Prof. Mahalanobis believed that a symbiotic relationship among statistics and other disciplines of science is mutually beneficial. This idea received strong support from the stalwarts like Sir Ronald Fisher and Prof. J. B. S. Haldane, who were closely associated with the Institute. In persuasion to that Dr. Pamela Lamplugh Robinson (Lecturer in Palaeontology, University College, London) was invited to visit the Institute. This was followed by the establishment of the Geological Studies Unit in 1957.

Since its inception Geological Studies Unit (GSU) carries out teaching and research in tectonics and structural geology, sedimentology, geochemistry, geohydology, palaeo-biodiversity and biotic evolution with the aim to reconstruct the geological history and palaeo-climate. The unit has made significant contributions towards the basin tectonics, ancient sedimentary environments, palaeontology (verteberate and invetebtrate) and stratigraphy of India.

The unit maintains a nationally and internationally acclaimed museum with a mounted skeleton of a sauropod dinosaur and many other rare exhibits.

Statistics has been used as a significant technology to work out the research projects. The Unit also carries out teaching programmes on geology for the Bachelor of Statistics students and Ph.D. programmes on the domains of earth sciences mentioned above. GSU also trains students and professionals from other Universities/ Institutes, Government Organizations and Industry.The scientists of this Unit are involved in active collaborative research, both at national and international level.



Date 20th October 2023

Opening for externally funded Junior Research Fellows (CSIR/UGC/INSPIRE) in Geological Studies Unit

Applications are invited from externally funded candidates (CSIR/UGC/INSPIRE) for the Junior Research Fellowship position in Geological Studies Unit for the next phase of selection.

Applicants should write to the Head of the Unit (email ID:, ) with CV and all relevant documents and a consent letter from the prospective supervisor(s) by November 30th, 2023.



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