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International Yoga Day at NIRM "Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family"

NIRM Scientist Dr.Prasnna Jain participated in My Life My Yoga Video Blogging Competition organised by the ministry of AYUSH.

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6th International Day of Yoga Celebration - IDY 2020 "Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family" NIRM, Bengaluru and KGF

YOGA is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that is originated from India which describes the complete way of life. YOGA is not all about exercise but to discover the sense and identify yourself. The word YOGA has been derived from Sanskrit which means join or unite or else union of the body. International Day of Yoga is a global event celebrated on every 21st of June. This year the whole world celebrated the 6th International Day of Yoga. As this year theme declared by the Ministry of AYUSH India was Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family .


This year’s theme shares a message that during COVID-19 people must stay home with family and should do yoga regularly as it is shown that yoga can be one of the best therapeutic during a pandemic. In continuation of the tradition of participating in the worldwide programme on International Day of Yoga, NIRM Scientists and Staff of NIRM HO (Bengaluru) and NIRM RO (KGF) also celebrated IDY-2020 by performing Yoga Session in their respective homes with family. Most of the Scientist and staff are regular in practicing Yoga, on the occasion of IDY-2020 with help of common yoga protocol (CYP) videos and booklet designed by Ministry of AYUSH, practice of asanas (Physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercise) and dhyana (meditation) were performed. Dr. H. S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM has performed yoga along with family including his son studying in USA with online assistance was inspirational to all. NIRM employee has also participated in My Life My Yoga Video Blogging Competition. During Lockdown Dr. Prasnna Jain, Scientist and Nodal Officer IDY-2020, NIRM motivated and taught Yoga in his apartment by maintaining social distancing.


Picture gallery of Performing yoga with theme of Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family by NIRM employees.

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director & his family and Senior Scientists performing yoga on International Yoga Day

NIRM Employees with their families performing Yoga on International Yoga Day

NIRM Employees with their families performing Yoga on International Yoga Day

Honorable Prime Minister's appeal to Participate on Yoga Day 2020

Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji has appealed to all to participate on Yoga Day on 21-July-2020. The Videos of his appeal can be accessed from the following links:
i) Google Drive: Google Drive Link
ii) We Transfer: We Transfer Link

Disinfection Tunnel at NIRM Office

Disinfection tunnel installed at NIRM Head office. It is completely based on Humidifying equipment contains citrobioshield liquid which is non corrosive and non skin irritant. The fumes come out from the Humidifier can be inhaled directly for better results.

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Anti-Terrorism Day

NIRM observed "Anti-Terrorism Day" on 21st May 2020. Scientists and Staff took anti-terrorism pledge in both English and Hindi over a web meeting. The pledge was administered by Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM at head quarters, Bengaluru.

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM administering anti-terrorism Pledge to NIRM Employees

NIRM Emplyoees during anti-terrorism Pledge

Ambedkar Jayanti 2020 Celebration

NIRM celebrated 129th birth anniversary of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar on 14th April amid lockdown due to Covid-19 Crisis. At the Head office few scientits garlanded the portrait of Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar and remembered his immense contribution in drafting the Indian Constitution and the society as a whole. at Registered office, KGF, Mr.Rajan Babu,OIC garlanded the portrait of Dr. B R Ambedkar and addressed the few personnel present on the occassion. During the gathering, social distancing norms and other lockdown guidelines were strictly followed.

Mr.Rajan Babu,OIC garlanding the portrait of Dr. B R Ambedkar

Mr.Sultan Singh Meena, Scientist garlanding the portrait of Dr. B R Ambedkar

Scientists remembering Dr. B R Ambedkar's contributions

Scientists remembering Dr. B R Ambedkar's contributions

Scientists in front of portrait of Dr. B R Ambedkar

Following Covid-19 prevention guidelines

Awareness on COVID-19 Virus

With regard to the spread of deadly COVID 19 virus Dr. Divyalakshmi KS, Scientist & Nodal officer on 11-3-2020 has conducted an awareness program. During the interaction she explained about how the virus is spreading from a sick person to the healthy person and what precautions are to be taken by individuals. She also demonstrated the usage of various types of preventive mask and proper disposal of it. She also proposed some precautionary measures need to be adopted by NIRM HO & RO for the safety of the employees within the office environment. The program was chaired by Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM, and he also gave instructions to follow the necessary measure to stop the possibility of spreading of COVID 19 virus at NIRM HO & RO.

