining. The centre will facilitate research in Earth Sciences and Technology. The project has been estimated at Rs 42.50 crore.

This decision comes looking at the immense potential of Odisha in becoming the mineral hub of India. The Chief Secretary has directed to develop the college to an institute of international eminence along the lines of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.

“Create a high-class research and academic ecosystem with smart human resource strategies for attracting the talents from different parts of the globe, especially the Odia talents who have achieved high acclaim in the fields of Mining, Engineering and Geophysics in different countries”, Mohapatra directed the officials concerned.

Meanwhile, the Skill Development and Technical Education Department were asked to formulate a detailed proposal for the necessary approval of the government.

Suggesting some improvements, Additional Chief Secretary PK Jena advised that the institute should have a Geology Division with a five-year integrated course in Applied Geology, Geophysics, and Geo-Engineering, with some fresh funding.

Developments in the divisions of Rock Mechanics, Rock Excavation, Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Material Testing, Characterisation, Geology, Environmental Engineering, Mining Planning and Design, is planned, said Principal Secretary of Skill Development and Technical Education, Hemant Kumar Sharma.

An estimated time of 36 months is proposed for the entire ground-level work, from the construction of the building to the installation and testing of the equipment.

Presently, the college has a permanent campus spread over 37 acres of land.

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