Mine Closure and Sustainability Planning

By Prof. Khanindra Pathak   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 317
Mine Closure Planning is now mandatory for all mining operations in India and abroad. The national policies and standards practiced for reclamation and site restoration are now streamlined for regional sustainable development. The FR and DPR of any mining project now need to take care of detailed mine closure planning. Mining ventures are now committed to minimize the long lasting impacts on landscape, ecology and on the mind set of local inhabitants. Today’s mining operations require to pay careful attention to post closure societal impacts and post mining mine-site restoration while carrying out the present production as well as environmental and maintenance oriented activities.
Mine closure related activities are to be aligned & integrated with various mining activities. Closing of mining operation involves numerous issues like reclamation and environmental protection, community issues, socio-economic consideration, planning for alternate use of available facilities, cost estimation and asset disposal. Mines must have continuously reviewed and updated closure plan, aimed at rehabilitation of disturbed area, which should be acceptable to local community as well as regulatory authority. The concepts of integrated closure planning to facilitate the activities at the closing phase of a mine need now serious and scientific deliberations. Development of mine closure plans requires understanding number of interrelated concepts and aligning with societal transformations. Without adequate environmental management system, cost effective mine closure or outcome based post-closure development of mine site is impossible.
Sustainable development of the mining industry requires a holistic approach from exploration of resources to their exploitation as well as eco-friendly management of the waste material. Frameworks forsustainable development of mineral sectors are to be designed keeping economy, health and safety, ecology and global laws in perspective.
This course is designed to address these issues through a comprehensive academic approach for real life applications and development of transitional activities in the mining industry.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Mining, Environmental and Civil Engineering, working professionals and practicing engineers of various mining and quarrying organizations.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Mine Closure concepts and concerns
Week 2: Mine Closure concepts and concerns (Cont.)
Week 3: Mine Closure Planning
Week 4: Mine Closure Finance
Week 5: Tools and Techniques for Mine Closure
Week 6: Development of integrated mine Closure
Week 7: Asset Management and Mine Closure
Week 8: Sustainable Development and Mine Closure
Week 9: Practices for Sustainability Assurance
Week 10: Cleaner Production Approaches
Week 11: Sustainable Post mining Environmental Care
Week 12: Technology Deployment for Mine Closure

Books and references

1. Mine Closure by N.C Saxena
2. Mine Closure by Dr. A. Robertson & S. Shaw
3. MMRD Act 2015 and amendments, Ministry of Mines
4. Mineral concession Rules
5. Guidelines of MOEF and Climate change, - Annual reports of MOEF&CC, Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Coal in India
6. Sustainable mining practices –A global perspective by Vasudevan Rajaram, Subijoy Dutta, Krishna Paremeswaran,ISBN-90-5809-689-0

Instructor bio

Prof. Khanindra Pathak

IIT Kharagpur
B. Tech in Mining Machinery and M.Tech in Surface Mining from IITISM, Dhanbad, PhD in Mining Engineering from Imperial College of Science Technology Medicine, London (Commonwealth Fellowship). Professor of Department of Mining Engineering, Ex-Director of Coal India Limited, Ex-HoD of Mining Engineering Department of IIT Kharagpur and University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guniea.Chairman, Eastern Regional Committee of AICTE, Kolkata, Chairman, Board Governors TEQIP-III Dibrugarh University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dibrugarh. Served at Neyveli Lignite Corporation of India Limited, CMPDIL, Coal India Limited, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. Received National Mineral Award in 2016 besides other awards.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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