The National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) R&D Centre and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology (CSIR-IMMT) signed a MoU to pursue joint research and development projects.
The MoU was signed in the presence of NMDC's chairman and managing director (CMD) Sumit Deb and director CSIR-IMMT Dr S Basu.
The primary focus of the collaboration between NMDC and CSIR-IMMT will be the development of indigenous technology for making the Indian mineral industry self-reliant, the Ministry of Steel said in a release on Tuesday (28 September).
The joint venture will utilise the vast knowledge and experience of CSIR-IMMT and NMDC R&D centre for research in the area of low & lean grade iron ore processing, beneficiation of coal, utilisation of mines waste, slurry transportation and recovery of Tungsten, it added.
The MoU was signed by S K Chaurasiya, GM (R&D), NMDC and Dr Ashok Sahu, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar.
Speaking on the occasion, NMDC CMD Sumit Deb said, “While the Indian mining sector enters an era of self-reliance, NMDC is making investments to enhance the use of indigenous technology in mining. This collaboration with CSIR-IMMT is a significant step in that direction.”