New Delhi: Coal India Ltd’s flagship subsidiary Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) has set up a centre named Science and Applied Research Alliance and Support (SARAS) to promote innovation, research and skill development along with improving the company’s operational efficiency by utilising resources at an optimum level.
NCL’s Chief Managing Director, Prabhat Kumar Sinha announced this pioneering move in Indian coal sector at a National Seminar on Innovation Driving Productivity with Special Focus on Coal, Power, Steel and MSME Sectors organized by World Confederation of Productivity Science in New Delhi on 7 February.
“SARAS will help and enable the company in the integration of innovation and research for enhancing coal production, productivity, and safety in mines. The company has set up a dedicated R&D centre in collaboration with IIT, Bhubaneshwar and has already commenced 6 varied domain projects worth Rs 60 million to facilitate this move,” Sinha said.
Besides, SARAS would also help establish centres of excellence to ensure technical support to R&D along with thrust on quality skill development and employment to local youths in and around the company’s operational area. Continuous improvement of the existing technical infrastructure of the company for operational efficiency and integrating all initiatives with common tech platforms for optimum utilization of resources are also the objectives of setting up this centre.
Sinha was also elected as a fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science in the seminar for his significant and longitudinal contributions to the improvement of productivity, quality of work and other countless contributions to the coal sector.
NCL accounts for 15% of India’s coal production and 10% of thermal power generation. The company produces more than 100 million tonnes of coal every year. It has planned to produce 107 million tonnes of coal in the current fiscal year.
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