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Designation : Sir J. C. Bose Chair Professor Department : Earth and Environmental Sciences E-Mail : sktand@iiserb.ac.in Phone : , - Fax : +91 755 669 2392


  • Cambridge School Certificate University of Cambridge(1961)
  • B. Sc. (Hons. School) Punjab University (1965)
  • M. Sc. (Hons. School) Punjab University (1966)
  • Ph. D. University of Delhi (1972)

Administration & Management

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi (2005 -2010)
  • Dean (Research& International Relations) University of Delhi (2001-06)
  • Dean (Faculty of Science) University of Delhi (1992-93)
  • Head, Department of Geology, University of Delhi (1990-93)


  • INSA Young Scientists Medal, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi - 1974
  • Krishnan Gold Medal Indian Geophysical Union Hyderabad, 1985
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore - 1987
  • Bhatnagar Prize in Earth Science, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Delhi - 1988
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi - 1999
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad -1999
  • Fellow, TWAS 2001
  • Councillor, International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), 2010-14
  • Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dansl'Ordre des PalmesAcademiques) by France, 2009
  • President, Indian Association of Sedimentologists (2003-2012 )
  • Vice-President , Indian Mineralogists Association, Mysore (2005-onwards)
  • Vice-President, Geological Society of India, Bangalore (2008-10) (2010-13)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Current Science (2003-2013)
  • Chairman, Research Advisory Committee, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun (2004 -07)
  • Member, Expert Committee for XI Plan for Earth Systems Science, CSIR (2006)
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta (2006-08; 2008-10)
  • Member, Advisory Committee of the C-MMACS, Bangalore, (2008 - 2012)
  • Member, Research Council, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad ( 2010-2013)
  • Member, National Geosciences Advisory Council constituted by the Ministry of Mines (2011-onwards)
  • Chairperson PAC (Earth and Environmental Sciences) of the DST for International Programs (2009-2012, 2012-onwards)
  • Chairperson FIST Committee of the DST (2013-onwards)
  • Chairperson Research Committee BirbalSahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow(2014-2017)
  • Chairman, Research Advisory Committee, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun (2014-2017)

    Research Interests

    • River science - human transformations of river systems
    • Fluvial sedimentology
    • Paleoclimate

    Current Research Activities

    • "Identification and measurement of anthropogenic disturbance in the Ganga river at Kanpur".(Collaborator: Prof. Rajiv Sinha)
    • "Suitability of molluscan shells as proxy indicators of Holocene paleoclimate in the Ganga Plains".(Collaborators: Dr. Debajyoti Paul and Professor Rajiv Sinha)
    • "Tectonic Geomorphology of the Sutlej exit in the Western Himalaya".(Collaborator: Dr. Vimal Singh, University of Delhi)
    • "Connectivity analysis and pollution signals in parts of Ganga Basin". (Collaborators: Prof. Rajiv Sinha and Dr Patrice Carbonneau)
    • "Connectivity analysis of the Kosi avulsion belt". (Collaborator: Prof. Rajiv Sinha)
    • "Geomorphic analysis of the drainage networks of Dehradun intermontane basin ".(Collaborator: Dr. Vimal Singh, University of Delhi)

    Publications (2009-2014)

