Shri Rajendra Singh Garkhal assumes charge as the Director General of GSI


Shri Rajendra Singh Garkhal assumes charge as the 50th Director General of the 171-year-old  premier geological organisation of the country, Geological Survey of India on 30th March 2021. He succeeds Dr. Ranjit Rath, the CMD of Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), who was on Additional Charge as the Director General of GSI since 1st May 2020.

Shri Garkhal did MSc in Geology from Kumaun University and joined Geological Survey of India in the year 1986. He rose to the highest position of Director General from a humble beginning of a Geologist. He was posted in Jaipur, Sikkim, Delhi and Central Head Quarters in Kolkata in various capacities, the last being that of Additional Director General (ADG), Policy Support System (PSS), CHQ, Kolkata

Shri Garkhal has vast experience in Systematic Geological mapping, Geochemical mapping, Metallogeny and Mineral Exploration related studies, Map compilation etc. to name a few. He carried out Systematic geological mapping of ‘Deccan Traps’ in Saurashtra, Rajkot, Junagarh and Amreli districts of Gujarat; Second-Generation Mapping of ‘Aravalli Fold Belt’ in parts of Udaipur district, Rajasthan. He also carried out detailed mineral investigation of carbonate hosted Pb-Zn mineralization and volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits in various parts of Rajasthan. His notable contribution was on the detailed mineralogical, structural, petrological and chemical characterisation of the emerald belt of Rajasthan. Shri Garkhal has published several scientific papers and participated in conferences in India and overseas.

With his 35 years of impeccable experience & expertise in the field of Geosciences would enable him in seamless discharge of his responsibilities as Director General of GSI. Under his able leadership and guidance, GSI will continue to rise further and attain newer heights in facilitating continuous convergence between central and state governments, industry and academia for the geology and mining sectors in the development of the country.

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