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Earth Sciences

About the Department


Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and the subject Geology possess a century-old relationship. Many eminent geoscientists have offered their teaching and research expertise in the past. Previously teaching in Geology was introduced in this Institute to meet the need of the would-be engineering graduates only in Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering branches. The science streams have emerged as an integral part of the Institute offering postgraduate degrees from 2001. The Department of Geology, however, has started to offer independent postgraduate courses in Geology after its separate identity as a science department since 2005. However, the department has evolved to the Department of Earth Sciences to host teaching and research in a wide spectrum of Earth Sciences. This diversification from classical Geology has helped students to undertake research programs in other interesting fields like Hydrogeology with an application of GIS and Remote Sensing, Geophysics, Environmental Geology, Geomorphology, Climatology, Mining Geology.

Students of the present department are being trained by permanent and eminent visiting faculty members involved in frontier areas of research like Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Experimental Structural Geology, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Basin tectonics, Palaeontology, etc. to cope up with the need of hydrogeological problems, natural hazard mitigation, petroleum or mineral exploration, and geoscience research at par with international standard. Students are also getting the facility of performing analog experiments in Experimental Geology Laboratory which will help students to understand the dynamics of Earth and process-response systems. The curriculum has been revised to meet the requirements of various Industries and National competitive examinations. The knowledge is helping them to get jobs in Government organizations like SWID, Geological Survey of India, Oil sectors, Mining Industries, and Academic Departments. Training of application of geological knowledge, which is essential for mine planning, handling other problems of mining geology and engineering geology are also being imparted to them in this course.
Within a short span of time, the department has been able to accommodate several numbers of research scholars for the Ph.D. degree. At this stage, they are enrolled and working on research problems in Hydrogeology, GIS-Remote Sensing applications, Environmental Geology, Sedimentology, Palaeontology and Structural geology with Mathematical modeling. For the purpose of study, the fund has been acquired through projects of the faculty members from the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, University Grants Commission, ONGC & WBPDCL. The Department aims to focus on future efforts to undertake geoscience research with its application in multidisciplinary subjects.

Vision & Mission


Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and the subject Geology possess a century-old relationship. Many eminent geoscientists have offered their teaching and research expertise in the past. Previously teaching in Geology was introduced in this Institute to meet the need of the would-be engineering graduates only in Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering branches. The science streams have emerged as an integral part of the Institute offering postgraduate degrees from 2001. The Department of Geology, however, has started to offer independent postgraduate courses in Geology after its separate identity as a science department since 2005. However, the department has evolved to the Department of Earth Sciences to host teaching and research in a wide spectrum of Earth Sciences. This diversification from classical Geology has helped students to undertake research programs in other interesting fields like Hydrogeology with an application of GIS and Remote Sensing, Geophysics, Environmental Geology, Geomorphology, Climatology, Mining Geology.

Students of the present department are being trained by permanent and eminent visiting faculty members involved in frontier areas of research like Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Experimental Structural Geology, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Basin tectonics, Palaeontology, etc. to cope up with the need of hydrogeological problems, natural hazard mitigation, petroleum or mineral exploration, and geoscience research at par with international standard. Students are also getting the facility of performing analog experiments in Experimental Geology Laboratory which will help students to understand the dynamics of Earth and process-response systems. The curriculum has been revised to meet the requirements of various Industries and National competitive examinations. The knowledge is helping them to get jobs in Government organizations like SWID, Geological Survey of India, Oil sectors, Mining Industries, and Academic Departments. Training of application of geological knowledge, which is essential for mine planning, handling other problems of mining geology and engineering geology are also being imparted to them in this course.
Within a short span of time, the department has been able to accommodate several numbers of research scholars for the Ph.D. degree. At this stage, they are enrolled and working on research problems in Hydrogeology, GIS-Remote Sensing applications, Environmental Geology, Sedimentology, Palaeontology and Structural geology with Mathematical modeling. For the purpose of study, the fund has been acquired through projects of the faculty members from the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, University Grants Commission, ONGC & WBPDCL. The Department aims to focus on future efforts to undertake geoscience research with its application in multidisciplinary subjects.

