NIRM successfully organised lecture series from March 2023 to August 2023 for Engineering students of Mining and Civil Engineering, to commemorate 75 Years of Indian Independence (Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav)


The National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM), is an autonomous Research Institute under Ministry of Mines, Government of India. Set up in 1988 under Societies Act, 1860, NIRM has its Head Office (HO) at Bengaluru and Registered Office (RO) at Kolar Gold Fields in Karnataka.

The Institute deals with field and laboratory investigations, basic and applied research, and solving complex problems in almost entire spectrum of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering related to Mining and Civil Engineering activities.

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Lecture Series on Role of Rock Engineering in Nation Building

The National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM) successfully organised a lecture series to commemorate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The lecture series focused on the importance of rock engineering in the building of a nation. Lectures were delivered by a panel of experts from NIRM and also few experts from Industry and Academia. The lecture series was mainly intended for Engineering Students of Mining and Civil discipline. More than 4000 students and faculty attended the 8 Events conducted at various Engineering Colleges as part of AKAM celebration. The student community was hugely benefited by the lecture series.

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The Mining Arena - Ministry of Mines Initiative

Hon'ble Minister of Mines, Shri. Pralhad Joshi launched The Mining Arena: at National Mines and Ministers' Conference held at Hyderabad. It is a digital platform which provides an insight on Ministry of Mines and its attached bodies. The platform can be accessed at (

The Mining Arena Link The Mining Arena

Vidhi Sahitya Prakashan - Law Journals for Download

On the occassion of celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Vidhi Sahitya Prakashan has decided to make available to the public, all three law journals in Hindi on its portal ( in pdf format only,free of cost for a period of 75 weeks till completion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav cleebration.

i) Vidhi Sahitya Prakashan Link: Vidhi Sahitya Prakashan

Culture Ministry launches a unique programme to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on Independence Day this year

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As a part of commemoration of 75 years of Indian Independence, (Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsav) NIRM will be organising a series of Technical lectures starting from 12-March-2021. The schedule of the lectures and their link is given below .

