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NIH Scientific Divisions

Scientific Divisions

Studies and research activities at the Headquarters at Roorkee are carried out under five Scientific Divisions. Besides in-house research projects, these Divisions undertake various sponsored and consultancy projects. As part of the technology transfer program of the Institute, various training courses/workshops are also organized by the Divisions.

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Environmental Hydrology Division

Vision of the Division

Dr C K Jain Dr. C.K. Jain
Scientist-G & Head
Environmental Hydrology Division
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Ph: (Off.) 01332-272860, 249203
Fax: 01332-272123, Email: ckjain.nihr@gov.in

 

Scientific Personnel

Name

Designation

Phone

Email

Dr. C.K. Jain

Sc. G

01332-272860, 249203

ckjain.nihr@gov.in

Dr. M K Sharma

Sc. D

01332-249235

mks.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Rajesh Singh

Sc. C

01332-249316

rsingh[at]nih.ernet.in

Dr. Pradeep Kumar

Sc. C

01332-249337

pradeep.nihr@gov.in

 

Vision of the Division

Environment is the source of life on the earth. It is the environment that provides food, clothes, shelter and other life supporting substances like water, air, sunlight etc to all the living beings. Recent faster growth of industrialization and urbanization has disturbed the natural balance of the environment and the result is un-sustainable process of growth and development. Consequently there is increased realization about the protection and conservation of environment and its invaluable components. The issues related to protection and conservation water resources are one of them required for benefit of society as well as for sustainability of life on this earth. A comprehensive understanding of the various hydrologic processes associated with environmental systems is pre-requisite for better planning, development and management of the water resources for the ultimate benefit of society. This Division aims to undertake, aid, promote and coordinate basic, applied and strategic research in the area of environmental hydrology contributing to sustainable water resources development and management. The thrust areas of research in the Division include the following: (i) Surface, ground & waste water quality monitoring and modeling, (ii) Natural and organic contaminants transport modeling, (iii) Integrated hydrological studies of lake ecosystems, (iv) Erosion and sedimentation studies, (v) Point and Non-point source pollution, (vi) Low cost treatment/remedial technologies, (vii) Environmental impact assessment studies, and (viii) Environmental flow requirement studies.

To pursue the above research, the Division has a well-equipped Water Quality Laboratory having advanced state-of-the-art-equipment to identify and quantify various physical, chemical and bacteriological parameters of water samples. The laboratory is also equipped with advanced equipment to determine specific water quality constituent viz., trace elements, pesticides, Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons, organic compounds, etc.

 

R&D Work

The Division undertakes sponsored/ consultancy projects in the area of water quality assessment, urban water supply, environmental flow requirement as well as environmental impact assessment besides the institute funded researched studies. Under technology transfer activities, the Division organizes activities viz., Seminar/Symposium/Training Course/Workshop in the areas of water quality, lake hydrology & its management. The Division is also engaged in conducting field and laboratory based R&D work related monitoring, assessment and modeling of surface (lake/reservoir/river), ground water & waste water quality, environmental flow requirement and Purpose Driven Studies on impact of sewage effluent on drinking water quality of Shimla City. The Division has also been engaged in assessment of ground water quality in different Metropolitan/class-I cities of India.

 

Interactions with Other Organizations

In pursuit of various R&D activities, the Division has made interactions with CWC; CGWB; Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi; Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd., Bangalore; Irrigation & Public Health Engineering Dept., Shimla; National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi, Ground Water Resources Development Corporation, Vadodara; IIT’s, Tehri Hydroelectric Development Corporation, Tehri; ITRI, Lucknow. The Division has also providing technical services to various public and private agencies for analysis of water samples for various water quality parameters. These mainly include: Central Water Commission, Dehradun; CPWD, Roorkee; NTPC Limited, Tapovan, Joshimath, Distt. Chamoli; M/s Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Roorkee/Landhora; M/s HMI Manufacturing Co., Roorkee; GPO, Dehradun; M/s Arrow Infra Limited, Haridwar; College of Engineering Roorkee, Roorkee; Uttaranchal Jal Sansthan, Nainital; Bhagirathi Research & Training Centre, Dhulkot, Dehradun; DHI (India), Pvt Ltd., New Delhi.

