Date of Joining at NITK: 

Monday, September 2, 1991

Professional Experience: 

38 years of Teaching, Research & Consultancy (7 ½ years as Lecturer at IIT-BHU + 29 years 6 months at NITK)

Contact Details




+91-824- 2473370 




Academic Background

Ph.D (Mining Engineering) - Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
M.Tech (Mine Planning) - Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
BE (Mining Engineering) - Osmania University, Hyderabad

Conference Proceedings: 

Areas of Interest

Rock Engineering
Controlled Blasting
Rock Dredging
Tendering & Contracting

Significant Projects

Major R&D Projects:

  • S&T Project on "Modelling on Airborne Dust in Opencast Coal Mines"                                                                                                                                              Funding Agency: Ministry Of Coal, Govt. of India, Funding Amount: Rs.77.04 Lakhs 
  • R&D Project on "Assessment of Performance of Explosives / Blast Results Based on Explosive Energy Utilization"                                                              Funding Agency: Coal India Ltd., Funding Amount Rs.1.24 Crores

Major Consultancy Projects:

  • Design & Implementation of Controlled Blasting Methodology for the Construction of Underground Metro Railway Stations - Central College, Cricket Stadium, Chickpet, KR Market etc., Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, 2011 - 2016.        
  • Study of the Effect of Elevated Metro Trains on the Laboratories of Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI, Yeswanthpur, Bangalore, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (2013).
  • Assessment of Ground Vibrations caused due to Blasting Operations for Housing Project, Banashankari III-Stage, Bangalore, Tata Housing Pvt. Limited (2012).
  • Design of Under Water Blasting Operations for Rock Dredging in Inner Harbour Approach Channel and Turning Circle,Visakhapatnam Port, Visakhapatnam, Dharti Dredging Infrastructure Limited (2013-14).
  • Assessment of Pile Foundation subjected to ground vibrations caused due to Underwater blasts for the construction of Berth No. 18, New Mangalore Port, Mangalore (2014).
  • Preparation of Tender Document including preparing Price Estimate for Dredging including Rock Dredging involving Under Water Blasting in front of Berth No. 18, New Mangalore Port Trust, Mangalore (2015).       
  • Design of Controlled Blasting Methodology for the Ajjampura Tunnel and Protection of the surface structures of Kalishetty Halli Village, Upper Bhadra Project, Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited (2016). 
  • Design of under water blasting in dock basin front of Berth No. 18 and protection of marine structures in Mangalore Port, Rock & Reef Dredging Company Limited (2016-17).
  • Study of the Blasting Operations carried out for the Excavation of Jack Well / Pump House, Budhihal Peerapur Lift Irrigation Scheme at Narayanapur Dam, Surapur Taluk, Yadagiri District, Karnataka, Amrutha Constructions Pvt. Limited, Bengaluru (2017).

Book Chapters: 

Supervision of Ph.D

Completed: 10
Ongoing : 03

Funded Projects (Completed): 


• Luminary in Mining Education in India Award by CSIR-CIMFR, Presented by Hon’ble Union Minister for S&T, Dr. Harshvardhan, in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on Feb. 15, 2017.
• Dr. Rajendra Prasad Gold Medal for best paper titled “Stress distribution on blasting gallery pillar due to goaf formation during extraction”, presented at Indian Engineering Congress
held at Chennai, Dec. 21, 2017 (Co-author: Dr. Sandi Kumar Reddy).
• Best Paper Award for paper on “Signal processing computation based seismic energy estimation of blast induced ground vibration waves”, IEEE-Int. Conf. Distributed Computing,
VLSI, Electrical Circuits and Robotics (DISCOVER 2016), Aug. 13-14, 2016, NITK-Surathkal, India (Co-author: G. Raghu Chandra) [Scopus Indexed] .
• Hindustan Zinc Limited Gold Medal for Best Paper Publication Award during 2008-09, Institution of Engineers (India), Award presented on Dec. 11, 2009 at 21st Indian Engineering
Congress held at Mangalore, December 2009.
• Dr. Rajendra Prasad Gold Medal for Best Paper published, Institution of Engineers (India), 2006-07, award presented on Dec. 21, 2006 at 21st Indian Engineering Congress held at
Guawhati, December 2007.
• Sponsored by the MOEF, Govt. of India, to USA and Canada as a part of World Bank Project on Environmental Management – Carrying Capacity Building Approach in 2003.
• Best Paper - " Blast design for improved productivity of machines in surface mines" presented in National Convention on Mechanization for Profit in Mining, Organized by Mining,
Geological & Metallurgical Institute of India, Bangalore, Nov.25-27, 1994.
• Referred as Distinguished Personality in the News of The Indian Mining & Engg. JI., V.35, No.7, Mar.1996.
• Popularized the modern Shock Tube Initiation System in Limestone industry in southern India, by conducting studies in a large number of mines.
* First time in India, a Rock Dredging Project involving Underwater Blasting was carried out in front of berth No. 8 in an area of about 1.2 Lakh sq.m in Tuticorin Port, Tamilnadu, which
totally designed by me.
• Handled very prestigious consultancy project of Design and Implementation of Controlled Blasting for excavation of 5 U/G Railway Station of BMRCL, during 2011 - 2015, Bangalore
Metro Rail Corporation Limited, without causing any untoward incident in 4 years of continuous blasting.

M.Tech Students (Completed): 


Ph.D Students (Completed): 


Ph.D Students (Ongoing): 


Contact us

 Dr. M. Aruna,

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

  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473051
  • Email: mininghod[at]nitk[dot]ac[dot]in

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