 

Academic Programs


# Title Duration Specializations Curriculum
1 Master of Science (M. Sc.)
2 years

Environmental Geology                                                   offered by Prof. B P Mukhopadhyay 

Hydrogeology                                                                    offered by Prof. B P Mukhopadhyay 

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology                         offered by Dr. Moumita Talukdar

Sedimentology                                                                offered by Dr. Ananya  Mukhopadhyay  

Structural Geology, Tectonics and Experimental Geology      offered by Dr. Atin Kumar Mitra

 

 

 

2 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)

Environmental Geology                                                   offered by Prof. B P Mukhopadhyay 

Hydrogeology                                                                    offered by Prof. B P Mukhopadhyay 

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology                         offered by Dr. Moumita Talukdar

Sedimentology                                                                offered by Dr. Ananya  Mukhopadhyay  

Structural Geology, Tectonics and Experimental Geology      offered by Dr. Atin Kumar Mitra

Research Areas


1 Environmental Geology
2 Hydrogeology
3 Igneous petrology and Geochemistry
4 Metamorphic Petrology and Thermodynamics
5 Palaeontology
6 Sedimentology
7 Structural Geology and Tectonics

Staff Members


Ms. Arati Majumdar

Senior Peon
Supportive

Ms. Chanda Debi

Helper Gr. – II
Supportive

Ms. Mouli Das

Technical Support Staff, Contractual
Technical
mouli.mouli2008@gmail.com

Research Scholars


Alono Thorie
Ph. D
allan_thr@yahoo.com
Supervisor: Ananya Mukhopadhyay

Amit Bera
Ph. D
amit.rs2017@geology.iiests.ac.in

Research:
Hydrogeology

Supervisor: Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay

ANANYA CHAKRABORTY
Ph. D
ananyack511@gmail.com

Research:
Hydrogeology

Supervisor: Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay

Nandini Choudhury
Ph. D
chrnandini1@gmail.com
Supervisor: Atin Kumar Mitra

Priyanka Mazumdar
Ph. D
priyancam8@gmail.com
Supervisor: Ananya Mukhopadhyay

Puja Chowdhury
Ph. D
7003012002 / 7003012002
puja.chowdhury91@gmail.com / pooja.chaudhuri20@gmail.com

Research:
Qualitative and Quantitative assessment of groundwater in Granite-gneissic terrain

Supervisor: Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay
Co-Supervisor: Atin Kumar Mitra

SAIKAT SINHA
Ph. D
saikat.sinha.bzs@gmail.com

Research:
Structural Geology

Supervisor: Atin Kumar Mitra

Sharmistha Paul
Ph. D
sharmisthapaul249@gmail.com

Research:
Invertebrate Palaeontology

SIPERNA NAYAK
Ph. D
nayaksiperna4444@gmail.com
Supervisor: Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay

SWARNALI BARUA
Ph. D
swarnali.barua@gmail.com

Research:
Hydrogeology

Supervisor: Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay

Tithi Banerjee
Ph. D
tithi.geol@gmail.com
Supervisor: Ananya Mukhopadhyay

Uddalak Biswas
Ph. D
9804824580 / 9046664008
ubes.rs2018@geology.iiests.ac.in / uddalakbiswashriku@gmail.com

Research:
Deformation assisted fluid flow

Supervisor: Atin Kumar Mitra

Projects


  • 1 Decision Support System for Urban Planning in Landslide Prone Zones in darjeeling Hills
    Funding Agent: All India Council For Technical Education
    Consultants: Prof. B P Mukhopadhyay Co-Principal Investigator

  • 2 PIRE: Life on a Tectonically Active Delta- Convergence of Earth-Science and Geohazard Research in Bangladesh with Education and Capacity Building
    Funding Agent: U.S. National Science Foundation
    Consultants: Prof. B P Mukhopadhyay and Dr. Ananya Biswas CO PI s(As Indian Scientist)

  • 3 Facies Analysis and Depositional Milieu of the Chandarpur Group of the Proteroxoic Chhastisgarh Supergroup and it's significance in basinal evolution
    Funding Agent: UGC
    PI: Prof. B. P. Mukhopadhyay

  • 4 Sedimentation and Palaeogeographic model for the Late Proterozoic sequences of the Shimla area and their sub-surface equivalents in the Himalayan foothills
    Funding Agent: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
    PI: Prof. B. P. Mukhopadhyay

  • 5 Study of Sedimentation pattern and facies development in relation to Proterozoic extentional tectonics and crustal rifting in the Alwar basin, North Delhi fold Belt, Rajasthan
    Funding Agent: DST, Govt. of India
    PI: Prof. B. P. Mukhopadhyay

  • 6 Geohydrological Investigation of water resources of Howrah District to address the problematic Decentralized planning of drinking water
    Funding Agent: Govt. of West Bengal, (Planning &Development)
    PI: Prof. B. P. Mukhopadhyay

