The Department of Atmospheric Science was established in 2016 under the School of Earth Sciences. It offers both M. Sc. and Ph. D. programs. The objectives of the programs are to promote interdisciplinary research in science and technology. It encompasses numerical modeling of atmosphere and ocean, climate modeling, monsoons, and high impact severe weather forecasting to understand its physical and social consequences. The department is developing collaborations at National and International levels. 


  • Sustainable Development through Excellence in Education, Innovation, and Performative Societal Change.


  • To create and sustain an inclusive environment that inspires students to undertake an intellectually challenging, socially engaging, and transformative learning experience.

  • To develop an ecosystem for research and innovation wherein individual potential can be harnessed to provide sustainable solutions for global concerns.

  • To impart value-based holistic education and develop resilient and skilled human resources that contributes to nation building.

Sailient Features of Department

Thrust Areas: Numerical Modeling of Atmospheric and Oceanic Processes; Indian Monsoon Studies; Mesoscale Modelling and Data Assimilation; Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere; Desert Meteorology;  Atmospheric Chemistry; Climate Change Studies

Instrumentation Facilities: Department has state of art facilities like meteorological observatory (Anemometer, Barometer, Pyranometer, Lightning Detectors), Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory (Gas Chromatography with thermal desorption,, portable ozone analyzer, aethalometer), Computation and Simulation Laboratory (High end workstations with server)

Internship: Summer internship in reputed organizations like India Meteorological Department; National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting; Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Physical Research Laboratory, National Centre for Earth Science Studies, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, National Institute of Oceanography.

Placement & Higher Studies: University of Albany USA, IISERs, IITs, NITs, Central and State Universities, SRM University, NIO Goa, PRL Ahmedabad, CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute, Centre for Water Resource and Development Management, TERI, IARI, Humanitarian Aid International, etc.

Sponsored Research Projects: Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Indian Space Research Organization, Department of Science and Technology, University Grant Commission, Ministry of Water Resources.

Collaborations & MoUs: University of Dhaka (Bangladesh); Max Plank Institute for Chemistry (Germany), University of Leeds (United Kingdom); Kyoto University, Kagawa University Japan, Kio University, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Japan), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand); Thuyloi University (Vietnam); University of Miami (USA); University of Gothenburg (Sweden); India Meteorological Department, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (India).

M. Sc. Atmospheric Science

M.Sc. Intake: 30

Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in any discipline of science /Engineering (Physics  as one of the core subject) with minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for general category and 45% or equivalent grade in aggregate for SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS candidates

Doctor of Philosophy

Eligibility (2023-24): A consistently good academic record possessing a M.Sc./MTech. in Atmospheric Science / Meteorology / Oceanography / Marine Science / Geophysics / Mathematics / Physics / Statistics/ Environmental Science / Remote Sensing / Computer Science/Climate Sciences/Agriculture/Water Resources with minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University at Master’s Degree; At Bachelor’s Degree (B. Sc or BE/B. Tech), student must have either Physics or Mathematics as a subject with 50% marks. 5% relaxation in minimum requirement of marks is granted to SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EWS candidates.


Dr. Chinmay Mallik

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (PRL, Ahmedabad), Postdoctoral Research (MPIC, Mainz)



Dr. Devesh Sharma

Associate Professor, Dean and Head

B.E., M.E., D. Engg. (Integrated Water Resources Management)



Dr. Jai Prakash

Assistant Professor

PhD (IIT Delhi), Postdoctoral Research (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)



Dr. Jayanti Pal

Assistant Professor

CSIR-UGC NET (JRF), Ph.D. (University of Calcutta)



Dr. Subrat Kumar Panda

Assistant Professor

M.Sc., Ph.D. (IIT Delhi)



Field Observatory (Meteorolgical Surface Observatory)

Lightning Detector, Anemometer, Barometer, Pyranomater are installed. More Instruments are in process.

Atmospheric Chemistry Lab

Gas Chromatography with thermal desorption, Portable Ozone Analyzer, Air Quality Monitoring System, Aethalometer

Simulation and Visualization Laboratory

High-end Computer Systems, Server, 3 workstations, 14 personal computer 

 Meteorological Observatory:

Meteorological Observatory is equipped with Lightning Detectors, Anemometer, Barometer and Pyranometer

Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory:

Gas Chromatography with Thermal desorption, Portable Ozone Analyzer, Aethalometer

Simulation and Visualization Laboratory:

Simulation and Visulization Labroratory consists of  14 systems, High End Workstation and Server. 

