Q & A on Aerospace Medicine, Environmental studies and Mining Engineering

Aerospace Medicine

I am presently pursuing MBBS. I want to know about Aerospace Medicine and consider it as an option for pursuing higher education. Are there any institutions that are specialising in it in our country? What are the modalities for admission?

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Aviation medicine applies medical knowledge to the human factors in aviation. Every factor contributing to a safe flight has a failure rate. The crew of an aircraft is no different. Aviation medicine aims to keep this rate in the humans involved equal to or below a specified risk level. This standard of risk is also applied to airframe, avionics and systems associated with flights.

Bangalore hosts the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, which comes under the Indian Air Force. You have to contact the Principal and Commandant, of the Institute located at Vimanapura, Bangalore-560 017, Ph: 25224131, ext: 3316, email:

Bangalore became the centre for the School of Aviation Medicine (SAM) on May 29, 1957, and was rechristened as the Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) in 1968. In 1989, it was redesignated as the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM). It is one of the premier aeromedical centres in the world.

IAM is the only institute of its kind in South-East Asia that offers a postgraduate degree (MD) in Aerospace Medicine. The course is of three years’ duration and is interdisciplinary, taking inputs from diverse fields such as medicine, physiology, psychology, biophysics, and bioengineering. The course has a mix of research and clinical training. For more details you should browse the website of the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine (ISAM):

The Institute is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, for conducting the postgraduate degree. The qualifications required are MBBS with minimum 55 per cent marks and registration with the State Medical Council

The Institute is open to civilian students and service medical officers from the Army, Navy and Air Force. Admission is based on an all-India written entrance examination (multiple-choice type) followed by an interview for selected candidates.

Environmental Studies

I completed my B.Sc. in Biotechnology with 78 per cent marks. My areas of specialisation were Biotechnology, Zoology and Chemistry. I am studying for a six-month Diploma in Biotechnology from an institute. On completion of the Diploma I want to pursue M.Sc in Environmental Studies. My aim is to get into the world of research. Please guide me.

via email, Nagpur

Being a Biotechnology student, you can pursue the programmes of Environmental Sciences from universities and institutes that have an international standing. The following list is not exhaustive.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) ( established the School of Environmental Sciences (SES) in 1974. It offers M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D. Contact: SES, JNU, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110067. Ph: 011-26742676 (general).

The Centre for Ecological Studies (CES) (1982) ( of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) has created a niche for itself. Students and researchers from all over the globe come here to understand the nuances of ecology. CES is an attraction for those who intend to pursue the Integrated Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences following the completion of B.Sc. This will be an ideal launch pad for those who want to engage in core research. Contact: CES, 3rd Floor, Biological Sciences Building, IISc., Bangalore-560012. Email:

You can get information from the Pondicherry University (, wherein the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences offers postgraduate and doctorate programmes. These courses are popular with students from all over India. Contact: K.V. Devi Prasad, Professor and Head, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University, Puducherry-605 014. Email:

Bishop Heber’s College (Autonomous) (, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, attracts the best of students who want to major in Ecology. Address: BHC, Tiruchirapalli-620017. Email:

Mining Engineering

I have read about the School of Mines but have not been able to collate information. Please provide the details and the contact coordinates.

via email, Bangalore

One of the best places to pursue a programme in Mining Engineering is the Indian School of Mines University (1926) (ISMU) (, Dhanbad. It was granted the status of a deemed to be University under the UGC Act, 1967. The Department of Mining Engineering of the ISMU was the first of Departments that commenced operations in 1926; and from then on it has gone from strength to strength. The Department conducts the following programmes:

(i) Four-year B.Tech in Mining Engineering.

(ii) Two-year M.Tech in Opencast Mining, Mine Planning and Design, Rock Excavation Engineering, Mining Engineering, Underground Space Technology and Geomatic Engineering.

Under the five-year Integrated Courses leading to dual degrees of ISMU are:

B.Tech. (Mining Engineering) + MBA

B.Tech. (Mining Engineering) + M.Tech. (Computer Applications)

Students seeking admission to the B.Tech and dual degree programs have to qualify in the IIT-JEE.

For more details you can contact the Head of Department, Department of Mining Engineering, ISMU, Dhanbad-826 004, Jharkhand. Ph: 0326-2235222. Fax: 0326-2296563. Email:


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