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NC Jha Mr Nirmal Chandra Jha is a Mining Engineer by qualification with an M Tech degree from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. Professionally, he took up the job of a Mining Engineer at Coal India Limited in January 1974, worked there for 37 years and retired in January 2012 as its Director (Technical) and Chairman & Managing Director. He led the company to achieve “Maharatna” status and the “most valued company in India” in the year 2011. Post retirement from CIL also, Mr Jha has been active in the mining industry and was engaged with M/s Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited as CEO of its Mining Business, Sandvik Chair Professor at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and lastly with M/s International Coal Ventures Limited as the MD & CEO of its Mozambique operations. Mr Jha has been awarded medals for his outstanding contribution to the mining industry of India by the Vice President of India, the Mining Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI) and Indian Mine Managers’ Association (IMMA). He was awarded the certificate of “Engineering Personality of the year 2011” by the Institution of Engineers (India). Mr Jha had steered the MGMI as its President for the period 2008-09 to 2009-10. Mr Jha has served as Director on more than a dozen Boards of PSUs as well as private companies as official, non-official and independent Directors. He has the expertise of both mine planning and execution and brought considerable improvements in the physical and financial performances of the entities taken up by him.