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IIT-Kanpur sets up department of earth sciences

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KANPUR -The administration of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur created a new department named Department of Earth Sciences. This had been recommended by the Academic Senate in its meeting held on December 18 last year and was approved by board of governors in its meeting on December 30 last year.

Prof Indranil Manna, director, IIT-Kanpur informed that professor Rajiv Sinha has been appointed as head of the department, Earth Sciences (ES) for a period of three years with immediate effect. He mentioned that the entire non-teaching staff, space, laboratory, equipments and teaching load of Geosciences Group of Civil Engineering department is transferred to the new ES department.

“Our initiative to create this department is for preparing a new breed of geoscientists in the country who would seek interdisciplinary solutions to earth science problems”, said the director.

The department of Earth Sciences at IIT-Kanpur would focus on the study of the earth, encompassing its evolution and internal dynamics, its surface processes emphasizing natural and human-induced transformations of terrestrial environment.

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