Testing Services Man Power


Mr. A. Rajan Babu

Scientist-V & Head of Department 

Presently serving as Principal Scientist, Centre for Testing Services - an integrated unit catering to the needs of Rock testing, Rock fracture mechanics, Soil testing, Materials testing – destructive tests on wire ropes, In-situ Non destructive testing of various vital components of Mine hoisting systems, aerial rope ways, processing units etc and quarrying technology for dimensional stone mining. Head of the Department - Slope Stability Cell, Seismotectonic Cell & Officer-in-charge, NIRM, Registered Office, KGF. Obtained Ph.D in Mining Engineering from Einstein International University, New York, USA, 2011 (Through DE). B.Tech (Mining), First class with distinction, Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Mangalore University, Karnataka, (1985-89), Diploma in Mining and Mine Surveying, School of Mines, Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka, (1982-85), Secured a 2nd rank and Bachelor of Law (LL.B), Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka (1992-95). Level – II certificate holder from ASNT in Magnetic particle testing (MPT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Visual Testing (VT) and Penetrant Testing (PT). Served as “National Expert” and Consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), October 10, 2004, Fellow, Institute of Engineers, 2015, Member, Governing Board of the Stone Crafts Foundation, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, March 6, 2006, Member, Editorial Board, StonEdge, Journal on Indian dimensional stone industry, Jaipur, January 20, 2007, Member, Stones Sectional Committee, CED 6 and Rock Mechanics Sectional Committee, CED 48, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi, Member, International Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunneling Technology, India.


Mr. R Balachandar


Mr. R. Balachandar has over 25 years of experience in rock blasting and excavation engineering. He is an undergraduate in Mining and Mine Surveying and also in Electrical Engineering. He has extensively worked in the areas of controlled blasting in Mining, Hydroelectric and Urban blasting projects. He has authored/coauthored about 120 technical reports and about 50 technical papers in national and international forums. He takes active interest in technology implementation to blasting related industry. He has delivered lectures to practicing Mining and Civil Engineers at various forums as an expert faculty in Rock Blasting.


Mr. Royston A Victor

Scientific Assistant-II 

Mr. Royston A Victor holds diploma in mining engineering and holds NDT Level-II certification. Currently he carries out NDT testing on vital Mine machinery components and wire ropes, Non Destructive Evaluation of HEMM and steel structures. Prior to joining NIRM, he worked as NDT engineer for 8 yrs at Southern Inspection Services Chennai


Mr. D Prashanth Kumar

Scientific Assistant-II 

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, joined NIRM in 2014, works in the field of Material Testing, specialized in destructive tests on wire ropes, proof load tests & non-destructive tests on mine machinery components.


Mr. R Prabhu


He is currently associated with destructive test on wire rope samples and other tests in rock mechanics laboratory


Mr. S Babu


Mr. S Babu holds ITI and NDT Level-I certification and is now associated with NDT on mine machinery components and testing of wire ropes both Destructive and NDT