Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awardee Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt mesmerises the audience at RCOEM


Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan Awardee and winner of the Grammy award in 1994 Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt enthralled the audience at RCOEM. He is an exponent of the Veena Mohan and has performed in 85 countries. He is the winner of many accolades like Music Natak Academy, Music Scientist, National Tansen Award, Tantric Emperor, Rajasthan Ratna and Global Music Award twice to name a few. He has been instrumental in keeping the flag of Indian Classical music flying high.  The prestigious St. Peterburg University has given him an honorary degree. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt comes from a family, where for almost 300 years, the service of music and Sadhana is considered as a religion.

Panditji was here as a part of the SPIC MACAY program. SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr Kiran Seth, Professor-Emeritus at IIT-Delhi who was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ for his contribution to the arts in 2009.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was accompanied by Pandit Himanshu Mahant on the Tabla. Both fascinated the audience with their soulful rendition of ragas.   The audience was spell bound for an hour and the young students were astonished to see the energy levels and passion of both the musicians.  Pt. Bhatt played the Raga ‘Charu-nat’ and informed the audience that the performance was not pre-composed or rehearsed.    It was a live rendition of the Raga that helped the audience to transcend from this world to that of peace and tranquillity.

The day started with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries which was followed by the felicitation of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at the hands of Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM. Shri Ashok Kumar Pacheriwala, Treasurer, Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti felicitated Pandit Himanshu Mahant. The event was graced by the presence of Shri Shyamsunder Rathi Member, Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti, Dr. Rajesh Pande, Principal, RCOEM and senior faculty members. The entire program was a result of the efforts Shri. H D Bhave.

National conference and expo on “Advances in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering” (GEOMINE) 2019

Innovation and value addition necessary for Mining Industry said Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra , CMD of Western Coalfields Limited while inaugurating three days National conference and expo on “Advances in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering” GEOMINE 2019 at Hotel Tuli Imperial, Nagpur. Elaborating on efforts taken by WCL in this area he gave a detailed report of success of projects like Coal Neer, sand and bricks manufacturing. According to him sand manufacturing will be a major financial gain area for WCL in near future. He urged participants to adopt such innovative ideas as coal will be a major source of energy for another 40 years. He also gave many examples of how WCL is supplying water pumped from mines to different industries and villages which was earlier discharged in near by water streams.

Shri Dipankar  Shome , Director, Production and Planning , MOIL ltd. was guest of honor of inauguration ceremony. He told how by doing value addition to manganese MOIL  Ltd is selling manganese di oxide. He stressed that efforts in R & D needs to be augmented for mining in leaner ores and deep zones which are also geotechnicaly challenging.

Shri Govindlal Agrawal,  General Secretary of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur in his presidential address stressed the need for extending know how to  small scale mining sector.  He desired better interaction between academic institutions and industry for mutual benefit.

A souvenir containing extract of papers was also released by the dignitaries.

The valedictory session was chaired by Shri Manoj Kumar, Director Technical Operations  and Shri Ajit Choudhari, Director Technical Projects from WCL. Shri Manoj Kumar stressed the need of continuous  geotechnical studies as mines are becoming deep and  the formation more challenging. Shri Choudhari asked the participants to visit Eco Park  and  mineral water plant to get idea of innovativeness.

Alumni of mining department of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management presented a cheque of Rs Two Laks to General Secretary of the college Shri Govindlal Agrawal for constituting Gold Medal in the name of mining engineer late Shri Saheb Singh.

President of IMMA, Shri Sanodiya gave welcome address and Chairman of Conference organizing Committee  Diwakar Gokhale  presented details of conference. Prof Manoj Tiwari proposed vote of thanks.

The three day conference was attended by 150 delegates from academia, coal, metal, explosives, R &D, copper, zinc, cement, DGMS and geotechnical sector. More than 45 papers  on topics  like rock mechanics, geotechnical testing and exploration, geo environment, geo informatics, ground improvement techniques, instrumentation, design and modeling were presented. In the conference retired senior mining engineers were also felicitated.  Key note papers were presented by Shri Rakesh Tumane, Director, MOIl Ltd, Dr Sunil  Baraskar, GM, AFFCONS,  Dr J C  Jhanwar, Principal Scientist, CIMFR and  Dr G G Manekar, G M, MOIL . Open session was conducted to prepare recommendation of the conference in which all the delegates participated and gave their valuable suggestions.

