The Indian School of Mines (ISM) is an educational institute of India. It is located in the mineral-rich region of India, in the city of Dhanbad. It was established by British Indian Government on the lines of the Royal School of Mines - London, and was formally opened on 9 December 1926 by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India. What started as an institution to impart mining education has now grown into a full-fledged technical institution of international acclaim offering a host of programmes like B. Tech., M. Tech., M. Sc. Tech., and MBA. ISM admits undergraduate students from the top rankers out of the 150,000 candidates appearing for Advanced Joint Entrance Examination which is the replacement of IIT-JEE.
Indian School of Mines has 18 academic departments covering Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management programs with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research in the areas of Earth Sciences. The school has produced many pioneers of the Mining and Oil Industry, including Padma Bhushan awardees. ISM has been ranked consistently as one of the top 12 engineering institutions in India.
The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that:
“ The Congress is of opinion that a Government College of Mining Engineering be established in some suitable place in India on the models of the Royal School of Mines in England... ”
The McPherson Committee formed by Government of India, recommended the establishment of an institution for imparting education in the fields of Mining and Geology, whose report, submitted in 1920, formed the main basis for establishment of the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. The Department of Mining Engineering of the then Bengal Engineering College(now the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology) was shifted to Dhanbad, thus establishing the Indian School of Mines on 9 December 1926.
The institute initially offered courses in Mining Engineering, Applied Geology, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Applied Mathematics. In 1957, the institute began offering Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics. Up to 1967 it was a pure government institute where the faculties were recruited through the UPSC Selection Board.
The all round achievement by the graduates of Indian School of Mines in nation building was duly recognized and the School was granted university status by the University Grants Commission under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 in 1967. Later courses in Mining Machinery Engineering and Mineral Engineering were started in 1975 and 1976 respectively. It was among the few institutes to start courses in Industrial Engineering and Management (in 1977), to cater to the needs of industries like metallurgy, mining and manufacturing.
The Mining Avenue
From 1996-97 the School came directly under the financial and administrative controls of Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India with pay scales and perks to its employees at par with that of Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management. In 1997, the institute began admitting students through the Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) conducted jointly by the sixteen Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. In 1998 courses for Electronics Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering were introduced and in 1999, the institute started a bachelor of technology course in Mechanical Engineering.
In 2006, ISM added 14 new courses, prominent among them being Electrical Engineering and a course in Environmental Engineering in the undergraduate curriculum. ISM started integrated Graduate engineering and management courses in mining, mineral and petroleum engineering as well which was the first such course offered by any technical institution in India. From 2006,ISM also started offering Integrated Master of Science (Int. M.Sc) in Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and Mathematics & Computing, and Integrated Master of Science and Technology (Int. M.Sc Tech) courses for Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics. In 2011 ISM introduced an additional course in Chemical Engineering. The institute introduced Civil Engineering in 2013 and Engineering Physics in 2014.
ISM is located in the city of Dhanbad, which is also known as the coal capital of India. In population terms, Dhanbad is the second biggest city of the state of Jharkhand. The institute is surrounded by offices related to mining such as the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, and the headquarters of Directorate General of Mines Safety and of Bharat Coking Coal Limited. ISM is located 3 km from the Dhanbad Railway Station, which lies on the Kolkata-Delhi railway line. Dhanbad is also connected with Kolkata by National Highway-2 (Grand Trunk Road).
Departments and centres
Main building of ISM,Dhanbad
ISM has the following Departments and Centres:
Computer Science and Engineering
Fuel and Mineral Engineering
Mining Machinery Engineering
Humanities and Social Sciences
Management Studies (Formerly Industrial Engineering & Management)
Center for Engineering Management
Center for Information & Communication Technology
Center for Longwall Mine Mechanization
Center for Mining Environment
Center for Resource Management
A Central Research Facility is being set up at ISM as a Centre of National Importance which is most likely to have an international accreditation .
Academic Service Centers
Executive Development Center
Continuing Education Centre
Institute Computer Center