Dr. Ranjit Rath given the additional charge of Director General, GSI

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Kolkata: Dr. Ranjit Rath, Chairman cum Managing Director of Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), has been entrusted with the additional charge of Director General of Geological Survey of India from 1st May 2020 till appointment of a regular candidate or until further order, whichever is earlier. Dr. Rath succeeds Shri M. Sridhar who retired on 30th April 2020.



Dr. Ranjit Rath


A practitioner Geoscientist, Dr. Ranjit Rath is an alumnus of IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and Utkal University. He worked as the General Manager with Engineers India Limited, New Delhi and was posted with Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd., New Delhi, a SPV under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. He has a portfolio of multifarious roles spanning from strategy formulation, business development, upstream asset management and application of geosciences & exploration geology in several important projects including creation of Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPRs) a first of its kind initiative in India entailing underground rock caverns for strategic storage of crude oil - An intervention towards energy security.
Dr. Rath is a recipient of the prestigious National Geosciences Award 2016 from the Hon`ble President of India. He has co-authored an important book on "Underground Storage Technologies" and has published several technical papers and participated in conferences in India and overseas.
With his above 24 years of impeccable experience & expertise in the field of Geosciences as well as his corporate exposure would enable him to discharge his responsibilities as Director General, GSI. It is expected that GSI will continue to rise further and attain newer heights and would facilitate seamless convergence between central and state governments, industry and academia for the geology and mining sectors in the country.

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