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ISM centre in Calcutta

Indian School of Mines can now hope to start an executive development programme for professionals in the power sector at its proposed centre in Calcutta by December.

A finance committee meeting of Dhanbad’s premiere mining cradle, held under the leadership of executive board chairman P.K. Lahiri in New Delhi last week, approved the decision to set up the regional centre at Rajarhat in the eastern fringes of Calcutta.

ISM has already bought a floor in a three-storied building of National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of around Rs 8.3 crore.

The 10,000 sq feet facility would be refurbished to house three to four classrooms, two guest rooms, a conference room and other rooms to accommodate a kitchen and washrooms.

ISM registrar Col (retd) M.K. Singh said, “The new regional office is likely to start functioning by December as construction work is supposed to begin in a month after issuing tenders.”

The centre, he added, would be primarily used for three purposes: holding executive development training programmes, conducting placements and interviews for faculty.

As of now, an executive development centre of ISM imparts various training programmes for public and private sector professionals on several topics, including blasting techniques in mining and managerial effectiveness of senior personnel in power and oil sectors.

But, lack of air services is an impediment for trainees to visit the Dhanbad campus to avail of the training facilities. The Calcutta centre, ISM hopes, will now make it easier for more professionals to join the programmes.

“We will also be in a better position to coordinate with more foreign companies to conduct placements for our students. Representatives of willing companies will find it easier to visit Calcutta than Dhanbad,” Singh said.

Besides foreign companies, domestic recruiters would also find it easier to conduct placements at Calcutta instead of Dhanbad.

ISM also wants to use the Calcutta regional centre to organise more international conferences, seminars and workshops.