“20 Years From Now You Will Be More Disappointed By The Things That You Didn’t Do Than By The Ones You Did Do. So Throw Off The Bowlines. Sail Away From The Safe Harbor. Catch The Trade Winds In Your Sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

And what possibly can be better than getting an opportunity to study in one of the most prestigious colleges of India to explore, dream or discover as suggested by Mark Twain?

Well, first things first, our college is by far the best college in the country for pursuing earth science branches and one of the best places to pursue technical education in the country, nobody can deny this fact! Established in 1926, it has been recently metamorphosed to an institute of national importance and soon will undergo changes that would make this college even better. The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings ranked the college 24th among the top mineral and mining engineering departments and universities of the world, it was ranked 7th by EDURand Foundation among all colleges of India, also it has the highest per faculty research output among all IITs!

Everything in Dhanbad just revolves around two things, coal and college and this is what makes this place famous. Dhanbad is also known as the coal capital of India much like Australia’s Newcastle!

We do not consider ourselves to be lacking in any aspect as compared to the other IITs, even though we are newly converted to IIT. This place has a lot to offer to its students and our alumni lead top notch companies today and are pioneers of the power sector.

Other students from IITs are just IITians but we are ISMites with the attitude of IITians, that is what makes us all Dynamites, so to speak. I won’t tell you the placement statistics or the highest package because that you can easily Google that on your own and I also don’t want to end up writing a lot of “Potha” i.e. useless stuff, about it. What I can tell you is that we have many clubs functioning in our college and during your first ten months you will end up going to the induction programme of one or the other every week and will be left amazed by the talent of the people who lead them!

We are ‘Matiyao’ (our very own lingo for procrastinators) outside but deep within I guess we all are hardworking, ambitious and dreamers.

Our campus is “quite” large but you know the best part is that it takes half the time it takes for Maggi to cook, for us to reach class.

Interaction with seniors is a topic on which you will have a lot to discuss and share experiences about. Just when you’ll think that you have had enough “fun”, it’ll be the time for the Freshers Events, (the official college one, which is a bore, followed by one more suited for Engineers).

Tell someone that you  are at IIT DHN and they end up asking “ Wahi Mining wala college ?” and you are painstakingly obliged to inform them that it’s now called “INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES ), DHANBAD!!!!”

Overall, it has been an interesting journey here till now for me and if you end up getting a good rank in JEE ADVANCED, you might just land here too!

See when I was preparing for IIT, all I dreamt of was to get into IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur and many of us were oblivious of the presence of IIT DHN. After coming here, I  realised that things which I didn’t expect to be present here, existed here and honestly, I have not lost anything being a part of this College and I can utilise the means available here in the best way possible to fulfil  my ambitions, pursue my dreams and be the best I can.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

I would just conclude by sharing views of one of our professor who has been at IIT Bombay also for some time. He says that this college is the best among other IITs because once the parents send their kids, they need not worry much because the most happening place in Dhanbad is the college itself.

Bhaskar Boora
IIT (ISM), Dhanbad.

P.S. All Image credits to our awesome Photography Club, FotoFreaks.(https://www.facebook.com/fotofreaks.iit.ism/)

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