The Host and the City

Indian School of Mines(ISM)

Indian School of Mines(ISM) was setup by Government of India and formally inaugurated by the Viceroy Lord Irvin on 9th December 1926 on the model of Royal School of Mines, London. ISM was granted autonomy and become a Deemed University under UGC Act, 1956. In 1996, the Institute came under financial and administrative control of MHRD, Govt. of India. In the year 1997, ISM was affiliated to the IIT JEE for admission to its B.Tech programmes.ISM is situated in the heart of the country's prime coking coal belt, has a fully residential campus of its own consisting of a graceful blend of old world and new style buildings. The school today is making foray into the newer areas of academic endeavours in tune with the changing times. The school is located at a distance of 3km from Dhanbad Railway Station. Dhanbad is well connected by railways with other important cities of the country like Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. The nearest airports are Kolkata (260km) and Ranchi (180km). ISM, situated in the heart of the country's prime coking coal belt, with a campus spread over an area of 393 acres, (with 218 acres of existing campus and 175 acres under acquisition and development) the fully residential ISM has all the facilities of world class academic institute. What started as an institution to impart mining education has graduated into a full-fledged technical institution of international acclaim offering a host of programmes like B.Tech., M.Tech., M.Sc. Tech., and MBA. In addition the School offers M.Phil. and full as well as part time Ph.D. programmes, while also awarding D.Sc. as the highest degree of academic achievement.


Applied Geophysics Department

Department of Applied Geophysics was established in 1957. The world of geophysics is enormous and fascinating. Many are attracted to geophysics because of their fascination with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural hazards. Others are drawn by their interest in hot topics such as climate change, carbon management and geothermal energy. Still others love the process of discovery associated with exploration-petroleum exploration, mineral exploration, exploration for water, or planetary exploration.

The Department of Applied Geophysics offers the 3 Year M.Sc. Tech in Applied Geophysics, 5 year M.Sc. Tech Integrated in Applied Geophysics. The department also offers 5 Years Integrated M.Tech in Applied Geophysics for IIT-JEE Admitted candidates from 2014-2015 session, M.Tech in Petroleum Exploration jointly with Department of Applied Geology and Ph.D. in Applied Geophysics. The department has introduced a new M.Tech course on Earthquake disaster, Hazard and Risk Mitigation since 2015-16 academic session. Our academic programs encompass many interesting fields of study, including physics, mathematics, geology, computer science, signal processing, and much, much more.


Dhanbad- in and around

The mining town of Dhanbad is internationally famous for its rich coal fields. It is 260 Km from Kolkata. This industrial and commercial town has the distinction of lying in the heart of India's richest coal-fields at Jharia. The surroundings of the coal city is enriched by numerous private and public industries and projects.


Maithon Dam

It is 52 kms from Dhanbad. Maithon can also be translated as 'Mother's Abode'. Maithon has the biggest reservoir in Damodar Valley Corporation. This dam, designed for flood control, has been built on Barakar river. It has a unique underground power station which is first of its kind in S.E. Asia. Just a little away from the dam lies an ancient temple at Kalyaneshwari.

The lake at maithon is spread over an area of 65 sq.kms. Onan island in the lake is a rest house which offers accommodation.

Boating and fishing facilities are available. Close by, a deer park and a bird sanctuary have been established.


Panchet Dam

It is constructed on Damodar river, is 22,155ft. long and 134 ft. high. A hydel station has also been constructed against the background of Panchet Hill in the eastern side of dam.


Parasnath Hills &Temple

This famous spot is around 80 km from Dhanbad. The range of hills located in Giridih district of Jharkhand. The highest peak is 1350 metres. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centre for Jains. They call it Sammet Sikhar. The hill is named after Parasnath, the 23rd Tirthankara. Twenty of the twenty-four Jain Tirthankaras attained salvation on this hill. According to some, nine Tirthakaras attained salvation on this hill. For each of them there is a shrine (gumtiortuk) on the hill. Some of the temples on the hill are believed to be moret han 2,000 years old. However, although the place is habited from ancient times, the temples may be of more recent origin. The Santhals call it Marang Buru, the hill of the deity.


Topchanchi Lake

It is 37 kms from Dhanbad and it is situated at G.T Road of the National highway no.2 this road leads to artificial lake at Topchanchi. It was excavated along the slope of Parasnath Hill in 1915 to supply water to Jharia. Situated in a cool and calm, quite and beautiful environment, it is variable paradise to nature lovers. It is just 6 kms from Gomoh, where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose boarded the train for his historical departure from India on the 18th Jan 1941. On commemoration of this incident a statue of Netaji was installed in the Top chanchi market.