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International Conference on Lean Grade Ore begins at NML

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Jamshedpur : A three-day long international conference on “Processing of Lean Grade and Urban Ores (IC-LGO 2015)” organised by CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur in association with the Indian Institute of Metals ( IIM ), Jamshedpur Chapter kicks off today at CSIR-NML Auditorium.

Altogether 270 delegates which include 40 foreign and 230 Indian delegates attended the inaugural function. IC-lGO 2015, will cover 155 technical papers in which 134 oral presentations (including Plenary, Keynote and Invited lectures) and 21 posters.

Many eminent personalities from all over the world like Prof. Michael Free, Dr. Jochen Petersen, Dr. David Dreisinger, Prof. Takashi Nakamura from USA, South Africa, Canada, Japan, respectively as well as Industries, Academic Institutions and R&D Organizations in India have come to participate in the deliberations, taking lots of pain and to make the conference a success.

The conference is fully sponsored by private sector companies like Tata Steel, Eco-Reco, Usha Martin, Adhunik, E- Parisara, ADV Metal Combine Pvt. Ltd., FEI, Leica Microsystems, Jindal Saw, KIGAM and many more other than a limited government grants.

Chief Guest, Distinguished Professor Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, Penn State University from USA in his address stressed the need of mining the urban waste as they are in a alarming situation and are problematic in terms of material collections, Sorting, Processing, and Separation of valuable metals.

However it will be suicidal unless we look for some way out as it may lead to environmental disastrous. And these issues are Global, not confined to a state or a region. Therefore a conference like IC-LGO becomes very relevant in providing a common platform wherein one can collectively look for some solution or a value addition, Prof. Osseo-Asare added.

Guest of Honour Dr. R.N. Patra, said “Need for inclusive economic growth has made it imperative to conserve the limited natural resources by adopting enhanced technology measures, in the field of recycling, reuse and reducing consumption of precious natural resources, now the whole world is looking at India as a market place. Our Atomic energy resources started with very lean grade uranium ore (400 ppm) whereas rest of the world deals at above 1% rich uranium ore, therefore, India had a very wise beginning in the field of Atomic energy.”

CSIR-NML Director Dr. S. Srikanth, while welcoming the gathering said “Based on the current global requirements as due to rapid development, exploitation of high grade ore and stringent environmental regulations, it is necessary to have a discussion to find the solution to get alternative resources by using the lean grade ores, fines and different type of wastes (new terminology urban mining). If we could find the solutions it will be helpful to conserve the natural resources as well as protect the environment.

Dr. M.K. Jha, Chairman of the Conference while speaking about the conference said, “The growing concern over the depletion of high grade ores, increasing consumption patterns, high energy demands and stringent environmental regulations have posed a challenge on sustainable development.

Waste management is also a key problem because of the large volume and complexity of discarded domestic and industrial wastes.

Therefore, the immediate need is to develop suitable technologies for the utilization of various lean grade ores, fines, dumped ores, slime, mine water, urban ore viz. industrial solid/ liquid wastes, E-waste, municipal waste etc. through energy efficient and environment friendly processes.” IIM, Jamshedpur Chapter Chairman Dr. Sandeep Bhattacarya, spoke on different activities handled by the Chapter including students science promotional programmes.

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