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Prof. T. C. RAO

Dr. T.C. Rao received B.Sc.,(Hons.) in Geology from Andhra University, Waltair, India in the year 1959, M.Sc. in Ore Dressing from the same university in the year 1960. M.Sc. course in Ore Dressing was started in Andhra University under the guidance of Prof. Calamur Mahadevan in the year 1954 and at that time this was the only special course in ore dressing/mineral processing in India. He did his Ph.D in Mineral Engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in the year 1965,under the guidance of Professor Alaban J Lynch.

From 1967-77 he was Lecturer and then became Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. From 1977-1989 he was Head of the Dept. of Fuel Mineral Eng. and subsequently Dean of Academic and Research at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.



Dr. Adibhatla Santha Ram, (b.1950),  earned his M.Sc (Tech) degree in Applied Geology, Andhra University, Visakhaptnam and Ph.D. degree in Mining Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Nagpur . Retired   from Indian Bureau of Mines, Ministry of Mines in a senior position in.2010.At present  rendering consultancy to mineral  industry. He travelled widely and possesses over 35 years of experience in developing the mineral based industries.

He started his career with Hindustan Zinc Limited (1975) (at present Vedanta Group plc) as mining geologist and worked with rock mechanics and ground control problems at Zawar lead-zinc underground mines. He worked with Golder Associates (UK) on numerical stress modeling of mine design including ground monitoring to extract remnant pillars at Mochia Mine. He was awarded MMRI fellowship from USA and worked with mine reclamation and strata control problems at Homestake Gold Mine, USA.



Dr. DMR Sekhar is a chemical engineer with specialization in Mineral Processing Engineering and did his Ph. D on processing complex sulphide ores. He worked in lead-zinc-copper, graphite, fluorspar, phosphate ore processing plants. He also operated gypsum, Steel Melting Shop (SMS) grade lime stone sizing plants. He worked as head of Eshidiya phosphate beneficiation plant of M/s JPMC Plc, Jordan for seven years from 2007-2014.

Dr. Sekhar is a recipient of National Mineral Award from Government of India for the year 1997, Mineral Beneficiation Award from Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers for the year 2002 and Mining Engineering Design Award from The Institution of Engineers (India) for the year 2004 and Distinguished Speaker Award from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers 2011.



A J Rao has +25 yrs of experience in environmental management and pollution related issues associated with a wide variety of industries such as mining, metallurgical, steel, power, chemical, food processing, engineering, pharmaceutical and infrastructure projects. For more than two decades he has been involved in Environment Impact Assessment studies, preparation of Environmental Management Plans, Environmental due diligence addressing pollution mitigation measures in air pollution, waste water management and solid waste management. He has held senior positions in large and medium corporations heading the environmental management teams.

Rao holds a bachelors degree in chemical engineering and a post graduate degree in mineral process engineering and has 37 years of overall industrial experience. He has traveled extensively in India and overseas on technical assignments.



K.Kanna Babu did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and M.Tech with specialization in Mineral Process Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, He had hands on experience in Lead, Zinc and Silver Flotaion plants as well as Zinc smelting plants of Hindustan Zinc Ltd. He worked in HBL Power Systems Pvt Ltd as GM in-charge of Battery recycling unit, Safety, Health and Environment. Later he joined Trimex Sands Pvt Ltd as Head of Sulfate pigment and slag projects and Production in charge of Mineral Separation plant of beach sand minerals at Peddavachavalasa plant.



Chemical Engineering professional with Diploma in Management with 38 years of experience in Fertilizers & Petroleum refining  industries in various capacities encompassing  fields of  Operations, Technical Services, SHEQ,Projectsand General Management. Post-superannuation, associated as Process Engineering consultant with Icons Engineering Services since last 2 years and handled technical assignments for Coromandel International Limited (Crop Protection Units), National Company for Sulfur Products (Saudi Arabia), Zuari Agro Ltd etc.

Worked with premier companies like Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Coromandel Fetilisers Ltd, Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd, Nagarjuna Fertillisers and Chemicals Ltd, Indorama Egypt Petrochemicals and Tata Chemicals Limited. Superannuated as AVP from Tata Chemicals Ltd on Dec31,2013.



R. K. BANSAL, 62, is a metallurgical engineer with post-graduation in non-ferrous metallurgy. He possesses about 37 years experience in the industry in the fields of mining, mineral beneficiation, non-ferrous metallurgy, environmental management and general management in large mining and metallurgical operations. He was instrumental in introducing novel initiatives for environmental, health and safety management. He is a recipient of Hindustan Zinc Gold Metal from Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) for his contributions to the Sustainable Development of mining and Non-Ferrous Metallurgical Industry.

He also worked as CEO of Sustainable Mining Initiative (SMI) and Additional Secretary General at Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) for more than 3 years. In this position, he worked in the policy and regulatory fields, promoting the cause of sustainable mining in India.



Holder of First Class Mines Managers Certificate (Un-restricted) Metaliferous granted by Director General of mines Safety, Dhanbad.



is a well-known Process Mineralogist and Industrial, Research Scientist (IRS) in mineral Industry. He has obtained Ph.D. in Economic Geology, Masters in Applied Geology and Innovation Technology.



A graduate civil engineer from Andhra University having 24+years of experience in handling various civil engineering projects like construction of multiplex buildings, multistoried residential buildings, industrial buildings, complete infra development for industrial, residential layouts and development of services for all industrial and commercial buildings. With my experiences I can execute projects as per plan and complete the same within specified time period and can lead the teams consisting 100- 500 nos of different trades men, supervisors and engineers. My knowledge includes production planning & control, design and development, maintenance, material purchasing, quality assurance, servicing etc.



Successfully anchoring Mineral Procesing and related R&D in HZL, the only facility of Vedanta Group companies, M.Engg Sc qualification from University of Queensland (JKMRC), Australia through HZL sponsored company scholarship (Full-time at JKMRC during 1994-96).



T.V.V.Prasad after completing Graduation in Chemical Engineering and post -graduation in mineral process engineering from Andhra University College of Engineering, started his career with M/S Hindustan Zinc Limited as management trainee in the year 1979. After serving for 10 years as Mineral beneficiation engineer in the field of Lead/Zinc beneficiation, has shifted to corrosion control engineering.



A Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a post graduate qualification in Mineral Engineering/Mineral Processing, experience of 28 years with skills in Project Management, Operations management and Process Management, Research &Development in the Mining/Mineral sector.



K. Murali, ex Director (Refineries) – Hindustan Petroleum Corpn. Ltd., has a versatile and dynamic personality with proven ability to increase, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the performance of various Strategic Business Groups that he spearheaded over a period of time.  A First Class in B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, Murali joined Caltex, which was later merged with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., as an Executive Engineer in 1976.  From then on, there has been no looking back and he has put into practice all the experience he has garnered in various Departments.  During the span of approximately 37 years, Murali has worked in various positions in the Departments of Operations, Technical, Project and Headquarters. 



Dr. Hamid Khoshdast is a mineral engineer received his Ph.D. degree in Mineral Processing from Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran in the year 2012. Currently, he is working with Mineral Processing group at Higher Education Complex of Zarand, Iran, as an assistant professor. He is a specialist in flotation and bio-flotation modeling and plant development. His professional experiences are focused on shifting lab findings to the industrial environment. Some of his recent findings in 2017 are a high efficient multi-sized orifice high-pressure sparger for coal flotation column, development of water recovery index as a more reliable measure for frother characterization, production of liquid coal with controllable viscosity and purity. He has also published several papers and articles in the fields of ore dressing, flotation, and environment.  

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