  • 7 Detailed Hydrogeological study to asses the sustainability of water sources especially during the lean season for 2 X 500 MW extension project at Sagardighi Thermal Power Project, District Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
    Funding Agent: West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd.
    PI: Prof. B. P. Mukhopadhyay

  • 8 Evolutionary history and origin of the BIF-Mafic-Ultramafic-Anorthosite packets of Moyar-Bhawani-Cauvery shear zone (MBCSZ) from Granulite Terrane of South India (GTSI), with a new insight on the P-T calculation with UV- visible spectroscopy.
    Funding Agent: DST-INSPIRE
    PI: Dr.MoumitaTalukdar

  • 9 Deformation processes in the evolution of gneissic structures: Experimental and field investigations
    Funding Agent: DST, SERB
    PI: Dr.Atin Kumar Mitra

  • Publications


  • 1 Amit Bera, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Debasish Das, Landslide hazard zonation mapping using multi-criteria analysis with the help of GIS techniques: a case study from Eastern Himalayas, Namchi, South Sikkim, 96, 935–959, Natural Hazards, 2019
  • 2 Talukdar, Moumita; Mukhopadhyay, Dhrubajyoti; Sanyal, Sanjoy; Sengupta, Pulak, Early Palaeoproterozoic structural reconstitution of a suite of rocks from the Mahadevi Layered Complex (MLC), Tamil Nadu, India, Geological Journal, 2019
  • 3 Talukdar, Moumita, Sanyal, Sanjoy And Sengupta, Pulak, Metasomatic alteration of chromite from parts of the Late Archaean Sittampundi Layered Magmatic Complex (SLC), Tamil Nadu, India, 90, 148-165, Ore Geology Reviews, 2017
  • 4 Chowdhury, P., Talukdar, Moumita, Sengupta, P., Sanyal, S. & Mukhopadhyay, D., Controls of P-T path and element mobility on the formation of corundum pseudomorphs in Palaeoproterozoic high-pressure anorthosite from Sittampundi, Tamil Nadu, India, 98, 1725-1737, American Mineralogist, 2013
  • 5 B. P. Mukhopadhyay, Souvanic Roy, Susanta Chaudhuri, Soumen Mitra, Influence of Geological Parameters on Landslide Vulnerability Zonation of Darjeeling Town, in Eastern Himalayas., 4(2), 27-46, Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster management, 2012
  • 6 Talukdar, M., Chattopadhyay, N. & Sanyal, S., Shear controlled Fe-mineralization from parts of South Purulia Shear Zone, 14, 496-508, Journal of Applied Geochemistry, 2012
  • 7 Ananya Biswas, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Signature of a paleogene submarine-fan from the Jenam Formation, Barail Group, Assam-Arakan orogen, northeastern India, 78, 510-522, Journal of the Geological Society of India, 2011
  • 8 B.P. Mukhopadhyay, A. Biswas, R. Kumar, Signature of as part of Proterozoic Fan-Delta system from the Chhaosa Formation, Simla Group, Himachal Pradesh,India, 25(2), 251-258, Gondwana Geological Magazine, 2010
  • 9 S. Chaudhuri, B.P. Mukhopadhyay, K. Debnath, Experimental study on equilibrium scour hole volume around circular bridge pier in clay-sand mixed cohesive sediment beds, 2(1), 47-53, Journal of Indian Geological Congress, 2010
  • 10 A. Biswas, B.P. Mukhopadhyay, Deep-water clastics from the Laisong Formation, Paleogene Barail Group, Assam-Arakan orogen, India, 25, Bangladesh Journal of Geology., 2006
  • 11 Nibir Mandal, Atin Kumar Mitra, Santanu Misra, Chandan Chakraborty, Is the outcrop topology of dolerite dikes of the Precambrian Singhbhum Craton fractal?, 115, 643-660, Journal of Earth System Science, 2006
  • 12 H.N. Bhattacharyya, B.P. Mukhopadhyay, Submarine pyroclastic rocks in the Chitradurga greenstone belt, Karnataka, India, 45 (3), 175-182, Indian minerals, 1991
  • 1 Amit Bera, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Debasish Das, Spatio- temporal analysis of the Summer-time Urban heat Island in Kolkata Metropolitan Area by using MODIS Land Surface Temperature data, Emerging Trend of Physical Sciences, 2018
  • 2 Amit Bera, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Application of Geospatial techniques for Rural Agricultural Development in Kumari River Basin, West Bengal, International Seminar at Institute for Social Development and Research, Ranchi, 2018
  • 3 Amit Bera, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Flood risk assessment and mapping in Gumti River Basin, Tripura using Multiple Criteria Analysis and GIS techniques, Human Adaptation and Sustainability, 2018