Scientist and Staff at awareness program on COVID -19 and precautionary measures

Scientist and Staff listening to presentation on COVID -19 and precautionary measures

Nodal officer explaining about the usage of N95 mask and it’s Disposal

International Women's Day 2020

National Institute of Rock Mechanics celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 on 9th March 2020 (Monday) at NIRM HO, Bengaluru. On this occasion, the Internal Compliance Committee (ICC - Women) of the Institute invited all the Scientists, Administrative Officers and staff of the Institute to attend and actively participate in the programs organized to celebrate the occasion. The ICC members and women employees of the Institute took active initiative in organizing the various activities of the program. The activities organized were as follows:

  • An Invited talk for employees on Work - Life Balance Stress Management by Mrs. Devashree (Atma Darshan Yogashram, Bengaluru)
  • Quiz - on topics related to journey of women empowerment
  • Intellectual Games
  • Discussions related to women’s issues and probable solutions to the same

Inviting the Employees to wear a purple colored ribbon as a gesture for support for woman and equality

Welcoming of Dr H S Venkatesh, Director NIRM by Mrs. Praveena Das Jennifer, Presiding Officer for the occasion of International Women’s Day /program at NIRM HO

Mrs Praveena Presiding Officer ICC- Women addressing the gathering

Talk on ‘Work - Life Balance’ Stress Management for all Employees by Mrs. Devashree (Atma Darshan Yogashram, Bengaluru)

Director NIRM felicitating Mrs. Devashree with a memento for the talk delivered

Director NIRM and Senior Scientists discussing and expressing their views on the talk delivered

Quiz and Intellectual Games being conducted for the Employees

Prize distribution by the Director for the winners of the competitions held

Prize distribution by the Director for the winners of the competitions held

Prize distribution by the Director for the winners of the competitions held

Prize distribution by the Director for the winners of the competitions held

Director presenting Mementos to Women Employees of NIRM

Director presenting Mementos to Women Employees of NIRM

Women employees of NIRM with Mementos

Women employees of NIRM with Director, HoD ‘s and Senior Administration officers

Group photo of all Employees of NIRM

23rd Peer Review Committee Meeting held at NIRM, Bengaluru

23rd Peer Review Committee meeting of NIRM was held at NIRM HQ on 24th February 2020 under the chairmanship of Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR. Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcomed chairman and members of Peer Review Committee. The committee reviewed the technical activity of all departments of NIRM and appreciated the activities of NIRM in serving the nation in the diverse areas of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

The committee members who attended the meeting are:

  • Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR, Chairman
  • Shri. A Sundaramoorthy, Director General (Retd) GSI, Member
  • Prof. VMSR Murthy, Professor, IIT/ISM Dhanbad, Member
  • Shri. G Vijaya Kumar, DDG, DGMS, Southern Region, Member
  • Prof. N R Thote, Professor, VNIT, Nagpur, Member
  • Shri. N Radhakrishna, Representing G M R & D, SCCL, Member
  • Shri. Jitendra Kumar Singh, Chief Scientist, CSIR-CIMFR, Member
  • Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Director NIRM, Member

The following HOD’s of all the Technical Departments of NIRM attended the meeting.

  • Shri.A Rajan Babu, HoD, Center for Testing Services & Geomechanics and Ground Control, NIRM
  • Dr.P C Jha, HoD, Engineering Geophysics, NIRM
  • Dr.Sripad R Naik, HoD, Numerical Modelling, NIRM
  • Dr.D.S. Subramanyam, HoD, Geotechnical Engineering, NIRM
  • Dr.V R Balasubramanyam, HoD, Engineering Seismology, NIRM
  • Dr.A K Naithani, HoD, Engineering Geology, NIRM
  • Dr.Biju John, HoD, Seismotectonics, NIRM

Shri S.Ravi, Secretary (PRC & GB), NIRM co-ordinated the meeting.


The members of Peer Review Committee visited all the Departments at NIRM HQ and appreciated the facility and work done by NIRM


Prof.B. B. Dhar, Chairman, PRC welcomed by Dr.H. S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Peer Review Meeting in Progress

Presentation of NIRM activities by Director, NIRM during Peer Review Committee Meeting

Members of Peer Review Committee

Technical Discussions at PRC Meeting

PRC Memebers interacting with the scientists

NIRM Team with Chairman & members of PRC

71st Republic Day Celebration

NIRM celebrated 71st Republic Day at NIRM HO, Bengaluru, and NIRM RO, KGF. Dr. P. C. Jha, Scientist -V and HOD, Engineering Geophysics Department, hoisted the National Flag at Bengaluru office, and Officer-in-Charge, Mr. A. Rajan Babu hoisted the National Flag at KGF Office. Both the Officers addressed the gathering at Bengaluru and KGF respectively. Dr. D. S. Rawat, Scientist and Treasurer of Staff Welfare Fund (SWF) briefed about the National Flag. SWF, NIRM distributed sweet on the occasion.

Hoisting of National Flag by Dr. P. C. Jha at HO Bengaluru

Hoisting of National Flag by Mr. Rajan Babu, OIC, NIRM RO at KGF.

Dr. P. C. Jha addressing the gathering on the occasion of Republic Day

Mr.Rajan Babu,OIC, NIRM RO addressing the gathering on the occasion of Republic Day

Group photograph at NIRM HO on the occasion of Republic Day

Group photograph at NIRM RO on the occasion of Republic Day

Brief about National Flag by Dr. D S Rawat at NIRM HO

Salute to the National Flag at NIRM RO on the occasion of Republic Day

Children on the occasion of Republic Day at NIRM HO

The infant present at NIRM HO, on the occasion of Republic Day

22nd Peer Review Committee Meeting held at NIRM, Bengaluru

22nd Peer Review Committee meeting of NIRM was held at NIRM HQ on 17th December 2019 under the chairmanship of Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR. Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcomed chairman and members of Peer Review Committee. The committee reviewed the technical activity of all departments of NIRM and appreciated the activities of NIRM in serving the nation in the diverse areas of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

The committee members who attended the meeting are:

  • Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR, Chairman
  • Shri. A Sundaramoorthy, Director General (Retd) GSI, Member
  • Prof. VMSR Murthy, Professor, IIT/ISM Dhanbad, Member
  • Shri. B Bhaskar Rao, Director(Projects & Planning), SCCL, Member
  • Shri. Rupesh Kumar Shrivastava, Representing,DDG, DGMS, Southern Region, Member
  • Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Director NIRM, Member

The following HOD’s of all the Technical Departments of NIRM attended the meeting.