Groundwater Hydrology Division


ncghosh Dr. N C Ghosh
Scientist-G & Head
GroundWater Hydrology Division
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Ph: 01332-249204, 272718
Fax: 01332-272123, Email: ncg.nihr@gov.in, ncg_1959[at]rediffmail.com

 

Scientific Personnel

Name

Designation

Phone

Email

Dr. N C Ghosh

Sc. G

01332-249204, 272718

ncg.nihr@gov.in

ncg_1959[at]rediffmail.com

Shri C. P. Kumar

Sc. G

01332-249208, 276414

cpk.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Anupma Sharma

Sc. E

01332-249224

anupma.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Surjeet Singh

Sc. E

01332-249230

surjeet.nihr@gov.in

Shri Sumant Kumar

Sc. C

01332-249313

sumantk.nihr@gov.in

Mrs. Suman Gurjar

Sc. C

01332-249338

sumangurjar.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Gopal Krishan

Sc. C

01332-249233

drgopal.krishan.nihr@gov.in


    For details see brochure of the Groundwater Hydrology Divison

Hydrological Investigations Division
Dr.Sudhir Kumar Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Scientist-G & Head
Hydrological Investigations Division
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Ph: 01332-249212, 249308
TeleFax: 01332-275969, Email: skumar.nihr@gov.in

 

Scientific Personnel

Name

Designation

Phone

Email

Dr. Sudhir Kumar

Sc. G

01332-249212

skumar.nihr@gov.in

Dr. S D Khobragade

Sc. F

01332-249220

suhas.nihr@gov.in

Dr. S P Rai

Sc. F

01332-249222

spr.nihr@gov.in

Dr. M S Rao

Sc. E

01332-249225

somesh.nihr@gov.in

Shri S K Verma

Sc. D

01332-249227

skverma.nihr@gov.in

Shri P K Garg

Sc. B

01332-249232

pkgarg.nihr@gov.in

 

Vision of the Division

The conventional hydrological data are collected by a number of State and Central Government organizations. However, some specific hydrological information/data may be needed to understand and suggest remedial measures for various hydrological problems. This may require the use of advanced techniques like isotope techniques, advanced instrumentation, remote sensing technique, etc. The Hydrological Investigation Division aim to study the surface water and ground water interaction, groundwater recharge due to rain and irrigation, identification of recharge zones of springs and measures to rejuvenate the dying springs in mountainous areas, integrated hydrological investigation of lakes, aquifer dynamics, seawater intrusion, evaluation of effectiveness of artificial recharge, hydrographs separation, leakage/seepage from water bodies etc. where problem encounter along with basic research related to various hydrological investigations. The Division also has two laboratories attached to it: i) Nuclear Hydrology Laboratory and ii) Hydrological Instrumentation Laboratory. The Nuclear Hydrology Laboratory has facilities to measure different types of radioactive and stable isotopes while Hydrological Instrumentation Laboratory has state of art hydrometeorological instruments for demonstration and measuring various hydrometeorological parameters.

 

R&D work

The Hydrological Investigations Division is actively engaged in conducting field and laboratory based research related to various hydrological investigations using conventional and isotopic techniques and hydrological instrumentation. The Division is involved in a number of national projects related to watershed management, surface water and groundwater interaction, isotopic signatures of groundwater, rivers, precipitation and air moisture in different parts of the country.

