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

Phartiyal B & Nag D 2022. Sedimentation, tectonics and climate in Ladakh, NW Trans-Himalaya-with a special reference to Late Quaternary Period. Special Issue-Continental Lithosphere: Integrated Geoscientific Aspects. Geosystems and Geoenvironment. 1-100031:1-12 doi.org/10.1016/j.geogeo.2022.100031     View PDF

Verma S, Phartiyal B* and Chandra R. 2022. Quaternary Geoheritage sies of Northwest Himalaya: Loesss-Palaeosol and palaeo fluvio-lacustrine-a necessitate protection Geoheritage 14:109 doi.org/10.1007/s12371-022-00743-3     View PDF

Nag D, Phartiyal* B, Kumar P, Joshi P and Singh R. 2022. Geomorphological and sedimentological evidences of palaeo-outburst flood events from TanglangLa-Gya catchment of River Indus, Ladakh, India. Physical Geography DOI:10.1080/02723646.2021.2022339     View PDF

Singh, V.K., Sharma, M., 2022. New Material of Carbonaceous Compressions from the -1.5 Ga Singhora Group, Chhattisgarh Supergroup, India, and their Interpretation as Benthic Algae. Frontiers in Earth Science. dx.doi.org/10.3389/feart.2022.825430     View PDF

Mehrotra N, Shah SK, Basavaiah N, Kar R. 2022. Middle to Late Holocene climate, vegetation and sea-level changes in NW Tripura, northeast India, based on palynological and mineral magnetic evidence. Journal of Paleolimnology doi.org/10.1007/s10933-022-00249-6     View PDF

Prasanna K, Kapur VV. 2022. Oxygen Isotopic Studies of a Species of Pitar (Hyphantosoma) from Quilon Formation, Kerala, Southwest India: Inferences on Seasonality during the Miocene (late Burdigalian). Journal Geological Society of India 98: 843-850 doi.org/10.1007/s12594-022-2075-1     View PDF

Shekhar M, Sharma A, Dimri AP, Tandon SK. 2022. Asian summer monsoon variability, global teleconnections, and dynamics during the last 1,000 years. Earth-Science Reviews, 230, 104041 doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2022.104041     View PDF

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 doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2022.2072966     View PDF