Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government is upgrading Keonjhar’s state-run engineering college to a center of excellence in Earth Sciences and Technology research at a cost of Rs 42.50 crore, officials said on Friday.

The issue was discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra on Thursday, they said.



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Considering the potential of the state as a mineral hub of India, the Chief Secretary directed the college to be built as an institute of international repute in the style of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, they added. “Create high-level research and academic-eco-systems, including smart human resource strategies, to attract talent from different parts of the world, especially Odia talents who have earned high acclaim in mining, engineering and geophysics in different countries,” Mohapatra instructed concerned officials.

He asked the Department of Skill Development and Technical Education to prepare a detailed proposal for the necessary approval of the government.

Additional Chief Secretary PK Zena suggested that the institute should have a geology department with a five-year integrated course in geology, geophysics and geo-engineering.


He also directed the department to create a strong fund for the institute behind the research and development activities.

It was decided that the institute would have advanced departments in Rock Mechanics, Rock Excavation, Mineral Processing, Extract Metallurgy, Material Testing, Characterization, Geology, Environmental Engineering, Mining Planning and Design, said Hemant Kumar Sharma, Chief Secretary, Skill Development and Technical Education.

He said the entire ground-level work, from the construction of the building to the installation and testing of the equipment, could be completed within 3 of a month.

The budget was set at around Tk 42.50 crore.


The college has a permanent campus of 337 acres of land and is providing consulting assistance to the mining-based industries even with its limited resources, Sharma said.

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