Stalls of mining machinery and geo textiles were also added attraction.  Peer reviewed twenty five papers were also selected for publication in Web of Science index  E Journal HELIX.  Delegates were also taken to mineral water plant and Eco tourism Park at Saoner.

The conference was jointly organized by Civil Engineering department of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management , Nagpur Branch of Indian Mines Manager Association and VNIT Mining Alumni Association. A joint team of mining and geotechnical professionals from various public sector undertakings, Government departments and faculty members of civil engineering department, RCOEM under the mentorship of Dr P D Pachpor, Head, Civil Engineering Department, RCOEM and Prof. M. S. Tiwari Organizing Secretary worked hard for the successful organization of the conference.

Aaruni 2019

Aaruni 2019, the official fresher’s party of the newly admitted first year students marked its beginning on 22nd September 2019. This year’s theme was “THE MYSTIC CHAOS”. The event went on for a week; the whole week consisted of a plethora of group, class as well as individual activities and competitions.


The first day of the 6-day event was Happy Hours! SRC along with Team Aaruni organized inter-class sports competitions for sports like volleyball, throw ball, football, basketball among others. The amazing competitive spirit was seen among the students for their respective sections. Students of each and every class were seen following certain dress codes like bands, caps etc. Once all the sports activities were held, students gathered in the Open Air Theatre for a surprise prepared for them by the students of Dance, Drama and Music club. The three clubs performed with such a high level of energy that it made all the tiredness of the day fade away. On this note, the day came to an end.

 The following day, Impera i.e. the personality contest for the titles of Mr Impera and Ms Impera began. The contest took part in five rounds. The first round was the ‘Paper round’ wherein every participant had to answer a question paper based on his/her opinion. The second and third rounds were the Aptitude test and Group Discussion which tested their general awareness. The fourth round was a surprise one. This year students were told to sell a product or take part in an extempore. The students who cleared all these rounds made their way to the Personal Interview session which was scheduled on 26th September. After all these grilling rounds three girls and three boys were selected for the final round that was the Stage round that had taken place on 27th September. Judges were invited for the final round. Hon. General Secretary, RCOEM Shri. Govindlalji Agarwal and Principal Dr. Rajesh Pande graced the event by their presence.

Apart from these daily contests, to ensure the participation of each and every student, daily tasks were given to each class. Maximum participation and enthusiasm of the students during all the planned activities filled the atmosphere with joy. These tasks were then judged and points were granted accordingly to every section. These points were then summed up to find the winner of the Best Section Prize.


The final day of Aaruni i.e. 27th September was the Cultural Night.  After the completion of the stage round of Impera, the most awaited element of the event began. The first performance was made by the members of Music Club followed by the Drama and the Dance Club. Apart from the club members, the students were selected in the category of Dance and Ramp walk during the Cultural Auditions for this day. After the performances, the winners of Mr and Ms Impera, Best section and Best dressed were awarded.  Sanskar Jain was crowned as Mr Impera and Mrudani Deosthali bagged the title of Miss. Impera. The best section award was won by Section F. Miss Rutuja Bhavsar and Mr Himanshu Yadav were given the Best Dressed award.


After the Prize Distribution ceremony, students proceeded towards the dining area where they had a sumptuous dinner, the menu of which was liked by the students. Towards the end of the event every student of first year was gifted with a memento of Aaruni 2019.


The following faculty members were present during the Aaruni cultural program 2019.  Dr. A. V. Bharati, Dr. Sanjogta Meshram, Dr. Priti Mangrulkar, Dr. Meenal Joshi, Dr. Monika Seth Dr.Vijaya Hucche,  Dr. Renuka Nafdey, Prof. Akanksha Deshpande, Prof. Kavita Kalambe, Prof Shraddha Sukhadeve,  Prof. Nidhi Purohit, Prof. Amruta Pande,  Dr. G. R. Potey, Dr. C. P. Pandhurnekar, Dr. S.  S. Butoliya, Dr. Prafula Bagde, Prof. Mohan G. Trivedi,  Dr. Prasanna Kulkarni, Prof, Nilesh Korde, Prof. Pankaj Sawarkar and Dean SRC Dr. Y. M. Sonkhaskar.


The program was well managed and coordinated by Yash Khandelwal, Cultural Secretary SRC along with the entire team SRC and team Aaruni’19. The event was conducted and received with great zeal and enthusiasm.