Indian Bureau of Mines in commemoration of its 73rd Foundation Day on 1st March 2020 observed the Day as Khanij Diwas. To mark the occasion a bunch of events was conducted and a grand function was organised at its Headquarters in Nagpur on 1st March 2020.
In an elaborately & colourfully decorated hall & the stage decked up with floral arrangements, the commemoration function commenced with the adorning of the dais by the Chief Guest of the occasion Dr Vikas Mahatme, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Dr Anupam Agnihotri, Director, JNARDDC, Nagpur, as Guest of Honour. The Controller General (I/c), IBM, Smt. Indira Ravindran under whose Presidentship the Khanij Diwas Celebrations was observed along with Shri P.N. Sharma, Chief Controller of Mines (I/c) also accompanied the Guests on the dais.
Addressing the audience, the Chief Guest & Honourable Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Dr Vikas Mahatme, congratulated IBM for putting behind 72 years of exemplary service and for its transformation into a Premier Organisation of Govt of India that controls & regulates mines & mineral development activities in the country. Stressing upon mine & minerals as backbone that is crucial for economic prosperity of the country, Dr Mahatme complimented IBM for serving the Nation’s cause by its efficient management of the country’s mineral wealth. Extending best wishes on IBM’s Foundation Day, Dr Mahatme said there must be harmony between man & nature and endeavours to preserve the nature & environment must be a priority while expanding & diversifying the horizons in the field of mining.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anupam Agnihotri, Director, JNARDDC, Nagpur, showered praise on IBM for its 73rd Foundation Day and laid emphasis on synergies that are must between various entities in the field of mining & mineral development. Focussing on Industrial Revolution 4.0, Dr Agnihotri outlined the need for concentrating on 4Cs — Change, Creative, Courage & Connect— for IBM to grow and play a sustainable role in the domain of Mining & Mineral Development. Highlighting that Mining Society has a tremendous responsibility towards building of social & environmental framework, Dr Agnihotri foresaw greater expansion & diversification of IBM in the future to come.
Delivering the Presidential address, Smt. Indira Ravindran, Controller General (I/c), IBM, described the day as momentous one that signifies IBM’s status as the country’s foremost organisation of excellence. She spoke on the forays made by IBM in various technological fronts in its endeavour to efficiently govern the mining & mineral development activities in the country. Smt. Ravindran extended greeting on behalf of IBM to all the assembled dignitaries, ex-colleagues and serving members of IBM family.
In his brief introductory address, Shri P.N. Sharma, Chief Controller of Mines (I/c), IBM, welcomed the distinguished dignitaries, ex-colleagues & guests and provided a gist of IBM’s growth trajectory from its inception to the present.
Earlier the programme commenced with lighting of traditional lamp, singing of devotional song, introduction of the Chief Guest & Guest of Honour, felicitation of the dignitaries and reading out of our Fundamental Duties by Dr Y.G. Kale, Regional Controller of Mines & Head of Office.
The programme of the day was conducted under the Chairmanship of Shri P.N. Sharma, Chief Controller of Mines I/c and Shri Nilesh Mahatme, compered the activities of the function. The function concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri Abhay Agarwal, Technical Secretary, IBM. A musical concert led by Shri A.K. Patel, AMG, marked the occasion into a celebratory fest.