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Welcome to Mining Engineering

Greetings from Department of Mining Engineering!!

    The Department of Mining Engineering was established in the Year 1956 with intake capacity of only 15 students and the course was suspended due to administrative reasons in 1969. However, due to increasing demand of mining engineers from the mineral industry located in the states of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Pondicherry, the Department of Mining Engineering was reinstated with the support of M/s. Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, M/s. GEM Granites and M/s. TAMIN in 1987 with an intake capacity of 25 students and it has now been increased to 30. The Department is equipped with state of the art modern instruments and equipments for conducting various laboratory and research work. The Department has undertaken and successfully completed number of testing and consultancy projects.

Vision & Mission of Department


    To unveil the leadership qualities in students of mining engineering and impart knowledge of latest trends in mining and related industries to meet the present and future requirements of the industry embracing sustainability of the environment in order to produce well communicative, socially responsible and ethical mining engineers. To inculcate the habit of continuous learning, working in groups, safety at work, etc. for the overall development of the society in general, mining and related industries in particular adopting ethical means of profession.


  • To improve the academic as well as co-curricular activities of the students.
  • To organize activities for students in order to develop their soft skills that would aid them in their career prospects.
  • To increase awareness of the students on the current state of affairs of the mining industry and to help them keep pace with the latest and emerging trends in the industry.
  • To organize guest lectures by prominent personalities to update students constantly on the basic and latest terminologies related to mining and general issues.
  • To promote active participation of students in sports activities for physical and mental fitness.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  1. The graduates acquire ability to create model, design, synthesize and analyze essential mining operational skills, mechanism and automation system.
  2. The graduates use their talent, self-confidence, knowledge and engineering practice which facilitate them to presume position of scientific and/or managerial leadership in their career paths.
  3. The graduates apply their consciousness of moral, professional responsibilities and motivation to practice life-long learning in a team work environment.

PO Graduate Attribute Programme Outcome
1 Engineering knowledge Apply knowledge of mathematics, basic science and engineering science
2 Problem analysis Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
3 Design/development of solutions Design a system or process to improve its performance, satisfying its constraints.
4 Conduct investigations of complex problems Conduct experiments & collect, analyze and interpret the data.
5 Modern tool usage Apply various tools and techniques to improve the efficiency of the system.
6 The Engineer and society Conduct themselves to uphold the professional and social obligations.
7 Environment and sustainability Design the system with environment consciousness and sustainable development.
8 Ethics Interact in industry, business and society in a professional and ethical manner.
9 Individual and team work Function effectively on a multidisciplinary team by understanding team dynamics, communication, social norms and conflict management.
10 Communication Proficiency in oral and written Communication.
11 Project management and finance Implement cost effective and improved system.
12 Life-long learning Continue professional development and learning as a life-long activity.
Programme Specific Outcomes (PSOs)

  1. Find gainful employment and advance in their careers, in mining and related service sectors.
  2. Function ethically in a variety of professional roles such as mines manager, mine planner, production manager, mineral processing engineer, technical support representative and regulatory specialist and lead the organization competitively.
  3. Pursue advanced degrees in mineral-related fields both in post-graduate and research degrees.
  4. Utilize professional skills to become consultant and provide solutions to the practical problems of any organization.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the critical role mining engineer’s play in society with respect to health, safety and the environment for ensuring sustainable development.

Career Prospects

    The importance of mining can be judged from the fact that stages in the progress of mankind's culture have been designated by the products of mining: Palaeolithic (Old Stone) Age, Neolithic (New Stone) Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Dependence of the human race on minerals will continue indefinitely and, in fact, technological progress will place increasing demand upon the mining industry to produce more and more minerals. Today, the country is starving for energy which is vastly depends upon the fuel minerals such as Coal, Oil, Natural Gas, etc. These needs are fulfilled only by the scientific management of emerging graduate mining engineers at this department.

    The Mining Engineering course is a blend of theory, application, and project design. The fundamentals of mathematics, earth, and engineering sciences are integrated into traditional mining engineering topics. The undergraduate curriculum in Mining Engineering has been designed to help students achieve lifelong professional growth

    Our Undergraduate Programme (B.E) is truly multidisciplinary, including elements of civil and mechanical engineering, geology, metallurgy, economics, electrical, environmental management and health and safety. It’s also highly vocational, so in addition to lecture based study, the programme includes field trips, tours, vocational practical trainings and practical classes & camp in surveying.

    Therefore, upon completion of the program, our graduates will be able to pursue employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors. The program also provides an excellent basis for advanced study.

    The program of study emphasizes progressive technical development while providing a sound basis in laboratory operations and procedures. In addition, students develop professional skills ranging from written and oral communication to principles of leadership and professional ethics. As a result, our students become experts in both traditional and innovative technologies.

    Many rewarding positions are available in mining today. Wherever productive mineral deposits are found, engineers are in demand for their special skills. The graduates of this Department are employed almost in every state of our country and throughout the world.

