ORE RESEARCH & EXPLORATION GROUP (ORE-G)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  1. Role of mineral crystal textures in controlling the ore mineral localization 
  2. Role of mineral crystal textures in controlling the geochemical budget of magmatic rocks
  3. Tectonomagmatic evolution of Archean Cratons of India.
  4. Links between Precambrian greenstone belt formation and metallogenesis.
  5. Mineral economics
  6. Geoscience education

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS AT CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF KERALA

  1. Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), India sponsored Extra-mural Research (EMR-II) grant worth 23,091$ (Rs. 19,00,000/-) to work on Gold deposits of Eastern Dharwar Craton (ongoing) 
  2. Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India sponsored Early Career Research (ECR) grant worth 47,260$ (Rs.33,48,600/-) to work on Geology, geochemistry and geochronology of Western Ghats belt, Western Dharwar Craton, south India (2017-2020)
  3. Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), Central University of Kerala funded research grant worth 2830$ (Rs. 2,00,000/-) to work on Geoscience education in Kerala State – past, present and the future (2019-20)

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

  • Mishra S.S., Chandan Kumar Boraiaha, Jirí Slama, Chandan R. (2023) Zircon U-Pb and trace element constraints on the evolution of the Tonian (829–831 Ma) alkaline plutons within the Mercara Shear Zone, south India. Geochemistry (Chemie de Erde) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemer.2023.126000
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha (2022b) Origin of the Neoarchean granites from the southeastern margin of the Western Ghats greenstone belt, Dharwar Craton: Implications for crustal evolution in the Western Dharwar Craton. Journal  of Earth System Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s12040-022-01976-0
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha, Ugarkar, A.G., Chandan R. (2022a) Field and geochemical characteristics of the amphibolites from the Gadag greenstone belt, southern India: Implications for petrogenesis. Journal  of Earth System Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s12040-022-01959-1
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha (2022) Geochemistry of the Precambrian mafic dykes in and around the Western Ghats greenstone belt, Western Dharwar Craton. Journal  of Earth System Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s12040-022-01865-6 .
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha, R. Chandan (2021) The future of the clean-energy minerals in India: issues and challenges out to 2050. The Indian Economic Journal https://doi.org/10.1177/00194662211063548
  • Padhi J.K., Chandan Kumar Boraiaha, R. Chandan (2021) Petrogenesis of the late Archean Kanara Batholith of the western Dharwar Craton: evidence for the mid-deep crustal recycling of the Archean felsic crust. Journal of Earth System Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s12040-021-01648-5(Impact Factor – 1.423)
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha, Ugarkar A.G., Padhi J.K., Kallapur M.V., Rashmi Chandan (2020) Genesis of the Late Archean granitoids of the northern part of the Dharwar Foreland (Dharwar Craton), south India – insights from field, crystal size distribution, thermobarometry, microgeochemical and bulk-rock geochemical studies. Geochemistry (Chemie de Erde), 1-25. (Journal Impact Factor – 2.871)
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha., K.B. Joshi, A.C. Kerr, J.K. Padhi, S.S. Mishra, R. Chandan (2020) Field, petrographic and geochemical characteristics of alkaline complexes in the Cauvery Shear Zone (CSZ), southern India: Implications for petrogenesis. Journal of Earth System Science https://doi.org/10.1007/s12040-020-1369-1. (Impact Factor – 1.423)
  • Chandan Kumar Boraiaha, Ugarkar A.G., A.C. Kerr, Rashmi Chandan, T.B. Manuvachari, Shivaprasad R. (2018) Geology and geochemistry of metabasalts of Shimoga schist belt, Dharwar Craton: implications for the late Archean basin development. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 11:226. (Impact Factor – 1.327)
