MPT 2014: Growth & Sustainability of Mineral Industry

About MPT2014

Mineral Industry and its sustainable development is a prime mover in the growth of a nation. India is endowed with vast mineral wealth and has a strong human resource base of geologists, mining and mineral engineers and metallurgists to help convert the mineral wealth to useful metals. The development and economic growth of India is directly related to the exploitation of its natural resources. As minerals are non-renewable, their exploitation and utilization needs to be done with utmost care and responsibility since these resources belong to future generations, as well. Exploitation of minerals needs energy which is scarce. More importantly mining and processing of minerals cause environmental degradation. Thus, sustainable mineral industry needs energy efficient and environment friendly technologies.


  • Mineral/ore Characterization
  • Nano minerology
  • Advances in comminution
  • Classification
  • Gravity separation
  • Surface chemistry and interfacial phenomenon
  • Magnetic / Electrostatic separation
  • Solid / liquid separation
  • Flocculation
  • Bio techniques in mineral processing
  • Leaching and up-gradation of ores
  • Effluent treatment, waste utilization and tailing dams
  • Preparation and Handling of slurry
  • Process Flowsheet development
  • Modelling simulation of processes for optimization
  • Coal preparation
  • Iron ore processing
  • Beach Sands Beneficiation
  • Sulphide flotation
  • Synthetic/Reformed Minerals and Mineral Products
  • Agri minerals
  • Phyto Remediation and Green Belts around Mines
  • Equipment Development in Mineral Processing
  • Environment Sustainability Issues, Ecology, Ground Water
  • Processing’of Industrial minerals
  • Powder Technology
  • Dry beneficiation
  • Sintering pelletization of fine particles
  • Tech no-economics of the feasibility report.
  • Academia and industry for development of future mineral professionals

When: 11-13 December, 2014

Where: Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India

About Andhra University

Andhra University happens to be one of the earliest seats of learning on the east coast of the India, established by the erstwhile British Raj in the year 1926. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan who later became President of India, served here as a Vice Chancellor. Sir CV Raman, Noble Laureate, Sir CR Reddy, was the founder Vice-Chancellor had served the University, in its formative years, with distinction.

Andhra University has been the first institution in the country to foresee the necessity of Mineral Engineers for the country and visionary like Prof. Calamur Mahadevan conceived and started a specialized course in Mineral Process Engineering sixty years ago in 1954 in the department of Geology; subsequently the course was moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering, offering a one year post-graduation degree to students with Chemical/Mechanical Engg., and Geology background. Presently, a two-year M.Tech degree in Mineral Process Engineering is offered.

About Visakhapatnam

Archeological evidences suggest that the origin of Visakhapatnam lies in the Buddhist ruins of Thotlakonda that date back to 3rd century. Visakhapatnam, aIso known as Vizag is a port city surrounded by fascinating Eastern Ghats (mountain ranges) on the West and/Bay of Bengal on the East. Vizag was a part of ancient kingdoms such as Kalinga, Chola and Moghuls. Vizag today is a major industrial city, with power projects, steel mill, ship building facilities, oil refinery, fertilizer and cement plants and supporting infrastructure. The city has a strong naval base and is headquarter of Eastern Naval Command, Indian navy. The city is a center for higher learning and a hub of Indian Culture. Vizag is connected through road ways, rail ways and through an international airport.

Vizag is endowed with beautiful beaches and has many interesting places to offer to the venerable tourist. Places worth visiting include Hindu temple-Simhachalam, Buddhist ruins-Thotlakonda, Kailsagiri- offering panoramic view of the long beaches, Rishikonda -. offering water sports, Kambalakonda- a nature’s trek and Kusura - a submarine converted to a museum by Indian Navy.

Vizag also boasts of many star hotels which ensure comfortable stay and excellent Indian/continental cuisine. The weather in Visakhapatnam during December is quite pleasant with day temperatures in the range of 18 deg to 25 deg C.