Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:35:55 GMT

Mines Min comes out with new guidelines to promote research



New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The Mines Ministry has come out with a new set of guidelines to promote research in the sector including development of new alloys and exploration of rare minerals.

The government will also provide grant to selected academic institutions, universities and national institutes among others to conduct research, the Ministry said in its guidelines.

"The Standing Scientific Advisory Group (SSAG) would provide the final sanction and approval of the recommended research projects...and provide guidance for scaling up significant leads generated through research projects supported by the Ministry," it said.

The SSAG is an apex committee on research in mines chaired by Mines Secretary.

The idea behind the guidelines is to "provide renewed scientific impetus to address the emerging mining challenges, broaden the participation of stakeholders, introduce the concept of cost-sharing and make the research in Mines more productive, with an emphasis on outputs and outcomes", it said.

The aim behind the guidelines, it added, is "to develop new/improve existing technology to improve the diversity of the local economy, utilisation of local resources and to upgrade the skills of miners in the country."
The thrust areas of research would be "prospecting/ exploration for strategic, rare and rare earth minerals...," the Ministry said.

Besides, "development of new technology for mineral exploration" and mining on land and deep sea to locate and exploiting new mineral resources would also be focus areas.

That apart, "research in metallurgy and mineral beneficiation techniques to utilise lower grade and finer size ores besides infrastructure development" would be among the the focus areas, it added.

India produces as many as 87 minerals including 4 fuel, 10 metallic, 47 non-metallic, 3 atomic and 23 minor minerals (including building and other materials).

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