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National Seminar on 75 years of Mineral Exploration and Future Challenges in India MEFCI 2022

Few Photographs of the seminar and news clippings which appeared in the local dailies.


The Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) in association with Geological Society of India, Bengaluru organised a National Seminar on ‘75 years of Mineral Exploration and Future Challenges in India’ – MEFCI-2022 as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations in Dr. Homi J. Bhabha Auditorium, AMD Complex, Hyderabad, during 5-6, April 2022. The entire proceedings of the Seminar were webcast in the virtual platform.
The Seminar was inaugurated on 05.04.2022 by the Chief Guest Shri Roopwant Singh, IAS, Commissioner, Commissionerate of Geology and Mining, Gujarat and Managing Director, Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC). The dignitaries on the dais included Guest of Honour Prof. O.P. Varma, President, Indian Geological Congress, Roorkee; Padma Shri Dr. H.K. Gupta, President Geological Society of India, Bengaluru; Dr. D.K. Sinha, Director, AMD and Co- Patron, MEFCI-2022 and Shri B. Saravanan, Additional Director, AMD and Convenor, MEFCI-2022.
The audience comprised several retired and in-service senior officials from AMD and other DAE units, eminent geoscientists from professional organisations like Geological Survey of India, Hindustan Copper Limited, Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited etc. besides faculty and research scholars from various Universities and academic institutions across the country. The dignitaries in the audience included Dr. K.K. Dwivedy, Shri P.S. Parihar and Shri L.K. Nanda, Former Directors, AMD; Dr. G. Amarendra, RRF & Former Director, Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Advanced Research (IGCAR); Dr. R.K. Vatsa, Head, PAD, DAE; Dr. T. Sreenivas, Head, MinD, BARC; Dr. T.S. Sunil Kumar and Shri R. Mamallan, Additional Directors, AMD; A large number of participants including Dr. T.M. Mahadevan, Former Director, AMD joined the proceedings through virtual mode.
Shri B. Saravanan delivered the welcome address. The message of Chief Patron, MEFCI-2022, Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, DAE was recited by Shri R. Mamallan. Thereafter, Dr. D.K. Sinha enlightened the purpose of organising MEFCI-2022. Dr. H.K. Gupta speaking on the occasion elucidated the rationale behind his thought of fast-tracking exploration for gas hydrates in the country. In his address, the Guest of Honour, Prof. O.P. Varma expounded the importance of teacher-disciple tradition in nation building. Shri Roopwant Singh, Chief Guest, while addressing the audience recalled the association of GMDC and AMD and highlighted the progress achieved by Gujarat in building up a strong and resilient Rare Earth Elements industry in the State.
Subsequently, Prof. K.V. Subba Rao, Vice President, Geological Society of India, Prof. O.P. Varma, Dr. H.K. Gupta and Dr. K.K. Dwivedy were felicitated for their lifetime contribution in geosciences. Dr. T.S. Sunil Kumar proposed the vote of thanks.
The seminar comprised six (06) oral and poster sessions, chaired by eminent personalities from AMD, BARC, GSI, Indian Bureau of Mines and IIT-Roorkee. A total of 75 presentations including six (06) keynotes and 69 research articles were made on six (06) themes related to various aspects of mineral exploration during the two-day proceedings of the seminar. One of the significant highlights of the seminar was the interactive poster session, which was conducted in both virtual and physical modes. Members of the audience and the online participants of the poster sessions interacted enthusiastically with each other over the virtual platform. The National Seminar concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Dr. D.K. Sinha. The panel of experts drawn from a wide range of professional organisations and academia deliberated on the present status of mineral exploration and mining sectors and future challenges in the country. The awards for the best oral and poster presentations were conferred in the concluding session of the seminar.