  • P. Singh, K.S.V. Subramanyam, C. Manikyamba, M. Santosh, M. Rajanikanta Singh; Chandan Kumar B. (2018) Geochemical systematics of the Mauranipur-Babina greenstone belt, Bundelkhand Craton, Central India: Insights on Neoarchean mantle plume-arc accretion and crustal evolution. Geoscience Frontiers, 9(3):769-788. (Impact Factor – 4.256)
  • T. B. Manuvachari, A.G. Ugarkar, Chandan Kumar B.; M.A. Malapur (2017) Petrography and geochemistry of the Neoarchaean greywackes from central part of the Dharwar-Shimoga greenstone belt, western Dharwar Craton. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 10(4), 898-902. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • T. B. Manuvachari, A.G. Ugarkar, Chandan Kumar B.; M.A. Malapur (2017) Basalt-andesite-dacite-rhyolite (BADR) metavolcanic sequence from the central part of Dharwar-Shimoga greenstone belt, western Dharwar Craton. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 10(1), 106-110. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • A. G. Ugarkar, Chandan Kumar B., M. A. Malapur, T. B. Manuvachari,; A.C. Kerr (2017) Geochemistry and petrography of metagreywackes of northern part of the Neoarchean Dharwar- Shimoga greenstone belt, Dharwar Craton: Implications for provenance and tectonic setting. Journal of Geological Society of India, 89, 547-553. (Impact Factor – 0.5)
  • Chandan- Kumar B., Ugarkar, A.G. (2017) Geochemistry of mafic-ultramafic magmatism in the Western Ghats belt (Kudremukh greenstone belt), western Dharwar Craton, India: Implications for mantle sources and geodynamic setting. International Geology Review, 1-25. (Impact Factor – 2.365)
  • R. Singh; C. Manikyamba; Jyotishankar Ray; M. Santosh; Th. D. Singh; S. Ganguly; Chandan Kumar B. (2017) Paleoproterozoic arc basalt-boninite-high magnesian andesite-Nb enriched basalt association form the Singhbhum Craton, eastern India: Geochemical record for subduction initiation to arc maturation continuum. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 134, 191-206. (Impact Factor – 2.647)
  • Manikyamba; M. Santosh; Chandan Kumar B.; S. Rambabu; Li Tang; Abhishek Saha; Arubam C. Khelen; Sohini Ganguly; Dhanakumar Singh Th; D.V. Subba Rao (2016) Zircon U-Pb geochronology and Lu-Hf isotope systematics of bimodal volcanic rocks and associated granitoids: implications for Neoarchaean-Paleoproterozoic crustal growth in Kotri belt, Bastar Craton, Central India. Gondwana Research, 38, 313-333. (Impact Factor – 8.743)
  • Ugarkar, A.G.; Malapur, M.A.; Chandan Kumar B. (2016) Archean turbidite hosted orogenic gold mineralization in the Gadag greenstone belt, Western Dharwar Craton, Peninsular India. Ore Geology Reviews, 72, 1224-1242. (Impact Factor – 3.819)
  • Manjunatha, S.; Sukhaye, R.; Pujar, G.S.; Chandan Kumar, B. (2016) Petrography and geochemistry of Proterozoic clastic sediments of Nargund, Karnataka: implications for their provenance and tectonic setting. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 9(5), 1983-1988. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • A. G. Ugarkar; T.B. Manuvachari; Chandan Kumar B. (2016) Mineralogy and geochemistry of clay deposit of Gadag greenstone belt, Dharwar Craton, India: implications for residual deposition. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 9(1), 110-115. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • T. B. Manuvachari; R. L. Jayappagol; S.R. Kulkarni; N.A. Parry, Chandan Kumar B; A. G. Ugarkar (2016) Mineralogy and geochemistry of Desur clay deposit hosted within the Peninsular Gneiss, northern part of the Dharwar Craton of south India. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 9(3), 1070-1075. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • Chikkasanshi, B.; Manjunatha, S.; Sukhaye, R.; Chandan Kumar B (2016) Evaluation of groundwater quality in Chintamani Taluk, Chikkaballapur District, Karnataka, India. International Research Journal of Earth Sciences, 4(2), 15-22.
  • Nadagouda, H.V.; Talwar, S.K.; Chandan Kumar B.; Nadagouda, B.V. (2016) Evaluation of groundwater quality and its suitability for drinking and agriculture use in Doddahalla Sub- Basin, Belgaum and Bagalkot district, Karnataka State. Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology, 10(1), 1-10. (Impact Factor – 1.823)
