Dhanbad-based Indian School of Mines (ISM) has taken a giant step towards striking a balance between undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The premier mining cradle, which recently drew praises from President Pranab Mukherjee for its collaborative initiatives with several foreign institutes of higher education, has almost doubled the number of seats in MTech courses from 429 to 745.
The increase is across the existing as well as the seven new programmes that have been launched by ISM this academic session.
Dean (academics) S. Mohanty said that just like the IITs, the Dhanbad institute was also planning to boost its research and development prospects, which would be made possible if more thrust was laid on MTech studies.
At least seven new MTech programmes have been launched from the 2014 session.
These are earthquake disaster, hazard and mitigation (22 seats); mineral engineering with specialisation in a) mine planning, b) rock excavation, c) open-cast mining and d) mine mechanisation (11 seats); mechanical engineering with specialisation on thermal engineering (40 seats); chemical engineering (22 seats); structural engineering (22 seats); power system engineering (40 seats); and computer science engineering with specialisation in information security (40 seats).
These new courses apart, ISM has raised the number of berths in several existing MTech courses.
While the seat count in electronics engineering has gone up from 33 to 40, environmental science engineering has witnessed a jump from 45 to 40 seats.
Fuel engineering has gone up from 11 to 16, industrial engineering and management from 32 to 40, mechanical engineering (specialisation in manufacturing engineering) from 22 to 40, mechanical (specialisation in design engineering from 22 to 40) and maintenance engineering from 22 to 40.
ďThe increase in seats or launch of the new courses was done after a proper assessment of existing demand and placement scenario for different subjects. Besides helping maintain a balance between BTech and MTech courses, the extra seats will ensure more number of research publications from the institute. In the two-year MTech course, the final year is dedicated to research and publications,Ē said Mohanty.
First counselling for the newly launched MTech courses will be conducted on May 18. ďThe number of PhDs produced by our institute has also increased. While only 43 PhDs were awarded last year, the number this year is 64,Ē he added.
ISM takes in students for its MTech courses through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and also an internal entrance test.