Date of Joining at NITK: 

Monday, June 22, 1987

Professional Experience: 

More than 26 years

Contact Details


govindaraj88 [at]
govindaraj88 [at]


+91-824- 2473376


Academic Background

1. Ph.D (Mining Engineering), Mangalore University, Mangalore,India, 2003
2. M.Tech (Mine Planning), IIT BHU, Varanasi (formerly known as IT, BHU), 1987
3. B.E (Mining Enginering), KSM, Osmania University, Kothegudem, A.P., 1985

Areas of Interest

1. Mine Optimization
2. Mine Planning and Design
3. Environmental Management in Mines 

Supervision of Ph.D

1. Ph.D completed: 03
2. Ph.D ongoing: 07

Significant Publications

1. Bala, R.J., Govinda, R.M., Murthy, C.S.N. "Reliability analysis and failure rate evaluation of load haul dump machines using Weibull distribution analysis". Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Problems. 2018. 5(2), pp. 116-122
2. Rajesh Kumar B., Vardhan, H., Govindaraj, M. and Badal Yadav (2010); “A field investigation on the study of relationship between universal compressive strength of the rock and the sound levels produced during drilling ”; Proceedings of the International conference on “Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering” during 20th and 22nd May, 2010; pp. 228-233.
3. Rajesh Kumar, B., Vardhan, H. and Govindaraj, M. ( 2011): “Prediction of uniaxial compressive strength, tensile strength and porosity of sedimentary rocks using sound level produced during rotary drilling.” Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering; 2011; Springer; Vol.44(5); pp.613-620. (Impact Factor: 0.990; H Index: 22)
4. Rajesh Kumar, B., Vardhan, H. and Govindaraj, M. (2011): “ A new approach for estimation of properties of metamorphic rocks.” International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering; 2011; Inderscience; Vol.3(2); pp. 109-123.
5. Rajesh Kumar, B., Vardhan, H. and Govindaraj, M. (2011): “ Sound level produced during rock drilling vis-à-vis rock properties”. Engineering Geology; 2011; Elsevier; Vol.123(4); pp. 333-337. (Five Year Impact Factor: 1.892; H Index: 48).
6. Rajesh Kumar, B., Vardhan, H. and Govindaraj, M. (2012): “Artificial neural network model for prediction of rock properties from sound level produced during drilling”. Geomechanics and Geoengineering: An International Journal; 2012; Taylor and Francis; DOI:10.1080/17486025.2012.661469 (H Index: 6).

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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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