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Dr. S. Prasanna Kumar takes charge of CSIR-NIO as Dr. SWA Naqvi superannuates
Dr. S. Prasanna Kumar, Chief Scientist at CSIR-NIO has taken charge as Acting Director of CSIR-NIO, with effect from 1st September 2016 on superannuation of Dr. SWA Naqvi,
Dr. S. Prasanna Kumar, a Physical Oceanographer, is a Chief Scientist and Head of Physical Oceanography Division at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India. He has more than 30 years of experience in carrying out multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional studies of national and international importance. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from University of Kerala in 1978 and Master of Science in Physical Oceanography from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1980 by securing second rank. Subsequently he registered for Ph.D. in 1980 and got a doctorate in coastal processes from Cochin University of Science and Technology in 1987. While doing his Ph. D, he was selected as Scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa and joined in 1982.
At NIO, he started his research carrier by studying the coastal processes and dynamics associated with barrier beach system and subsequently took up studies related to underwater acoustic propagation to establish an acoustic tomography system for monitoring the ocean interior remotely. From 1992 till date his research interest has been in understanding the role of physical forcing in mediating biogeochemical changes in the Indian Ocean and its relevance to climate change. He is also a Professor at Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), School of Oceanography, NIO, Goa.
Dr. Prasanna Kumar has received several awards and recognitions, including the STA (Science and Technology Agency) Fellowship of Japanese Government, INSA-Royal Society Fellowship for the year 1995. Till date he has guided 4 Ph.D. students and has 70 publications in national and international journals of repute.
The outgoing Director, Dr.Naqvi had a distinguished academic and research career. He joined NIO as a CSIR JRF in 1974 and served the Institute in various capacities for a period of more than 4 decades. He was selected as an Outstanding Scientist in 2010, and took over as the Director of the Institute in 2012. During his tenure as the Director, the institute did well in terms of scientific output. New infrastructure was added in the form of the Research Vessel Sindhu Sadhana and new laboratory building in Regional Centre, Mumbai. A world renowned scientist, Dr. Naqvi has made important contributions in aquatic biogeochemistry covering cycles of carbon and nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and iron) in the ocean and authored over 170 scientific papers, several technical reports, chapters in books, and four books/monographs. He was also conferred with several awards including the prestigious Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award as well as Fellowship of the leading science academies for his scientific contributions.
On the occasion of his laying down the office, Dr. Naqvi was honoured by Dr. Prasanna Kumar, Dr. Ramaiah and many of his colleagues and presented with a felicitation statement highlighting his contributions to the field of oceanography in general and to the Institute in particular.
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