Welcome to BSIP

Professor Birbal Sahni, FRS, established the Institute in the year 1946 to explore and develop palaeobotany as a science in itself, visualizing its potential in solving issues of origin and evolution of plant life, other geological issues including exploration of fossil fuels. Originally plant fossil and related studies based, the mandate of the BSIP was recently expanded to combine it with other areas of palaeosciences, and creating modern facilities to achieve this end. The newly widened mandate aims to look at

  • Understanding origin and evolution of life through time
  • Understanding climate change in recent and deep geological times
  • Understanding past civilization and human history
  • Application of palaeosciences to exploration programmes of oil and coal industry

BSIP is striving to attain excellence in R&D through a dedicated scientific team together with integrated innovative ideas in basic and applied research. In its broadest sense, the BSIP seeks to interpret plant life evolution and geological processes involved, and environmental evolution through time.

Founder
Prof. Birbal Sahni, FRS
Founder BSIP
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Director
Dr. (Mrs.) Vandana Prasad
Director (wef June 11, 2019)
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Research Highlights

Agarwal S, Shukla SK*, Srivastava P, Sundriyal Y. 2023. Peat sequence diatoms from Kedarnath, Central Himalaya, used to reconstruct mid-late Holocene hydroclimatic conditions. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 612, 111381 doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2022.111381     View PDF

Joshi Priyanka, Phartiyal Binita* Joshi Mallickarjun, Agrawal Shailesh, Pankaj Baghel and Rajveer Sharma. 2023. Reconstruction of landscape and climate during last 7000 cal yr BP of the largest basin of the Ladakh Range, NW Indian Himalaya. doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2022.106907     View PDF

Shah SK, Berkelhammer M, Li Q, Mehrotra N, Thomte L, Shell R, Pandey U, Gaire NP, Kathayat G, Sinha A. 2023. Regional tree-ring oxygen isotope deduced summer monsoon drought variability for Kumaun-Gharwal Himalaya. Quaternary Science Review 301: 107927. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107927     View PDF