  • Itnal, M. P.; Chandan Kumar B.; A. G. Ugarkar (2015) Morphometric analysis and mini watersheds prioritization of Doddahalla watershed, Ghataprabha River sub-basin, Karnataka, south India. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 8(3), 91-98. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • Talwar, S. K.; Chandan Kumar B.; Nadagouda B. V. (2015) Morphometric Analysis of Markandeya River Sub Basin (MRSB), Belgaum District, Karnataka using Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System. International Journal of Engineering Research and Development, 11(5), 14-22. (Impact Factor – 1.823).
  • Talwar, S. K.; Chandan Kumar B.; Nadagouda B. V. (2014) Water quality assessment in Markandeya River Sub Basin (MRSB), Belgaum District, Karnataka. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 7(2), 479-489. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • Ugarkar, A. G.; Chandan Kumar B.; Manuvachari, T. B. (2014) Geology and geochemistry of Archaean metavolcanic rocks of the northern part of the Dharwar- Shimoga greenstone belt, Dharwar Craton, India: Implications for their petrogenetic and geodynamic setting. The Indian Mineralogist, 48(1), 88-107.
  • Bagari, U. M.; Ugarkar, A. G.; Chandan Kumar B.; Puranik, S.C. (2013) Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the hydrogeological study of Lower Bennihalla Basin, Dharwad and Gadag districts of Karnataka, India. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 6(2), 1809-1814. (Impact Factor – 0.13)
  • Bagari, U. M.; Ugarkar, A. G.; Chandan Kumar B.; Puranik, S. C. (2012) Hydrogeochemistry and groundwater quality in Lower Bennihalla Basin (LBHB), Dharwad and Gadag districts, Karnataka. Journal of Applied Hydrology, 25, 9-24.
  • Ugarkar, A. G.; Chandan Kumar B.; Manuvachari, T. B. (2012) Lithology and geochemistry of metavolcanics and metasediments of northern part of the Dharwar- Shimoga schist belt, Western Dharwar Craton. The Indian Mineralogist, 46(2), 162-178.
  • Malapur, M. A.; Manjunatha, S.; Chandan Kumar B.; Ugarkar, A. G. (2012) Ore fluids associated with the metasediment hosted Central Auriferous Zone of Gadag Gold Field, Karnataka. International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering, 5(6), 1545-1551. (Impact Factor – 0.13).
  • Chandan Kumar B.; Rashmi Chandan; Lokesh, K.; Puranik, S. C.; Ugarkar, A. G. (2010) Incidence of hazardous trace elements in the environs around Harihara- Kumarapattanam industrial areas in the part of Davangere and Haveri districts, Karnataka. Environmental Geochemistry, 13(1), 11-14.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Potential PhD candidates interested in pursuing a PhD at ORE-G, Central University of Kerala are encouraged to discuss their research ideas before submitting their application. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD at OREG within my areas of research, expertise and/or regional expertise, you can email your CV and a short research proposal directly to me and I will be happy to discuss it.

Current Vacancies

I am looking for a highly motivated individual to join my team as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in a CSIR-funded project at the Ore Research & Exploration Group (ORE-G), Central University of Kerala. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with our research team to carry out research in the field of economic geology. The project includes studying the gold ore genesis in the greenstone belts of Eastern Dharwar Craton (EDC), India. The role will involve various laboratory studies such as petrographic, geochemical, and isotopic analysis. The candidate should have a Master’s degree in Geology, Applied Geology, Earth Science, or a related field. A proven track record of geological field studies, field structural interpretation, and petrographic analysis would be preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required for this role. This is a temporary position with a competitive salary as per CSIR, India norms.

JRF/NET/GATE qualification is mandatory to apply for the post.

Interested candidates can send in their details at chandankb@cukerala.ac.in

Last date to apply is October 24, 2023.