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December 2014 

One Day Hindi Workshop

A one day Hindi Workshop was conducted on 12th December 2014 at IITM. The workshop covered the topics like how to write the scientific information in Hindi, Atmospheric Ozone etc. Many employees participated in the workshop.


Prof. Joerg Schumacher, Institute Director, Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, TU Ilmeanu, Germany visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Numerical studies on entrainment and mixing at the cloud-clear air interface" on 12th December 2014 at IITM.

Dr. Wolfgang Martin Boerner, Professor Emeritus and Director, UIC-ECE communications & Sensing Navigation lab, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA, visited IITM during 15 - 18 December  2014.  He delivered a talk on "The challenge for still unresolved development of Multi-band Equatorially Orbiting POLSAR satellite sensors - an integral task for the major space-SAR technology centers world-wide" on 15th December 2014 at IITM.

November 2014 

53rd Foundation Day of IITM on 17th November 2014

IITM celebrated its 53rd Foundation Day on 17th November 2014. On this occasion Prof. Pramod Kale, former Director, Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, ISRO was the Chief Guest. Prof Mladjen Curic, Institute of Meteorology, University of Belgrade was the Guest of Honour. Prof. V.K. Gaur, Chairman, Governing Council, IITM also attended the function. Dr. R. Krishnan, Director IITM welcomed all and briefed about the Institute’s progress and its current activities.
On this occasion various awards are presented to the scientists, students, scientific, technical, Administrative support and other staff of the Institute. Dr. R. Krishnan received the Biannual Golden Jubilee Award for his excellent scientific contribution at the hands of Prof. Pramod Kale. The Annual Silver Jubilee Award for the best research paper published in peer reviewed journal for the year 2013 was presented to Dr. (Smt.) B. Padmakumari and, for their research paper entitled "In situ measurements of aerosol vertical and spatial distributions over continental India during the major drought year 2009" published in Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 80, August 2013, DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.07.064,107-121, at the hands of Prof. V.K. Gaur. The Best Student Research Paper Award for 2013 was presented to Kum. Saumi Chakravorty et. al. for her paper entitled "Spring asymmetric mode in the tropical Indian Ocean: role of El Nin˜o and IOD" published in Climate Dynamics, Vol. 40, March 2013, DOI:10.1007/s00382-012-1340-1, 1467-1481 and to Kum. Sharmila Sur, et. al. for her paper entitled "Role of ocean-atmosphere interaction on northward propagation of Indian summer monsoon intra-seasonal oscillations (MISO)" published in Climate Dynamics, Vol. 41, September 2013, DOI:10.1007/s00382-013-1854-1, 1651–1669 at the hands of Prof. M. Curic. Shri Oomen Abraham, Shri P.W. Dixit, Smt. A.A. Desai and Shri Birendra Singh Bhandari received the Excellent Performance Award for the year 2013 for the Scientific, Administrative, Technical Support and multi-Tasking Staff, respectively at the hands of Dr. R. Krishnan, Director of IITM.
The above programme was followed by the Foundation Day Lecture on "The problems and possibilities of weather modification” by Prof Mladjen Curic, Golden Jubilee Award Lecture by Dr. R. Krishnan, Silver Jubilee Award Lecture by Dr. (Smt.) B. Pdma kumari and Best Student Paper Award Lectures by Kum. Saumi Chakravorty and Kum. Sharmila Sur. Institute’s present and past employees and some invitees attended the function. The celebration was concluded in the evening by a cultural programme. 

Rossby Visiting Fellowship to IITM Scientist

Dr. Suresh Tiwari, Scientist D has been selected for the prestigious fellowship of Rossby Visiting Fellowship to visit Stockholm for six months by International Meteorological Institute (IMI) at Stockholm University. This award was initiated by renowned Prof. Carl-Gustaf Rossby for "Conducting research in Meteorology and associated fields and to promote international scientific cooperation within meteorology" under Bolin Center for Climate Research, Stockholm.

Observance of “Quami Ekta Week (Communal Harmony Campaign Week) and Flag Day at IITM

Institute is observing the Communal Harmony Campaign Week from 19-25 November 2014 and the Flag Day on 25th November 2014 as per MoES File No. MoES/20/21/2012-ICC dated 27th October 2014.

Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week

As per CVC guidelines Institute observed "Vigilance Awareness Week" from 27 October to 1 November 2014. All employees took a pledge of anticorruption on 27 October 2014. On this occasion slogan competition was arranged on the theme "Combating Corruption - Technology as an enabler". Many employees participated in the slogan competition. The Vigilance Awareness Week was concluded on 31 October 2014. In the concluding function Shri C.G. Kumbhar, IPS (Former DIG) was invited. He delivered a lecture on this occasion. The prizes were awarded to the winners of the slogan competition.  

