The Indian National Congress at its XVII Session of December 1901 passed a resolution stating that “in view of the fact that the tendency of recent legislation namely, The Indian Mines Act VII of 1901, is that all Indian mines must be kept under the supervision of mining experts, the Congress is of opinion that a Government College of Mining Engineering be established in some suitable place in India on the models of the Royal School of Mines in England, Mining Colleges of Japan and at other places in the continent”. The McPherson Committee formed by Govt. of India, recommended the establishment of an institution for imparting education in the fields of Mining and Geology, whose report, submitted in 1920, formed the main basis for establishment of the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
The Indian School of Mines was formally opened on 9th December 1926, by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India to address the need for trained manpower related to mining activities in the country with disciplines of Mining and Applied Geology. In 1967 it was granted the status of a deemed university under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956. Since its establishment, IIT(ISM) has undergone considerable expansion of its activities, and presently it can be considered as a total technology education institute.
Standing tall since the early decades of the 20th century, the institute is steadily sailing through the millennium change and has emerged into one of the most prominent institutions- Indian Institute of Technology IIT(ISM) with full bloom functioning of 18 branches of Engineering, Applied Sciences, Management Studies and Humanities. IIT (ISM) has had a centenary long credentials of outperforming achievements/contributions in academia and the industry.
The Institute offers 13 nos. of B.Tech Courses in different disciplines of Mining Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering.
Admission to these courses are done by Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) Examination – JEE Advanced at All India level.
An exclusive degree is offered to students in the department of Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics and Mathematics & Computing.
Integrated M. Tech Course is a 5 years course and admission is done through Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) Examination – JEE Advanced at All India level.
The Institute offers 29 nos. of M.Tech Courses in the streams Mining Machinery Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mineral Exploration, Mineral Engineering, Engineering Geology, Petroleum Exploration, Open Cast Mining, Mining Engineering, Geomatics, Underground space technology, Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Thermal Engineering, Maintenance and Tribology, Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing), Mechanical Engineering (Design), Chemical Engineering, Power Electronics and Electrical drives, Power System Engineering, RF & Microwave Engineering, VLSI Design, Communication and Signal Processing, Opto Electronics and Optical Communication Engineering, EarthQuake Science and Engineering, Fuel Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Management, Mine Electrical & Engineering, Structural Engineering.
Admission to all these 2 year M. Tech Courses are done through GATE Examination conducted at All India level.
Presently, total 3 nos. of courses in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics & Computing are offered under MSc program in the respective departments of Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. The course duration is 2 years like any other MSc degree.
Admission to these courses are based on JAM Score (Joint Admission Test for MSc) held at All India Level.
Two of the departments offer MSc Tech course in Applied Geology and Applied Geophysics. The duration of the said two courses are 3 years, which one can pursue after completion of B.Tech Degree in equivalent subjects. The Admission is based on JAM Score (Joint
Admission Test for MSc) held at All India Level.
IIT (ISM) offers 2 years MBA Programs all admitted through Common Admission Test (CAT)
IIT(ISM) Dhanbad offers a great atmosphere for scholars aspiring for research activities. Research opportunities are available in different disciplines of 18 departments. Admission to PhD is done through NET/JRF/Internal Examinations. As of now, the Institute is having 1000+ regular full time PhD scholars.