Dr. Sunder Raju P. V

Chief Scientist , Geochronology

Dr. Sunder Raju P. V


Academic Identity


Precambrian Geology , Mineral Exploration.

Research Area

Dr Raju PVS obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Geology and Master’s degree in Technology (M. Tech) degree in Mineral Exploration with distinctions from Osmania University, Telangana state, India. Dr Raju had the great privilege to join in  the CSIR-NGRI (National Geophysical Research Institute) as a Scientist under Dr S.M. Naqvi and obtained PhD under his guidance. He carried out Postdoctoral work in Canada, Finland, South Africa and Australia under prestigious scholarships both national (BOYSCAST & RAMAN) and international (Indo-Australian, NSERC and “Canadian Ore Metallogeny” chair fellowship and SITRA). He also closely worked with international working groups led by Prof Sarah Barnes, Prof Tony Naldrett, Prof Eero Hanski, Prof Craig Hart , Prof Roland Karl Merkle with a specialization on PGMs, chromitite and Fe Oxides (Magnetite). He was instrumental and key  team member to develop iron oxide (magnetite) and sulphides certified reference materials (CRMS) for LA-MC-ICPMS for commericial use. He also published and presented his scientific work at several international conferences and by invited lectures. As a team effort with colleagues at NGRI, identified a low-grade high tonnage gold mineralisation along three km strike length and later proven by drilling (by HGML) in Dharwar Craton. Dr Raju was fortunate to carry fieldwork in the northern parts of Madagascar (Antalaha), South Africa (entire Bushveld complex LG, MG and UG), China (Emishen flood basalts), Canada (Sudbury, Voisey's Bay, Thompson Ni belt) and in Finland (Outokumpu) chromitite hosted platinum deposits and associated mineralogical aspects. He also participated in an expedition to Carlsberg Ridge. He keeps interest in Forensic and Medical Geology also and only member representing our country in working groups on International Critical minerals (ICM) and International Forensic Geology (IFG) under the flagship of IUGG. He is a fellow of several prestigious and learned societies in India and abroad, to name a few like a fellow of Society of Economic Geologists” (SEG), USA and “Geological Society of London” (FGS), Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SAG), Germany. He is alo a mmebr in National Academy of Sciences and ICDD,To his credit, he was awarded Prof C. Mahadevan Mineral Science award. He wrote a book entitled “Gold in Banded Iron Formation”. At present Dr Raju is working as a Chief Scientist and Project Leader (WP) for external grant-in-aid  sponsored projects funded by CSIR and DST.  Several projects are  in collaboration with IIT, Mumbai, Chennai and IISC, Bengaluru  under societal and strategic sectors. He has vast experience in guiding Masters, PhD, Post-docs (NPDF and CSIR -NEHRU),  and host International students under exchange programmes like CSIR-TWAS, Raman fellows etc., and in handling state-art gadgets like  EDXRF, XRD under the sophisticated analytical facility at CSIR-NGRI. He is a peer reviewer to several International journals and nominated member of International scientific bodies like (RSF) and nominated member for Telangana State Geological Programming Board ,APSGPB, OU and Central Unvts. He keeps interest to ignite young minds in science and delivered popular lectures in several schools in and around Telangana state. As author /coauthor published articles in high imapct factor  journals.His work related to Industry and societal benefits. Subject expert member in SERB and UPSC