ISM-Dhanbad registrar Col (retd) M.K. Singh on the mining cradle’s plans in days to come

By As told to Praduman Choubey
  • Published 20.07.15

TT: What are you pursuing outside Dhanbad? 

MKS: ISM’s Calcutta extension centre will be inaugurated on July 25. We are launching a Delhi centre at Okhla Phase-I in 2016 and planning a full-fledged regional centre in Vizag  

What is the big idea?

The Calcutta, Delhi and Vizag centres are to establish a pan-India identity for ISM, known for quality teaching and research but lacking in national presence due to its locational disadvantage 

What will you do at the Calcutta centre?

We will begin a 3-year MBA programme (30 seats) and a 3-year MTech programme (120 seats) from August 2. The centre at Rajarhat will host training programmes for industry professionals, campus interviews and organise international conferences

What news of the Delhi centre?

We have finalised space on the fourth floor of National Building Construction Corporation. It will take a year to be ready  

Delhi’s advantages? 

It will help ISM establish a national and international identity in the true sense. We can collaborate with a host of north India-based industries. The biggest advantage will be in foreign collaborations 

And the Vizag centre?

Visakhapatnam will be a full-fledged regional centre offering a range of full-time and part-time courses. It will also conduct research and training

What progress have you made?

The Andhra government has offered us around 400 acres in two places, a 100-acre plot near the beach and around 300 acres outside the main city. Andhra has huge reserves of minerals, including coal, limestone, bauxite, gold and granite 

And paperwork? 

Last month, we sent a proposal to the Union HRD ministry 

How will the Vizag centre help?

It will ensure our presence in mineral-rich southern states where a number of mining companies are based 

That apart? 

The biggest advantage will be in pursuing research in off-shore mining, given the centre’s presence near the Bay of Bengal. In the near future, when all underground mineral resources are exhausted, we will have to explore the seabed.