  • Shri.A Rajan Babu, HoD, Center for Testing Services & Geomechanics and Ground Control, NIRM
  • Dr.P C Jha, HoD, Engineering Geophysics, NIRM
  • Dr.Sripad R Naik, HoD, Numerical Modelling, NIRM
  • Dr.D.S. Subramanyam, HoD, Geotechnical Engineering, NIRM
  • Dr.V R Balasubramanyam, HoD, Engineering Seismology, NIRM
  • Dr.A K Naithani, HoD, Engineering Geology, NIRM
  • Dr.Biju John, HoD, Seismotectonics, NIRM

Shri S.Ravi, Secretary (PRC & GB), NIRM co-ordinated the meeting.
The members of Peer Review Committee visited all the Departments at NIRM HQ and appreciated the facility and work done by NIRM


Prof.B. B. Dhar, Chairman, PRC welcomed by Dr.H. S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Peer Review Meeting in Progress

Members of PRC, at the Meeting

Presentation of NIRM activities by Director, NIRM during Peer Review Committee Meeting

NIRM HoD's during Peer Review Committee Meeting

NIRM Team with Chairman & members of PRC

Farewell function of Shri.Sivakumar Cherukuri

NIRM bid farewell to Sri Sivakumar Cherukuri,Scientist-V and HOD Engineering Seismology Department, who retired from NIRM service on 29.11.2019 on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 30 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on November 29, 2019, in NIRM HO, Bengaluru. His family members and NIRM employees attended the felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by the Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM.
His vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to development and application of the microseismic technology for the stability monitoring of underground structures in Hydroelectric tunnels, storage caverns, coal mines, hard rock mines and slopes in India and abroad.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Shri.Sivakumar Cherukuri and his family



NIRM celebrates Constitution Day

Constitution Day of India is celebrated on 26 November every year. In 2019, it marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution and raises awareness about the Indian Constitution.26 November has its own importance in the history of independent India because on this day in 1949, the Constitution of India was adopted and it came in to effect on 26 January, 1950. Therefore, marking the dawn of a new era. To acknowledge the contribution of the framers of the Constitution and to aggravate the people regarding the prominent values, 26 November is celebrated as the 'Constitution Day'.At NIRM HQ, the celbration started with reading the 'preamble'of the Constitution by all the scientists and staff. Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of Constitution.

At NIRM RO Shri.Rajan Babu, Principal Scientist addressed the scientists and staff and highlighted the importance of constitution and this was followed by reading the 'preamble'of the Constitution by all the scientists and staff.

Reading of preamble of Constitution at NIRM HO

Dr.H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM briefing on Constitution Day

Reading of preamble of Constitution at NIRM RO

Shri.Rajan Babu, Principal Scientist, NIRM RO briefing on Constitution Day

INDOROCK-2019 Conference Lecture by Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM delivered conference lecture on "Rock blasting and sustainable development" in 8th Indian Rock Conference INDOROCK-2019 organized by Indian Society of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology (ISRMTT) in association with Central Soil and Material Research Station (CSMRS) and WAPCOS Ltd at India International Centre, New Delhi from 4th to 5th November 2019. This paper is published in proceedings edited by Mr. Hari Dev and Dr. Rajbal Singh. The Conference was inaugurated by His Excellence Hans Jacob Frydenlund, The Ambassador of Norway.

Dr.H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM at INDOROCK-2019

Dr.H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM delivering Conference Lecture at INDOROCK-2019

ISRMTT Best Paper Award

NIRM Research Paper entitled “Engineering geological investigations of deep open surge pool area of lift irrigation scheme – a case study from Telangana State” authored by A.K. Naithani, D.S. Rawat, L.G. Singh and Prasnna Jain , published in Journal of Rock Mechanics & Tunnelling Technology (JRMTT) is awarded with best paper award by Indian Society of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology (ISRMTT) under the category of ‘Case history of tunnelling and foundations on rock’. Award was received by Dr. A.K. Naithani on 4th November 2019 during the inaugural session of INDOROCK-2019 held at New Delhi and given by His Excellence Hans Jacob Frydenlund, The Ambassador of Norway.

Dr.A K Naithani, Scientist, NIRM receiving Best Paper Award at INDOROCK-2019

Academic programmes at NIRM

NIRM is recognised as Research Centre to offer Ph.D. and M.Sc. (Engg) by research under the aegis of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi vide notification No. VTU/Aca-Res-cen./A4/2018-19/1633/35 dated 25th May 2018. This has been done under section (41) of VTU Act, 1994. Initial notification was granted for the year 2018-19 only and subsequently this is being renewed and kept in force till date.

