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Ministry of Mines
04-February-2011 15:31 IST
Vice President Presents the National Geoscience Awards-2009
Shri Dinsha patel says Geoscientists to play a key Role in Discovering New Locales of Minerals
ADDRESS OF HON’BLE VICE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, SHRI M

The Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari presented the ”National Geoscience Awards-2009” at a function organized by the Ministry of Mines here today.

 

Speaking on the occasion the Vice President said that we need to develop more sophisticated geoscientific data generation and management systems, create and constantly deepen our pool of S&T manpower, and harness information technology to develop Geoinformatic applications capable of integrating multiple disciplines.

 

Shri  Ansari also emphasised that Geoscience should be central to our energy and climate change policies. “Our demand for minerals and metals would increase alongside an increased demand for agricultural products, leading to greater need for land and water resources” the Vice President said and added that rapid development would necessitate increased and efficient use of natural resources. Geoscientists would be required to locate minerals and ores, assess their quality and quantity, and enable their efficient extraction and utilization.  Proper management of this entire chain is indeed crucial for our national security, he said.

 

The Vice President also emphasised that we must make the necessary investment in terms of time, financial and human resources so that our national policies on energy, climate change, water and land resources, agriculture, disaster management, urbanisation, waste management and infrastructure development are informed by the scientific understanding of geosciences.

 

The Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Mines, Shri Dinsha J. Patel said that in the face of complex challenges posed by the globalization, we need a stable and coherent regulatory regime to make the difference in the mining sector. He said that the Government of India has been trying through various policy interventions to create a congenial atmosphere for overall growth of the mining sector.

 

Shri Patel said that the Geoscientists have to play a key role in discovering new locales of minerals and intensifying their exploration activities for mineral occurrences for converting them into viable economic resources which can be utilized by the indigenous industries. “Most mining areas lie in environmentally fragile and backward areas and its development needs special emphasis because of technical, financial and organisational problems” the Minister pointed out.

 

The Minister congratulated the Award winners and said that those who have been recognized today are only a reflection of our prowess in this sector. He particularly congratulated Prof. Ashok Sahni who received the National Geoscience Award for Excellence this year for his lifetime achievements. 

 

The List of Awardees is given below:

 

         

National Geoscience Awards for Excellence  – 2009

                                                

 

Prof. Ashok Sahni

INSA Senior Scientist

 

 

National Geoscience Awardees – 2009

 

S.No.

Awardees

Field

Organization

 

 

  1.  

Dr. Basudeb Datta

 

Mineral  Discovery

Geological Survey of India

  1.  

Shri Debiprosad Chatterjee

 

Mineral  Discovery

Geological Survey of India

  1.  

Shri Pradip Kumar Datta

 

Mineral  Discovery

Geological Survey of India

  1.  

Shri Ranjit  G. Khangar

 

Mineral  Discovery

Geological Survey of India

  1.  

Shri Saugata Datta

Mineral  Discovery

Geological Survey of India

  1.  

Dr. Dontireddy. Venkat Reddy

 

Groundwater Exploration

National Geophysical Research Institute

  1.  

Dr. Pramod Kumar Rajmeny

 

Mining Technology

Hindustan Zinc Ltd

  1.  

Shri Vinay Kumar Singh

 

Mining Technology

Northern Coalfields Limited

  1.  

Shri Nirmal Chandra Jha

 

Mining Technology

Coal India Limited

  1.  

Dr. Surendra Kumar Biswal

 

Mineral Beneficiation

Institute of Minerals & Materials Technology

  1.  

Dr. Subir Sarkar

 

Basic Geosciences

Jadavpur University

  1.  

Dr. Jayant Kumar Tripathi

                                       

Basic Geosciences

Jawaharlal Nehru University

 

  1.  

Dr. Jyotiranjan Srichandan Ray

 

Basic Geosciences

Physical Research Laboratory,

Navrangpura

  1.  

Dr. A.V. Kulkarni

 

Applied Geosciences

Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

  1.  

Dr. Parmesh Banerjee

 

Geophysics

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  1.  

Dr.  M Ravi Kumar

 

Geophysics

National Geophysical Research Institute

  1.  

Dr. Sayed Masood Ahmad

 

Geo-Environmental Studies

National Geophysical Research Institute

  1.  

Dr. C P Rajendran

Disaster Management

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

                                                                                                      

 

 

Young Researcher Award – 2009

 

 

Shri Ashish Namdeo Dongare

 

Post Graduate Department of Geology

Institute of Science, Aurangabad

 

 

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