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Prof. Netai Chandra Karmakar
Department of Mining Engineering IIT BHU
Area of Interest: 
Mine Ventilation, Mine Environment, Mine Hazards, Mine Safety, Water Soluble Polymer for Mining & Mineral Industry Application

Date of Birth      : 22nd August 1958
Present Address: 709 Ganpati Apartment, Nagwa, Lanka, Varanasi - 221 005
Contact             :   E-mail: karmakarnc.min@iitbhu.ac.in;
                             Mobile : 9450710675


  • Higher Secondary (1976): West Bengal Board1 [ 96th  RankNational Scholarship ]
  • B. Tech.(Hons) (1981): Mining Engg., IIT Kharagpur2
  • M. Tech. (by Research) (1989) : IIT (ISM) Dhanbad
  • Ph. D (1999) : IIT Kharagpur​​

  1 Awarded Institute Silver Medal for Ranking First in B. Tech.
2 Awarded Institute Silver Medal for Ranking First in B. Tech


Mine Ventilation, Mine Environment, Mine Hazards, Mine Safety, Water Soluble Polymer for Mining & Mineral Industry Application.


  • Head of Department for 3 years (01.03.2006 – 28.02.2009)
  • Vice Chairman, JEE, IIT (BHU)
  • Chairman, JEE, IIT (BHU)

Achievements :
Patent: (i) Obtained: One;  (ii) Filed : One
MoU Established with Industry  :  One
R&D project / Industrial Consultancy and Testing : Over 40
Research Paper published : Over 130

Awards :
Bala Tandon Award of MGMI                         
(for ‘Outstanding contribution in upgrading the quality of life in Mining Environment’)
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Medal of Institution of Engineers (I)
(for Best Paper published in the journal)
Best Paper Presentation Award by Bio-Environmentally Degradable  Polymer Society (I)

Teaching Experience :  36 years

  i. 28.9.1983 – 31.8.1989 IIT (ISM), Dhanbad Lecturer, Mine Environment, Dept. of Mining Engg
 ii. 1.9.1989 – 27.10.2004 IIT (ISM), Dhanbad Assistant Professor, Mine Environment, Dept. of Mining Engg
 iii. 28.10.2004 –  till date IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Professor, Mine Environment, Dept. of Mining Engg

Broad Areas of Research:

Mine Environment, Mine Noise, Mine Illumination, Mine Safety, Whole Body Vibration, Water Soluble Polymer for Mine Effluent Treatment, Water Soluble Polymer for Haul Road Dust Suppression.

Research Supervised:

PhD : Supervised - 04;  On going - 06
M. Tech. : Supervised - 25 ; Ongoing - 02

Sponsored Projects:

1. Study of illumination and respirable dust levels in underground zinc mine of HZL. (R&D project funded by MoEF).

2. Level of air pollution and its effect on the health of workers and general population in Lodna – Bagdigi – Bararee area of Jharia coalfield. (R&D project funded by MoEF).

3. Study of possibility of utilization of industrial solid wastes and flyash for backfilling and reclamation of opencast mines. (R&D project funded by MoEF).

4. Studies on flow characteristics of flyash slurry in pipelines. (R&D project funded by MoEF).

5. To bring-in international experience in the country to enhance expertise in planning, design and handling of environmental problems with mining activities. (Project funded by World Bank through MoEF).

6. Development and Scaled-up Synthesis of Anionic, Cationic and Nonionic Flocculants Based on Amphoteric Amylopectin for Mineral Industry Effluents & Municipal Waste Water Treatment (R&D project funded by DST).

7. Development of a methodology for human error classification analysis and reduction to improve safety and productivity for underground coal mines. (R&D project funded by CSIR)

8. Whole Body Vibration Exposure on HEMM Operators in Surface Coal Mines – An Assessment of Various Contributing Factors. (R&D project funded by SERB)

Consultancy / Testing Projects : More than 25

1. Patent Name : ‘Application of Grafted Amylopectin for Waste Water Treatment’
File No.  : 60 / Cal / 2001
Investigators : Prof. R. P. Singh, Dr. S. K. Rath and Dr. N. C. Karmakar 

2. Patent Name : ‘A Dust Suppressing Agent’
File No.  : 48 / Kol / 2003
Investigators` : Mr. S. Mukhopadhyay, Dr. A. Sarkar, Dr. N. C. Karmakar    and Dr. A. K. Basu 

MoU Established with Industry  :

An MoU was established with PVRI Inshield Bituminous Pvt. Ltd., Dishergarh, W.B., for manufacturing and marketing of the developed dust suppressing agent branded as ‘DUST SET – 12K.
(The product has been filed for patent).


