Varanasi (UP), Jan 17 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, with the support of the Northern Coalfields Limited under an MoU with them, is going to establish a new research centre at the oldest mining engineering department in the country which came into existence in 1923.
The Coal Quality Management and Utilisation Research Centre will be the first of its kind in India under an academia-industry MoU. It will be equipped with a state-of-the-art facility for conducting research on clean coal technology to enhance the quality of coal, with the facility for determining the quality and grade of coal for stakeholders and traders.
IIT-BHU Director Prof Pramod Kumar Jain said that the need for clean coal with sustainable mining and lowering of carbon footprint of mining was identified as a global and national research theme and keeping the same in mind, the Coal Quality Management and Utilisation Centre was envisioned.
He said that this scientific effort and collective endeavours of IIT-BHU and NCL would help to realise the vision of an affordable, efficient and compact reliable clean coal supply to coal consumers and reduction of carbon emissions as per the Paris Agreement.
According to him, the objective of the centre was to create knowledge and develop human resources through doctoral research, post graduate dissertations and B. Tech projects and professionally to cater to the needs of the industry for cleaner coal availability.
IIT-BHU, through the MoU with NCL, has already started joint PhD programmes where laboratory facility, field data will be used to make coal mining technology and environment more technologically viable and economically feasible with environment-friendly mining.
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Oil marketing companies have spared consumers of yet another petrol and diesel price hike even though the global oil market is on the boil with crude reaching within touching distance of year-high-level of $70 a barrel.
Petrol continues to be priced at Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in the capital on Saturday. Across the country too, the petrol and diesel price remained unchanged.
This is seventh consecutive day when pump prices of auto fuels have remains unchanged.
After a spike in global oil prices seen over last two weeks with crude price jumping close to $67 a barrel, prices had fallen to around $63 a barrel but it rose again to cross $69 a barrel mark now after after the OPEC+ decision to continue with crude production cut in April.
Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. In the 14 increases since then, price have gone up by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol while diesel rate has risen by Rs 4.34 a litre in Delhi.
The increase in the previous weeks has taken petrol to cross historic high levels of Rs 100 a litre in several cities across the country.
The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively so far this year.
Oil companies executives said that petrol and diesel prices may increase further in coming days as retail prices may have to be balanced in line with global developments to prevent OMCs from making loss on sale of auto fuels.