 

Interaction with other organizations

The Division is participating in a mega multi-institutional project on isotope finger printing of waters in India (IWIN) in which 14 different academic, state and central government field and R&D organizations are involved. The Division is also engaged in two purpose driven studies, – one on groundwater aquifer dynamics in Bist Doab, Punjab and other on groundwater management on over-exploited blocks in Karnataka where Punjab Regional Directorate Office of Central Groundwater Board and State Water Resources Department of Karnataka alongwith SSIT Tumkur are involved. Keeping in view the drinking water problem in mountainous part of Uttarakhand, the Division has taken a collaborative project on the identification of recharge zones of springs with G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora. The division has also taken such studies in Uttarakhand independently with active support by Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan. In order to meet out the drinking water needs of Delhi, the Delhi Jal Board has sponsored a project to the Institute for the assessment of groundwater potential in Yamuna flood plain in Delhi where CGWB, Delhi and IIT, New Delhi are involved. The Division is also actively engaged in various hydrological investigations to solve the problems related to leakage, seepage from dams/reservoirs in Uttarakhand and in the mining areas in Rajasthan in association of NTPC, NHPC and RSMML, Rajasthan.

Surface Water Hydrology Divsion
Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Scientist-G & Head
Surface Water Hydrology Division
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Ph: 01332-249205, 275645
Fax: 01332-272123, Email: rakesh.nihr@gov.in

 

Scientific Personnel

Name

Designation

Phone

Email

Dr. Rakesh kumar

Sc. G

01332-249205, 275645

rakesh.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Jaivir Tyagi

Sc. G

01332-249211

tyagi.nihr@gov.in

Dr. A K Lohani

Sc. G

01332-249214

lohani.nihr@gov.in

Dr. R P Pandey

Sc. G

01332-249216

rpp.nihr@gov.in

Dr. S K Singh

Sc. F

01332-249207

sksingh.nihr@gov.in

Dr. A R Senthil Kumar

Sc. E

01332-249223

arsk.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Sanjay Kumar

Sc. E

01332-249229

sk.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Archana Sarkar

Sc. D

01332-249231

archana.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Manohar Arora

Sc. D

01332-249234

arora.nihr@gov.in

Shri Digamber Singh

Sc. C

01332-249236

dsingh.nihr@gov.in

Shri J P Patra

Sc. C

01332-249312

jppatra.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Ashwini Arvind Ranade

Sc. C

01332-249322

ranadeashwini.nihr@gov.in

Naresh Kumar

Sc. B

01332-249343

saini.nihr@gov.in

Neeraj Kumar Bhatnagar

Sc. B

01332-249241

neeraj.nihr@gov.in

 

Vision of the Division

Water is one of the most essential natural resources for sustaining life and it is likely to become critically scarce in the coming decades, due to continuous increase in its demands, rapid increase in population and expanding economy of the country. Variations in climatic characteristics both in space and time are responsible for uneven distribution of precipitation in India. This uneven distribution of the precipitation results in highly uneven distribution of available water resources both in space and time, which leads to floods and drought affecting vast areas of the country. The components of the hydrologic cycle are being affected because the hydrological processes are no longer stationary due to point and non-point changes taking place in the river basins. Hence, a comprehensive understanding of the various hydrologic processes associated with surface water hydrology is a pre-requisite for optimal planning, development and management of the water resources for sustainable development and well being of the society.

The thrust areas of research in the Division include the following: (i) Water availability analysis, flow duration curve analysis and environmental flow requirement studies, (ii) Flood estimation, (iii) Flood routing, (iv) Hydrological modeling, (v) Structural and non-structural measures  of flood management, (vi) Urban hydrology, (vii) Watershed management studies for flood control, (viii) Sedimentation studies for flood control, (ix) Socio-economic aspects of flood disasters, (x) Drought mitigation and management, (xi) Impact of climate change on water resources. 

The Surface Water Hydrology Division has a Soil and Ground Water Laboratory which is well equipped with state of the art equipments to study soil moisture, particle size, infiltration rate and other soil characteristics.