i. National Scholarship
West Bengal Board of Higher Secondary Education

ii. National Search Talent Scholarship
(Class IX – XI), West Bengal

iii. Merit-cum-Means Scholarship       
(for 5 yrs. during B.Tech. study), IIT Kharagpur

iv. General Proficiency Prize                  
(Best Student of B.Tech.), IIT Kharagpur

v. Project Work & Viva-Voce Prize
 (Best Project in B. Tech.), IIT Kharagpur

vi. QIP Scholarship
(Ph.D study), MHRD, Govt. of India


i. Bala Tandon Award                             
(for ‘Outstanding contribution in upgrading the quality of life in Mining Environment’), MGMI

ii. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Medal
Institution of Engineers (I)

iii. Best Paper Award for Eco-Friendly Mining
MEAI (2015)

iii. Institute Bronze Medal

iv. BEDPSI Best Paper Award
Bio-Environmentally Degradable  Polymer Society (I)

v. Session’s Best Paper Award
4th Int. Conf. ICATETR-2015, BKIT, Kota, 19-20 June, 2015

vi. Institute Silver Medal
(B.Tech. First Rank), IIT Kharagpur

vii. Chandrakala Medal
(Best Graduate Student ), MGMI

viii. Certificate of Merit         (3 times)
Institution of Engineers (I)

ix. Alumnus Award
IIT Kharagpur

i. Guest of Honour, Seminar on “Mines Safety and Productivity”
Nigahi Project, Northern Coalfields Limited

ii. Key Note Address, Seminar on “Environmental Issues on Geotechnics and Mineral Industries (EIGMI-08)”, Dept of Mining Engg, BIT Sindri,

iii. Organising Chairman & Chief Convener
Seminar on “Environmental Management in Mining & Allied Industries”
Dept of Mining Engg,   IT BHU, Varanasi
iv. Chairperson, Int. Conf. on Human Values in Higher Education (1-3 Dec. 2018)
IIT (BHU), Varanasi, (as a part Centenary Celebration of the Institute)

v. Member, Technical Inquiry Committee on Mine Accident Investigation
(Anjan Hills Mine, SECL) (2012), Appointed by Chairman, Coal India

vi. Member, Environmental Appraisal Committee (EAC),
Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of Indian 
(for 3 yrs. : from Dec, 2015 to Nov, 2018)

vii. Chairman, Institution of Engineers(I), Varanasi Local Centre
(for 2 yrs: from Oct, 2014 to Sept,2016)
viii. Chairman, Project Review and Steering Group (PRSG),
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), GOI

i. Institution of Engineers (India);  Life Fellow     

ii. Mining Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India; Life Member

iii. Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers;  Life Member

iv. Mining Engineers’  Association of India;  Life Member

v. IME Journal Readers’  Forum;  Life Member

vi. Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology (ISMRTT);  Life Member

vii. Materials Research Society of India; Life Member

viii. Society for Polymer Science, India;  Life Member

ix. Indian Institute of Public Administration;  Life Member

x. Indian Society of Technical Education;  Life Member

A. Administrative work in the present Institute :

Head of Department for 3 years (01.03.2006 – 28.02.2009)

Vice Chairman, JEE, IIT (BHU)

Chairman, JEE, IIT (BHU)

Deputy Coordinator, Centre of Advance Study on ‘Rock Mechanics, Ground Control and Geo-Environment’.

Coordinator, FIST (DST) Programme

Coordinator, MODROB (AICTE) Programme

In-Charge, Mine Environment & Safety Division

Convenor, Human Values Courses 

B. Administrative work in the past Institute, IIT (ISM):

Member, Research Council 

Member, Academic Council

Hostel Warden

In-Charge, Training & Placement, Dept. of Mining Engg.

In-Charge, Mine Environment Laboratory

Coordinator, Gas Testing Certificate Exam.

A. Services rendered to other Universities :

Project Advisor for the project “Frequency analysis and modeling of noise pollution for an opencast coal project”, NIT Surathkal
Project Advisor for the project “Assessment and design of illumination system with respect to opencast iron ore mine”, NIT Surathkal
Examiner, Ph.D thesis evaluation (5 Nos.)
Examiner, Ph.D viva-voce examination (4 Nos.)
Expert Member, Syllabus Revision Board (4 institutions)
Expert Member, Faculty Selection Board (4 Institutions)
Guest Lecture in Short Courses (on many occasions)
Expert Member in Doctoral Committee, Anna University
President, Durgapuja Samity, BHU

B. Services  rendered to Govt. Bodies  :

Expert Member, NBA Accreditation for 3 Institutions (NIT Surathkal, BIT Sindri and NIT Rourkela)
Evaluation of R&D Project Proposals for funding by organizations like AICTE, DST, UGC, MoEF.
Invited Expert Member, DST, Technology Support Group
Invited participant in “Train the Trainer Course” under Indian Coal mining Safety & Health project, jointly org by US Dept of Coal and Ministry of Labour, GOI
Invited participant in “Training Program on Mine Safety” jointly org by US Dept of Coal and Ministry of Labour, GOI
Member of Committee, DGMS, Dhanbad for formulation of “Guidelines for conducting air borne dust survey in coal mines”.
Member of Committee, Review of 5-yr Planning, DGMS, Dhanbad

C. Services  rendered to Professional Bodies  :

Chairman, Varanasi Local Centre, IE(I)
Member, Editorial Board, Institution of Engineers (I)
Reviewing technical papers for publication by IE(I), (on regular basis)
Member, Executive Council, Varanasi Local Centre, IE(I)
Hon. Secretary, Varanasi Local Centre, IE(I)
Nominated IE(I) Coordinator to liaison with Engineering Staff College of India in organizing ‘Continuous Professional Development Activities’.
Joint Secretary, Dhanbad Chapter, MGMI.  Dhanbad Chapter received the ‘Best Branch Activity Award’.

D. Services  rendered to Mining  and  Allied Industry  :

More than 35 Industrial consultancy and testing services rendered to various mining industries including BCCL, ECL, HZL, TISCO, NCL, CCL, SECL  and Vijay Expressway.