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India Hosts 10th International Kimberlite Conference

Feb 15, 2012 4:48 AM   By Geological Society of India
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Press Release: It was first time that the International Kimberlite Conference (IKC) took place in India, in Bangalore, at the Sheraton Hotel from February 6 to 11, 2012.  It was organized by the Geological Society of India and sponsored by Rio Tinto, De Beers, BHP Billiton, Australian Scientific Instruments, NGRL India, and supported by Ministry of Earth Sciences and Geological Survey of India.

Just as the kimberlite acts to signal rock bringing the diamonds to the surface, the International Kimberlite Conferences bring together geologists, geoscientists, mining companies, government bodies, diamond industry and academics to share a  common platform.

The chief guest was S.K. Srivastava, the additional secretary of mines for India,  and the guests of honor were G.V. Kongwad, the secretary of commerce an industry for  Karnataka; A. Sunderamoorthy, teh director-general of geological survey of India; Simon Young, the manager at Rio Tinto and D.V. Pichamuthu, the director at Federation of Mineral Industries. Interestingly, the logo of the 10th Kimberlite Conference was the Kohinoor diamond enclosed with the Indian tricolor.

The function began by paying homage to the late Padmashree, Dr. Bangalore Radhakrishna, a gem of a person who dedicated his life to geology, who passed away just a fortnight before the conference at the age of 94.

R.H. Sawkar, the secretary of the Geological Society of India, welcomed the guests. Speaking at the inaugural function R.H. Mitchell, the chairman of IKC's  advisory committee, said that for years India was forgotten as a source for diamonds because it was easy to mine in other parts of the world. To this H.K. Gupta, president of the Geological Society of India, added by recalling that there were so many bureaucratic problems that mining for diamonds in India was a very difficult proposition. This type of conference would create the much needed awareness among government bodies, industry and the young geoscientists.

Answering to this, Srivastava said that new policies were being framed, allowing private participation in mineral exploration. The new plan envisages  reforms in mining such that the multinational are motivated to come forward. It has a five point program the highlights of which are exclusive license to anyone who finds diamonds, High Tech Reconnaissance Exploration License (HTREL), Social License to Mining Companies and easy transfer of mining licenses.

At the inaugural function, Srivastava released the book entitled “Diamonds and their Source rocks in India” written by Dr. Fareeduddin and Dr. Roger H. Mitchell. Dr. Jayshree Panjikar of Panjikar Gem Research and Tech Institute (PANGEMTECH), Pune, India, was invited by Dr. Fareeduddin, IKC convener, to attend the conference and was presented the copy of this book by the authors.

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