R&D work

The SW Division is actively pursuing the basic and applied research pertaining to various aspects of Surface Water Hydrology.  It includes hydrology of extremes i.e. floods and droughts, flood forecasting, project hydrology, sedimentation modeling, monitoring and modeling of snow and glacier melt, watershed modeling, impact of climate change on water resources, applications of soft computing techniques in hydrology etc. Under technology transfer programme, the Division organizes various activities viz. Seminars/Symposia/Training Courses/Workshops in the area of surface water hydrology. The Division is also engaged in conducting field and laboratory based R&D work as well as in carrying out sponsored consultancy projects.  The division is actively coordinating the activities of Hydrology Project Phase-II.  The Scientists of the division are also involved in the development of DSS (P) and Purpose Driven Studies under HP-II.

Interactions with other organizations

In pursuance of various R&D activities, the Division has made interactions with CWC; CGWB; GFCC; IMD; IITM, NHPC; Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi; DST, New Delhi; various State Water Resources Departments; IITs; Tehri Hydroelectric Development Corporation, Tehri; NEEPCO, New Delhi etc. The Division has been providing technical services to the various organizations.

Water Resources Systems Division
Dr SK Jain Dr. S K Jain
Scientist-G & Head
Water Resources Systems Division
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Ph: 01332-249202,272909
Email: skj.nihr@gov.in



 

Scientific Personnel

Name

Designation

Phone

Email

Dr. Sharad Kumar Jain

Sc. G

01332-249202

skj.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Jain

Sc. G

01332-249209

sjain.nihr@gov.in

Dr. M K Goel

Sc. G

01332-249262

mkg.nihr@gov.in

Smt. Deepa Chalisgaonkar

Sc. F

01332-249206

deepa.nihr@gov.in

Sri D S Rathore

Sc. F

01332-249213

dsr.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Renoj J Thayyen

Sc. D

01332-249237

renoj.nihr@gov.in

renojthayyen@gmail.com

Dr. L.N. Thakural

Sc. C

01332-249244

lnt.nihr@gov.in

M K Nema

Sc. C

01332-249341

mn.nihr@gov.in

Dr. P K Singh

Sc. C

01332-249221

drpsingh1wrd.nihr@gov.in

Dr. Prabhash Kumar Mishra

Sc. B

01332-249321

pkmishra.nihr@gov.in

P K Agarwal

Sc. B

01332-249238

pushp.nihr@gov.in

 

Vision of the Division

At present, India lacks indigenous software and tools for analysis of complex water systems. With the increase in water demands for various purposes, there is a need to identify optimum solutions for water resources development and utilization. The WRS division aims to contribute in the development of Decision Support System for integrated river basin planning and management. In addition, works have been initiated for development of independent tools for analysis of reservoirs, river basin planning, and operation of irrigation systems. Further, the existing hydrological information systems in India lack reliability, accessibility and timeliness. With the popularity of web as preferred media for information exchange, it is proposed to develop Web-based Water Resources Information System. The division aims to develop user-friendly software to perform various computations required for hydrological analysis of a project. It is also planned to develop techniques for hydrological predictions in ungauged basins and investigate the applications of soft computing techniques (like Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Logic Models etc.) for analysis of water resources systems. Further, it is also envisaged to use the remote sensing and GIS tools for solving various water resources problems.

R&D work    

The WRS Division is actively participating in the development of Decision Support System for water resources planning and management. A few software, such as NIH_ReSyP (NIH_Reservoir Systems Package) and web-based information software are under development. Application of various models for river basin planning is being carried out and a purpose driven study under HP-II for predictions in ungauged basins is in progress. Various studies which use remote sensing data and GIS tools are also in progress.

Interaction with other organizations

The scientists of the Division are coordinating with Water Resources Departments of various States (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, and Kerala) for the database development for DSS applications and for PDS studies under HP-II. Few scientists of the division are members of the Climate Change Cell at NIH and are also interacting with Central Govt. Organizations like CWC and CGWB for various studies being carried out in this area. Scientists are also interacting with officials of Gujarat State (CDO), THDC, Rishikesh for solving their specific sponsored projects.