    Students passing out from this Department placed with the companies engaged in the mining of limestone, iron-ore, coal, lignite, bauxite, copper, lead-zinc, gold, manganese, uranium, rare earth minerals, granite and other minerals. Quite a few students, every year, opt for mine planning, computer applications, management, research and teaching jobs. The Centre for University - Industry Collaboration, Anna University Chennai keeps in constant touch with the industry guided by the Department and provides the right opportunities for the mining engineering students to participate and obtain suitable placements in their Campus Recruitment process.

    A very high proportion of graduates of Mining Engineering enter employment directly related to their studies in the minerals industry, sales and marketing through campus recruitment and off campus placement.

    Apart from the mining profession, some of our graduates opt to continue their higher education by undertaking the postgraduate (M.Tech.) courses in Mining and allied courses (or) undertake research degrees (M.S / PhD) in India or oversees countries such as Australia, USA, Germany, Canada, South Africa, U.K.

    Besides the above, the alumni of this department have been placed at Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Services, Indian Police Services and Tamil Nadu State Administrative Services (TNPSC Group).

    To provide an equal employment opportunities for women in mines, the Govt of India has granted the exemption from the provisions of section 46 of the Mines Act 1952 vide Gazette Notification dated 29.01.2019, for employment in any mine above ground and in mine below ground. However, the University Syndicate has granted approval to admit the girl students in the Mining Engineering degree program from 2015 onwards.

Similarly, those who opt for Mining Engineering courses shall ensure themselves that they are physically fit before joining the program. As per the Coal / Metalliferrous Mines Regulations, Pre-employment medical examination will be conducted mandatorily for all the newly recruited Graduate Mining Engineering Trainees (new appointees - GETs/Mining Engineers) either by a Company Medical Officer (or) by a Medical Board appointed/referred by the Company before joining the firm. Here, it should be understood that the question of fitness involves the future as well as the present; that the main objective of medical examination is to secure continuous effective service to prevent early retirement and payments in case of premature death or payments of accidents compensation attributable to physical deficiencies and unusual medical expenditure on employees of poor physique. The decision of the Company’s Medical Officer will be considered as Final. Therefore, the students, joining the Mining Engineering degree course, who wish to choose their career in the Core Mining Industry (Coal/Metal mines), shall ensure that they satisfy the MEDICAL EXAMINATION STANDARDS laid down as below:

  • The selected GET/Mining Engineer must be in sound mental and physical health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duty. He should not be grossly over-weight or under-weight.
  • Hearing must be good and there should be no progressive disease affecting hearing.
  • Speech must be without impediment, excluding stammering of moderate degree.
  • Chest measurement: The girth of the chest in full expiration should be recorded to determine the range of expansion (between the minimum and maximum). In all doubtful cases, the functional capacity of the lungs may be tested.

In the examination of candidates, the following table of correlation of height and chest girth will be applied (Height must be taken without shoes)

In inches In cm On full expiration On full inpiration
In inch In cm In inch In cm
Between 62-1/2 & 65 Between 159 & 165 30 75 32 81
Between 65 & 68 Between 165 & 173 31 79 33 84
Between 68 & 70 Between 173 & 178 32 81 34 86
Between 70 & 72 Between 178 & 183 33 84 35-1/2 90
More than 72 More than 183 34 86 36-1/2 93

  • There should be no hydrocele. In case there is a hydrocele the person may be permitted to get operated within 3 months and if the operation is successful, he may be declared fit.
  • The limbs, hands, fingers, feet and toes must be well formed and developed with free and perfect motion of all joints.
  • 11) Candidates should not suffer from chronic or extensive ulcers, ailments of skin or other system. Subjects of palsy, paralysis and Epilepsy are to be rejected.
  • Vision should be of the following standards:

Naked eye Corrected with glasses Near vision
Better eye 6/12 6/6 0.6
Worse eye Or

Each eye hypermetropia





  1. Total Myopia on the above standard should not exceed – 6D
  2. Manifest Hypermetropia should not exceed – 3D, total
  3. In case of total error of refraction about – 2D, Ophthalmoscopic examination should be conducted to detect any pro morbid changes of the choroid, or retina.
  4. Night blindness and colour blindness: Candidate´s night vision will be tested to ascertain whether or not he suffers from night blindness. Tests also should be done for colour blindness
  5. In case of defective vision due to nebula of the cornea the candidate will be rejected
  6. Squint or any morbid condition subject to risk or aggravation or recurrence in either eye may cause rejection of a candidate

  • Examiners will use their own discretion as to the scope of the general physical examination in each case and will judge cases on their merits, taking into consideration the prospective duties of the examinees. In the examination of the candidate´s hearing the speaking voice test will be employed. The examiner will speak in an ordinary conversational voice the examinee will be at a distance of three yards and with his back to the examiner, the ears will be separately tested by the occlusion of another ear.
  • HIV & Hepatitis B test HbsAg

Year of Establishment

Year 1956 & 1987 (reinstated)


Under Graduate Program- B.E. (Mining Engineering) - 30 Students

Degree Offered

Under Graduate Program - B.E. (Mining Engineering)
Ph. D (Mining Engineering)