Dr. Devesh Sharma

  1. Collaborative research project under INCCC (MoWR) entitled “Climate Change Impact Studies for Rajasthan (Area of Inland Drainage and Mahi basin). Participating Institutes: MNIT (Jaipur), CURAJ, IIT-Delhi 

  2. Integrated Atmospheric-Hydrological Modeling System to Assess the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Banas River Basin, Rajasthan (Funding: DST-SERB, From: Feb. 2020 to Feb 2023)

  3. Developing urban-rural partnerships framework to mitigate climate- induced water availability impacts on food, energy and water (FEW) security at the regional level (CRRP2019-FP16-Shaw), APN Funded (Jan 2021 - Dec 2023)

  4. Building capacities for water security assessment in Asian cities (CBA2019-FP17-Babel), APN Funded (Jan 2021 onwards)

Dr. Subrat Kumar Panda

  1. Investigation of Changes of Climate and its Extremes in Different Eco-Regions of India, Sponsored by University of Grant Commission-Start-Up (10.0 Lakhs)-Principal Investigator. (2018-2020)

  2. SERB School on “Numerical Modeling & Forecasting of Desert Storms and Cloudburst (NUMCLOUDS), Sponsored by SERB, DST, Govt. of India(16.30 lakhs)--Principal Invesigator, 2019-2020.

  3. Integrated Atmospheric-Hydrological Modeling System to Assess the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Banas River Basin, Rajasthan, Sponsored by SERB-DST (23.82 Lakhs)--Co-Principal Investigator, PI-Dr. Devesh Sharma, 2020-2023.

  4. Understanding and Prediction of Hot Spots of Severe Thunderstorms and lightning over different regions of India, Sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India,(84.04 Lakhs),Principal Invesigator2021-2024.

Dr. Chinmay Mallik

  1. “Understanding atmospheric ammonia near its global hotspot region” - UGC Start-up Grant (₹10.0 lacs)

  2. “Investigation of natural and anthropogenic hydrocarbons over arid and semi-arid regions in western India: Implications to atmospheric oxidation, agriculture and climate” - DST-SERB (₹33.0 lacs)

Dr. Jayanti Pal

  1. UGC-BSR start-up project "Recent Changes in Indian Ocean Dipole in repsonse to the tropical Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temperature Patterns and its Consequences" (July 2020-July 2022)

  2. "Generation of merged RADAR, Rain-gauge and Satellite Precipitation and Retrieval of Cloud Microphysical parameters using DWR and Numerical Model Products" - MOES (86.9 Lakhs ), Principal Invesigator2022-2025.

Achievement Title Attached File

MoU with University and Organization

S. No.

Name of the Collaborating University/ Institute



Activities Completed


University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2018 –2023


•2 teachers from CURAJ visited University of Dhaka to deliver talk in International Conference (2020)

•7, 5 and 6 students from University of Dhaka visited CURAJ for M.Sc. Project in year 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively



Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune

2019 –2024


•Scientific collaboration in studies on Thunderstorm, Lighting, and related Phenomena

•Installation of lightening detector at field observatory CURAJ


Indian Meteorological Department, New Delhi



•Establishment of meteorological observatory

•Internship of M.Sc. Students

•Field visit to IMD Jaipur


Students Achievements:

❑Ms. Archana Tripathy of first batch got admission in Ph.D. - University at Albany, State University of New York

❑Mr. Debashish Mahapatra got admission in Ph.D. – University of Ghent, Belgium

❑Ms. Harithashree qualified CSIR-NET(JRF) in M.Sc. first year student in the first attempt

❑Mr. Ankit Patel got DST Inspire Fellowship and now pursuing higher studies in IIT Madras

❑Mr. Midhun M. got Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF), now pursuing higher studies in IISER Bhopal

❑Ms. Soniya Yadav (PhD student, CURAJ) cleared NET and GATE in academic year 2021-2022

❑Four final year M.Sc. Atmospheric Science students had selected placement in the Technoculture Research (Bangalore) in year 2021

Email id :


Dr. Devesh Sharma: +91-9694667928

Dr. Subrat Kumar Panda: +91-9818450738

Dr. Chinmay Mallik: +91-9724407199