New Delhi: Arvind Kumar has been appointed as Director (Technical) of Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), a Miniratna PSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of Mines. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Arvind Kumar on January 14. Prior to this, Kumar was serving as Executive Director (ED) of Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLC India Limited). He has been appointed for a period “from the date of his assumption of charge of the post till the date of his superannuation i.e. February 28, 2023, or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” said an order from the DOPT. The post of Director (Technical) of MECL was vacant since January 30, 2019.
Education & background
Kumar is an Engineering Graduate (B. Tech. in Mining Engineering) from Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur (Rajasthan) and Masters in Engineering (M. Tech. in Mine Planning) from Osmania University. He also did the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management from ICFAI University.
Kumar possesses rich experience in the coal mining industry for more than 32 years. Prior to joining NLC India Limited, Kumar was working as General Manager (Mines) at Essel Mining and Industries Limited since February 2012.
Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL)
Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) was established as an autonomous public sector company in October 1972, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Mines for systematic exploration of minerals, to bridge the gap between the initial discovery of a prospect and its eventual exploitation.
Currently, the government holds 100 percent shareholding of the company. MECL is the only organisation both in government and in the private sector, possessing an entire spectrum of mineral exploration facilities under one roof. Since its inception in 1972, MECL has grown from strength to strength by adopting modern techniques of exploration and it has now emerged as the premier exploration agency in the country. The Company has its corporate office at Nagpur (Maharashtra) with a number of zonal/project offices located throughout the length and breadth of the country. As per the companies’ website, the authorised capital of MECL is Rs 125 crore.