Nestled in the idyllic surroundings of Dehradun, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is one of the most sought after institutes of India. Founded in June 1968 the Wadia Institute is an autonomous research institution of the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. Initially started as a small nucleus in the two rooms of the Botany Department housed by the Delhi University, the institute was later shifted to Dehradun in April 1976. Formerly named as the Institute of Himalayan Geology, the college got its new identity as ‘Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology’ in the memory of its founder late Prof. D.N. Wadia (F.R.S. and National Professor), to honour his contributions made for the geology of the Himalayas.
In the bygone years, the institute has developed as a Global Leader and the centre of excellence in the Himalayan Geology. It is recognized as a National Laboratory of International repute having well-equipped laboratories and other infrastructure facilities for undertaking an advance level of research in the country. The Wadia Institute has a staff of dedicated and tenacious professionals including 54 scientists, 48 technical and 76 administration & supporting staff.
Areas of Research of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is working on basic research in the Himalayan Geology and Associated Field including Geodynamic Evolution, Geo-Environment, Mountain Building Processes and Mineral Resources.
Tectonophysics Lineaments using Remote Sensing Techniques
Kinematic Analysis of Structures in Rocks, Experimental Structural Geology, Neotectonics, Regional Geology & Tectonic Analysis, and Active Faults. Seismotectonics, Seismicity, Palaeoseismology & Gravity– Magnetic Studies.
Petrology & Geochemistry Petrology & Geochemistry Of Magmatic (Specifically Granitoids & Volcanics) and Ore
Microscopy, Metamorphic Rocks Including Geothermobarometry, Fluid Inclusion, Petrological Data Base, Fission Track Dating and Application Of Computers In Petrology.
Biostratigraphy Ancient Fluvial and Marine Processes, Palaeoclimatic & Tectonic Studies, Magnetostra- Tigraphy. Vertebrate Palaeontology, Invertebrate, Palynology & Micropalaeontology. Expertise in Conodonts, Ostracodes, Foraminifera, Bivalves, Brachiopods, Trace fossils & Trilobite, Early Forms of Life, Algae & Micro-Vertebrates, Stromatolites.
Earth Resources & Environment Landform Analysis
Geomorphological Processes, Palaeoclimatic Studies, Landslides & Glaciological, Natural Resources Studies.
Consultancy & Advisory Services Offered by Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
World famous for its research work, the Wadia Institute also offers consultancy and advisory services to various organizations for the reason of site selection of the bridges and their foundation, road alignment, slope stability and landslide control, geotechnical feasibility of major and minor hydel projects, site selection for deep tube wells, seismotectonic of hydel projects and environmental feasibility of developmental projects.
The institute boasts of its fully functional laboratories having specialised high-level experts to offer consultancy services related to geotechnical, geohydrology, micropalaeontology, sedimentology, economic geology, seismology and other environment aspects.
How to reach Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is located on GMS road in Dehradun, near Ballupur Chowk. The travellers can easily take the shared autos, buses and taxis to reach the institute. If you are travelling from Delhi then you can easily get the direct bus to Dehradun from ISBT Anand Vihar. Dehradun railway station at 3 km away is the nearest railhead from the college. Jolly Grant airport at 32 km away is the closest air connectivity from here. Taxis to Wadia College are easily available from the airport.