Since NIRM caters to applied research by offering its services for providing solutions to the industry for a wide range of rock engineering problems, we would like to start the Research Programme leading to Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics for the employees of our partner industries. They will be enrolled as part-time research scholars and adhere to the rules, regulations and norms of the VTU for external (part-time) research scholars.

In this connection two-member delegation from NIRM comprising Dr P C Jha, Scientist & Head (Engineering Geophysics) and Dean (Academic and Research) and Dr D S Subrahmanyam, Scientist & Head (Geotechnical Engineering) and Dean (Admin) met the Vice Chancellor of VTU, Prof.Karisiddappa, on 11th October 2019 and apprised him of our intention to start this course. After detailed discussions, the VC agreed and consented to go ahead for the release of Press Advertisement seeking applications for the part-time research programme. The delegation also met Dr. A. S. Deshpande, Registrar, VTU and apprised him of our intention. He too extended full cooperation and support from VTU.

Accordingly, we are going to release advertisement in December 2019 seeking admissions to part-time research programme leading to Ph D in Rock Mechanics from 2020-21 year onwards. This will be open to executives/employees belonging to Mining and Civil Engineering discipline as well as to candidates with Post Graduate programme in Geology/Applied Geology/ Applied Geophysics with five years experience in the area of rock mechanics. We would like to enrol inter-disciplinary streams associated with rock engineering related research too as per the norms of VTU.

Dr. DS Subrahmanyam

Dean (Administration)

Meeting with Prof. Karisiddappa,Vice Chancellor, VTU

Meeting with Dr. A. S. Deshpande, Registrar, VTU

1st Prof A.K. Ghose Memorial Lecture by Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Director, NIRM delivered 1st Prof.A.K.Ghose Memorial lecture at National Seminar on Mining and Processing of Raw Materials for Stell-Cement & Power and Annual Awards Function of 2019, organised by IME & AKS University held on 21-22nd September, 2019 at Hosapete, Karnataka. Dr. Venkatesh delivered lecture on "Sustainable Development -A Way Forward through Blasting Technology. The seminar was attended by many eminent persons from the Mining Industry and Academia.

Releasing of Seminar Volume by the Dignitaries

Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM Delivering the Lecture

Briefing on Engineering geological investigations of Palamuru Ranga Reddy Lift irrigation Scheme

Engineering geological investigations of Palamuru Ranga Reddy Lift irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) is being carried out by NIRM. Honorable Agriculture Minister,Telangana State, Shri Singireddy Niranjan Reddy visited PRLIS-PKG-5 on 27.08.2019, Dr. Prasnna Jain, Scientist, NIRM explained the activities of NIRM during meeting

Dr.Prasanna Jain, Scientist, brifing about NIRM Work to Honorable Minister

73rd Independence Day Celebrations at NIRM

NIRM celebrated 73rd Independence Day at NIRM HO, Bengaluru and at NIRM RO, KGF. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM hoisted the National Flag at the Head office, Bengaluru and addressed the gathering. Mr. A Rajan Babu, Officer In-charge at registered Office, KGF hoisted the national flag and addressed the gathering. Dr. D S Rawat , Scientist and Treasurer of Staff Welfare Fund briefed about the National Song, Vande Mataram. SWF of NIRM distributed sweet on this occasion.

Hoisting of National Flag by Director NIRM at HO Bengaluru

Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM addressing the gathering at NIRM HO on the occasion of Independence day

Group photograph at NIRM HO on the occasion of Independence day

Brief about Vande Mataram by Dr. D S Rawat

Hoisting of National Flag by Officer-In-Charge NIRM RO at KGF

Mr. A. Rajan Babu, Officer-in-Charge, NIRM RO addressing the gathering at NIRM RO on the occassion of Independence day

Group photograph at NIRM Registered Office on the occasion of Independence day

Illuminated NIRM HO Building on the occassion of 73rd Independence day

Illuminated NIRM RO Building on the occassion of 73rd Independence day

Inter-Ministerial Conference on Future Strategies for NIRM

NIRM along with Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India organised an Inter-ministerial conference on 26th April 2019 at The Ashok Hotel at New Delhi. Shri. Anil G Mukim, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India chaired the Conference. Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines, Govt. of India graced the occasion. Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, Director (Projects), Druk Green Power Corporation Ltd, Bhutan was Guest of Honour during the conference. Shri Alok Chandra, Economic Adviser, Ministry of Mines graced the occasion. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcomed all and briefed about various activities of NIRM. More than 50 officers from various ministries of Govt. of India, invited guests from Industry and other prestigious organisations like DRDO, CWC, NIDM, NPCIL, NHPC Ltd., HZL, Northern Railways participated and interacted and shared their previous experiences with NIRM and also highlighted their future requirements.

Shri. Anil G Mukim, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India appreciated the progress and achievement made by NIRM in its 30 years of existence and assured complete support from Ministry of Mines in its future endeavours. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines stressed the need for expansion of NIRM’s activities in International Arena and urged other ministries to take note of NIRM’s exhaustive portfolio in rock mechanics and rock engineering. Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok narrated his long-term association with NIRM and acknowledged the contribution of dedicated team of NIRM scientists in Bhutan Projects.

