Activities.

The Society has so far organised 60 Symposia/ Seminars/ Workshops and the topics covered include:

    • Problems and Prospects of Mineral Utilisation (1981).

    • Remote Sensing Techniques in Mineral Exploration (1982).

    • Development & Utilisation of Coal Resources (1983).

    • Mineral Industries and Environment (1983).

    • Mineral Development during the Seventh Plan (1986).

    • Small Mineral Deposits (1985).

    • Geology, Exploration and Development of Graphite Resources (1986).

    • Raw Materials for Refractories and Cement Industries (1986).

    • Raw Materials for Sponge Iron Making (1986).

    • Developments in Mineral Exploration Techniques (1987).

    • Approach to Mineral Development during the 8th Five Year Plan (1988).

    • Geology & Mineral Resources of Orissa (1989).

    • Mining Laws (1990).

    • Chromium and Nickel (1990).

    • Sampling of Geological Materials (1991).

    • Dimension and Decorative Stones (1992).

    • Iron Ore 2000 & Beyond (1993).

    • Gemstones (993)

    • Guidelines & Procedures for clearance of Mining Projects from Forest and Environment angles (1994)

    • Adequacy of Mineral Exploration inputs and compatibility of the current Mining Legislations for Mineral Development (1994)

    • Manganese-Ores & alloys (1995)

    • Strategy, Tools and Laboratory facilities for Diamond and Gold Exploration (1996)

    • Interactive Meet on Raw Materials for Iron & Steel Making (1996)

    • Clearance of Mining Projects from Forest and Environmental angles ~ Procedures Ground Realities and Constraints (1996)

    • Infrastructure in Mineral Development (1997)

    • Status of Education, Training and R & D in Geoscience & Allied disciplines (1998)

    • Developments in Underground Metal Mining Practices (2000)

    • Reclamation & Rehabilitation of Mined out Areas (2001)

    • Interactive Meets with representatives of Mining Industry (2001)

    • Utilisation of Mines Waste and Marginal Grade Ores/ Minerals (2001)

    • Value Addition in Mineral Industry (2002)

    • Assessment and Management of Water Resources (2003)

    • Strategy for Development of Iron ore Resources of India for Iron making and Export  (21 & 22 August 2004)

    • International Seminar “VISION MINERAL DEVELOPMENT-2020”December 2005.

    • Workshop on Industry and Mining Reclamation, Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R, R & R) December 2006.

    • International Conference on EMERGING STEEL SCENARIO IN INDIA - Focus Orissa 27-28 September, 2007, Bhubaneswar, Orissa Organised by M junction, Metal Bulletin, London; SGAT, Steel Tech with Government of Orissa supporting.

    • International Mining History Congress, December 2007

    • Press Meet on incidence of Hexavalent Chromium in the Sukinda chromite mining area, Orissa state; held on 26th February 2008

    • Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility in Mineral based Industries in Orissa-July-2003

    • Seminar in Iron Ores; Genesis and Exploration Technique-December 2008.

    • Workshop on Requirement of Power for Mining and Mineral based Industries in Orissa August 2009.

    • Workshop on Strategy for Management of Economic slowdown in Mineral Industry: 18-19 December 2009.

    • Workshop on Geoscience Education in Secondary Schools July - 2010

    • Press meet on Development Potential of Bauxite Resources of Orissa-20 October 2010

    • International Seminar on Development of Chromite, Nickel and PGM Resources held on 27-28 November 2010, Orissa.

    • Workshop on Odisha Mineral Policy- 11 January 2011, Bhubaneswar.

    • Seminar on Approach and Strategy for Integrated Development of Joda-Barbil-Koira-23 & 24 September 2011 at EZMA Building, Barbil.

    • International Seminar on Mining Legislations- 2 & 3 December 2011 at Bhubaneswar.

