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    Anil K. Gupta
Director
Research Interests :
  • Himalayan Uplift and Paleomonsoon
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoceanography
  • About the Director
    Prof. Anil K. Guptaepartment of Geology & Geophysics of the same Institute during 2006-2009. Prof. Gupta's current research interests include paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian Ocean, centennial and millennial scale changes in the Indian monsoon based on marine and continental records, Himalayan uplift and evolution of the Indian monsoon, and role of gas hydrate in climate variability. He is the recipient of National Mineral Award 2000 and TWAS Prize 2010. He is fellow of all the Science Academies of India and fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy. Prof. Gupta is the recipient of J.C. Bose National Fellowship of DST, New Delhi. He is also the life fellow of the Indian Geophysical Union and fellow of the Geological Society of India.

    Prof. Gupta has rigorously published in journals of high repute including Nature, Science, Nature Geoscience, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing House), Geology, Geophysical Research Letters and Paleoceanography, etc.
    Director's Message
    Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, established in 1968, is an autonomous Institute of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The Institute is actively engaged in geological mapping, glaciology, paleomonsoon and Himalayan uplift, structure & tectonics, petrology & geochemistry, geochronology, sedimentology, geomorphology, paleontology and biostratigraphy, hydrology and geophysical studies. These studies are focussed to unravel geological truths related to mountain building for manifold applications in understanding geodynamic processes, impact on monsoon and global climate, natural resources, evolution of life, and assessment and mitigation of natural hazards. Research activities of the Institute are planned and grouped as a part of the Five Year Plan of the Government of India and are implemented through long-term and short-term projects, which are supplemented by the sponsored projects focused at various themes within the ambit of the evolution and geodynamics of the Himalaya. Standing at the transition from 11th Five Year Plan to 12th Five Year Plan, year 2011 was a period of self introspection and developing vision for the future activities. To promote inter-disciplinary research, the activities under the 11th Plan were grouped into a number of thrust areas.

    1. Himtransects
    2. Climate-Tectonics Interaction
    3. Biodiversity-Environment Linkage
    4. Sustainable Natural Resources
    5. Real Time Geology for Society : Coping with Natural Hazards


    The planning of scientific activities for the 12th Five Year Plan were greatly facilitated by the comprehensive exercise of developing the vision document of the Institute for the next 10-15 years. Recognizing the continuous growth of analytical and field observation facilities as well as in-house expertise for undertaking integrated geo-scientific research, the major scientific programs during the 12th Five Year Plan are identified to address scientific themes in the form of Mission Mode Projects. The scientific activities during the 12th Five Year Plan are envisaged to be centered around the following Mission Mode Projects:

    1. Geodynamic Evolution of the Himalaya and Adjoining Mountains
    2. Indian Monsoon-Tectonic Interaction and Exhumation of the Himalaya
    3. Earthquake Precursors Studies and Geo Hazard Evaluation
    4. Biodiversity - Environment Linkage
    5. Himalayan Glaciers: their role in Indian Monsoon variability and
    6. Hydrological changes in the Ganga Basin

    These programs are being implemented and monitored by the Governing Body under the Chairmanship of Dr. T. Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Research Advisory Committee of the Institute

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