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September 2016

India-UK Joint Centre on Water Security officially launched

As an outcome of collaborative efforts and funding by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), India and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK a virtual India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC) has been officially launched on 27th September 2016. This virtual centre builds on recent and ongoing collaborative water research programmes between India and the UK.

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August 2016


Prof. Dr. Thomas Peter, Institute of Atmosphere and Climate (IAC), Zürich, Switzerland is on visit to IITM. He will deliver a seminar on "Accuracy of Upper Tropospheric Humidity Measurements and the 2016 Balloon Campaign in Nainital, India" at IITM on 26th August 2016.

Dr. Nico, Deputy Executive Director, International CLIVAR Project Office is on visit to IITM. He delivered a talk on "An Overview of CLIVAR Activities - Role of India" on 17th August 2016 at IITM.

Celebration of ten-years of MoES

IITM organized an event for celebration of 10-years of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) during 1-5 August 2016 allowing school / college students to visit IITM Laboratories and to interact with IITM scientists. Various school students were invited to visit IITM.


July 2016

MoES Annual Awards 2016 to IITM employees

Dr. Swapna Panickal, was awarded the Certificate of Merit for the year 2016 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/-. Smt. R.S. Salunke, Shri. R.D. Nair under category ‘Group B’, Shri S.A. Sayyad under category ‘Group C’ and Shri E.M. Botla under the category 'Multi Tasking Staff’ from the Institute got the MoES Annual Award for Best Employees for the year 2016. 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 with a citation. The awards were presented at the hands of Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES on the occasion of MoES 10 years celebration & Foundation Day celebrations held on 27th July 2016 at New Delhi.

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Advanced School on Earth System Modelling (ESM) & Workshop on Climate Change and Regional Impacts over South Asia:
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy are jointly organizing an Advanced School on Earth System Modelling (ESM) during 18-27 July 2016, followed by a Workshop on Climate Change & Regional Impacts over South Asia during 28-29 July, at IITM, Pune, India. The summer school aims at training the participants on the different components of the Earth System i.e., atmosphere, ocean, land, cryosphere, atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, ocean biogeochemistry etc.  The newly developed IITM Earth System Model (IITM ESM) will be the focus of the School.
Dr. M. Rajeevan, Honorable Secretary, MoES inaugurated the event on 18th July 2016.
More details about the ESM school and application form are available at

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Visit of Dr. Harsh Vardhan,HMoES to FAAM Research Aircraft during the Monsoon Mission Observational Campaign

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), is the nodal agency for the National Monsoon Mission Program of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India. As part of this program, three collaborative projects entitled SWAAMI, INCOMPASS & BOBBLE have been approved to be carried out by academic institutions from India and UK.  This joint effort is part of the implementation agreement signed between MoES and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK on “Predicting the Variability of the South Asian Monsoon” under the existing MoU between MoES and UK on Collaboration in Earth System Science. These projects are jointly supported by MoES, Govt. of India and the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), UK.  The observational campaigns being conducted under these projects will improve the understanding of the smaller scale physical processes which will help in improving the computer simulation of models, parameterization of physical process, which in turn will produce improved monsoon prediction.

The main field phase of the monsoon mission has been carried out during May-July 2016 wherein a research aircraft with sophisticated scientific instruments was deployed to carry out atmospheric measurements.  This atmospheric research aircraft (ARA) is co-owned by NERC and FAAM (Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, UK). ARA was operated in India during June-July 2016 from Lucknow and Bengaluru airbases. Airborne observations have been carried out over Indo-gangetic plains, Northwestern India, East coast, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and western ghats during this period and a wealth of data have been collected.  The aircraft observations will be augmented by special observational programs over the land using boundary layer flux towers, radars, Microwave Radiometers etc.

Honourable Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan has visited the research aircraft on 11th July 2016 at Lucknow airport and flown in a research flight of duration 1.20 hrs.

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Prof. Sreedhar Balasubrahmanyam, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering,  Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change, IIT Bombay visited IITM.  He delivered a lecture on "Using experimentation to study bulk and local mixing dynamics in stratified fluids" on 11th July 2016 at IITM.

Dr. Martijn Lammers, Liaison for Science, Technology & Innovation, and Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands visited IITM on 8th July 2016. He had scientific discussions with IITM scientists.

June 2016

MoU between IITM and Sagar Uni., M.P.