Week Lecture No. Date Title of Lecture Speaker Department & Organisation WebEx Link for Lecture
01 Lecture-01 12-Mar-2021 15:00hrs Engineering Geophysics – GPR as NDE tool Dr.P C Jha, Scientist-F & HOD, Engineering Geophysics Engineering Geophysics, NIRM Completed
02 Lecture-02 19-Mar-2021 15:00hrs Engineering Geophysics – MASW for Compaction Studies Dr.B Butchi Babu, Scientist-E1 Engineering Geophysics, NIRM Completed
03 Lecture-03 26-Mar-2021 15:00hrs Engineering Geophysics - Tomography for defect mapping Dr.P C Jha, Scientist-F & HOD, Engineering Geophysics Engineering Geophysics, NIRM Completed
02-Apr-2021 15:00hrs No Lecture Scheduled - Good Friday Holiday - - -
05 Lecture-04 09-Apr-2021 15:00hrs Engineering Geophysics - ERT for supplementary investigation Dr.B Butchi Babu, Scientist-E1 Engineering Geophysics, NIRM Completed
16-Apr-2021 15:00hrs Engineering Geophysics – Cross-hole investigations Dr.Sandeep Nelliat, Scientist-E2 Engineering Geophysics Lecture Cancelled as the Speaker turned Covid +ve
07 Lecture-05 23-Apr-2021 15:00hrs Armour Rock Blasting Mr.G Gopinath, Scientist-E1 Rock Blasting and Excavation Engineering, NIRM Completed
08 Lecture-06 30-Apr-2021 15:00hrs Urban Blasting Mr.G C Naveen, Scientist-E1 Rock Blasting and Excavation Engineering, NIRM Completed
09 Lecture-07 07-May-2021 15:00hrs Stability monitoring of gravity dams - Significance of Instrumentation Mrs. Praveena Das Jennifer, Scientist-E1 Numerical Modelling, NIRM Completed
14-May-2021 15:00hrs Instrumentation in Blasting Mr. G Gopinath, Scientist-E1 Rock Blasting and Excavation Engineering, NIRM Cancelled on Account of Holiday - Id Ul Fitr
11 Lecture-08 21-May-2021 15:00hrs Instrumentation in Blasting Mr.G Gopinath, Scientist-E1 Rock Blasting and Excavation Engineering, NIRM Completed
12 Lecture-09 28-May-2021 15:00hrs Alternative to Blasting Mr.G C Naveen, Scientist-E1 Rock Blasting and Excavation Engineering, NIRM Completed
13 Lecture-10 04-June-2021 15:00hrs Underground Damage Assessment Mr.R Balachander, Scientist-C Rock Blasting and Excavation Engineering, NIRM Completed
11-June-2021 15:00hrs Crisis Management and SMP Through Digitalization
Mr. Deepak Vidyarthi, Executive Director, NMDC (Retd.) Postponed
15 Lecture-11 18-June-2021 15:00hrs Real time structural health monitoring of Tunnel Dr.Ajay Kumar Jha President, BioID GmbH, Germany Completed
16 Lecture-12 25-June-2021 15:00hrs Execution & Commissioning of 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydro Power Plant in Bhutan Mr.A K Mishra Managing Director, Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority, Bhutan Completed
17 Lecture-13 02-July-2021 15:00hrs Seismic Tomography and Crosshole Test as tools in Engineering Geophysics Dr.Sandeep Nelliat, Scientist-E2 Engineering Geophysics, NIRM Completed
18 Lecture-14 09-July-2021 15:00hrs Geological and Geotechnical intricacies in Koteshwar Hydropower Project Mr.H L Arora Former Director(Technical), THDC India Ltd. Completed
19 Lecture-15 16-July-2021 15:00hrs Rock mass Classification of tropically weathered rocks Dr. Ramesh Bhatawdekar Director, Innovative Consultancy Research Pte. Ltd. Singapore Completed
20 Lecture-16 23-July-2021 15:00hrs How friction starts during Earthquake Dr. G L Manjunath Visiting Faculty, Energy Institute,Center of Rajiv Institute of Petroleum Technology Bengaluru Completed
21 Lecture-17 30-July-2021 16:30hrs Use and Application of Wipfrag4 – A Blast Fragmentation Analysis Software Mr. Thomas Palangio Chief Technical Officer at WipWare Inc. Completed
22 Lecture-18 06-August-2021 15:00hrs Crisis Management and SMP Through Digitalization Mr.Deepak Vidyarthi Former Executive Director, NMDC Completed
23 Lecture-19 13-August-2021 15:00hrs Ahead of its time: Uri Hydroelectric Project Stage-1 (480MW) Mr.Imarn Sayeed Former CGM Geotech, NHPC Ltd. Completed
20-August-2021 No Lecture Scheduled - Muharram Holiday
Lecture cancelled due to simultaneous official engagements
to be scheduled next week
26 Lecture-20 03-September-2021 15:00hrs Cyber security Threats in Mining Industries Dr Padmavathi Ganapathi Professor, Department of Computer Science, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore Completed
10-September-2021 No Lecture Scheduled - Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday
28 Lecture-21 17-September-2021 15:00hrs Slope stability analysis and design by using numerical modelling tools Mr.BH Vijay Sekar Senior Scientist, NIRM Completed
29 Lecture-22 24-September-2021 15:00hrs High precision tunnelling using automation in drilling Mr. Ankur Agarwal Underground Product & Sales Support Lead – India, Epiroc Mining India Ltd. Completed
30 Lecture-23 01-October-2021 15:00hrs Importance of Geotechnical & Geodetic Instrumentation in Hydel Projects ~ A Case Study Mr.BNV Siva Prasad Scientist, NIRM Completed
31 Lecture-24 08-October-2021 15:00hrs Engineering Rock Mass Classifications for Underground Structures and Foundations Dr. A. K. Naithani Senior Scientist, NIRM Completed
15-October-2021 No Lecture Scheduled - Vijay Dashami Holiday
22-October-2021 15:00hrs Study of Geotechnical Mechanism in Punatsangchhu-II DSG Cavern Failure Mr.Y K Sharma Ex-Member, Central Water Commission & Former Director (Technical), Punatsangchhu-I & II, Bhutan Lecture cancelled due to simultaneous official engagements
