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National Geophysical Research Institute Geophysical Society, Hyderabad
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University National Geophysical Research Institute
Faculty Advisor Dr. Prasanta K. Patro
Country India
Status Active
Ranking Ridge Level

National Geophysical Research Institute Geophysical Society, Hyderabad was established by Dr. V.P. Dimri just after he took up the charge of the director of the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute . The promulgation of such a society is based on an idea which conceptualize to promote the science of geophysics, expose it to the masses and thus to provide the students an opportunity to learn the modern geophysical technology with global experts. The society conducts educational activities throughout the year in the institute, and takes part in the events organized by various geophysical organizations.

Chapter's Contact Details

SEG-SPG NGRI Student Chapter, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road, Hyderabad, India-500007,

E-mail : ngristudentchapter‐at‐

Phone: +914023434651

Faculty Advisor

Email: patrobpk‐at‐

Phone: +914023434651

Officer Bearers

  • President: Pelluri Latha Sri

E-mail : lathasrilathapelluri‐at‐

  • Vice President: Sohel khan Pathan

E-mail : sohelpathan.sk167‐at‐

  • Secretary: Amar Dudhate

E-mail : amar.dudhate‐at‐

  • Treasurer: Divij Pratap Singh

E-mail : divijsingh999‐at‐

  • Executive Member: Pinky Maru

E-mail : pinkymaru99‐at‐

  • Executive Member: Shubham Yadav

E-mail : geophysics.shubham‐at‐

  • Executive Member: A Venkatesh

E-mail : venkateshgeo7117‐at‐

Previous Faculty Advisors

Events of 2023

SEG- NGRI Local Chapter Challenge Bowl 2023 (GeoGenius Challenge): A Resounding Success


The SEG-NGRI Student Chapter organized the highly anticipated NGRI-SEG Challenge Bowl competition on May 31, 2023, Wednesday, at 4:30 pm in the e-classroom. This event aimed to foster geoscientific knowledge, encourage healthy competition, and select a representative for the Asian Pacific level. With 35 registrations, the event witnessed enthusiastic participation from students with exceptional geoscientific prowess.

Registration and Enthusiasm

The NGRI-SEG Challenge Bowl garnered immense interest, with 35 students registering to showcase their geoscientific knowledge. The participants hailed from diverse backgrounds, including geophysics, geology, and related disciplines. It was heartening to witness the dedication and enthusiasm of the students, reflecting their passion for the subject matter.


GeoGenius Challenge

The competition comprised two rounds designed to test the participants' geoscientific acumen. The first round aimed to shortlist candidates who secured a score above 60 percentile. This round was an objective test that assessed the participants' theoretical knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and problem-solving skills. The selected students showcased their aptitude and understanding of geosciences, making it challenging for the judges to narrow down the pool of contenders.

Intense Second Round

The second round featured the shortlisted candidates who competed in a head-to-head battle. This round incorporated more practical aspects of geoscience. The level of competition was remarkably high, reflecting the dedication and preparation of the participants.

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The Winner

After an intense battle in the second round, a winner (Mr. Anshuman Pandey)emerged who showcased extraordinary knowledge, problem-solving skills, and composure under pressure will proudly represent the SEG-NGRI Student Chapter at the Asian Pacific level. This achievement is a testament to their geoscientific expertise and will inspire fellow students to excel in their respective fields.

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The NGRI-SEG Challenge Bowl 2023, organized by the SEG-NGRI Student Chapter, was a grand success, attracting 35 enthusiastic registrations. The participants displayed remarkable knowledge and enthusiasm throughout the competition, making the task of shortlisting and selecting a winner challenging for the judges. The event exemplified the commitment of the SEG-NGRI Student Chapter to promoting geoscientific education and fostering a competitive spirit among students. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winner Mr. Anshuman Pandey, who, along with one more student, will represent the SEG-NGRI Student Chapter at the Asian Pacific level. We wish them the best in the competition.

NGRI Student Chapter's Impactful Outreach Activities Featured in Prestigious SEG TLE Article

The NGRI Student Chapter's outreach and giveaway activities to their alma mater universities and school students have been recognized by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Our efforts have been highlighted in the March 2023 edition of the Student Zone section in the highly respected Leading Edge article. The article's topic is "NGRI Student Chapter's Inspiring Contributions to Alma Mater Universities and the Local Community." We are thrilled to receive such recognition and to be making a positive impact in our community! The link to the article is here. [1]

Events of 2022

WEBINAR: Colloboration with Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad Student Chapter, Kurukshetra University Geophysical Society, and Osmania University Student Chapter.

