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2015-05-06

Australian professor Stephen Fityus visits India to tap opportunities in mining, research

Stephen Fityus to visit India to cater the opportunities for collaboration with prominent Indian higher education institutions.

One of the foremost Australian experts in mining and geotechnical engineering, Professor Stephen Fityus from the University of Newcastle is going to visit India to cater the opportunities for collaboration with prominent Indian higher education institutions, research centres and industry bodies. He is also the Principal Researcher in the Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling at the University of Newcastle.

Commenting on his visit Prof. Fityus said "This visit has enabled a deeper two-way understanding of the mining capabilities in our countries and I see immense potential in academic and research collaboration in this area between Australia and India,".

He has made contributions to a wide range of research areas including minesite geomechanics, geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, and engineering geology. During his visit to India, he will be delivering lectures at the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad; the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Kolkata; the CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology; the Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists, Bhubaneshwar; and Coal India Ltd.

Welcoming the initiative, Patrick Suckling, Australia's High Commissioner to India, said that mining is an area of mutual interest to Australia and India. In particular, this visit will address both their Prime Ministers' stated desire to explore partnerships with the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, as indicated in their joint statement during Prime Minister Modi's visit.

The visit is taking place under the Australia India Education Council's (AIEC) Eminent Researcher Lecture Program. The AIEC is a bi-national body co-chaired by the Australian and Indian Education Ministers, for driving the Australia India education, training and research agenda.

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