34 Lecture-25 29-October-2021 15:00hrs Artificial Intelligence in Rock Engineering Prof. Pijush Samui Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, NIT, Patna Completed
35 Lecture-26 12-November-2021 15:00hrs Benchmarking the Performance and Interactions of a Bulk Explosive using State of Art Techniques of QMR Australia Dr Gary Cavanough Director QMR Blasting Analysis, Australia Completed
36 Lecture-27 03-December-2021 15:00hrs Active fault Studies in India: Some intriguing observations Dr.Biju John Senior Scientist, NIRM Completed
37 Lecture-28 10-December-2021 15:00hrs. Explicit Technology from Ansys to simulate blast, Impact, and fragmentation Mrs. Neetu Jha Sr. Technical Engineer, Ansys Completed
38 Lecture-29 07-January-2022 15:00hrs Rampur Agucha: A beacon of Systematic and Pro-active Approach Dr.Pramod Rajmeny Former Vice President, Vedanta and Guest Faculty at MBM Engineering College Completed
39 Lecture-30 21-January-2022 17:30hrs Design of Roof Bolting Plans for Underground Coal Mines: Some Recent Studies Prof. Yoginder P. Chugh Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA Completed
40 Lecture-31 28-January-2022 15:00hrs Mine Planning and Scheduling of Open Cast Mine Mr.Suryanshu Choudhury Dy. GM Mine planning, Adani Enterprises Ltd. Completed
41 Lecture-32 04-February-2022 15:00hrs Potential of Patal: Underground Space for decongestion of Urban areas Prof. Sanjay K. Shrama Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, IIT (BHU) Completed
42 Lecture-33 11-February-2022 15:00hrs > State of Ground stress, its uses and measurement in Rock Engineering Dr. D S Subrahmanyam Scientist-F, NIRM Completed
43 Lecture-34 11-March-2022 15:00hrs Role of Rock Engineer in rock Dredging in Ports, with special reference to Under Water Blasting Prof. Vedala Rama Sastry Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, NITK Surathkal Completed
44 Lecture-35 18-March-2022 15:00hrs Challenges in Underground Metro Construction Dr. N Kumar Pitchumani Regional Director, AECOM Completed
45 Lecture-36 01-April-2022 15:00hrs Rock Excavation Technology applied to Surface Mines, Tunnels and Sea Ports - Some Challenges and Solutions Prof. V.M.S.R.Murthy Professor, Department of Mining Engineering IIT (ISM), Dhanbad Completed
46 Lecture-37 08-April-2022 15:00hrs Mineral Reserves Optimisation through Appropriate Geotechnical Engineering Dr. A Srikant Director, Master Geotech Services Pvt. Ltd. Completed
47 Lecture-38 22-April-2022 15:00hrs Influence of Initiation System and Pattern on Blast Performance Dr. K. Ram Chandar Associate Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, NITK, Surathkal Completed
48 Lecture-39 06-May-2022 15:00hrs Psychological Effects of Blasting Operations with Special Reference to Forest and Wildlife Dr. N. R. Thote Professor, Department of Mining Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur Completed
49 Lecture-40 13-May-2022 15:00hrs Engineering Geological and Geotechnical Aspects of Tehri Dam Project, Uttarakhand Himalaya Dr.P C Nawani Former Director, NIRM Completed
50 Lecture-41 27-May-2022 15:00hrs Safety in Design Dr. Roshan Nair Principal Tunnels Engineer, Transportation Sector, Mott MacDonald, Australia Completed
51 Lecture-42 10-June-2022 15:00hrs Drone Technology - Digital Transformation in Mining & Tunnelling Mr. Cyriac Joseph MD & CEO, Squadrone Infra and Mining Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore Completed
52 Lecture-43 17-June-2022 15:00hrs Modern Approach to Rock Blasting Instrumentation thru "Blaster Artistic Kit" Mr. Jagdeepak Sharma CEO Ultra Enviro Systems Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi Completed
53 Lecture-44 01-July-2022 15:00hrs Landslides vs Infrastructures in Hilly areas including Himalaya Dr. Kishore Kumar Former Chief Scientist and Professor, CSIR-Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi Completed

Download Ministry of Mines GOI, Advisory for COVID-2020 from the link: COVID-2020

Shri Pralhad Joshi, Honorable Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs,tweets about NIRM

Shri Pralhad Joshi, Honorable Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs tweets about NIRM on 15th December 2020 and also commented on his facebook page.

Facebook Link : Shri Pralhad Joshi about NIRM

SATYABHMA Portal Ministry of Mines, GOI 2020

Shri Pralhad Joshi, Honorable Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs launched SATYABHAMA (Science and Technology Yojana for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in Mining Advancement) Portal for Science and Technology Programme Scheme of Ministry of Mines on 15th June 2020. The portal has been designed, developed and implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Mines Informatics Division. Shri Sushil Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines and other senior officials of the Ministry were also present.:
i) NEWS: News
ii)Link to SATYABHAMA Portal: SATYABHAMA Portal

Director, NIRM

Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Head Office

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