Jaleena Sunny, an Early Stage Researcher at the University of Liverpool, UK, delivered a talk on "Uncertainty characterisation of earthquake ground motion prediction" as part of her pursuit of a PhD in Earthquake Engineering. She was also a visiting researcher at GFZ, Potsdam, Germany in 2022. In terms of awards and achievements, Jaleena received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant for her PhD studies, which she currently holds (2019-present), and was a University 1st Rank Awardee for her M.Sc. in Marine Geophysics from CUSAT, Kerala in 2018.

Jaleena Sunny speaking about PhD Fellowship opportunities and uncertaininity characterisation of earthquake ground motion prediction

During her talk, Jaleena discussed the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant and its application process, with the aim of helping graduating students benefit from this prestigious funding opportunity. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grants are highly competitive funding opportunities offered by the European Commission to support doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in their career development. These grants aim to promote mobility and international collaborations among researchers by funding their research projects in different countries.

Interaction with the school students on NGRI Open Day 2022

During the NGRI Open Day held on 26th September 2022, the NGRI SEG Student Chapter engaged with school students in an interactive session. The session focused on raising awareness about the field of geophysics and educating the students about the various fellowships and activities offered by SEG, as well as the events conducted at NGRI through the student chapter. We also highlighted the potential career paths in the geosciences and geophysics, and provided information on how students can pursue such careers after completing their schooling. Overall, the session aimed to inspire and inform the students about the opportunities available in the field of geophysics, and how they can explore and participate in it.

Interaction with the Primary and High School Students on Earth Science research.

Interaction with Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Halliburton

We had the privilege of interacting with Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, a renowned data scientist who works for Halliburton. Dr. Priyadarshy is an expert in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and data analytics. During the session, he shared his experiences and insights on how data science is transforming the oil and gas industry. He spoke about the latest trends and advancements in AI and ML that are being used to solve data-related problems in the industry. Dr. Priyadarshy also shared his thoughts on the future of data science and how it can be leveraged to drive innovation and growth in the oil and gas industry. Overall, the session was highly informative and provided valuable insights into the cutting-edge technologies that are driving the oil and gas industry forward.

SEG NGRI Team With Dr. Satyam Priyadarshy, Halliburton

Interaction with Mr. V. Mohan Kumar, Consultant Petroleum Geologist, Halliburton

Mr. V. Mohan Kumar, a Consultant Petroleum Geologist from Halliburton, was invited to give a talk that was both informative and engaging. The talk was titled "The Way We Do It - The Role of Geoscience in Oil and Gas Exploration," and it was attended by students from our institute. During the interactive session, students had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions with the speaker. The topics covered included hydrocarbon generation, accumulation, migration, and extraction. Mr. Kumar also discussed the various operational issues associated with drilling oil and gas wells. Overall, the session was a great success and provided valuable insights into the field of petroleum geology.

Interactive session with Mr. V. Mohan Kumar, a Consultant Petroleum Geologist from Halliburton

Opening of SEG Student Chapter at University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

HCU SEG Student Chapter Onboard

The SEG-NGRI Student Chapter team collaborated with students from the Centre for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hyderabad to assist them in filling out the application form to establish a new SEG Student Chapter at their institution. Thanks to the diligent guidance and mentorship provided by the team, the University of Hyderabad Student Chapter was successfully chartered on January 19th, 2023. This achievement will provide the student members with valuable resources and opportunities for professional development in the geophysics and related fields. Congratulations to all involved in this accomplishment!

Formation of SEG Student Chapter Osmania University under mentorship of SEG-NGRI Student Chapter

SEG-NGRI Student Chapter team interacted with the students of the Department of Geophysics, CEG - Osmania University, Hyderabad, and invited them to open a new SEG Student Chapter under our mentorship and guidance. we discussed the advantages of a Student Chapter and conducted an Induction Program, where Dr. Prasanta Patro, Faculty advisor of the SEG-NGRI Student Chapter, and Shaik Nasif Ahmed, Vice-President gave presentations to enlighten Students of Osmania University about the SEG Student Chapters. Dr. Patro aslo discussed "Magnetotellurics" techniques with the students.

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Interaction with the Students of University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.

SEG-NGRI Student Chapter team interacted with the students of the Centre for Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Hyderabad and enlightened them about the opening of a new SEG Student Chapter in their University. Students and faculty actively participated in the talk and are excited to open the chapter under our mentorship and guidance.

Photo session with SEG-NGRI Student Chapter team, students and faculty of university of Hyderabad after the conclusion of event.
President, SEG -NGRI Student Chapter delivered a talk for opening a new student chapter at University of Hyderabad, India.

