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.

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

Das A, Sodhi A, Vedpathak CD, Prizomwala SP, Agnihotri R, Makwana N, Joseph J, Patel N, Chopra S, Kumar MR. 2022. Evidence for Seawater Retreat With Advent of Meghalayan Era (4200 a BP) in a Coastal Harappan Settlement. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 23. e2021GC010264. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GC010264. doi.org/10.1029/2021GC010264     View PDF

Chaddha, A.S., Singh, N.K., Malviya, M. and Sharma, A., 2022. Birnessite-clay mineral couple in the rock varnish: a natures electrocatalyst. Sustainable Energy & Fuels, 6(10), pp.2553-2569 doi.org/10.1039/D2SE00185C     View PDF

Pokharia AK, Basumatary, SK, Thakur B, Tripathi S McDonald HG, Tripathi D, Tiwari P, Van Asperen E, Spate M, Chauhan G, Thakkar MG, Srivastava A, Agarwal S. 2022. Multiproxy analysis on Indian wild ass (Equus hemionus khur) dung from Little Rann of Western India and its implications for the palaeoecology and archaeology of arid regions. Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology 304: 104700 doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2022.104700     View PDF

Tripathi S, Garg A, Shukla AK, Farooqui A, Pandey A, Tripathi T, Singh VK. 2022. Pollen micro-morphometry of two endangered species of Rauvolfia L. (Apocynaceae) from the Indo-Gangetic Plains of Central India using LM, CLSM and FESEM. Palynology https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2022.2072966     View PDF