The following Industry Partners and Invited guests spoke at the Conference.

  • Shri. Balraj Joshi, Chairman and Managing Director, NHPC Ltd.
  • Shri. Laxman Shekawat, Chief Operating Officer, Hindustan Zinc Ltd.
  • Shri. S.M.Ingole, Associate Director, NPCIL.
  • Shri. T K Sivarajan, CE Designs (E&NE), Central Water Commission
  • Shri. Desh Ratan Gupta, Chief Engineer/ Const./ Survey, Northern Railways

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines, Govt. of India conducted interactive session with the ministry officers and industry partners. He expressed that NIRM will achieve greater heights under the dynamic leadership of Dr. H S Venkatesh and asked the scientists to continue to maintain the high standard and high quality in their scientific work.

Dr. H. S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM welcoming Dignitaries and Participants at the Conference

Mr. C Sivakumar, HOD, MESD welcoming Cheif Guest Sri Anil Mukim, IAS, Secretary, MOM, GOI

Mr. A Rajan Babu, HOD, CTS welcoming Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI

Dr. P C Jha, HOD, EGP, welcoming Guest of Honor Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, Director (Projects), DGPCL, Bhutan

Dr. Sripad R Naik, HOD, NMD welcoming Shri. Alok Chandra, Economic Adviser, MOM, GOI

Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, Director (Projects), DGPCL, Bhutan speaking at the conference

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI speaking at the conference

Dignitaries on the dais at the conference

Releasing of Commemorative Technical Souvenir by Secretary, MOM, GOI

Director, NIRM With Secretary and Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI

The Chief Guest Shri. Anil Mukim, IAS, Secretary, MOM, GOI addressing at the Conference

The Chief Guest Shri. Anil Mukim, IAS, Secretary, MOM, GOI addressing at the Conference

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM making presentation at the Conference

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM presenting a memento to Shri. Anil Mukim, IAS, Secretary, MOM, GOI

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, presenting a memento to Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM presenting a memento to Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, Director(Projects),DGPCL Bhutan

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, presenting a memento to Shri. Alok Chandra, Economic Adviser, MOM, GOI

Ms. Ovessa Iqbal, Ministry of External Affairs Speaking at the Conference

Dr. Ravindra Singh, Consultant, NDMA, Speaking at the Conference

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI Speaking at the Conference

Shri. Balraj Joshi,CMD, NHPC Ltd. Speaking at the Conference

Shri. Laxman Shekawat, COO, HZL Speaking at the Conference

Shri. S M Ingole, Associate Director, NPCIL Speaking at the Conference

Shri. T K Sivarajan, CE Designs (E&NE), Central Water Commission Speaking at the Conference

Shri. Desh Ratan Gupta, Chief Engineer/ Const./ Survey, Northern Railways Speaking at the Conference

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI conducting the concluding Session

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI presenting memento to Ms. Ovessa Iqbal, Ministry of External Affairs

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM presenting memento to Shri. T K Sivarajan, CE Designs (E&NE), CWC

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI presenting memento to Dr. N K Singh, Joint Secretary, MOM, GOI

Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI presenting memento to Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Dignitaries and Participants at the Conference

Invited Guests from Industry and NIRM Scientists at the Conference

Invited Guests from Various Ministries of GOI at the Conference

Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI at Discussions

Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI discussing with NIRM Scientists at the Conference

Secretary and Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI discussing with Participants

Secretary and Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI discussing with NIRM Scientists at the Conference

Secretary and Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI discussing with Participants

Conference with Industry Partners on Future Strategies

NIRM organised a "Conference with Industry Partners on Future Strategies" on 18th Feb 2019 at Taj Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru under the chairmanship of Dr. K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines, Govt. of India. Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, Joint Managing Director, Punatsangchhu HEP-II, Bhutan was Guest of Honour during the conference. Shri Alok Chandra, Economic Adviser and Shri Amit Saran, Director of Ministry of Mines graced the occasion. More than 25 industry partners participated and interacted. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcomed all and briefed about various activities of NIRM. Industry partners shared their previous experiences with NIRM and also highlighted their future requirements. Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok narrated his long term association with NIRM and continued support of NIRM for Projects in Bhutan. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines expressed satisfaction over feedback from the industry and also assured complete support from Ministry of Mines for NIRM's future endeavours. Organizing Secretary, Dr. Sripad R Naik, HOD, NMD presented the vote of thanks. The event was sponsored by JSW Ltd.

The following is the list of Industry Partners at the Conference.

