The Department of Fuel and Mineral Engineering was founded in the year 1976 to address the
processing issues of the minerals (metallic, non-metallic and fuel). It started with DISM and M Tech
courses in Mineral Engineering and in Fuel Engineering. The department launched a B Tech program
in Mineral Engineering with a grant of Rs. 4.2 crores from the Ministry of Mines (MOM), Government
of India in 1984. This unique program has produced graduates who are well absorbed in the industry
by organisations like CIL, HZL, NMDC, SAIL, Tata Steel, Monnet Ispat, Aryan Coal Beneficiation, JSPL
and JSW among others. Other major recruiters of Mineral Engineering graduates include BHP
Billiton, Evalueserve, PWC, Outotec, Metso Minerals, Hatch, Bateman, Humboldt Wedag, McNally
Bharat, MN Dastur etc. Apart from B Tech Mineral Engineering, the department also offers dual
degree programs by adding M Tech in Mineral Processing and MBA to the B Tech Mineral
Engineering course for students interested in higher levels of Mineral Engineering and management
respectively. The traditional M Tech programs in Mineral Engineering and Fuel Engineering continue
to be offered with revised course structure, keeping in pace with the present scenario, along with
the PhD programs.

The courses offered by the department and the admission routes are
summarised in the following table.

Courses Admission Route
B. Tech Mineral Engineering JEE (Main + Advanced)
Dual Degree – B Tech Mineral Engineering with M Tech Mineral Engineering JEE (Main + Advanced)
Dual Degree – B Tech Mineral Engineering with MBA JEE (Main + Advanced)
M. Tech Mineral Engineering GATE/ ISM Entrance Exam/ Industry Sponsored
M. Tech Fuel Engineering GATE/ ISM Entrance Exam/ Industry Sponsored
Ph.D (Mineral Engineering)Full Time/ Part Time ISM Evaluation
Ph.D (Fuel Engineering) Full Time/ Part Time ISM Evaluation


Besides imparting high quality education to fulfil the skilled human resource requirement of mineral
and coal processing sectors in the country, the department is actively engaged in research in the
following areas.

Selection and testing of coal, rock and minerals for various end usage.

Crushing, screening, grinding and classification.

Development of process flowsheets for coal, metallic and non-metallic minerals.

Entire spectrum of coal preparation, carbonisation and combustion

Entire range of iron ore beneficiation

Sponge Iron Making

Pelletisation, sintering and other methods of agglomeration.

Processing of glauconitic sandstone, silica sand and other industrial minerals

Sponsored research carried out by the department has been supported by DST, Coal S&T, MOM,
CSIR, MHRD, UGC, NTPC, Tata Steel and others.

Professional Development Programs (PDP)

Since its inception, the department has been conducting PDP of 3 days to 2 weeks duration both incampus
and off-campus for executives at different levels in industry on wide range of topics such as
size preparation, iron ore beneficiation and agglomeration, mineral processing, coal preparation,
process equipment selection and flow-sheet development. The programs are general in nature and
client specific. The specific clients include Tata Steel, SAIL, CIL, McNally Bharat, M N Dastur, JSPL,
Essar Steel etc. The participants of the general PDP are from virtually every company which matters
in coal preparation cum utilisation and mineral processing industry.


The department is equally active in consultancy offered to a wide range of Indian clients such as Raw
Materials/Mines/Collieries Divisions of Tata Steel, SAIL, NTPC, L&T, ICML, CDE Asia, SGS, SGL, Kutch,
JSMDC, CSIR, FCI, ECL, CCL, BCCL and other subsidiaries of CIL, DVC, Auroma Coke and also PWC,
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and clients from abroad such as World Bank, USAID, Evalueserve, IMC
Montan, etc. Expertise of the department has been offered in the areas of selection and testing of
coal, coke, rock, ores and minerals – including their complete range of analysis; physical and
chemical analysis for processing needs or for various end usage; crushing, grinding and classification
issues; washability analysis; flotation studies; process flowsheet development; pelletisation,
sintering and DRI studies; status report preparation, policy issues, etc.

Major Projects (Recently Completed and Ongoing)

Beneficiation and Utilisation of Non-coking coal – Phase I (completed): Rs.43.50 Lakh, Phase
II (On-going): Rs. 50 Lakh; UGC SAP

Up gradation of low grade iron ore fines for production of Hybrid Pelletized Sinter (HPS) and
Carbide: Rs. 15.00 Lakh; MHRD

Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence of coal preparation laboratory: Rs. 24.00 Lakh;

Modernization and Removal of Obsolescence of Fuel Engineering laboratory: Rs. 20.00 Lakh;

Beneficiation of Marginal grade ore for sustainable mineral development: Rs. 15.00 Lakh;

Processing of lean grade sulphide ores for value addition: Rs. 14.00 Lakh R & D MHRD

Development of user friendly models for design and operation of Jigs and HMS for treatment
of different coal: Rs. 14.22 Lakhs (in association with RRL Bhopal); Coal S & T


The department has conducted more than 60 programs for the training of over 1000
professionals and continues to run unique PDPs every year.

The department has conducted more than 35 R&D projects and around 500 consultancy

Faculty members of the department have written a number of monographs, contributed
chapters in internationally acclaimed books, compiled and edited a number of international
conference proceedings, have won a large number of prestigious awards of GOI and
professional bodies and are represented in editorial boards of important peer reviewed
international journals.

Prof R Venugopal, the senior most faculty member of the department, is the president of
Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers (IIME), the only professional body of mineral engineers
in India.


Comminution: Jaw Crusher, Roll Crusher, Cone Crusher, Ball Mill, Pot Mill, Vibrating Mill,
Bond Work Index Ball Mill, HGI apparatus, etc.

Sizing and Classification: Cyclosizer, dry and wet sieve shakers, Spiral Classifier, Cyclone

Analytical facilities: Digital pH meter, Zetameter, Thermal analyser (DTA/TGA/DSC), CHNS &
O Analyser, Bomb Calorimeter, High temperature furnaces, Ovens, Free Swelling Index
apparatus, Low Temperature Gray King Assay Furnace, Shatter & Micum Index facilities,
Drum test apparatus, Coke Reactivity Index (CRI), Coke Strength after Reaction (CSR)

Dewatering: Disk filter (continuous), Leaf filter, Pressure filter, Laboratory Vaccum Filter

Beneficiation: Denver mineral jig, Humboldt Wedag coal jig, Wilfley table, Mozley mineral
separator, Mozely vanner, Multi-Gravity Separator, Fagergren, Agitair and Denver flotation
cells, Heavy media separator, Davis Tube Magnetic separator, Wet drum magnetic
separator, Perm roll magnetic separator, Electrostatic separator, Attrition scrubber

Agglomeration: Oil Agglomeration cell, Disc pelletiser, Drum pelletiser, Flocculation test unit

Hydrometallurgy and Bio-Mineral Processing: Flask shaker, leaching columns, Reactor,
Apparatus for development of microbial culture,

Pilot Plant Facilities: Humphrey spirals, Cyclone (HC, DMC and WOC) test rig

Faculty members of the department has won many prestigious awards including 7 National Mineral award, one National Metallurgical day award, Indranil

award, 5 R P Bhatnagar award, Institution of Engineers gold medal, Institution of Mineral Engineers awards and brought name fame and laurel to the department as well as Indian

School of Mines


Prof. Nikkam Suresh

Head of the Department


Phone: +91-326-2235440/5276 (O),

FAX : +91-326-2296626