Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), 72nd Annual Day on 29th July, 2021
Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), a constituent unit of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) celebrated its 72nd Annual Day on 29th July, 2021 at AMD Headquarters, Begumpet, Hyderabad; seven Regional Centres located at New Delhi, Bengaluru, Jamshedpur, Shillong, Jaipur, Nagpur, Cherlapally (Hyderabad); two Sectional Offices situated at Thiruvananthapuram and Visakhapatnam and all the field camps. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme was organised in a restricted manner, following the guidelines circulated by the Central and State Governments. The main function was held in Dr. Homi J. Bhabha Auditorium in the premises of AMD Headquarters, Hyderabad, which was webcast over an online platform. Several dignitaries, including the Chief Guest Shri Rajendra Singh, Former Additional Director, AMD joined the celebrations through virtual mode. The Guests of Honour, Shri K. Ramesh Kumar, Former Additional Director, AMD and Shri A.S. Laxman Rao, Former Chief Administrative and Accounts Officer (CA&AO), AMD along with Dr. D.K. Sinha, Director, AMD and Additional Directors, Shri B. Saravanan, Dr. T.S. Sunil Kumar and Shri R. Mamallan graced the occasion with their physical presence.
Following an invocation to Goddess Saraswati by Shri S. Kannan, the compere Smt. Sangeeta Bhagat initiated the proceedings. Shri N. Anjani Kumar, CA&AO, AMD welcomed the Chief Guest, Guests of Honour, other dignitaries and the gathering. Shri R. Mamallan delivered a talk on ‘Status of heliborne and ground geophysical surveys by AMD’, which was followed by a talk on ‘Multidisciplinary collaboration research activities of AMD’ by Dr. T.S. Sunil Kumar. Subsequently, Dr. D.K. Sinha, Director, AMD in his address highlighted the splendid contributions made by the retired officials and staff and the untiring and continued efforts of the present generation of AMD workforce in the sustained growth of the Directorate. Portraying the history of AMD, Dr. Sinha stated that AMD emerged as Rare Minerals Survey Unit (RMSU) from the Geological Survey of India during the Second World War and was brought under the Atomic Energy Commission on 29th July, 1949. Continuous efforts by AMD have resulted in rapid augmentation of atomic mineral resources of the country. In conclusion, he expressed the commitment of the Directorate to continue the pursuit of excellence in the frontier areas of exploration and research for atomic minerals.
Later, the programme featured the announcement of awards for the best performing drilling units during 2019-20, awarding of Gold Medals to toppers of OCES-2019 batch of BARC Training School, AMD Campus, distribution of awards to winners of Slogan Writing competition organised during Swachhta Pakhwada and the release of digital version of in-house magazine ‘Khanij Bharati’. Subsequently, a few retired officials, the Guests of Honour Shri K. Ramesh Kumar and Shri A.S. Laxman Rao, followed by the Chief Guest Shri Rajendra Singh, addressed the gathering. Reminiscing their experiences during respective tenures in AMD, they also showered their blessings on the present generation of officers and staff of AMD. Towards the end, Shri N. Anjani Kumar proposed a vote of thanks. The programme concluded with the singing of National Anthem.