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Mpt-2013- Inaugural Function on 10th December 2013

 

International Seminar on Mineral Processing Technology (MPT-2013) was inaugurated at CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar today (10th December). The event is co-organized by IMMT and Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME) for three days 10-13 December 2013 with the objective to draw best minds in minerals research to a single platform to address issues and opportunities in the minerals industries in the country. This mega event brings a rare opportunity for scientists, industrialists and product manufacturers to reshape the Golden Triangle of sustainable development and growth of mineral based industries by the adoption of profitable, energy efficient, zero waste and eco-friendly technologies and drawing a road map for the future.

Mr Dilip Oommen, CEO, ESSAR Steel Ltd., Mumbai, inaugurated the seminar, as Chief Guest, in IMMT Auditorium at 9.30 AM today (10/12/2013) in presence of Prof. B.K. Mishra, Director-IMMT and Chairman MPT-2013, Prof. R. Venugopal, President IIME, Dr S.K. Biswal, Chief Scientist, IMMT & Organizing Secretary of the event and Prof. S. Subramanian, Vice President, IIME.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Mr Oommen emphasized the need of the mineral industries in the country and sought R&D inputs from the scientific community. He said that Indian industries need technologies that consume less water and energy in the processing of minerals for value added products. Our technologies should be developed around this requirement. He opined that Indian industries should adopt technologies that are efficient to utilize low grade Indian Coals rather than importing high quality coal. Technologies which are aimed to reduce carbon dioxide emission have become a must, realizing the load on the global environment, he said. Mr Oomen lauded the effort of scientists of Indian R&D organizations, especially CSIR research laboratories, in their effort and success in developing the appropriate technologies for the Indian mineral industries.

Earlier, addressing the delegates, Prof. BK Mishra, Director-IMMT said that CSIR-IMMT is committed to address impending issues of Indian mineral industry taking the advantage of world standard scientific expertise at IMMT and being located in the high rated mineral belt of the nation. He also introduced the Chief Guest.

The guests released copies and CD of Seminar Souvenir, Abstract Volume and Full Paper Proceeding volume. Two prestigious IIME awards were presented to Dr A Bandopadhyay, MD, CDE Asia under industrial category and to Dr Ratnakar Singh, Chief Scientist, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur, under R&D category. Apart from this, 3 felicitation awards were given to Sh PSR Reddy, Chief Scientist, IMMT; Sh N.D. Rao, MD, BRPL and Dr M Venkataiah, ED, MRPL.

Over 20 equipment and product manufacturers from India and abroad have opened their stalls to exhibit product information. 850 delegates from India and from abroad are attending the seminar. 39 invited lectures will be delivered by eminent scientists and industrialists in the seminar. In total 278 research papers covering various aspects of mineral engineering will be presented by researchers from all over India in the coming three days. Representatives from minerals industries of Odisha and research students have also attended the seminar.

MPT-2013 - Valedictory Function

Three day International seminar on Mineral Processing Technology (MPT) organized by IMMT Bhubaneswar concluded on 12th December. The seminar, attended by 850 delegates from India and abroad registered enormous enthusiasm amongst mineral engineers of the country in terms of scientific deliberations held on various issues like - Mineral characterization and processing, Coal and ore preparation, Separation of various ore materials, Mineral beneficiation of low grade ores, Waste disposal and utilization, Pipeline slurry transportation.

250 Technical issues were discussed amongst scientists, mineral engineers, industries and equipment manufacturers. Participation of 120 students from premier technical institutions in the country was highlighted in the discussion as a positive indication of popularity of subjects like mineral engineering and mining in technical courses. There were 22 exhibition stalls displaying a wide range of equipments available in mineral processing.

Delivering the valedictory function lecture, Chief Guest Shri V.R. Sharma, CEO and Dy. MD, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd., stressed upon appropriate utilization of mineral resources of the country as future will depend upon recycling of materials. From his vast experience in Indian industries in various capacities he said that mining and proper mineralogy has registered growth in many countries and India should be no exception; Our current mineral resource is sufficient for a long survival and we need much more utilization of our resources now for best interest of our country. He lauded the efforts of IMMT in ensuring the right strategy by encouraging mineral beneficiation, pelletization and gasification plants in the country.

Giving his remarks on the outcome of the seminar, Prof. B.K. Mishra, Director, IMMT said that the seminar has been very successful in terms of its quality scientific presentations and participation of a large number of students from mineral engineering and mining subjects. He further said that the outcome of the seminar will be summarized with inputs from the executive body members of IIME in a short while and the policy recommendations of MPT-2013 will be forwarded to various government bodies and lead industrial houses.

The Chief Guest later gave away prizes for best paper and exhibition stalls to deserving researchers and industries.

Speaking on broad outline of the recommendation, he observed that MPT-2013 shall recommend for the following:

(1) Priority exploration of new mineral reserves for import substitution, (2) Statutory encouragement for beneficiation of low grade ores, pelletization fines and concentrates, (3) Maximum recovery from industrial and e-wastes through advanced technology, (4) Due attention for pipeline transportation of ores to reduce load on environment and transport cost, (5)Minimal water usage in mining and mineral industry through effective recycling of process water, proper filtration and dewatering techniques and dry beneficiation of ores, (6) Govt. encouragement for additional human resource generation in mineral engineering, (7) Zero waste technology initiative for a sustainable planet, (8 Continual interaction among research, industry and academic sectors for indigenous technical solutions for problems of mineral industry, (9) Industrial support for indigenous technologies for reduction of capital cost , (10) More supportive role by industry for practical training of students, (11) IIME to play key role in providing knowledge platform to tackle problems in processing difficult-to-treat ores.

 
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