Geological Survey of India gets a new DG- Shri Janardan Prasad assumes charge as the Director General of GSI
Shri Janardan Prasad takes over charge of the Director General of the Geological Survey of India
Kolkata 1st June 2023:
Shri Janardan Prasad assumes charge as the 52nd Director General of the 174-year-old Geological Survey of India on 1st June 2023. He succeeds Dr. S. Raju, who was the Director General of GSI since May 2022.
Shri Janardan Prasad was born on 12th August 1963 in the Aurangabad district of the State of Bihar. He did his MSc in Geology from Patna University and joined the Geological Survey of India in the year 1988 at GSI Gandhinagar as a Geologist. Because of his hard work, sincerity, and dedication, he consistently rose through the ranks, before taking over the charge of the Director General. He was posted at Gandhinagar, Shillong, Patna, Faridabad, Ranchi, and Hyderabad in various capacities, the last being that of Additional Director General & Head of the Department (ADG & HoD) of the Southern Region since June 2020 and also Chairman, TCC, National Mineral Exploration Trust, New Delhi.
Shri Prasad has vast experience in Metallogeny and Mineral Exploration studies. He carried out extensive mineral exploration work in Saurashtra and other areas of Gujarat in commodities like limestone, gold, base metal, PGE, and bauxite. During the initial years of his career, he was actively involved in the exploration of Limestone which was critical for the cement industry of the state. During the same tenure, he successfully contributed to projects pertaining to regional geochemical mapping, systematic geological mapping, the prognosis for base metal mineralization, etc. Acknowledging his contributions and insights gained through many years of hard work, he was chosen by the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India for inclusion in the prestigious Hon’ble Justice M. B. Shah Commission for inquiry of Illegal Mining of Iron and Manganese in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, where the central and state governments were incurring a huge loss of revenue.
Under his able leadership and guidance, GSI will continue to rise further and attain newer heights of eminence in geoscientific investigation and research in the country and facilitate seamless convergence between central and state governments, industry, and academia for the development of sustainable mining of resources.
About the Geological Survey of India :
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) was set up in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways. Over the years, GSI has not only grown into a repository of geo-science information required in various fields in the country but has also attained the status of a geo-scientific organisation of international repute. Its main functions relate to creating and updating national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment. These objectives are achieved through ground surveys, air-borne and marine surveys, mineral prospecting and investigations, multi-disciplinary geoscientific, geo-technical, geo-environmental, and natural hazards studies, glaciology, seismo-tectonic study, and carrying out fundamental research.
GSI’s chief role includes providing objective, impartial, and up-to-date geological expertise and geoscientific information of all kinds, with a focus on policy-making decisions, and commercial and socio-economic needs. GSI also emphasizes systematic documentation of all geological processes both surface and subsurface, of India and its offshore areas. The organisation carries out this work through geological, geophysical, & geochemical surveys using the latest does so by using the latest and most cost-effective techniques and methodologies.
GSI’s core competence in survey and mapping is continuously enhanced through the accretion, management, coordination, and utilization of spatial databases (including those acquired through remote sensing). It functions as a ‘Repository’ for the purpose and uses the latest computer-based technologies for the dissemination of geoscientific information and spatial data, through cooperation and collaboration with other stakeholders in the Geo-informatics sector. GSI, headquartered in Kolkata, has six regional offices located in Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Shillong, and Kolkata, and state unit offices in almost all states of the country. GSI is an attached office to the Ministry of Mines.