    • Tandon, S.K., Chakraborty, P.P., and Singh,V., (2014) Geological and tectonic framework of India: providing context to geomorphologic development,InV.S.Kale (Ed.), Landscapes and Landforms of India, pp1-12, Springer Science.
    • Tandon, S.K. and Singh, V., (2014) Duns: intermontane basins in the Himalayan frontal zone, In V.S.Kale (2014) Landscapes and Landforms of India, pp. 135-142, Springer Science.
    • Tandon, S.K., and Sinha, R., (2014) Indus-Ganga- Brahmaputra Plains: the alluvial landscape, In V.S. Kale (Ed.) Landscapes and Landforms of India, pp.53-64, Springer Science
    • Sinha, R., Jain, Vikrant, Tandon, S.K. (2013) River System and River Science in India: Major Drivers and Challenges, in Editors Rajiv Sinha and RasikRavindra Earth System Processes and Disaster Management, pp. 67-90, Springer.
    • Sinha, R., Gaurav, K., Chandra, S., Tandon, S.K., Exploring the channel connectivity structure of the August 2008 avulsion belt of the Kosi River, India: Application to flood risk assessment(2013) Geology, 41 (10), pp. 1099-1102.
    • Carbonneau, P., Milledge, D., Sinha, R., Tandon, S.K. (2013) Quatifyingriverscape connectivity with graph theory, AGU Abstracts, Fall meeting, San Francisco.
    • Tandon, S.K., Sinha, R., Gibling, M., Jain, M. (2013) Deciphering Landscape Dynamics from the Late Quaternary stratigraphic records of the interfluves and valleys of the Ganga Plains, PAGES Abstracts, P117.
    • Jain, V., Tandon, S.K., Sinha, R. Application of modern geomorphic concepts for understanding the spatio-temporal complexity of the large Ganga river dispersal system (2012) Current Science, 103 (11), pp. 1300-1319.
    • Sinha, R., Jain, V., Tandon, S.K., Chakraborty, T., Large river systems of India (2012) Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 78 (3), pp. 277-293.
    • Barnes, J., Densmore, A., Mukul, M., Sinha, R., Jain, V. and Tandon,S.K. (2011) Interplay between faulting and base level in the development of Himalayan frontal fold topography, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116 (F03012), doi:10.1029/2010JF001841.
    • Rahaman, W., Singh, S.K., Sinha, R., Tandon, S.K., Sr, C and O isotopes in carbonate nodules from the Ganga Plain: Evidence for recent abrupt rise in dissolved 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the Ganga (2011) Chemical Geology, 285 (1-4), pp. 184-193.
    • Nádor, A., Sinha, R., Magyari, A., Tandon, S.K., Medzihradszky, Z., Babinszki, E., Thamó-Bozsó, E., Unger, Z., Singh, A., Late Quaternary (Weichselian) alluvial history and neotectonic control on fluvial landscape development in the southern Körös plain, Hungary, (2011) Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 299 (1-2), pp. 1-14.
    • Dhir, R.P., Singhvi, A.K., Andrews, J.E., Kar, A., Sareen, B.K., Tandon, S.K., Kailath, A., Thomas, J.V. (2010) Multiple episodes of aggradation and calcrete formation in Late Quaternary aeolian sands, Central Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 37(1), 10-16
    • Bera, M.K., Sarkar, A., Tandon, S.K., Samanta, A., Sanyal, P. Does burial diagenesis reset pristine isotopic compositions in paleosol carbonates? (2010) Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 300 (1-2), pp. 85-100.
    • Sinha, R., Tandon, S.K., Gibling, M.R., Shallow sub-surface stratigraphy of the Ganga basin, Himalayan foreland: Present status and future perspectives (2010) Quaternary International, 227 (2), pp. 81-86.
    • Rahaman, W., Singh, S.K., Sinha, R., Tandon, S.K., Climate control on erosion distribution over the Himalaya during the past ~100 ka: REPLY (2010) Geology, 38 (8)
    • Jain, V., Tandon, S.K., Conceptual assessment of (dis)connectivity and its application to the Ganga River dispersal system (2010) Geomorphology, 118 (3-4), pp. 349-358.
    • Singh, V., Tandon, S.K., Integrated analysis of structures and landforms of an intermontane longitudinal valley (Pinjaur dun) and its associated mountain fronts in the NW Himalaya(2010) Geomorphology, 114 (4), pp. 573-589.
    • Sinha, R., Kettanah, Y., Gibling, M.R., Tandon, S.K., Jain, M., Bhattacharjee, P.S., Dasgupta, A.S., Ghazanfari, P.Craton-derived alluvium as a major sediment source in the Himalayan foreland Basin of India (2009) Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 121 (11-12), pp. 1596-1610.
    • Saini, H.S., Tandon, S.K., Mujtaba, S.A.I., Pant, N.C., Khorana, R.K. Reconstruction of buried channel-floodplain systems of the northwestern Haryana plains and their relation to the 'Svedic' Saraswati (2009) Current Science, 97 (11), pp. 1634-1643.
    • Rahaman, W., Singh, S.K., Sinha, R., Tandon, S.K.,Climate control on erosion distribution over the Himalaya during the past â¼ 100 ka (2009) Geology, 37 (6), pp. 559-562.
    • Singh, B.P., Tandon, S.K., Singh, G.P., Pawar, J.S. Palaeosols in early Himalayan foreland basin sequences demonstrate latitudinal shift-related long-term climatic change (2009) Sedimentology, 56 (5), pp. 1464-1487.


M. R. Sahni Memorial Lecture, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1997


Platinum Jubilee Lecture in Earth Sciences Section, Indian Science Congress Association, 2001

First Chanda Memorial Lecture, Department of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University


50th Sir Albert Seward Memorial Lecture, BirbalSahni Institute of Palaeobotany, 2004


CSIR Foundation Day Lecture, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, 2004


VII Karunakaran Endowment Memorial Lecture Award, Centre for Earth Science Studies, Tiruvananthapuram, 2006


Invited Lecture at IISc Centenary Inter-disciplinary Workshop, 2008


West Memorial Lecture, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, 2009


XVthKeshavDevMalaviya Lecture, KDMIPE, ONGC, 2010


Indian Geophysical Union L.N. Kailasam Lecture Award, Osmania University, Hyderabad 2010

2011 31-05-2016

Foundation Day Lecture, INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Sciences), Hyderabad 2011