Dr. B. Nagender Nath, Chief Scientist and Dr. Aninda Mazumdar, Senior Scientist of CSIR-NIO have been selected to receive the National Geoscience Award-2012.
The Ministry of Mines, Government of India had initiated a 'National Mineral Awards' Scheme in the year 1966. The scope of the awards scheme has been expanded and changed to National Geoscience Award (NGA) in the year 2009. The objective of the scheme is to honour individuals and teams of scientists for their extraordinary achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of fundamental/ applied geosciences, mining and allied areas to provide incentive for striving toward excellence.
Dr. Nath received the award in the category of Ocean Development and Marine Geology for his significant contributions in the field of Earth Sciences. He is involved in the field of marine mineral exploration and basic research aspects of Marine Geosciences spanning a scientific career exceeding 30 years. He is a key member of the nationally important project of Polymetallic Nodules Program of Government of India and was involved in all stages of exploration since 1982 and EIA of nodule mining since 1993. He led the first Indian cruise to Indian Ocean ridge system in the year 1985 for exploring the hydrothermal mineralization. While his research interests include the application of geochemistry in understanding various marine geological processes, his major research contribution is in assessing the rare-earth element (REE) systematics in different sedimentary and authigenic mineral phases from the Indian Ocean.
Dr. Nath has over 74 publications in national and international journals. For more information kindly visit http://www.nio.org/index/option/com_researcherdisplay/task/show/tid/2/sid/69/rid/796
Dr. Mazumdar has received this award for his contribution in the field of Oil, Natural gas and hydrate discovery and exploration. Dr. Mazumdar is associated with NIO's gas hydrate exploration program since 2005 and has contributed towards establishing the geochemical exploration program and training of students leading to doctoral research. His research group is responsible for several important findings on sediment pore fluid and solid phase chemistry from Krishna-Godavari and Mahanadi basin sediments. He participated in the first hydrate drilling program on board JOIDES resolution. Dr. Mazumdar's research interests include stable isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, Fe-C-S systematics and clay mineralogy.
Dr. Mazumdar has over 19 publications in national and international journals. For more information kindly visit