    • National Seminar on Mining and Community Welfare – 22 and 23 Sept. 2012

    • Students’ interaction meet on Oceanic, Atmospheric, and Earth resources jointly organised with Geological Society of India – 24 September 2012

    • National Seminar on Waste to Wealth organised jointly with IIM – 14 and 15 Dec. 2012

    • Workshop on Allocation of Coal Blocks - 12th April, 2013

    • International Seminar on Developments in Mineral Exploration Techniques – Strategy and Challenges – 14 and 15 December 2013

    • Workshop on Geoheritage and Geotourism Potential of Odisha, organised jointly with INTACH - 14 September 2014

    • International Seminar "MINEXPRO 2014" - 5th to 7th December, 2014 at Bhubaneswar.

    • Workshop on "Action Plan for Development of Barbil-Joda-Koira Mining Area" - 3rd May, 2015 at EZMA Building, Barbil.

    • Workshop on "DGPS Survey and its Applications" - 22nd August, 2015 at SGAT Conference Hall, Bhubaneswar.

    • International Seminar "MINEXPRO 2015" - 11th to 13th December, 2015 at Hotel Crown, Bhubaneswar.

    • Workshop on “Integrated Development of Daitari-Bamanipal-Sukinda Valley Mining and Industrial Area”  - 9th Septembet, 2016 at Sukinda Chromite Mines of Tata Steel.

    • International Seminar "MINEXPRO 2016" - 3rd and 4th December, 2016 at SGAT Conference Hall, Bhubaneswar.

Besides India, the events had participants from South Africa, Australia, Iran, Japan, Austria, U.K., Brazil, Singapore, USA, Finland, Turkey, Canada, Germany and China.

 

SGAT brought out the first ever comprehensive treatise on GEOLOGY & MINERAL RESOURCES OF ORISSA in 1995. The publication was revised and updated in 1998.  It was further updated in 2006. Efforts are on to bring out a revised and updated edition during 2016.

With a view to arousing awareness for protection of environment, SGAT has been organising ENVIRONMENT CUM MINERAL AWARENESS PROGRAMME (EMAP) for students of High Schools in the in different Mining areas of the State. The winning teams from each of the mining areas participate in the State Level EMAP held during the month of January every year at Bhubaneswar.

For updating the students pursuing PG/ Degree courses in Geoscience, Mining, Metallurgy, Materials Science and Mineral Engineering about the latest developments in respective disciplines, SGAT has been organising MINERAL DEVELOPMENT AWARENESS AND QUIZ PROGRAMME on annual basis.

The Society awards scholarships to meritorious students pursuing studies in Geoscience, Mining & Metallurgical Engineering. Mineral Beneficiation, Mineral Development planning among others.

SGAT donates generously to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund whenever there is any natural disaster.

SGAT has effective interaction with both Central and State Government Authorities and its recommendations have been given due consideration in formulation of legislations governing grant of mineral concessions and environmental protection, mineral policy, development of infrastructural facilities, research projects, creation of educational facilities and institutions etc.

SGAT is represented in both Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) and State Geological Programming Board (SGPB).

SGAT has instituted the following awards, which conferred on annual basis.

1. Life Time Achievement Award

2. SGAT Award of Excellence
3. Sitaram Rungta Memorial Award
4. H. H. Reid Memorial Gold Medal Award
5. Beena Roonwal Memorial Award
6. B. C. Patnaik Memorial Gold Award
7. Award for Best Paper in SGAT Bulletin

SGAT has submitted a Draft State Mineral Policy to the Department of Steel & Mines, Government of Odisha in January 2011.


SGAT has made a documentary film on Mining and Environment during 2012 with the support of EZMA, OMC, Tata Steel, Nalco, IREL, IMFA Group, SAIL, OCL India, EMIL, SARDA Mines among others.

SGAT is represented in the committee set up by the Odisha State Government to frame a MINERAL Policy.

SGAT publishes a bi-annual journal ( SGAT Bulletin).

On an assignment handed out by the State Government, SGAT has prepared a Vision Document for Mineral Development 2020 for Orissa.  The document was submitted to the State Government in May 2009.

Presently with similar assignment form the State Government SGAT is preparing the Vision Document for Mineral Development 2030 for Odisha.

SGAT made a presentation about the Status and Prospects of Mineral Development in Odisha at the 99th Indian Science Congress held at Bhubaneswar during January 2012.

SGAT has submitted a Memorandum to the Standing Committee of Lok Sabha on MMDR Bill 2011.