  • 4 Siperna Nayak, Rupsa Chakraborty, Sayan Sinha, B P Mukhopadhyay, Atin Kumar Mitra, Study on the occurrence of groundwater in Block I and II of Purulia District,West Bengal,India, National Seminar on Sustainable Groundwater Management Through Effective Governance, 2016
  • 5 Rupsa Chakraborty,Siperna Nayak, , Sayan Sinha, B P Mukhopadhyay, Atin Kumar Mitra, Hydrogeological Study With Special Emphasis On Chemical Components Of Groundwater , Block 1 and 2 , Purulia District, West Bengal, India, National Seminar on Sustainable Groundwater Management Through Effective Governance, 2016
  • 6 A. Biswas, B.P. Mukhopadhyay, T. Banerjee, P. Mazumdar, A. Thorie, Sedimentation Modelling as a proxy tool for reconstruction of a Falling Stage System Tract on a Proterozoic Carbonate Ramp: Evidence from Simla Group, Western Lesser Himalaya, India, 19th International Sedimentological Congress (ISC 2014), Geneva, Switzerland,, 2014
  • 7 E.K. L. Ferguson, S.H. Seeber, M.S. Akhter, A. Steckler, A. Biswas, B.P. Mukhopadhyay, The Dauki Fault in NE India: A crustal scale thrust-fold reactivating the continental margin, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2011
  • 8 B.P. Mukhopadhyay, K. Das, A. Biswas, A review of Kosi alluvial fan, Bihar, India.-- Hydrogeologic structures, hydrological circumstances, water circulations and future prospects of water resources,, XXXVI International Association of Hydrologists Congress, 2008
  • 9 B.P. Mukhopadhyay, R. Kumar, A. Biswas, A foreland depositional environment as evidenced from the Mesoproterozoic sedimentary succession in Chattisgarh basin, Central India craton, India, Extended Abstract in National Seminar volume on "Earth Resources, Environment and Earth Sciences for Society" SALEM, 2008
  • 1 Amit Bera, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Swagata Biswas, Assessment of Gully Erosion and Estimation of Sediment Yield in Siddheswari River Basin, Eastern India, Using SWAT Model, 279-293, Gully Erosion Studies from India and Surrounding Regions, 2019
  • 2 Amit Bera, Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Debasish Das,, Morphometric Analysis of Adula River Basin in Maharashtra India using GIS and Remote Sensing techniques, 13-35, Geo-spatial Data in Natural Resources, 2018
  • 3 Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Atos Bazi Theke Rocket (From Fireworks to Rocket), Akshar Publisher, 2016
  • 4 Sengupta, Pulak, Raith, M. M., Kooijman, E., Talukdar, Moumita, Chowdhury, Priyadarshi, Sanyal, Sanjoy, Mezger, K. & Mukhopadhyay, D., Provenance, timing of sedimentation and metamorphism of metasedimentary rock suites from Southern Granulite Terrane, India. in : Precambrian Basins of India: Stratigraphic and Tectonic Context, 43, 297-308, Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 43, 297-308, 2015
  • 5 Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Ek Prakriti Bijnanir Atmokotha (Translation of Autobiography of Charles Darwin in Bengali), Patralekha, 2014
  • 6 Nibir Mandal, Atin Kumar Mitra, Santanu Bose, Orogenic processes in collisional tectonics with special reference to the Himalayan Mountain chain: a review of theoretical and experimental models, 41-65, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior, Springer, New York, NY, 2009
  • 7 Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay and others, Contributed in, 1, Sishu- Kishore Academy (Govt. of West Bengal), 2008
  • 8 MY Mahmoud, AK Mitra, R Dhar, S Sarkar, N Mandal, Repeated emplacement of syntectonic pegmatites in Precambrian granite gneisses: indication of pulsating brittle-ductile rheological transitions, 495-510, Indian Dykes: Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Geochronology. Narosa Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2008
  • 9 Editor: Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Tridib Kumar chattopadhyay, Edited : Voyonkorer Jibon Kotha (On Volanism) By Dinesh Chandra Chattopadhyay, Patrabharati, 2004
  • 10 Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Prakritik Biporjoy (Natural Disaster), Jnan bichitra, 2003
  • 11 Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Chhoy Bijyani (Six Scientists), Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha, 2003
  • Contact Us


    Contact our HOD for more information

    Prof. Bhabani Prasad Mukhopadhyay

    Email: hod@earth.iiests.ac.in
              : bpm@earth.iiests.ac.in
    Phone no.: +91 9830019506 / +919433053978