Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology




The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology at Dehradun is an autonomous research institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. It was shifted to Dehradun from Delhi in 1976. It has been named after its founder, late Prof. DN Wadia, in appreciation to his contributions to geology.

The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in Dehradun is devoted to basic research in Himalayan Geology. Research is categorized into:
  • Structure and Tectonics
  • Igneous Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Bio-stratigraphy
  • Sedimentology
  • Geomorphology
  • Environmental Geology and Geophysics
The institute has been recognized as a National Laboratory of international repute with excellent infrastructure. Currently, there are 61 scientists, 65 technical and 76 administration and supporting staff. There are about 40 research students, research associates and other staff working in sponsored projects. The institute also controls the following field research stations in remote Himalayan areas :
  • Naddi-Dharamsala (Seismic Observatory Array)
  • Dokriani Bamak , Uttar Pradesh (Glacier Station)
  • Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)
Sophisticated analytical instrument facilities at the institute laboratory are manned by competent scientists and technicians. They aid research scientists of the institute besides universities and other organizations.

The library of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology of Dehradun possesses over 25000 books, monographs, journals and conference proceedings on geology and mountain building processes. The library subscribes to 58 titles of national and 98 international scientific journals in the field of Earth Sciences not found in any other library in the region. The library is computerized

The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has a small museum to educate students and the general public as well as highlight recent activities. Geological maps, charts, samples and models are showcased besides video films on Himalayan and general geology.

The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology at Dehradun is one of the few major centers in the country for quality research in Himalayan geology.



Last Updated on 14 March 2013