Lecture series on Cloud Modelling at IITM

Prof. Mladjen Curic, Institute of Meteorology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia and Prof. Vladio Spirindov Associate Professor of group of subjects in Meteorology, Hydrometeorological Institute of Macedonia, Republic of Macedonia, visited IITM during 17-21 November 2014. They delivered a lecture series on "Cloud modelling" during the period 18-20 November 2014. Please see the program of lecture series.


  • Dr. Rajesh Kumar, ASP (Advance Study Program of NCAR) Postdoctoral research fellow at Atmospheric Chemistry Division of NCAR, is on visit to IITM. He delivered a lecture on the topic “Regional modeling of air pollutants in South Asia: present status and future directions" on 19th November 2014 at IITM. 
  • Dr Nikolai Veremei,  Scientist, Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, St. Petersburg, Russia visited IITM. He delivered a lecture on "Investigation of the impact of high atmospheric pollution by aerosols on the development of high depth CB with the help of 3-D model" on 11 November 2014 at IITM.
  • Prof. Sreenivas K. R.,  Engineering Mechanics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, visited IITM. He delivered a talk on “Unraveling Micro-meteorological Mystery-The Ramdas Layer and Predicting Radiation Fog" on 3 November 2014 at IITM.
  • Prof. Vlado Spiridonov, Associate Professor of group of subjects in Meteorology,  Hydrometeorological Institute of Macedonia, Republic of Macedonia, is on visit to IITM for the period 17-21 November 2014. Indian Meteorological Society, Pune Chapter (IMSP) and IITM have jointly organized a Public Lecture by Prof. Spiridonov on "Storm modeling system as advanced tool in prediction and warning of severe weather risk" on 18th November 2014 at IITM.  (Pl. see the Abstract) 
  • Japanese scientists are on visit to IITM. Prof. Jun Matsumoto, Tokyo Metropolitan University delivered a seminar on "Long-term Changes of Extreme Rainfall in Southeast Asia”, Dr. Taiichi Hayashi, Kyoto University delivered a seminar on "Comparison of Raingauges in Natural Rainfall Condition" and Dr. Toru Terao, Kagawa University, gave a seminar on "Direct Evaluation of TRMM 2A25 Surface Rain by Tipping Bucket Raingauges in Northeastern Indian Subcontinent" on 26th November 2014 at IITM.

October 2014


Dr. John McGregor, senior principal scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Australia visited IITM. He delivered a talk on "Recent developments for cube-grid atmospheric and oceanic models at CSIRO by John McGregor and Marcus Thatcher, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research" on 22 October 2014 at IITM.

New feature IITM Research Highlights is added recently ( 2 October 2014)

Please visit the link for Current Scientific Achievements of IITM 

September 2014 


Dr. Kamal Puri, Research Program Leader, Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia is on visit to IITM. He delivered a lecture on "The Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator, ACCESS: Current status and plans" on 19th September 2014 at IITM.

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, Senior Earth Scientist and CERES Science Team Leader, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA visited IITM. He delivered a lecture on the topic “The Three Laws of Climate Change: Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy”  on 3rd September 2014 at IITM.  

World Ozone Day Celebration

IITM celebrated World Ozone Day on 16th September 2014 by organizing various events with the involvement of different schools. In the morning session two scientific lectures were organized jointly by IITM, IMSP and Hindi Week.

Hindi Week Celebration

IITM celebrated Hindi Week from 15.9.2014 to 22.9.2014 by organizing various competitions on the diverse subjects namely, Quiz, Essay Writing, Poem recitation, Antakshari, Noting & Drafting, Solo Song. See Details...


August 2014  

 The “Sadbhavana Diwas”, was observed on 20th August 2014 in memory of birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi. The theme of Sadhbhavana is to promote national integration and communal harmony among people of all religions, languages and regions. The idea behind observance of Sadhbhavana Diwas is to eschew violence and to promote goodwill among the people. A Sadbhavana pledge was taken by all employees of the Institute administered by Director, IITM on 20th August 2014.

IITM Director retires  

Prof. B.N. Goswami has retired from the position of Director of IITM with effect from 31st July 2014 and Dr. R. Krishnan, Scientist G & Executive Director, Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR), IITM has taken over the charge as Acting Director of IITM with effect from 1st August 2014 vide Office Order No. MoES/18/2014-Estt. dated 31 July 2014 by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).


Dr. Jinqiang Chen, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), USA, is on visit to IITM. He will deliver a seminar on "Dynamics of the East Asian Summer Monsoon and its Associated Climate Change" on 19th August 2014 at IITM. (Click here for the abstract)

 Dr. Prabir Patra, Senior Scientist, Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan, will be visiting IITM. He will deliver a lecture on “Global perspective of South Asian carbon budget” on 1st August 2014 at IITM.


