The Indian Mines Act of 1901 created a need for a government college of Mining Engineering in India, similar to the Royal School of Mines. The Indian National Congress, the leading political party at the time, endorsed this idea through a resolution in 1901. A committee was formed, led by Macpherson, to study the mining education system in England and report back. Based on their findings, the Indian School of Mines was established in Dhanbad in 1920 as a fully government-funded, all-India institution. It was officially opened in 1926 and had a national character from its inception.
The Indian School of Mines was granted university status under the UGC Act in 1967 and came under the Ministry of HRD in 1996, with employee compensation and benefits equal to those at IITs and IIMs. The 88-hectare campus is fully residential and offers a variety of programs, including B.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc.Tech, MBA, M.Phil, Ph.D., and the highest degree of academic achievement, D.Sc. The campus has academic buildings, student housing, and residential facilities for faculty and staff, as well as other infrastructure. The school has links with universities worldwide and a global alumni network.
The school is located in the heart of the coking coal belt in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, 260 km from Kolkata. It can be reached by train in 3 hours from Howrah (Kolkata) via the Howrah-New Delhi Grand Chord route.
ISM University provides various facilities to students including hostels, scholarships, a fully automated library, admission for foreign students, and student societies. The hostels provide a homely environment for students with modern amenities. The university offers several scholarships for students, including Merit Cum Means Scholarship, ISMU North American Alumni Scholarship, and others. The library provides access to over 80,000 books, 8000 Ph.D thesis and dissertations, and 2000 full-text scholarly research journals. The university also has student societies for cultural, scientific, literary, music, and other activities. Some students have also achieved recognition, such as patented projects in areas such as improved bottle/can filling technology.
Student Societies – In ISMU there a number of Student’s Society managed by students themselves under the guidance of senior faculty member. The students are very actively taking part in the various activity of these societies throughout the year . The Societies of ISMU are Cultural Scientific And Literary Society, Music Society, Chayanika Sangh, Cyber Society, Photographic Society
An improved cans/bottles filling for filling of liquid – Two students of V semester Rahul Soni (Dual Degree-B. Tech in Mineral Engineering with M. Tech in Mineral Resource Management) and Kaustuva Dipta Pany (Dual Degree-B. Tech in Petroleum Engineering with M. Tech in Petroleum Management) from Department of Fuel and Mineral Engineering and Department of Petroleum Engineering respectively have got patented their project titled as “An improved cans/bottles filling for filling of liquid” at IPR office kolkata through NRDC (National Research Development corporation – A Govt. of India Enterprise). It is an innovative pedal powered mechanical bottling machine running without electricity.