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Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, launched its longest professional training on Monday.

The mining engineering department of ISM will train 15 new executives of Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), Vedanta, in the rock mechanics of hard mining for six months.

Speaking during the inauguration of the programme at Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre of ISM on Monday, vice-president (HR) of HZL Birendra Kumar Mohapatra said the training would be of great help for the newbies.

While the first phase began on Monday, the second phase will kick off in May.

During the first phase, which will end in March, the 15 trainees, who have arrived from different parts of Rampur Agucha, Zavar and S&K mines of HZL, will learn the about the basics of rock mechanics.

Speaking to The Telegraph, course co-ordinator VMSR Murthy said the theory classes would be conducted five days a week (Monday to Friday) from 9am to noon. Besides, field study will also be a part of the programme.

ďAbout 40 teachers, including those of the mining engineering, applied geology, applied geophysics and environmental science departments of ISM, will conduct the classes,Ē Murthy added.

Experts from IIT-Kharagpur and central institute of mining and fuel research will also share their knowledge with the trainees.

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