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21st Peer Review Committee Meeting held at NIRM

21st Peer Review Committee meeting of NIRM was held at Bangalore on 28th August 2018 under the chairmanship of Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR. Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcomed chairman and members of Peer Review Committee. The committee reviewed the technical activity of all departments of NIRM and appreciated the activities of NIRM in serving the nation in the diverse areas of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

The committee members who attended the meeting are:

  • Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR, Chairman
  • Prof. V.R Sastry, Professor, NITK, Surtathkal, Alternate Chairman and Member
  • Shri A Sundaramoorthy, Director General (Retd) GSI, Member
  • Prof VMSR Murthy, Professor, IIT/ISM Dhanbad, Member
  • Prof TG Sitharam, Professor, IISc Bengaluru, Member
  • Shri Utpal Saha, DDG, DGMS, Southern Region, Member
  • Shri. G.V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D), SCCL, Member
  • Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Director NIRM, Member

Shri S.Ravi, Secretary (PRC & GB), NIRM co-ordinated the meeting.

The following HOD’s of all the Technical Departments of NIRM attended the meeting.

  • Shri A Rajan Babu, HoD, CTS & GGCD, NIRM
  • Dr P C Jha, HoD, EGP, NIRM
  • Dr Sripad R Naik, HoD, NMD, NIRM
  • Dr. D.S. Subramanyam, HOD,GED (On Tour)
  • Dr V R Balasubramanyam, HoD, EEGD, NIRM
  • Dr A K Naithani, HoD, EGD, NIRM
  • Dr Biju John, HoD I/c, MESD, NIRM
  • The minutes of the meeting has been circulated to all the members and Heads of Departments, NIRM.


21st Peer Review Committee in Progress at NIRM, Bengaluru

Presentation at 21st Peer Review Committee at NIRM, Bengaluru

NIRM Team with Prof.B.B. Dhar, Chairman PRC, NIRM during Peer Review Committee Meeting

Praveena Das J and Shruthi B S attend a 2-day workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013” on July 20th & 21st , 2018

Mrs. Praveena Das Jennifer, Scientist-II and Mrs. B.S. Shruthi, Office Assistant-I attended the 44th 2-day Workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013” on July 20th & 21st , 2018 at The Gateway Hotel, Wakad road, Pune. The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is an empanelled Institute under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, to impart training under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal)Act, 2013. The IPA conducts this training on regular basis with view to give proper rendition of the Acts and Rules related to Sexual harassment at workplace . Under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013, it is compulsory for any organisation with 10 or more employees to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) for addressing complaints of sexual harassment. The Workshop mainly emphasized on setting up of an ICC, training the members of the ICC to conduct domestic inquiry flawlessly so that the establishment does not lose the Sexual Harassment case on technical ground in the court of law and to apprise the Employer of the provisions of the Act and Rules made thereunder.


Praveena Das J and Shruthi B S with Dr.H S Rana,Principal Director of Institute of Public Administration (IPA)


Praveena Das J and Shruthi B S with the participants of Workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace”

Additional General Manager (R&D), SCCL Visits NIRM

Shri. G.V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D), SCCL visits NIRM HO on 27th August 2018. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM briefed him about the activities of NIRM. Shri. Devikumar interacted with the scientists of NIRM and appreciated the technical expertise of NIRM in various fields. He was hopeful that NIRM would continue to provide support to SCCL in various technical aspects.

Shri. G. V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D),SCCL in discussions with Director, NIRM & Other Scientists


Shri. G. V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D),SCCL addressing NIRM Scientists

72nd Independence Day Celebrations at NIRM

NIRM celebrated 72nd Independence Day at NIRM HO, Bengaluru and at NIRM RO, KGF. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM hoisted the National Flag at the Head office, Bengaluru and addressed the gathering. Mr. A Rajan Babu, Officer In-charge at registered Office, KGF hoisted the national flag and addressed the gathering. Dr. D S Rawat , Scientist and Treasurer of Staff Welfare Fund briefed about the history of National Anthem.