Events of 2021

Student Outreach Program 2021

The office bearers of NGRI-SEG Student Chapter conducted an outreach program during 24th to 28th December 2021 in CSIR-NGRI and CSIR-IICT school on the topic entitled "Groundwater Exploration and Environmental impact assessment". This event was very much interactive and the school students got to know about different aspects of groundwater and the role of geophysics in groundwater exploration.

Interaction with CSIR-NGRI school students on the Ground water quality assessment
SEG Student Outreach Program 2021 at IICT ZM High School, Hyderabad.
Outreach program, 2021 at CSIR-IICT school on the topic entitled "Groundwater Exploration and Environmental impact assessment"

SEG Annual Meeting 2021

Our Chapter was represented by Aditya Mohanty, President (2021) at the SLS-2021 held in Denver, CO, USA.

Webinar by Prof. Kamini Singha

NGRI-SEG Student Chapter co-organized a Crystal Year Talk by Prof. Kamini Singha (CSM, Colorado) on the topic entitled "Imaging the Critical Zone: The role of geophysics in opening and answering key questions" in collaboration with CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad on 9th September 2021 at 05:00 PM (IST). It was an eventful talk amidst the pandemic with more than 100 attendees and the speaker shed some interesting insights on the groundwater research.

Webinar by Arpana Sarkar

NGRI-SEG Student Chapter organized a webinar talk by Arpana Sarkar (Schlumberger) on the topic entitled "Multiscale petrophysics and geomechanics integration for reduced uncertainty in reservoir studies" on 29th June 2021 at 09:AM (IST). Arpana Sarkar is a senior reservoir petrophysicist at Schlumberger with 20 years of experience. It was quite interacting and helpful to the exploration geophysics research student.

Lecture by Dr. Öz Yilmaz

NGRI co-organized a lecture by Dr. Öz Yilmaz on topic “Workflows for near surface modelling and subsurface imaging of complex structures”  in collaboration with SEG Student chapter of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and SEG BHOS Student Chapter, Azerbaijan on 14th March 2021 at 04:30 PM (IST). It was really a magnificent lecture and about 200 participants various institutes from different countries has attended the lecture.

Events of 2020

The year 2020 was a difficult time for all due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NGRI Student Chapter encouraged members to attend various virtual events organized by the SEG.

Participation in SEG virtual events

Events Speaker Topic
Webinar Keith Moore You can build your own models: Why you don’t need to be scared of doing your own data science.
Honorary Lecture Johan Robertsson Generalized sampling and gradiometry: Changing the rules of the information game.
Distinguished Lecture Sergery Fomel Auomating seismic data analysis.
Honorary Lecture Xinming Wu Deep Learning for Seismic Processing and Interpretation.
Webinar Nimisha Vedanti Seismic Reservoir Monitoring – Challenging Case Studies.
Webinar Alec Walker Python for Beginners.

SEG Annual Meet and SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium 2020

Ajithabh K.S., President (2020) of NGRI Student Chapter has attended the SEG Virtual Annual Meet and SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium in 2020.

Interaction with new students

Office bearers of the student chapter interacted with newly enrolled students in the institute on 12 January 2021. Officers introduced the SEG and student chapter to the new students and welcomed everyone to join in the chapter.


Virtual interaction program with Ensenada SEG Student Chapter, Mexico

We organized an online student interaction program with SEG Student Chapter of Ensenada Center for Scientific Research & Higher Education, Mexico on 5 February 2021 (Friday). The meeting started at 10 AM (IST) and many students from the both institute interacted each other using Zoom meeting platform. In the beginning, students from both chapters introduced their countries, institute, student chapter and activities. Later everyone shared their research experience, hobbies, fun facts, etc. in break rooms.


Events of 2019

SEG Distinguished Lecture

Distinguished Lecture 2019
Distinguished Lecture 2019

We were blessed with the presence of Prof. Herrmann J. Felix as our SEG Distinguished Lecturer, who gave a talk on the topic of "Sometimes it pays to be cheap – Compressive time-lapse seismic data acquisition". This event took place in the SB Hall of CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad. This event was attended by more than 100 personals including Scientists, Students, and Technical officers.

This was a very enriching and valuable experience for all the personals attending such an event.

SEG Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC)

DISC Lecture 2019
DISC Lecture 2019

We were blessed with the presence of Prof. Manika Prasad as our SEG DISC Lecturer, who gave a talk on the topic of "Physics and Mechanics of Rocks: A Practical Approach". This event took place in the e-classroom of CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad. This event was attended by more than 100 personals including Scientists, Students, and Technical officers.

This was a very enriching and valuable experience for all the personals attending such an event.

