Geological Survey of India (GSI)
Among the important institutes in West Bengal, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) occupies a special place of its own. This organization was established for the purpose of conducting studies on earth science in the sub continent areas. Founded in 1851, this organization is one of the oldest of its kind. Currently the Geological Survey of India (GSI) is having strength of almost 2100 geoscientists and technical professionals. This institute for geological survey has its offices throughout the nation and its headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Roots for germination of this institute of international repute can be traced back in the year 1836. During this time the ruling East India Company did set up a Coal Committee with the purpose of studying and exploring coal availability in eastern part of India. Though in one of its report the Coal Committee first mentioned the phrase- Geological Survey of India around 1848, but it took almost three years more for official implementation of the name.
Geological Survey of India Functions:
Empowered with almost 2100 geoscientists and technical professionals, equipped with amazing research infrastructure, the Geological Survey of India is completely committed to open up new horizons in the area of earth science studies. In various sub disciplines of earth science, this organization has attained expertise, starting from deposit modeling to geological mapping. This institution is also keen on imparting wide rang of training programs on Earth Science and holds a leading place in mineral exploration.
Geological Survey of India Objectives:
- Intensive and extensive exploration to discover, assess and augment natural resources
- Orient the activities accordingly for the purpose of monitoring past, present and future demands for natural resources
- Continuously update geological database
- To understand active geological processes affecting man and his environment
- To map the country in progressively larger scale and commensurate with changing concepts
- To play proactive role in natural and anthropogenic hazard assessment and mitigation
- To generate databases in the fields of environment, water resource development, natural hazards, etc.
- To render geoscientific advice for water resource, power, communication and urban development projects
- To enhance interaction with the public for easy access to earth science information, maps and knowledge product
- To establish and maintain a comprehensive earth science database