Hoisting of National Flag by Director NIRM at HO Bengaluru

Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM addressing the gathering at NIRM HO on the occasion of Independence day

Group photograph at NIRM HO on the occasion of Independence day

Brief about National Anthem by Dr. D S Rawat

Hoisting of National Flag by Officer -In-Charge NIRM RO at KGF

Mr. A. Rajan Babu addressing the gathering at NIRM RO on the occassion of Independence day

Group photograph at NIRM Registered Office on the occasion of Independence day

Farewell Function of Mr. Jakkarasakuppa Vishwanatha Sastry & Mr. Syed Asghar

NIRM bid farewell to Sri Jakkarasakuppa Vishwanatha Sastry, Section Officer (Internal Audit), who retired from NIRM service on 31.07.2018 (Tuesday) on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 24 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on July 30, 2018 in NIRM HO, Bengaluru. His family members and NIRM employees attended felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM. His knowledge and vast experience related to finance was useful in regulating the funds received by the NIRM. He worked zealously for the all-round development of the Administration of the Institute.

NIRM bid farewell to Mr. Syed Asghar, Technician-IV , who retired from NIRM service on 31.07.2018 (Tuesday) on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 36 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on July 31, 2018 in NIRM RO, KGF. His family members and NIRM employees attended felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM. His vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to mines, hydel, tunneling projects, underground crude storage schemes.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. J. V. Sastry

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. Syed Asghar

COA attends Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures”

Dr. Sandeep Nelliat, Scientist-III and Controller of Administration attended a 3 days Customised Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures” at the Parliamentary & Administrative Research Institute (PARI), New Delhi. The intensive training was undertaken to delve in to the details of parliamentary and administrative procedures in India and to understand the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

PARI has been on the forefront for bringing out certain capacity building courses on Parliamentary procedure which enable the stakeholders to deal with the Parliament efficiently. The capacity building courses are tailor-made for officers of the ministries/department/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies.

Dr. Sandeep Nelliat with the participants of Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures”

Discussions at Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures”

MoU between GSI and NIRM

Geological Survey of India and National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Bangalore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16th July, 2018 for providing additional office space to NIRM, Bangalore within the premises of GSI at the existing GSI Chemical and Ore-Dressing Laboratory (CODL), Eshwarnagar, Bangalore as per the directive of Ministry of Mines.

The agreement is for leasing of the office space measuring 4112.472 sq. ft. area of CODL, GSI for a period of 20 years or till the time of vacation of occupant (NIRM) whichever is earlier on long term lease basis as permissible in the Government rules. However, the MoU may be extended or terminated by mutual consent.

The MoU has been signed by Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Director General, Geological Survey of India on behalf of GSI and Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM on behalf of National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Bangalore.

Exchange of signed MoU between Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Director General, GSI & Dr. H. S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Presence of the Director General, GSI with Director, NIRM and other Dignitaries of GSI & NIRM during signing Ceremony of MOU

Farewell Function of Mr. D Joseph

NIRM bid farewell to Sri Joseph Devadanam, Scientist-II, who retired from NIRM service on 31.05.2018 (Thrusday) on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 28 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on May 31, 2018 in NIRM RO, KGF. His family members and NIRM employees attended felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM. His knowledge and vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to mines, hydel, tunneling projects, underground crude storage schemes. He worked zealously for the all-round development of the Institute. He has authored/coauthored over 150 project reports including one S&T.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. D Joseph's family

Felicitation of Dr. H. S. Venkatesh

Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM under the leadership of Dr. A.K. Naithani and his team organised a get together at NIRM Head Office, Bengaluru for welcoming newly appointed Director, Dr. H. S. Venkatesh.

NIRM Scientists and Staff at the Felicitation function

Director's Appointment

Dr. H. S Venkatesh, Scientist-5 and HOD Rock Excavation Engineering at NIRM is appointed as Director, NIRM by Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India. He has taken over as Director, NIRM on 17th May 2018 forenoon.

Mr. Sri N. Selvaraj Retirement

NIRM bid farewell to Sri N. Selvaraj, Lab Assistant-III, who retired from NIRM service on 30.09.2018 on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 28 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on September 28, 2018, in NIRM RO, KGF. His family members and NIRM employees attended the felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by the Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM.
His vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to coal, metal mining, slope stability studies in open cast mining and hydro-electric projects in Himachal Pradesh and Bhutan. He was the recipient of “NIRM Best Staff Award” for the year of 2011.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. N. Selvaraj