1. TEACHING LEARNING PROCESSES
The B Tech course in Mining Engineering is a four year course with semester pattern of examination. The average contact hours per week are 28 hrs. About 40% of contact hours is devoted to practicals including project work, camps and tours and 60% of contact hours for theory subjects. Marks allocation is 30% for practicals and 70% for theory assessment. Assessment is 100% internal in case of practicals and 40% internal and 60% external in case of theory. Three months practical training is an integral part of course work.
The overall curriculum is divided into foundation courses, core courses, professional courses and specialised training. Details are as under:
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Social sciences
- Engineering Drawing
- Engineering Mechanics
- Strength of Material
- Electrical technology & Electronics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Programming
- Mine Climate Engineering
- Mine Rescue and hazards
- Surface Mine Environment
- Method of Working (Underground coal)
- Method of working (Underground Metal)
- Opencast Mining
- Mining Machinery I, II
- Mine Surveying I, II
- Mining Geology I, II
- Rock Engineering
- Ground Control in Mines
- Mineral Processing
- Mine Legislation & Safety
- Mine Management and Industrial Psychology
- Mine Planning
- Mining Economics
- Mine System Engineering
- Safety Engineering
- Computer Applications
- Elective subjects
- Technical Communication
- Personality and Professional Development
- Survey camp
- Field tours (20 days)
- Training (three months)
2. M.Tech. (Excavation Engineering)
The syllabus of each subject is divided into 6 units. The internal assessment is based on 2 sessional tests and class work and in case of practicals it is continuous assessment. External assessment is based on written examination of three hours duration. The practical examination is based on written test, viva-voce and practical test.
Significant emphasis is laid in the curriculum on practical studies. Three months training is compulsory with one month each in underground coal mine, metal mine and surface mine. Additional guided field visits are scheduled for about 10 days each in a year to study various processes, technologies, and methods etc. One survey camp is also included at final year level to give advanced training. All these activities are assessed based on reports submitted and viva-voce.
At final year level the students take up project work with 2-3 students in each group. Projects are usually analytical, experimental, design and field oriented in nature. The students also deliver a seminar on their project in addition to a seminar on any topic of their choice.
As the subjects are quite diverse in nature variety of teaching methods including seminars by students, group discussions on students observation, field studies, video films supplemented by comments, video CDs, model studies, model making are also used to increase the effectiveness of teaching-learning process.
The course has an intake of 32(shall be increased to 50 from 2013) students at 1st year out of which 16 students are admitted from Maharashtra and remaining 16 from other states through AIEEE exam.
A variety of opportunities are made available and supported for students participation in extra curricular activities to achieve all round growth of students’ personality, foster a spirit of competition and excellence, to develop a healthy mind, to develop an understanding of ethical, moral and social factors in the practice of engineering. All these activities are channeled through Mining Engineering Society.
Till date 25 batches of students have passed out totaling about 436 students. The academic results have been consistently excellent with more than 95% passes. Many students have bagged National Level Student awards in competitions conducted by Professional Societies. The performance of ex-students in National Level professional examination is one of the best in country. Average National level result is 10 % and result of VNIT students is more than 20%. Average career growth rate of alumni in coal industry is best among all Institutes in the country offering Bachelor degree in Mining. About 70% of total students are serving the coal industry and the remaining in metalliferous industries, teaching and research, Govt. service, sales and marketing, software and IT industries in India and abroad.