  • Atomic Minerals Directorate
  • BMRC Ltd.
  • Hindustan Copper Ltd.
  • Hindustan Zinc Ltd.
  • I & CAD Govt. of Telangana
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • Kalyani Developers
  • L & T Construction
  • Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd.
  • MSPL Ltd.
  • Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd.
  • NHPC Ltd.
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
  • ONGC Ltd.
  • JSW Ltd.
  • Prathima Infrastructure Ltd.
  • Punatsangchhu HEP-II, Bhutan
  • Singareni Collieries Company Ltd.
  • Shaft Sinkers Mauritius Ltd.
  • Thriveni Earthmovers Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. H. S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM welcoming Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI

Releasing of Technical Souvenir by Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI

Industry partners at the Conference

The Chief Guest Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI addressing the gathering

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcoming the guests

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM presenting NIRM's achievements

Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, JMD, Punatsangchhu HEP-II, Bhutan at the Conference

Shri. R Muralidharan, Scientific officer G, RCER at the Conference

Shri. M.C. Barman, CE(Engineering-LWR), NPCIL, Member Secretary, AERB at the Conference

Shri. M. S. Suresh, Chief Engineer (CV-2), NPCIL at the Conference

Shri. Chandra Shekar, Director (Operations, FAC PA&W), SCCL at the Conference

Shri. S K Sharma, Associate Vice President, HZL at the conference

Shri. Manoj Kumar Garnayak, Deputy Project Director, L & T at the Conference

Shri. Sunder Rajan, Vice President (Projects), Navayuga at the Conference

Shri. Subramanya Gudge, Chief Engineer (UG), BMRCL at the Conference

Shri. R C Sharma, General Manager, NHPC at the Conference

Director, NIRM presenting a memento to Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI

Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI presenting memento to Industry partners

Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI presenting memento to Shri. Dorji P Phuntshok, JMD, PHPA-II

Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI presenting memento Shri. Alok Chandra, EA, MOM

Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM presenting memento to Shri. Amit Saran, Director, MOM

Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, interacting with Industry Partners

Industry Partners at the Conference

Industry Partners at the Conference

Industry Partners at the Conference

Industry Partners at the Conference

Additional Secretary, MOM, GOI interacting with Team NIRM

Industry Partners interacting with Dr. K Rajeswara Rao, IAS, Addl.Secretary, MOM, GOI

70th Republic Day Celebration

NIRM celebrated 70th Republic Day at NIRM HO, Bengaluru and NIRM RO, KGF. Dr. P. C. Jha, Scientist -V and HOD, EGP hoisted the National Flag at Bengaluru office and Officer-in-Charge, Mr. A. Rajan Babu at KGF Office and addressed the gathering. Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM distributed sweet on the occasion.

Dr. P. C. Jha, addressing the gathering at NIRM HO on the occasion of Republic Day.

Hoisting of National Flag by Officer -in-Charge, NIRM RO at KGF.

Group photograph at NIRM HO on the occasion of Republic Day

Employee of NIRM RO during National Anthem

Visit of Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Mines to NIRM HO at Bangalore

Shri.Anil G Mukim, Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Mines, visited our Head Office at Bengaluru on 17th December 2018. He was welcomed by Dr H S Venkatesh, Director and felicitated by Mr Rajan Babu, Scientist-F and Liaison Officer, SC/ST Cell of NIRM. Mr Mukim was accompanied by Mr Alok Chandra, Economic Advisor of Ministry of Mines and Ms.Farida M Naik, Director, Ministry of Mines. During this visit he reviewed the activities of NIRM. Mr Santosh Sharma, CMD, HCL and Dr. Ranjit Rath, CMD, MECL too joined this review meeting in which all HoDs of Scientific departments were present.

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM presented the activities of the Institute. He explained that even with a small work-force, NIRM apart from its parent obligation of supporting the mining industry, has left an indelible foot-print in almost all hydroelectric projects of the country. He explained that off-late the Institute has diversified its activities to support nuclear and thermal power, infrastructure sector and other sectors of societal importance. During the course of his presentation, Dr. Venkatesh highlighted the technical expertise of NIRM vis-à-vis scope of expansion of this Institute to scale new heights if supported by the Government. He presented a roadmap of the Institute in which possibility of developing the institute into three verticals – academics, skill development and forays into international collaboration was explained.

Secretary (mines) visited the scientific departments where respective HoDs explained the work being done by the Institute in diversified fields. Secretary (Mines) expressed his appreciation for the work being carried out by this small and well compacted institute. He assured full support and cooperation of government in development of the Institute as per planned roadmap and suggested to hasten up the target elements of the roadmap.

Director, NIRM Welcoming Sri Anil G Mukim, Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Mines

Director, NIRM in conversation with Secretary (Mines)

Felicitation of Secretary (Mines)by Mr. Rajan Babu, Scientist-F and Liaison Officer, SC/ST Cell,NIRM

DR. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM briefing about activities of NIRM

DR. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM briefing about activities of NIRM

Mr Alok Chandra, EA, Ministry of Mines,Mr Santosh Sharma, CMD, HCL and Dr. Ranjit Rath, CMD, MECL at the Meeting

Ms. Farida M Naik, Director, Ministry of Mines at the Meeting

Discussions at the Review Meeting with Secretary (Mines)

Dr.H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM at the Review Meeting with Secretary (Mines)

Secretary (Mines) in discussions with Dr.Deepak Adhikary, Principal Scientist,CSIRO, Australia at NIRM

Secretary (Mines) visiting the Campus

Secretary (Mines) with Team NIRM

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Delivers Keynote Lecture at National seminar on Rock Blasting Techniques - Challenges and Opportunities

During the National seminar on Rock Blasting Techniques - Challenges and Opportunities at Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad on 23-24 November, 2018. Professor D. P. Singh was honored for his Life time contribution to Mining and Rock Engineering. As part of the events, Prof. Singh was honored by various dignitaries and Director, NIRM too felicitated Prof. Singh on behalf of NIRM.

Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM delivered a keynote lecture on "Sustainability of Blasting". Dr.P.K. Singh, Director, CIMFR honored Dr. H S Venkatesh for having taken over as Director, NIRM.

Prof.D.P.Singh is being honored by dignitaries at CIMFR, Dhanbad


Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM honored by Dr. P.K. Singh, Director, CIMFR

Vigilance Awareness Week

Vigilance Awareness Week was celebrated during 29th Oct - 3rd Nov 2018. All Employees of the Institute took a pledge for anti-corruption and NIRM as an Institute too joined in the anti-corruption pledge.


Anti-Corruption Pledge being taken at NIRM

Secretary Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India visits NIRM

Shri. Anil Gopishankar Mukim, IAS, Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Mines, visited NIRM,on 25th October 2018 and was briefed by Mr. Rajan Babu, Officer in Charge, NIRM, Registered office,KGF about the activities of NIRM.

Shri. Anil Gopishankar Mukim, IAS visiting NIRM Laboratories


Shri. Anil Gopishankar Mukim,IAS discussing at NIRM office

Farewell function of Mr. N. Selvaraj

NIRM bid farewell to Sri N. Selvaraj, Lab Assistant-III, who retired from NIRM service on 30.09.2018 on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 28 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on September 28, 2018, in NIRM RO, KGF. His family members and NIRM employees attended the felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by the Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM.
His vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to coal, metal mining, slope stability studies in open cast mining and hydro-electric projects in Himachal Pradesh and Bhutan. He was the recipient of “NIRM Best Staff Award” for the year of 2011.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. N. Selvaraj



21st Peer Review Committee Meeting held at NIRM

21st Peer Review Committee meeting of NIRM was held at Bangalore on 28th August 2018 under the chairmanship of Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR. Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM welcomed chairman and members of Peer Review Committee. The committee reviewed the technical activity of all departments of NIRM and appreciated the activities of NIRM in serving the nation in the diverse areas of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering.

The committee members who attended the meeting are:

  • Prof. B. B. Dhar, Former Director CIMFR, Chairman
  • Prof. V.R Sastry, Professor, NITK, Surtathkal, Alternate Chairman and Member
  • Shri A Sundaramoorthy, Director General (Retd) GSI, Member
  • Prof VMSR Murthy, Professor, IIT/ISM Dhanbad, Member
  • Prof TG Sitharam, Professor, IISc Bengaluru, Member
  • Shri Utpal Saha, DDG, DGMS, Southern Region, Member
  • Shri. G.V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D), SCCL, Member
  • Dr.H.S.Venkatesh, Director NIRM, Member

Shri S.Ravi, Secretary (PRC & GB), NIRM co-ordinated the meeting.

The following HOD’s of all the Technical Departments of NIRM attended the meeting.

  • Shri A Rajan Babu, HoD, CTS & GGCD, NIRM
  • Dr P C Jha, HoD, EGP, NIRM
  • Dr Sripad R Naik, HoD, NMD, NIRM
  • Dr. D.S. Subramanyam, HOD,GED (On Tour)
  • Dr V R Balasubramanyam, HoD, EEGD, NIRM
  • Dr A K Naithani, HoD, EGD, NIRM
  • Dr Biju John, HoD I/c, MESD, NIRM
  • The minutes of the meeting has been circulated to all the members and Heads of Departments, NIRM.


21st Peer Review Committee in Progress at NIRM, Bengaluru

Presentation at 21st Peer Review Committee at NIRM, Bengaluru

NIRM Team with Prof.B.B. Dhar, Chairman PRC, NIRM during Peer Review Committee Meeting

Praveena Das J and Shruthi B S attend a 2-day workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013” on July 20th & 21st , 2018

Mrs. Praveena Das Jennifer, Scientist-II and Mrs. B.S. Shruthi, Office Assistant-I attended the 44th 2-day Workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013” on July 20th & 21st , 2018 at The Gateway Hotel, Wakad road, Pune. The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is an empanelled Institute under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, to impart training under Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal)Act, 2013. The IPA conducts this training on regular basis with view to give proper rendition of the Acts and Rules related to Sexual harassment at workplace . Under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, 2013, it is compulsory for any organisation with 10 or more employees to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) for addressing complaints of sexual harassment. The Workshop mainly emphasized on setting up of an ICC, training the members of the ICC to conduct domestic inquiry flawlessly so that the establishment does not lose the Sexual Harassment case on technical ground in the court of law and to apprise the Employer of the provisions of the Act and Rules made thereunder.


Praveena Das J and Shruthi B S with Dr.H S Rana,Principal Director of Institute of Public Administration (IPA)


Praveena Das J and Shruthi B S with the participants of Workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at workplace”

Additional General Manager (R&D), SCCL Visits NIRM

Shri. G.V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D), SCCL visits NIRM HO on 27th August 2018. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM briefed him about the activities of NIRM. Shri. Devikumar interacted with the scientists of NIRM and appreciated the technical expertise of NIRM in various fields. He was hopeful that NIRM would continue to provide support to SCCL in various technical aspects.

