Monash University spearheads sustainable mining initiatives in India

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Monash University has entered into significant Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with two distinguished Indian institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) and the International Centre for Excellence in Mining Safety and Automation (iCEM) in Gujarat, India.

These landmark agreements are set to integrate Monash’s cutting-edge research and innovative capabilities into India’s mining and mineral development landscape, the university said in a news release.

The formation of the Australia-India Critical Minerals Research Hub will serve as a platform for collaborative research endeavors involving researchers and industry leaders from both nations. The research will emphasize crucial facets of mineral exploration, extraction, processing, and recycling.

Professor Susan Elliott AM, Monash University’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, underscored the importance of these strategic partnerships, noting their role in fostering innovation and knowledge exchange between Australia and India for global welfare.

“These partnerships are another positive step towards international cooperation and sustainable developments in the critical minerals sector, increasing mining efficiency, enhancing capabilities in critical minerals, and reducing mining’s impact on climate change,” said Prof Elliott.

Professor Elliott added that iCEM’s focus on renewable energy and metals aligns naturally with the research and innovation emanating from Monash University.

According to her, the synergy between these institutions is expected to contribute significantly to the mining sector’s growth, enhancing its efficiency, safety, and overall sustainability.

The formal exchange of MoU documents occurred during a ceremony attended by notable dignitaries, including the Hon. Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education, Australia; the Hon. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, India; Shri K Sanjay Murthy, IAS, Secretary Higher Education, Govt. India; and the Australian High Commissioner to India, H.E. Philip Green OAM.