(Exploring the Un-Explored: "Powering India’s Growth through Minerals")
6th November 2017
6 students namely Aditya Kumar, Komal, Pushkar Rawat, Umesh, Rahul Bhardwaj and Anshul Malik of VII semester Civil Engineering Department of Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurgaon attended the “Mining Summit” organized by CII at Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 6th November 2017.
The objective of the summit was to discuss the key issues affecting the Mines and Mineral sector in the country and to provide a platform for exchange of ideas by various stakeholders.
Shri Narender Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Mines, Government of India inaugurated the summit. Keynote address was then delivered by Mr. Arun Kumar, Secretary (Mines), Government of India. Next panel discussion on “Exploration: Exploring the Unexplored” started which focused on the initiatives needed to encourage participation of Indian and global junior and mining major to participate in India’s exploration and mining. It also focused on how to incentivize exploration to attract private funding in risky exploration ventures and what are the strategies required to step up the exploration of non-bulk minerals like Potash, cadmium, silica and tungsten.
Next session was on “Enhancing Operational Efficiency through Newer Technology”. The session deliberated on- how the Indian Mining industry can improve their operational efficacy by adopting latest technology, how deployment of drones can monitor the mining operation and locate the problem areas and extensive use of IT applications for promoting sophisticating and integrating various aspects of exploration activities.
The last session was a valedictory session on “Ease of Doing Business” which focused on the scope for single-window mechanism for obtaining expeditious approval and clearances for operationalizing the mines after auction and need for coordination mechanism between Centre and State for rationalizing the time-lines for expediting clearances and according regulatory approvals.
The summit proved to be helpful as it was an enriching experience for the students together with exposure to the corporate world as they confronted with the most dignified and established people of the Indian industries. This summit also paved way for the students to go into the mining sector.