July 2014

A National Hindi Scientific Seminar at IITM

A National Hindi Scientific Seminar on “Climate Change and Monsoon Variability, Prediction and Climate Services: A scientific Approach" is being organized at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune during 30-31 July 2014.

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Establishment of Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (FDL) at IITM, Pune

Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (FDL) at IITM, Pune was inaugurated by the hands of Prof. B.N. Goswami, Director, IITM, on 24th July 2014 at IITM, Pune. The FDL will be used to study the fluid dynamic aspects of a variety of turbulent flow configurations which are of interest ot atmospheric sciences.

Inauguration of Laboratory and guest house at IITM, Delhi

Dr. Shailesh Nayak, honorable Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Chairman, Earth System Science Organization (ESSO)  inaugurated the Laboratory and Guest house building at IITM, Delhi Branch on 7th July 2014.

MoES Annual Awards to IITM employees

Prof. B.N. Goswami, Director, IITM was awarded the National Award for Atmospheric Sciences and Technology for the year 2014 by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) for his outstanding contributions towards monsoon and climate research. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-.  Dr. G. Pandithurai was awarded the Certificate of Merit for the year 2014 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Atmospheric Science and Technology. The award carries a trophy, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-. Ms. P. S. Buchunde, Smt. Y.K. Bhonde and Smt. D.J. Titkare from the Institute got the MoES Annual Award for Best Employees for the year 2014 under category ‘Group B’, ‘Group C’ and ‘Multi Tasking Staff’ respectively. Their MoES award carries a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/-, Rs. 10,000/-   and Rs. 7,500/- for ‘Group B’, ‘Group C’ and ‘Multi Tasking Staff’ category respectively. The awards were presented on the occasion of MoES Foundation Day celebrations held on 27th July 2014 at New Delhi.


Dr. Prakash Bhave, Senior Air Quality Specialist, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)  Kathmandu, Nepal, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on “Numerical Modeling of Atmospheric fine particles”  on 11th July 2014.

June 2014


May 2014


The American Expert on Meteorology Dr. William B. Gail, President for 2014 of  The American Meteorological Society (AMS) ,  Chief Technology Officer,  Global Weather Corporation visited IITM on 28 May 2014.

April 2014

OSI-Pune Chapter newsletter Ocean Digest e-released 

Ocean Society of India (OSI), Pune Chapter e-released "Ocean Digest": the first issue of its Quarterly Newsletter, by the hands of Director, Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology on 23rd April 2014.

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Dr. Sulagna Ray,  Post doctoral Researcher, LOCEAN/IPSL, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05,  France is on visit to IITM.  Dr. Ray delivered a lecture on "Global Climate variability in model and observations" on 11th April 2014 at IITM.

March 2014


 Prof. Yamagata, Director, Application Laboratory, JAMSTEC and  Chief Editor of Ocean Newsletter, Ocean Policy Research Foundation Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan, will be visiting IITM during 9-14 March 2014. During his visit he will deliver lectures on "Predictability of the Subtropical Dipole Modes in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans", "New Faces of Climate Variations in the Indo-Pacific Sector", "Tsunami Catastrophe" on 11, 12 and 13 March 2014 respectively at IITM.

Dr. Arunchandra S. Chandra, Post-doctoral scholar, Meteorology and Physical Oceanographic Division, Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami, USA will be visiting IITM. He will deliver a talk on   “Application of Millimeter Wavelength Radars for Boundary Layer, Cloud and Precipitation research”  on 12th March 2014.

 February 2014

Inauguration of New HPC Facility and Lightning Location Network

Dr. Shailesh Nayak, honorable Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), Chairman, Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) has inaugurated the following facilities at IITM, Pune on 28 February 2014.

  • Inauguration of New High Performance Computing (HPC) system of 790 Tera Flops and 6 Petabytes of Storage at IITM, Pune
  • Inauguration of Lightning Location Network at IITM, Pune
  • Bhoomi Pooja for the new Students’ Hostel for IITM/IMD at IMD Campus

Press Release:   IITM embarked upon a new era of commissioning India’s fastest and one of the World’s top High Performance Computer System and Lightning Location Network

Press Clippings

Brief about New HPC Facility- A Background Document


For more details on High Performance Computing System, please contact: Dr. Suryachandra Rao at or +91-20-25904245

For more details on Lightning Location Network, contact: Dr. S.D. Pawar at    or   Dr. Gopalakrishnan at / +91-20-25904283


January 2014


Prof. Raghu Murtugudde, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland, USA is on visit to IITM. He delivered a seminar on the topic “Bio-Feedbacks: Spatio-Temporal Scales and Low Frequency Rectifications” on 17th January 2014 in the Institute.