Department started : 1923, as a section of the Department of Geology, Mining and Metallurgy.

Later, in the year 1944, separate departments of Mining and Metallurgy were constituted under the College of Mining and Metallurgy.


Q1: Mining Engineering seems scary. Am I right?

Probably you are trying to know about a branch which has the scariest name. ‘Mining’. But keeping such preconceived notions apart, Mining Engineering is certainly a branch of uniqueness, immense scope and versatility. Mining is not about getting in the mines and digging out things. Huh! What job a laborer will do then? A Mining Engineer overlooks and manages a mine & builds machines. Is this still scary?.

And the last thing anyone realizes is mines are gold. Quiet literally and figuratively too. With one of the best packages around and huge scope, it has a future that is considered one of the fastest growing throughout the world.

Q2: What is the scope of Mining Engineering?

The problem is most people are not aware of the enormous potential and growth lying in Mining Engineering. Mining holds a colossal scope of growth, research and industrial value. Growth of a nation heavily depends on the growth of the mining sector. Now, India being the the second fastest growing economy and a predicted share of over 10% of the world’s GDP by 2025, Mining is one of the most demanding branches. Mining accounts for a major chunk of India’s GDP.

Q3: What kind of growth is expected in Mining Sector?

Mining is a fantastic branch in a sense that it is a branch that lays the foundation for everything else. There’s LOTS of scope in India. This sector is now going through heavy technology development. Because of the heavy investment in this sector and a tremendous demand for mining engineers, this sector is supposed to have a bigger boom in the next 10 years.Technical advancement is happening in public and private sectors, both.

Q4: Course structure of Mining engineering at IIT(BHU) Varanasi?

The course structure of mining BHU is a combination of stuffs from mechanical, electrical, electronics, earth sciences, even computer science, lots of physics involved and machines. At the same time, if you are ready for physical work then it’s one of the most exciting field jobs!

You can check the full course details by visiting IIT(BHU) Varanasi Mining Department

Q5: How is placement in Mining IIT(BHU) Varanasi?

Due to having a gloruous hisotyr and being the largest mining deparment in country, campus is visited by lot of companies. here are details of last year’s placements.

  • 200% placement
  • Avg package : 8 LPA
  • Companies like CIL, Tata Steel, Vedanta, Hindustan Zinc, Jindal and many more

Q6: What special about Mining engineering at IIT(BHU) Varanasi?

  • The oldest Mining Engineering Department in the country, came into existence as early as 1923.
  • The first Ph.D. degree in Mining Engineering in the country was awarded from this department.
  • Department was given status of a Centre of Advanced Study in the area of Rock Mechanics and Ground Control in 1990.
  • Department is now the biggest in the country with all facilities related to Mining Engineering under one roof with 19 laboratories.
  • Only Mining Department in India to have it’s own Underground Experimental Model mine which serves as a great learning source for students.

Q7: Tell me bit more about the department?

  • The department has its own editoral, thereby facilitating publishing of paper, researches, new developments and other mining related information.
  • Department has its own library, computer centre and other such facilities making it a complete stand alone branch in itself.
  • Conducts its own departmental fest-”METTLE”, which happens to be one of the best in its league and provides great exposure and competition.
  • Bright options for students to pursue research and collaborate with other professors in foreign colleges and schools of mining .

Q8: I may want to pursue a branch change. How bright is my chance of getting a branch change? How does branch change option compares with other IITs?

IIT-BHU provides branch change option for top 10% of the class. Some IITs are very restrictive. For Example, IIT Roorkee allows only top 2% of students to opt for a branch change. Clearly, that makes it 5 times more difficult. It’s still difficult at IIT(BHU) Varanasi but you can work hard in your first year.

From Mining, You will have wide array of branches as a choice for branch change and also significantly less competition for branches like Chem ,Civil & Metallurgy. If you fail to get a branch change you still have the oldest, largest & best mining department and a lucrative career ahead of you.

Q9: Every branch in IIT(BHU) Varanasi is expected to jump upwards due to IIT conversion. If my rank is in the range of 5000-5500, can I expect Mining BHU?

JEE Counselling 2013 would be the first time when IIT-BHU shall be listed as an IIT. Many students in last few years didn’t prefer IIT-BHU just because it was not an IIT. This year when IIT status has been accorded closing ranks of all branches at BHU are expected to move up. No one can predict the exact closing rank so use your judgement.

It will depend on how many students ranked higher than you opt for IIT-BHU Mining. If your rank is above 5000 then it’s safe to assume that you will get Mining at IIT(BHU) Varanasi. For 5000-5500 range, you still have a reasonable chance.

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