IIT’s Kharagpur’s Department of Mining Engineering is going to launch a brand new programme in SHE (Safety, Health, and Environment) in order to promote safety measures in mining operations. SHE is critical for every process industry like chemical industry, mining or car manufacturing that involves production work with human resources. These types of works require proper training to make sure the quality of life of people, process, and product remains intact. Meanwhile, the M.Tech course will primarily focus on key subject areas such as environmental management and engineering, safety, environment and health along with legislation and laws.
Prof. Debasis Deb, Head of the Department of Mining said, "A holistic approach towards safety and health in the workplace is the need of the day, especially in India, where we think safety is somebody else's job. But if we can give the necessary knowledge to Masters-level students - whether, from Mining, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, or Petroleum engineering - that culture will be engendered".
Importantly, the department will also reach out to the industry professionals in the chemical, mining and petroleum industry for crash courses on SHE that will essentially help in the training of personnel as confirmed by Prof. Deb.
Another programme in Geomechanics
The department is all set to launch another M.Tech. Programme in Geomechanics for Mineral and Energy Resources. Prof. Deb explained: "In mining operations or oil and gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing and related activities, it is critical to assess the stability of geological formations, stress and strength thereof on the natural structure due to such operations. Geomechanics will be able to predict the stress to geological formations, risks and opportunities involved and recommend mitigation plans".
The course is first of its kind that will cater to the branches of Geology, Civil, Mining or Petroleum Engineering. It will primarily focus on fundamentals and applied geomechanics, subsurface environment, the design of underground excavations, reservoir engineering and geo numerics.
Both the courses are scheduled to be started from the upcoming July semester, wherein the intake capacity for each programme will be 11. Admission will be done on the basis of GATE result. B.Tech. students from civil, mining and petroleum engineering can opt for M.Tech course in GeoMechanics whereas students from electrical, mining, civil, chemical, petroleum, mechanical and production engineering can do M.Tech in Safety, Health, and Environment.