Student Outreach Program (Open Day)

Outreach Programme 2019
Outreach Programme 2019

Every year on the foundation day of CSIR-NGRI, NGRI encourages school and college students to come to our institute and learn about geophysics with a moto to encourage them to opt for earth science and work for the society.

On this day we showcase them models explaining the students different geophysical methods used to study the earth.

In 2019 we entertained about 8000 students from different school of Hyderabad and other close by districts.

Student chapter organized poster sessions and models describing exciting world of geosciences and career prospects.

SEG Annual Meeting 2019

SLS 2019

Our chapter was represented by Mr. Deepak Prasad in the SLS-2019 held in Houston, TX, USA.

Events of 2017

SEG Honorary Lecture

Honorary Lecture 2017
Honorary Lecture 2017

We were blessed with the presence of Dr. J.V.S.S. Narayana Murthy as our SEG Honorary Lecturer, who gave a talk on the topic of "Passive Seismic Tomography (PST), QC and application of PSTderived velocity for seismic imaging". This event took place in the e-classroom of CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad on 9th March 2017. This event was attended by more than 100 personals including Scientists, Students, and Technical officers.

This was a very enriching and valuable experience for all the personals attending such an event.

SEG DISC (Distinguished Instructor Short Course)

DISC 2017
DISC 2017

We were blessed with the presence of Prof. Douglas Oldenberg for taking a two-day workshop on the topic of "Geophysical Electromagnetism: Fundamentals and Application".

This event took place in the CSIR-NGRI, Hyderabad on 27th & 28th February 2017, which was attended by 99 Delegates from over 17 different Institute from all over India, including Scientists, Students, and Technical officers.

SEG Most Improved Chapter Award

SEG NGRI student chapter submitted our video entry for the 'Most Improved Chapter Award' and had been ranked among top three videos out of all the entries from all over the world. Our video was also being played during the 87th Annual meeting of SEG. In that video, we showcased the formation of SEG NGRI Student chapter, its ups & downs throughout all these years and finally its exponential growth toward becoming a highly active chapter.

87th Annual meeting of SEG

Participation in 87th Annual meeting of SEG
Participation in 87th Annual meeting of SEG

Two of Students namely, Arun K.P (former President, SEG-NGRI Student Chapter) and Jitender Kumar (former Vice-President, SEG-NGRI Student Chapter) attended the 87th Annual meeting of SEG at Houston, Texas, USA from 24th - 27th September 2017. Their work was selected for the oral presentation. Apart from them, two other abstracts from CSIR-NGRI was selected for the event, who couldn't attend due to lack of funding.

Student Outreach program (Open Day)

There is one significant activity that our chapter performs annually on the foundation day of our institute, which is on 27th September and is called 'Open Day'. On this day, our institute is open to school children and other people, where all the sections and laboratories of our institute show their work and inspire people towards geosciences. We show the importance of geoscience for the society and the promising career prospect of this field. Students from various schools all over the city come in large numbers to see the demonstrations and laboratories managed by the scientific fraternity, here in CSIR-NGRI.

Geo-Manthan (Geoscience Quiz contest)

Quiz 2017
Quiz 2017

On 1st December 2017, NGRI Student Chapter organized our first Geoscience Quiz Contest named 'Geo-Manthan'. Apart from Geoscience, we also had other topics for the quiz. The finale of the quiz contest was held in e-classroom of CSIR-NGRI with five finalist teams. We chose the finalist through prelims Quiz round. We collaborated with other universities like Osmania University and Andra University. The finalist team had one team from Osmania University, one team from Andra University and remaining three teams from NGRI.

There were five rounds to the quiz contest namely:

1. Ice-Breaker

2. Crust

3. Mantle

4. Core

5. Rapid Fire

The winner and runner-up team also received a cash prize. The event was a huge success and we received much positive feedback from audience and student participating. It was like a confluence of knowledge and fun. We are hoping to organize this quiz contest annually and make it even more fun.

CSIR-NET Classes

CSIR-NET Classes
CSIR-NET Classes

Our SEG student chapter has been organizing CSIR-NET classes every year for one month prior to the CSIR-NET exam for the research enthusiasts students appearing for the CSIR-NET exam, under the guidance of our faculty advisor and other eminent scientists. Last year we conducted the classes during the month of May, in which masses of graduate and undergraduate students (interns) of the institute attended the classes. The researchers who had already qualified the CSIR-NET Examination took the responsibility to deliver lectures. Apart from theory, problem-solving sessions were also organized. The speakers also made the students aware of reference books which they need to follow. The lecture sessions were of one-hour duration, every day which covered all the streams which are given in the syllabus.

