Bhubaneswar: The Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists (SGAT) organised the Mineral Development Awareness Programme (MDAP) — 2019, at Joda in Keonjhar district, last weeek.

About 25 teams with two students each from institutions like Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, IIT, Kharagpur, Bhubaneswar & Jamshedpur, IIEST, Shibpur, NITs of Rourkela & Raipur, Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar, Jadavpur, Presidency, Utkal , Sambalpur and Ravenshaw Universities, AKS University, Satna, University College of Engineering, Kothagudam (Telengana), Khallikote Auto College, IGIT, Sarang and DD Auto College, Keonjhar, participated in the programme.

IIT, Bhubaneswar emerged as the overall winner in the competitions and ts representatives Lynneta Dias and Pritam Sharma were awarded.

SGAT, a professional body of over 859 life members from various disciplines like geoscience, mining, metallurgical, mineral and environment engineerings, is dedicated for promotion of Mineral Development in the country.

The MDAP, which is being organised by SGTA for the last 29 years on annual basis, is aimed at updating the students pursuing PG course in Geoscience, Degree Courses in mining, metallurgical, mineral and environment engineering about the latest developments in the respective disciplines.
Tata Sponge Iron Ltd. MD Sanjay Patnaik, Tata Steel GM Atul Bhattnagar, Tata Steel Joda chief Rajesh Kumar, Essel Mining senior president RK Panda, IMS, Dhanbad’s professor BC Sarkar, Rungta Mines Hirak Mjumdar, deputy director of Joda mines circle LD Nayak graced the concluding session on Sunday. Sanjay K Bhuyan of Tata Steel, Sujoy K Bose of Rungta Mines, Nihar Das Patnaik of EMIL were also present. SGAT advisor and former director mines BK Mohanty, general secretary A B Panigrahi, joint secretary TrilochanMohanta, executive members Sujit Mohanty and N R Patnaik conducted the programme.