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Post - Graduate Diploma 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management Universities of New Castle & Bath, U. K
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Groundwater Modelling School of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Birmingham, U.K
Doctor of Philosophy
Groundwater Hydrology Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, Chennai, India
Master of Engineering
Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering.

Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, Chennai, India

Master of Science
Applied Geology University of Madras, Chennai, India
Bachelor of Science
Applied Geology Anna University, Chennai, India
Maths, Physics, Chemistry Gurunanak College, Chennai, India

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Position Period  Institution
Visiting Faculty Full Time June 2023-till date Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
Professor and Head                  June  2015 - June 2022 Anna University, India
Professor and Head Jan 2003 - Dec 2005 Anna University, India


August 2004 – May2023 Anna University, India

Assistant Professor

December 1995 – August 2004  Anna University, India

Senior Lecturer

July 1992- December 1995 Anna University, India


July 1986-July 1992       Anna University, India


Adjunct Faculty - Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation Research, Anna Unviersity (Since 2018)

Deputy Coordinator and Professor - Centre with Potential of Excellence in Environmental Science, Anna University (Since 2004)

Guest Professor - Department of Earth Science, (Air, Water and Landscape Sciences Program), Uppsala University, Sweden (2007-2014)

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Training Undergone

Techniques of geomorphic analysis and applications; Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India, Short Course, 1-12 December, 1986, I.I.T, Bombay

Remote sensing techniques and optimal utilisation of water resources; ISTE Summer School, 15-26 June, 1987, I.I.T, Kharagpur.

Methods and techniques in groundwater exploration; University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Short Term Course, 4 - 24 May 1988, University of Madras.

International Groundwater Workshop; 1 week, March 1989, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.

Modern trends and techniques in educational technology; Indian Society of Technical Education's Winter School, 12-25 November 1989, Technical Teachers Training Institute, Chennai.

International Workshop on Appropriate Methodologies for Development and Management of Groundwater Resources in Developing Countries, February 28 - March 4, 1989, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.

International Groundwater Workshop; 1 week, March 1990, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad.

English for Scientists: Writing Journal Articles; Workshop, 8, April 1993, Anna University, Madras.

Geochemical and Geophysical studies in Indian Ocean, Dept of Ocean Development, Govt of India sponsored Cruise Programme on ORV Sagar Kanya, July 1993

Remote sensing data products for potential users; 3, September 1993, Anna University, Madras.

Desalination; ISTE Winter School, 2 weeks, December 1994, Anna University, Madras.

Hydroinformatics 1996; 1 Week, September, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,

Hydroinformatics 1998, 1 week, August, Danish Hydraulic Institute, Denmark.

Training of Trainers Workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management, July, 2000, Jadhavpur Univ. Calcutta and Anna University, Chennai.

Integrated Coastal Management, 2000, 1 Week, Indo-German Workshop, Chennai.

Geological Remote Sensing and GIS, Sponsored by NNRMS, ISRO, (Two weeks) October 2002,Anna University, Chennai.

Capacity Building in Integrated Coastal Management, Sponsored by DFID, (Three weeks) November 2002, Visakhapatinam.

Engineering Seismology, Sponsored by the National Programme on Earthquake Engineering Education, Govt. of India, 4-8 August 2003, I.I.T, Kharagpur.

2nd International Germany Summer School on Hydrology  -  Soil Water Modelling, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany,11-15 August 2008.

Workshop on State of the Art Techniques in identifying and Characterizing Optimum Surface Spreading Groundwater Recharge Projects, Beijing, China, 15 October 2013.

Workshop on Application of Geochemical Techniques in MAR Studies, Beijing, China, 15 October 2013.

Training Programme on Natural Systems for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, Unesco IHE Institute of Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands 15-16 May 2014.

Workshop on PC3 FREEWAT: Groundwater modelling integrated in GIS environment, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. 13th September 2015.

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  • Innovation Award (2021) in recognition of the work carried out on improvement of recharge, Anna University, Chennai, India
  • Excellence in Groundwater Science (2017) International Asso of Hydrogeologists – Indian Chapter
  • Active Consultant Award (2017) in recognition of the consultancy work carried out in Hydrogeology , Anna University, Chennai, India
  • Indian National Hydrology Lecture Award (2016) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Geophysical Research Institute - Association of Hydrologists of India (NGRI-AHI)
  • First Prize National Technical Competition on Water (2016) Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India 
  • Tamil Nadu Scientist Award (TANSA 2011), Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, India
  • Active Researcher Award (2011) in recognition of his valuable contribution to the field of Hydrogeology , Anna University, Chennai, India
  • British Council Fellowship (2000), University of New Castle and University of Bath, United Kingdom
  • AUSAID-IAH Fellowship (1998), Melbourne, Australia
  • Indian National Science Academy International Fellowship (1994), Royal Society of London, United Kingdom
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Scholarship (1984), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India



Among the World’s top 2% scientists listed by Elsevier & Stanford University in 2021, 2022 and 2023

Top most contributor in the field of Groundwater Research in South and South East Asia 2022

Professional Activities

  • Vice President – International Association of Hydrological Sciences (2014-2019)
  • President- Association of Global Groundwater Scientists (2010-2015)
  • Vice President- International Association of Hydrogeologists- Indian National Committee (2011-2018)
  • President – Commission on Water Resources – Federation of Indian Geosciences Associations (Since 2013)


  • Editor in Chief - HydroResearch Journal (2020-2022)

  • Associate Editor - International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (2008-2014)

  • Associate Editor - American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Journal of Environmental Geosciences (2003-2007)
  • Associate Editor - International Association of Hydrogeologists’ Hydrogeology Journal (2004-2008)
  • Editorial Board Member - International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Management
  • Member of Ministry of Science and Technology’s Project Advisory Committee-Earth Sciences, Government of India (2011-2014
  • Geoscience Advisory Council (Subsurface Hydrology), Ministry of Mines, Government of India (2013-2018)
  • National Working Committee Member of the International Geoscience Program: DELTA MAP Project (1996-2001)

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Membership in professional bodies

  • International Association of Hydrogeologists (M.No 133406) - since 1997
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences - since 1999
  • Association of Geoscientists for International Development - since 1995
  • International Society for Environmental Information Sciences - since 1999
  • Association of Global Groundwater Scientists - since 2010
  • Association of Hydrologists in India - since 2000
  • Indian Water Resources Society - since 2000
  • Institution of Engineers -  since 1990
  • The Geological Mining and Metallurgical Society of India -since 2009

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Other responsibilities

  • Secretary - Anna Gem School - December 2019 - July 2021
  • Member - University Research Board -  June 2016 - May 2019
  • Director - Health Centre - June 2011 - June 2014
  • Coordinator - Centre for Distance Education - October 2010 - May 2011
  • Deputy Director - Centre for Affiliations - September 2008 - October 2010
  • Member of University Sports Board – Anna University – 2004-2007
  • Addl. Controller of Examinations- CEG Anna University - 2002-2003

 Co-curricular Activities

  • National Service Scheme Program Officer - Anna University- 1995-1999
  • Assistant Executive Warden- Anna Univ. Hostels-1993-1995
  • Resident Counsellor - Hostel II Anna University - 1986-1991
  • I played Cricket and Shuttle Badminton for the University Staff Team.


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