It was a great platform for all levels of students (graduate and undergraduate) to interact with the each other and to develop the problem-solving capacity. This initiative was very successful, as some of our students have qualified the examination and entered into the research world as Junior Research Fellow (JRF). We are looking forward to accentuate more on this co-curricular activity so that more students will be benefited.

Events of 2016

SEG Honorary Lecture

SEG Honorary Lecture 2016 : Jie Zhang
Jie Zhang with Student chapter office bearers

Last year, after a wonderful talk by Prof. Naide Pan in his talk on Broadband marine seismic and beyond: With focus on wave-theory and multicomponent streamer-based solutions and applications, this year our chapter hosted SEG Honorary Lecturer Jie Zhang[2].

Topic of the lecture was: Looking into the near surface imaging technologies and results.

Short course by Dr. V.K. Rao

Dr. V.K. Rao with SEG Student Chapter office bearers
Lecture by Dr. V.K.Rao


The course covered the basics about Coal Bed Methane (CBM) and reservoir characterization parameters. It laid special emphasis to different log responses for bed identification. This course was attended by students of two universities apart from the research community of CSIR-NGRI. This course was a huge success as we received a lot of positive responses from the students as well as scientists. Our chapter is also looking to host a full-on workshop dedicated to unconventional resources.

Geoscience Day

Geoscience Day
Geoscience Day

Theme of the event was "Role of Geoscience in Environmental Sustainability"

Event comprised of competitions such as:

1. Quiz

2. Speech: Topics for speech competition were

a) Consequences of over-exploiting earth resources

b) Role of India in conquering present energy challenges

3. Essay: Topics for essay competition were

a) Role of geoscience studies in environment sustainability

b) Symbiosis between earth and humans

CSIR-NET Interaction classes

CSIR-NET Interaction classes
CSIR-NET Interaction classes

In order to help the students in cracking the prestigious CSIR-NET exam, the student chapter has started an initiative for training the students for this exam. In this programme, we organize an interactive session between CSIR aspirants and those who are experts in their respective fields of geoscience, such as Geophysics, Geochemistry, Oceanography etc. This also helps in increasing the overall knowledge in geoscience rather than just concentrating in only one field. This initiative has witnessed a great success among students. Our chapter will be continuing this interactive session in future as well.

Course work by Dr. Dhananjay Kumar

Photograph after the Course Work
Dhananjay Kumar lecture

Topic: Quantitative Reservoir Properties Prediction

This event was a one day course work divided into two sessions: morning and afternoon session. Morning session was dedicated to the basics of Qualitative Reservoir properties prediction and its workflow. Afternoon session was dedicated to predicting the reservoir properties after geophysical inversion.

Lecture on Lacunarity

Photograph after the Course Work
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This lecture was given by Dr. Ankur Roy from Stanford University on the topic Lacunarity: Scale-dependent changes in data and other applications.

Open day-2016

Video presentation for students
Poster presentation by one of our volunteers

Every year our institute, celebrates its foundation day during which laboratories of our institute are thrown open to school children so as to rekindle their interest in geophysics and allied sciences. Students from various schools come in large numbers to see the demonstrations and laboratories managed by the scientific fraternity, here in CSIR-NGRI. The SEG student chapter of our institute organized poster session to guide students about the career prospects in earth science.

SLS and SEP-2016

Ajay at SEG Student leadership Program, 2016 held at Texas USA.

Last year Mr. Ajay Malkoti represented our chapter in Student Leadership Symposium held at Dallas, US and Student Education Program held at Poland.

Events of 2015

SEG Honorary Lecture


Our chapter hosted the SEG Honorary Lecture for year 2015 by [3].

Topic: Broadband marine seismic and beyond: With focus on wave-theory and multicomponent streamer-based solutions and applications.

The lecture was followed by an interaction session between students and Pan after the lunch

Earth Day

As per the tradition of the institute, we have celebrated and observed Earth day of the year 2015, on April-22.

Earth Day 2015

Orientation programs for prestigious CSIR-NET exam

Following the previous year's initiative, our chapter organized a series to lecture to help out the students and chapter members in their preparation for the CSIR-NET examination meant for the fellowship for doctoral research.

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Guest Lecture

Our chapter invited Dr. Frank Lisker to deliver a talk on the topic Principles of Thermochronology.

SLS-2014 & SEP-2015

Our chapter was represented by Mr. Chandra Prakash Dubey in the SLS-2014 held in Denver, and he along with Mr. Shib Sankar Ganguli has also taken part in a student education program held in Prague.

Prakash at SLS 2014
Shib at SEP-2015

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