An MoU has been signed between IITM, Pune and Sagar University, M.P. on 12th June 2016. In the presence of Secretary MoES and VC Sagar University, MoU has been signed by Dr. Pandithurai, representative of Director IITM, and Registrar of Sagar University. Under this MoU, IITM will set up a site at the Sagar Univ campus for Greenhouse Gases, carbon flux, reactive gases, aerosols, and various other kinds of measurements. This site will be equipped with 72 meter tall tower for measurements at various levels. This will be unique site equipped with tall tower located in central India and first of its kind in the country. Dr. Kashyapi and other officials from IMD, Bhopal were present for the ceremony.

Inauguration of 'Prithvi' the Hall of Residence

Inauguration of "Prithvi" the Hall of Residence, IMD Colony, Pashan was on 23rd June 2016 by the hands of Dr. M. Rajeevan, Hon'ble  Secretary, MoES, Govt. of India and in the august presence of   Dr B. Mukhopadhyay, ADGM, India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Dr. R. Krishnan, Director, IITM.
The  Hall of Residence is a state-of-the art accommodation facility of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES),  Govt. of India. MoES constructed the facility with a vision to cater and support, students, trainees, researchers and scientists from various parts of India and abroad, who would be visiting for research activities. "PRITHVI" is a 10-storied building comprising of 215 single occupancy rooms for students and researchers and 12 guest rooms and is well-equipped with essential  facilities such as Canteen, Wifi, Gymnasium, Outdoor Play area, Doctor's Chamber, Warden Residence etc.

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Celebration of International Yoga Day at IITM

21st June is celebrated as International Yoga Day (IDY), as an initiative launched by our Honorable Prime Minister and adopted by the UN general Assembly by 177 countries worldwide. On this occasion Government of India has decided that each institute should take active part in celebrating IDY. As per as the directive received from MoES and ministry of Ayush, Director, IITM celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June 2016. On this occasion a Yoga Workshop for IITM employees was organized in the morning at IITM.

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SAFAR Application to Rajasthan Govt. "RAJVAYU"-Mobile-App launched by Chief Minister, Rajasthan

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR) achieved another feet by scientifically & technically assisting Rajasthan Government in developing Air Quality MobileApp "RajVayu". Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje dedicated it to nation for sharing information about current air quality index and weather information of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur on the eve of World Environmental Day, 4th June 2016. Details about the air quality, such as levels of pollutants likes Particulate Matter, SOx, NOx, CO, Ozone, temperature, humidity, wind speed, weather forecast and advisories will be shared with the city residents and tourists.


Dr. Srinivasa Ramanujam Kannan, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar is on visit to IITM. He will deliver a seminar on "Information theoretic approach for model-observation synergy"on 28th June 2016 at IITM.

Dr. Arun Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Javaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, is on visit to IITM. He will deliver a lecture on "Quantifying enhancement in aerosol radiative forcing during ‘extreme aerosol days’  in summer at Delhi National Capital Region, India" at IITM on 24th June 2016.

Prof. Subrahmanyam Bulusu, Professor of Satellite Oceanography & Physical Oceanography School of  the Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA is on visit to IITM. He delivered a talk on “Role of ocean dynamics in the MJO initiation over the Indian Ocean”  on 17th June 2016 at IITM.

Ms. Kriti Bhargava, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic science, University of Maryland and Graduate Research Assistant of Prof. Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland is on visit to IITM. She delivered a talk on "Estimation and correction of systematic model errors in GFS"on 10th June 2016 at IITM.

May 2016

Observance of Anti Terrorism Day at IITM

Anti Terrorism Day was observed on 20th May 2016 at IITM. A pledge was administered to the employees of the institute by the Director of the institute.


Dr. P. Mukhopadhyay has been invited as  Member, International CLIVAR-GEWEX Working Group (WG) on Asian-Australian Monsoon (WG-AAM). This WG has been formed under the umbrella of the Global CLIVAR-GEWEX Monsoons Panel which is Co-chaired by Andy Turner (University of Reading, UK) and Paul Dirmeyer (COLA, USA). The main aim is to foster engagement of the monsoons research community at a local level and to facilitate improvement in monsoon forecasts on the various time scales for end users.

April 2016

Celebration of Earth Day & Swach Pakhawada at IITM

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Earth Sciences and its subordinates offices are observing Swachhta Pakhwada during 14-29 April 2016 as part of the Earth Day Celebrations. IITM is  actively participating in the Swachhta Pakhwada and celebrated  the Earth Day on 22 April 2016 at its premises.

As part of the Earth Day celebrations at IITM, various competitions under the theme ‘Caring Mother Earth’ for spreading awareness among school children about caring Mother Earth were  organized. These competitions were: Drawing/Poster Competition, Quiz Competition, Essay Writing Competition and ‘Best Out of waste’ Competition. More than 100 students from different schools participated in various competitions.

