Date of Joining at NITK: 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Professional Experience: 

Total 13 Years and at NITK around 9 years

Contact Details


bkunar [at]
bkunar [at]


+91-824- 247377


Academic Background

Ph.D. (Mining Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 2009
M.E., (Mining Engineering), IIEST, Shibpur. (Formerly BESU, Shibpur), 2003
B.E. (Mining Engineering), Government College of Engineering, Keonjhar, Odisha (Formerly OSME, Keonjhar), 2001

Conference Proceedings: 

Areas of Interest

Mine Safety Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Mine Surveying and Geomatics, Thermal Conductivity of Rocks


Significant Projects

Project Title:Predictive Assessment of Postural Risk and Biomechanical Analysis of Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Related Problems of Dump Truck Operators in Indian Open Cast Metal Mines
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration : 2020 - 2024
Funding Agency : SERB-DST, Govt of India

Book Chapters: 

Supervision of Ph.D

Ph.D completed: 2 Nos.
Ph.D. ongoing: 4Nos.

Text Books: 


Funded Projects (Ongoing): 

Significant Publications

1. Kunar, B.M., Bhattacherjee, A., Chau N. (2008).“Relationships of job hazards, lack of knowledge, alcohol use, health status and risk taking behaviour to work injuries of underground coal miners: A case-control study in India” “ Journal of Occupational Health, Japan” 2008, Vol. 50 (3), pp.236-244.
2. KunarB.M., Bhattacherjee A., Chau N. (2010). “A matched case-control study of occupational injury in underground coalmine workers” The Journal of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM Journal), Vol. 110, pp. 1-9.
3. Chau N.,Bhattacherjee A.,Kunar B.M., Lorhandicap group (2009).“Relationship between job, lifestyle, age and occupational injuries” Occupational Medicine, London, 2009, Vol. 59, pp.114 -119.
4. Bhattacherjee A.,Kunar B.M. (2011).“Epidemiology: A tool for risk analysis of mine injuries” Transactions of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Engineering (SME) USA, 2011, Vol. 328, pp. 490-500.
5. Bhattacherjee A., Kunar B.M., Baumann Michele, Chau N, Lorhandicap group (2013). “The role of occupational activities and work environment in occupational injury and interplay of personal factors in various age groups among Indian and French coal miners” International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health 2013; Vol. 26(6), pp.1-20.
6. Kunar B.M., Bhattacherjee A.,Samanta B.,Mitra A.(2014). “Relationships of Individual and work related factors with obstructive type lung function disorder of underground coal miners-A Spirometry study” Journal of Geology and Mining Research 2014, Vol.6(5), pp.57-63.
7. Bhattacherjee A., Kunar B.M., (2016): “Miners’ return to work following injuries in coal mines” Medycyna pracy 12/2016; 67(6). DOI:10.13075/mp.5893.00429.
8. Kumar V., Murthy ChSN, Kunar B.M. (2016): “Prediction and Measurement Methods of Thermal Properties in Rock Drilling Process - A Review” Concurrent Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 3(1) 2017, pp. 1-6. /
9. Vijay Kumar S, Ch. S. N. Murthy, B. M. Kunar, “Effect of thermal response on physical properties during drilling operations-A case study”, in Materials Today Proceedings Vol. 5(2) 2018, pp. 7404-7409.
10. Vijay Kumar. S., Kunar, B. M., Murthy Ch. S. N. (2018), “Experimental investigation and statistical analysis of operational parameters on temperature rise in rock drilling” International Journal of Heat and Technology, Vol. 36 (4), pp. 1174-1180.
11. Vijay Kumar. S., Kunar, B. M., Murthy Ch. S. N. (2019), “ANN model for prediction of bit-rock interface temperature during rotary drilling of limestone using embedded thermocouple technique” Journal of Thermal Analysis and calorimetry, (SCI, IF-2.571).
12.Vijay Kumar. S., Kunar, B. M., Murthy Ch. S. N. (2019), “Measurement of bit-rock interface temperature and wear rate of the tungsten carbide drill bit during rotary drilling” Friction, (Accepted). (SCI, IF-3.021)

Funded Projects (Completed): 


1. Second Class Managers’ Certificate of Competency (Restricted) from Directorate General of Mines Safety, Govt. of India.
2. Recipient of the “Hindustan Zinc Limited Prize” by the Institution of Engineers (INDIA) for the best technical research paper.
3. Awarded SRF Fellowship from MHRD Govt. of India from July 2004 to April 2007 to carry out Ph.D. at IIT Kharagpur.
4. Recipient of GATE Scholarship, NRTS and National Merit Scholarships.
5. Outstanding reviewer award from Journal of Safety Science (Elsevier Publisher).
6. Best reviewer award from Journal of safety science (Elsevier Publisher).
7. NIRM Silver Jubilee Medal for distinguish service as scientist to the Institute (Ministry of Mines, Govt of India)

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 Prof Harsh Vardhan,

 Professor and Head
 Department of Mining Engineering, NITKSurathkal
 P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
 Karnataka, India.

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