Exhibition of ‘Mining, Minerals and Materials’ on theme day at CSIR Platinum Jubilee
Technofest in Hall no 12-A
Seminar/ Conference by the delegates on the fourth day of the event
Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-CGCRI & CSIR- NML initiated the seminar
Directors across various labs also joined the conclave
New Delhi: On Thursday, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
showcased its theme-based representation on ‘Mining, Minerals & Materials’ on day four of
its Platinum Jubilee Technofest at the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2016.
Five distinguished laboratories of CSIR and its industrial partners attended a seminar
organized to highlight the latest technologies used in the mining process across the country.
Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI)
welcomed the delegates. Dr. P.K. Singh, Director, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel
Research (CIMFR) kicked off the seminar with his opening remarks stating the better
function of powerplants like National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in India. He also
said that the mining process in India has advanced with the changing time. Manual
extraction of coal has been replaced by the machines gradually.
The session elevated with more presentation by the dignitaries present at the seminar. Dr.
A.K. Singh from CSIR-CIMFR in the background of supply chain of coals in Indian
powerplants added, “There are several projects in the pipeline to enhance the productivity
of the thermal Powerplants, which will boost the inflow and distribution of electricity in the
country. We have set an agenda to provide electricity to every Indian household soon.”
Citing the benefits for the industries in the sampling of coal he said, “Our labs have
extended support to the mines of Dhanbad, Ranchi, Belapur and Nagpur. More than 800
coal samples are being produced on daily basis for production analysis. Wagon Top
sampling is the most prevalent technique that we use these days in our units to pull out
coal. CSIR-CIMFR is in a pilot project of sampling at loading sites of Coal India Limited (CIL).
We import coal from Indonesia and other countries, now we are looking to produce enough
domestically by 2020.”
Distinguished scientists from CSIR-CIMFR, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials
Technology (IIMT) and CSIR-Advance Material and Process Research Institute also attended
Dr. M.R. Saharan from CSIR-CIMFR spoke about the art of explosions used in the mining
process. Said Mr. Saharan, “Our expertise in blasting is highly efficient with no mess around.
During explosion no flakes come out of the blasting furnace. No fly rocks can be seen, there
is just a displacement of mere 3 and a half meter during the explosions.”
Dr. A.C.R. Das, Consultant, Ministry of Steel addressed the scientist and engineer, “We look
forward to encourage more entrepreneurs, organization and institutes for Research and
Development. Our website is available to submit advanced proposals on R&D.”
Dr. S.K. Biswal (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. B. Bhoi (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. K. Sanjay (CSIR-IIMT), Dr. S. Das,
Director, CSIR-AMPRI, Dr. Pratima Mishra, CSIR-IMMT, Dr. A. Mitra, CSIR-National
Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) and Dr. D. Sanyal, CSIR-CGCRI also attended the seminar.
The day concluded with signing of MoU between CSIR-CGCRI and ONCG Energy Centre
Some science-based activities were also conducted by CSIR-CBRI for the school students.