SV Balaji bags All India 15th Rank

It has been celebration time at the Centre for Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) since the evening of 28 November 2018, when the results of the Joint CSIR/UGC JRF examination conducted in July 2018 were announced. Four students from the Centre have qualified for the JRF, and another student for the lecturership.

Mr. S.V. Balaji Manasa Rao, holding a M.Sc. (Geology) degree from Bangalore University, is a PhD student at the CEOAS. Balaji has qualified for the CSIR/UGC JRF with an All-India rank of 15. At present, he is working under the guidance of Prof. M. Jayananda on “Tectonics framework of the Early Earth and Crustal accretion processes in Achaean (~4 – 2.5 Billion years)”, a frontline topic in Earth Science. This problem is being investigated by looking into the geochemistry and geochronology of the oldest gneiss and grantitic type rocks from part of Dharwar Craton, Karnataka.

Mr. Poul Cherian, currently a student of third semester M.Sc. (Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences) at the CEOAS, has secured a CSIR/UGC JRF with an all-India rank of 28. Mr. Cherian joined the M.Sc. programme in July, 2017. He is aiming to pursue his PhD on aerosol-cloud interactions in the background of climate change.

Mr. A. Boyaj, who passed his M.Sc. (Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences) from the CEOAS, is currently a PhD student at the Centre. Boyaj has qualified for the CSIR/UGC JRF with an All-India rank of 126. At present, he is working under the guidance of Prof. K. Ashok on predicting the extreme weather in mega-cities of South India, and understanding the relevance of anthropogenic climate change for predictability, using a sophisticated regional weather/climate model. His recent publication in the Journal of Climate Dynamics, titled “The Chennai extreme rainfall event in 2015: The Bay of Bengal connection” received significant attention. His current efforts include estimating the impact of land-use land-cover changes on the increasingly extremity of rainfall events in Hyderabad and around, and understanding the dynamics behind.

Mr. P. Prasanth, a IX semester Integrated M.Sc. (Earth Science student)t of the CEOAS, has also secured a JRF. Mr. Prasanth joined the academic programme at the UoH in 2013.

Mr. V. Varaprasad, holding an M.Sc. (Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences) degree from the CEOAS, is currently pursuing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Vijay Kanawade on “The long-term spatial and temporal variability of outdoor air pollutants over Andhra Pradesh & Telangana” using ground-based measurements and reanalysed climate products. Varaprasad has qualified for the CSIR/UGC lecturership with a rank of 86.

In addition, Mr. Fahad Marzook, who obtained his MSc (Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences) from the centre in 2017, and currently working with a Kerala Governmental disaster management agency, has also qualified for the CSIR/UGC JRF in the July 2018 exam.