President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Geoscience Awards 2016

Apr 12, 2017 15:17 IST

Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, on 12 April 2017 conferred the National Geoscience Awards 2016 in Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

A total of twenty-seven geoscientists received the prestigious National Geoscience Awards 2016, as individuals or team, for meritorious contributions in twelve fields of geosciences.

Dr Abhishek Saha from National Institute of Oceanography was honoured with the Young Scientist Award.


National Geoscience Awards 2016

The National Geoscience Awards was previously known as the National Mineral Awards. The awards were instituted by the Union Ministry of Mines in 1966. It was instituted to honour individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in fundamental and applied geosciences and mining and allied fields.

The National Geoscience Awards includes one Award for Excellence, one Young Scientist Award and nineteen individual and/or team awards in 16 fields of geosciences.

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Complete list of awardees



Type of Awards

Mineral Discovery & Exploration (excluding fossil fuels) of economic and/or strategic importance and application of innovative techniques

Chittaranjan Dash

Dinesh Kumar Thawait

Rohan Das

Shamiuddin Ahmad

Team Award

Coal, Lignite and Coal Bed Methane Discovery & Exploration of Economic and/or strategic importance and application of innovative techniques

Amit Soni

Manju S

Kailash Chandra Sahoo

Sayan Kahali

Team Award

Groundwater Exploration (including project development, hydrogeological studies and management of groundwater resources)

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Naik

Individual Award

Mining Technology (including development and application of new methods and technologies, research & development, conservation of mineral resources, systematic mine planning, mine safety, mine fires, mine hazards, mine reclamation & rehabilitation)

Laxman Singh Shekhawat, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Udaipur


Dr. Santosh Kumar Ray, CSIR- Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad

Individual Award

Sustainable Mineral Development (including mine closure, project development, institutional development and capacity building)

Dr. Ebhin Reginald Masto, CSIR- Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad

Individual Award

Basic Geo-sciences (including Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Palaeontology, Geomorphology, Economic Geology, Geodynamics, Petrology and Geochemistry including Mineralogy, Geochronology and Isotope Geology

Dr. Santanu Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Individual Award

Applied Geology: Engineering Geology, Geo-thermal Energy, Seismotectonics, Geo-statistics, Photo-geology and Remote Sensing andf Geo-Information System(including spatial data management applications and data integration)

Dr. Atul Nanda, Engineers India Ltd.

Dr. Ranjit Rath, Engineers India Ltd.

Saikat Pal, Engineers India Ltd.

Gopi Kannan, Engineers India Ltd.



Prof. Supriyo Mitra, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata

Team Award            









Individual Award                                                                         

Geophysics / Applied Geophysics: New Technologies in geophysical exploration, application of geophysical methods, geo-magnetism, geophysical survey techniques and instrumentation

Dr. N. Purnachandra Rao, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad


Dr. Anand Kumar Chaturvedi, AMDER, Hyderabad

Markandeyulu Amulothu, AMDER, Hyderabad

Dr. Veldi Ramesh Babu, AMDER, Hyderabad

Shailesh Tripathi, AMDER, Hyderabad

Individual Award          




Team Award            


Geo-Environmental Studies relating to mining, urban, industrial, coastal and desert management, paleoclimate, paleoenvironment, medical geology, climate change and studies related to their impact on ecosystem

Aradhi Keshava Krishna, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad

Individual Award          


Disaster Management including scientific studies related to natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, floods and tsunamis

Prof. Javed Husain N. Malik, IIT, Kanpur

Individual Award          


Ocean Development: Oceanography and Marine Geology

Dr. Pratima Mohan Kessarkar, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa

Individual Award          


Young Scientist Award

Dr. Abhishek Saha, NIO, Goa


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