Shri. G. V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D),SCCL in discussions with Director, NIRM & Other Scientists


Shri. G. V. Devikumar, AGM (R&D),SCCL addressing NIRM Scientists

72nd Independence Day Celebrations at NIRM

NIRM celebrated 72nd Independence Day at NIRM HO, Bengaluru and at NIRM RO, KGF. Dr. H S Venkatesh, Director, NIRM hoisted the National Flag at the Head office, Bengaluru and addressed the gathering. Mr. A Rajan Babu, Officer In-charge at registered Office, KGF hoisted the national flag and addressed the gathering. Dr. D S Rawat , Scientist and Treasurer of Staff Welfare Fund briefed about the history of National Anthem.

Hoisting of National Flag by Director NIRM at HO Bengaluru

Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director NIRM addressing the gathering at NIRM HO on the occasion of Independence day

Group photograph at NIRM HO on the occasion of Independence day

Brief about National Anthem by Dr. D S Rawat

Hoisting of National Flag by Officer -In-Charge NIRM RO at KGF

Mr. A. Rajan Babu addressing the gathering at NIRM RO on the occassion of Independence day

Group photograph at NIRM Registered Office on the occasion of Independence day

Farewell Function of Mr. Jakkarasakuppa Vishwanatha Sastry & Mr. Syed Asghar

NIRM bid farewell to Sri Jakkarasakuppa Vishwanatha Sastry, Section Officer (Internal Audit), who retired from NIRM service on 31.07.2018 (Tuesday) on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 24 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on July 30, 2018 in NIRM HO, Bengaluru. His family members and NIRM employees attended felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM. His knowledge and vast experience related to finance was useful in regulating the funds received by the NIRM. He worked zealously for the all-round development of the Administration of the Institute.

NIRM bid farewell to Mr. Syed Asghar, Technician-IV , who retired from NIRM service on 31.07.2018 (Tuesday) on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 36 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on July 31, 2018 in NIRM RO, KGF. His family members and NIRM employees attended felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM. His vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to mines, hydel, tunneling projects, underground crude storage schemes.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. J. V. Sastry

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. Syed Asghar

COA attends Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures”

Dr. Sandeep Nelliat, Scientist-III and Controller of Administration attended a 3 days Customised Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures” at the Parliamentary & Administrative Research Institute (PARI), New Delhi. The intensive training was undertaken to delve in to the details of parliamentary and administrative procedures in India and to understand the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

PARI has been on the forefront for bringing out certain capacity building courses on Parliamentary procedure which enable the stakeholders to deal with the Parliament efficiently. The capacity building courses are tailor-made for officers of the ministries/department/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies.

Dr. Sandeep Nelliat with the participants of Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures”

Discussions at Training Programme on “Parliamentary Procedures”

MoU between GSI and NIRM

Geological Survey of India and National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Bangalore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16th July, 2018 for providing additional office space to NIRM, Bangalore within the premises of GSI at the existing GSI Chemical and Ore-Dressing Laboratory (CODL), Eshwarnagar, Bangalore as per the directive of Ministry of Mines.

The agreement is for leasing of the office space measuring 4112.472 sq. ft. area of CODL, GSI for a period of 20 years or till the time of vacation of occupant (NIRM) whichever is earlier on long term lease basis as permissible in the Government rules. However, the MoU may be extended or terminated by mutual consent.

The MoU has been signed by Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Director General, Geological Survey of India on behalf of GSI and Dr. H.S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM on behalf of National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Bangalore.

Exchange of signed MoU between Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Director General, GSI & Dr. H. S. Venkatesh, Director, NIRM

Presence of the Director General, GSI with Director, NIRM and other Dignitaries of GSI & NIRM during signing Ceremony of MOU

Farewell Function of Mr. D Joseph

NIRM bid farewell to Sri Joseph Devadanam, Scientist-II, who retired from NIRM service on 31.05.2018 (Thrusday) on attaining the age of superannuation after more than 28 years of his sincere and dedicated services. His farewell felicitation was conducted on May 31, 2018 in NIRM RO, KGF. His family members and NIRM employees attended felicitation programme. Felicitation programme was organized by Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM. His knowledge and vast experience was useful in various projects undertaken by NIRM related to mines, hydel, tunneling projects, underground crude storage schemes. He worked zealously for the all-round development of the Institute. He has authored/coauthored over 150 project reports including one S&T.

NIRM Scientists and Staff with Mr. D Joseph's family

Felicitation of Dr. H. S. Venkatesh

Staff Welfare Fund of NIRM under the leadership of Dr. A.K. Naithani and his team organised a get together at NIRM Head Office, Bengaluru for welcoming newly appointed Director, Dr. H. S. Venkatesh.

NIRM Scientists and Staff at the Felicitation function

Director's Appointment

Dr. H. S Venkatesh, Scientist-5 and HOD Rock Excavation Engineering at NIRM is appointed as Director, NIRM by Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India. He has taken over as Director, NIRM on 17th May 2018 forenoon.