Winners of the competitions were given 1st, 2nd and 3rd and consolation prizes. All the participants were given the participation certificates. Morning Snacks and Lunch were provided by the Institute for the participants.

On this occasion “Swach Documentary” was shown to all. Also there was a Street-play Show organized by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) employees. Swach employees and Street Play participants were felicitated on this occasion. An exhibition of the drawings and best out of waste model were arranged in IITM.

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Prof. Phil Dickerson, Group Leader, US-EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards, North Carolina State University, USA visited IITM. He delivered a talk on "US EPA AirNow System - History, Purpose, and Future" on 22nd April 2016. US-EPA-United States Environmental Protection Agency, has designed one of the first air quality forecasting systems called “AirNow” in the world.


March 2016


Prof. Atul Jain, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, USA, visited IITM. He talked on the topic entitled  "Integrated Assessment Modeling of Biogeochemical Cycles, Climate Change and Impacts" on 22 March 2016 at the Institute. 

Dr. Joy Merwin Monteiro, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore delivered a Colloquium Seminar on "Interpreting the upper level structure of the Madden-Julian Oscillation"  on 21 March 2016 at IITM.

Prof. Jun Matsumoto and Dr. Tomoshige Inoue from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan are on visit to IITM. They delivered a seminar on "MAHASRI 10-year activity and beyond" and  "Characteristics of summer monsoon rainfall associated with the 2011 Chao Phraya River flood in Thailand" on 16 March 2016 at IITM resepectively. 

Mr. Aninda Bose, Senior Editor - Hard SciencesSpringer (India) Private Ltd. visited IITM. He delivered a talk on "The Elements of Scientific Publishing", on 9 March 2016 at IITM.

Project Scientists: shortlisted candidates for interview:

Recruitment of Project Scientists: Shortlisted candidates for interview

Institute had advertised recruitment of Project Scientists purely on temporary and short term contract basis (19 posts) vide advertisement number (PER/07/2015).

       In response to the above advertisement 2340 applications were received. Screening Committee meetings were held during 18, 19, 22 February and 7 March 2016 has shortlisted  candidates for interviews.

List of shortlisted candidates for interview



February 2016



  • Dr Gufran Beig, Project Director, Metropolitan Air Quality and Weather Service at IITM, Pune has received the prestigious International recognition as Member of WCRP Core-Project for Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC) for an initial term of three years (Jan 2016 onwards).  For more details on SPARC, please visit:
  • The Scientific Steering Group (SSG) for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has selected Dr. Roxy Mathew Koll  as a member of the CLIVAR Indian Ocean Region Panel. The CLIVAR Indian Ocean Panel provides scientific and technical oversight for implementation of the sustained ocean observing system for the Indian Ocean and coordinates research on the role of the Indian Ocean on the climate system. For details,  please  visit CLIVAR Indian Ocean Panel @


Prof. Jagadish Shukla, University Professor, George Mason University (GMU) & Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA), USA visited IITM, during 11-13 February 2016.

Dr. Mitchell W. Moncrieff, Senior Scientist from National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA visited IITM as visiting Scientist from 22-26 February 2016. He delivered Pisharoty Lecture on 23 February and delivered  lectures on topics "Organized Tropical Convection in a Near-Saturated Environment" and "Organized Convection, Tropical Wave, and MJO Interaction" on 25 and 26 February 2016 respectively at IITM.

Prof. Venugopal from Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) visited IITM and delivered lectures on Statistics and Probability during 22-26 February 2016 at IITM.

Visit of Hon'ble Union Minister for S&T and MoES to IITM

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Union Minister for Ministry of Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences visited Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) on 01 Feb.2016.  Dr. M. Rajeevan, Hon'able Secretary, MoES was also present  on this occassion.

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 January 2016 


Dr. Harry Hendon, Senior Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR), Melbourne, Australia visited IITM. He delivered a talk on "Impact of QBO on the predictability of MJO" 11th January 2016 at IITM.

Prof. Mike Wallace, University of Washington, USA visited IITM. He delivered lectures entitled "The MJO, the MISO and the Pacific-Japan pattern" and "The MJO: Phase velocity, group velocity and teleconnections" at IITM on 21st and 22nd January 2016 respectively.

Prof. Wojciech W. Grabowski, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA visited IITM during 21-30 January 2016. He delivered talks on "Towards global large eddy simulation: super-parameterization revisited" and "Untangling microphysical impacts on deep convection applying piggybacking methodology" on 25th and 28th January 2016 respectively at the Institute. He had scientific discussions with IITM scientists.