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Information on Symposia per Science Theme

Theme No.

Theme Title

Number of Symposia proposed

Symposia Title

Symposia Conveners

Biographical sketch of the Conveners




Sustainable Development and Mining – An Integrated Approach

Dr. Y. G. Kale


Dr. Pankaj Satija







Vipul Sharma


Vipul Sharrma is an accomplished environment and development professional with eight years of extensive experience on Business and Biodiversity

Biodiversity, Restoration,native species,mine life cycle

Biodiversity considerations are relevant throughout the mining life cycle - from

discovery or reconnaissance, to exploration or prospecting, development and

production, and finally to decommissioning and closure.

Although mining companies are generally aware of the mandate, there are cases of

failure to fully consider

the interdependencies between mining, biodiversity and society in the

assessment of impact, which translate into implications for human well-being (livelihoods, safety, security and health). The identification of these impacts at an early stage can streamline decisions about where, or where not, to develop mines, as well as about how to develop them.

This symposium aims at discussing good business practice to incorporate appropriate scientific methodologies that encompass all levels of assessment of impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services, stakeholder engagement, and comprehensive economic valuation of the affected areas into business decision-making.

Reporting Sustainability

Biswajit Paul


Dr Paul is Associate Professor,Centre of Mine Environment,Department of Environmental Science and Engineering.He ha rich experience in field,academics and consultancy.

Third party, scrutiny, transparency, disclosures

Sustainability reporting is not just report generation from collected data; instead it is a method to internalize and improve an organization’s commitment to sustainable development in a way that can be demonstrated to both internal and external stakeholders

Sustainability reporting can help organizations to measure, understand and communicate their economic, environmental, social and governance performance, and then set goals, and manage change more effectively.

Analysts often consider a company’s sustainability disclosures in their assessment of management quality and efficiency, and reporting may provide firms better access to capital.

This symposium intends to discuss reporting methodology as a unified standard that may allow reports to be quickly assessed, fairly judged and simply compared.

Policy Initiative and Framework

Ashish Dash


Ashish Dash is working on policy advocacy and sustainability and he is actively enaged in various committees constituted by Ministry of Mines

Policy initiatives,Framework,Ecosystem,community

The extraction of mineral reserves has always resulted in varying degrees of environmental resource degradation and social impacts, including displacement, all across the globe. The mining industry across the Globe has been facing criticism on several issues relating to its performance vis-à-vis sustainable development.

The Mineral Policy needs to hold a comprehensive view

to facilitate the choice or order of land use keeping in view the needs of development as well as needs of protecting the Forests, Environment and

Ecology. The concept of SDF can be traced back to 2001 when the world’s leading multinational mining companies decided to go for a image makeover by promoting the organization - International Council on Mining and Metals which developed a social and environmental wish-list, the SDF, which its members were to comply with voluntarily.

The SDF framework outlines a working definition for sustainable development in the mining sector as - "Mining that is financially viable; socially responsible; environmentally, technically and scientifically sound; with a long term view of development; uses mineral resources optimally; and, ensures sustainable post-closure land uses” This symposium intends to revisit SDF for its implementation.

Mineral Security and Self Dependence

Partho Banerjee


Mr Partho Banerjee,an alumni of ISM has unique blend of Regulator in DGMS as well of corporate in Fomento Resources.

Mineral Security and Self Dependence

The Mineral Development and mining sector is a significant contributor to the GDP growth of any country; as there is a strong correlation between growth in same and the manufacturing sector; making it a catalyst for the growth of basic industries such as power, steel, cement etc

This symposium intends to address issues related to long- term availability of mineral resources; in particular, to mineral reserves below the ground those remain unknown and untapped. This has ensued a lopsided scene in mining where imports trounce domestic output in value.

Innovative approaches in Sustainability

G K Pradhan


Prof Pradhan is Dean and Faculty of Engineering and Technology at AKS university.He is also editorial member of the IME Journal.He is recipient of National Geoscience Award for 2012 under Mining Technology category.

Best Practices, Benchmark, innovation, image

In many developing countries, the public sector continues to play a dominant role in production of various minerals (coal, lignite, petroleum, iron and steel, bauxite and aluminium). A simple and transparent mechanism for granting mining lease or prospecting licence through competitive bidding is in place besides assured tenure and easy transferability of mineral concession granted through auction, strict penalty provision to deter illegal mining.

Mine reclamation, use of non renewables, community engagement, water management are among the area where few mining companies are leading with innovative approaches.

With journey progressing steadily, this symposium invites abstracts on sustainability practices in mining industry that will be able to change the perception of regulators, community, civil society and other stakeholders