The mining department of Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology organised a two-day symposium on emerging trends in mining industry by the technical education quality improvement programme (TEQIP) of the institute which commenced on Friday.
Ramendra Gupta, former chairman cum MD of Uranium Corporation of India Ltd., attended the inaugural session as the chief guest.
Gupta said that to improve the production and economic viability of the mining industry in the country, there was a necessity to adopt optimum mechanisation. "This shall be based on our capacity to absorb the latest technology and large manpower available with us."
Som Dutt Goyal, former director (technical) Eastern Coal Field Ltd. of Coal India Ltd. attended the session as guest of honour and said that apart from technical skills, the new manager had to adopt new management techniques so that they are able to generate funds for the organisation.
SK Das who is heading the mining engineering department explained that in the past, nearly 80% mining engineering graduates belonged to Punjab despite the fact that no mining engineering institution was available in the nearby states.