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Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
Panigrahi's Law of Mine Ventilation
The National Mineral Award - 1998
Indian School of Mines
Durga Charan Panigrahi (Hindi: दुर्गा चरण पाणिग्रही, born: 29 March 1961) is an Indian mining scientist, author and director of Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad. He was awarded the National Mineral Award for the year 1998 by the Ministry of Mines and Minerals, Government of India for his contributions in the field of mining technology. His areas of research are Mine Ventilation, Mine Fire and sub-surface Environmental Engineering.
Panigrahi was born on 29 March, 1961. He completed his bachelor's degree in 1984, his master's in Mining Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management and his doctoral work in 1994, all from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.
He joined Tata Steel in 1984 as an assistant manager. In 1987, he joined the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research as a scientist, and joined the Indian School of Mines as assistant professor in 1992. In 1998, he was promoted to professor and in September 2011, he became the director of the institute.