Full Name
Sunder Raju P. V

Senior Principal Scientist

R&D Group
Geochronology & Isotope studies


Precambrian Geology , Mineral Exploration.

  Academic Identity

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 Senior Principal 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. 


Title of Project

Project Category

Participating Agencies

Your Role as defined


Mineralogical and Geological Characterization of Indian Glauconites For alternative potassium fertilizers, .

Grant-in-aid project funded by Ministry of Mines , GOI

NGRI and

IIT, Mumbai

Project Leader


A targeted Integrated approach for Gold through Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical Studies in Greenstone belts of Eastern and Western Dharwar Craton

Grant-in-aid project funded by  DST,  GOI


Project Leader


Integrated Geological, Geochemical and Geophysical Studies for the delineation of Chromitite extensions in Nuggihalli Schist Belt, and Implications for Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization

Grant-in-aid project funded by Ministry of Mines, GOI

NGRI and

IISC, Bengaluru

Project Leader


Geodynamics and Metallogeny of parts of the East Indian Shield with specific reference to Diamond, Iron Ore and Chromitite-PGE occurrences (Geomet)



Work package leader


Geochemical and Isotopic Studies on selected lithounits of the East Indian Craton, KG-Basin and Himalayan Lake sediments with bearing on Metallogeny, hydrocarbon potential and paleoclimate


Main-lab project


Participant scientist


Shallow Subsurface imaging of India for Resource Exploration ( SHORE)



Work Package Leader


Petrology and Geochemistry of chromite hosting mafic-ultramafic layered intrusion in Holenarsipur-Nuggihalli schist belt, Western Dharwar Craton, Karnataka: Implications for Ni-Cr±PGE mineralization



Project Leader

Dr Mahadevan Mineral Science Award 

1.Shuvabrata De, P.V. Sunder Raju (2022). Mesoarchean terrestrial sedimentation in a continental rift setting and its provenance implications: An example from the Bisrampur Formation, Singhbhum craton, India. Earth Science Reviews, 234, 2022  104205. external link IF 12.038

2.Rajat Mazumder, Trisrota Chaudhuri, Shuvabrata De, Wilfried Bauer, Muzna Al Hadi,Kenichiro Sugitani, Mark A. van Zuilen, Ryoko Senda, Mariko Yamamoto, P.V. Sunder Raju, Tohru Ohta, Octavian Catuneanu, Sreejoni Mazumder, Satoshi Saito, Kazuya Shimooka (2022), Paleoarchean surface processes and volcanism: Insights from the eastern Iron Ore Group, Singhbhum craton, India, Earth-Science Reviews, Volume 232, 2022, 104122, ISSN 0012-8252, external link IF 12.038

3.Sunder Raju P V, Mazumder R, (2020) Archean Sedimentation on Dharwar Craton, India and its implications,Earth-Science Reviews vol 202 F, Article No 102999 IF external link 141

4.Rajat Mazumder, Shuvabrata De, P.V. Sunder Raju, (2020), Archean-Paleoproterozoic transition: The Indian perspective. Earth-Science Reviews ,Vol 202 F, Pg 427-440 external link   IF 12.41

5.Sunder Raju P.V. and Satish Kumar.K (2020), Magnetic Survey of Iron-Oxide-Copper-Gold ( IOCG) and Alkali Calcic alteration system in Gadarwara, M.P, India :Implications on Copper Metallogeny , (accepted) “Minerals 

6. P V Sunder Raju., Sangurmath P and Craig Hart (2016) Geochemical Signatures by LA-ICP-MS and Potential for Rare Earth Elements from Hutti Gold Mines and fingerprinting ore deposits. Journal of African Earth Sciences, Vol 114 Pgs 220-227.doi:10.1016 1.5.jafrearsci.2015.11.008

7.Sunder Raju, P.V., Eero Hanski and Yann Lahaye. (2015), LA-MC-ICPMS dating of Zircon from Chromitite of the Archean Bangur Gabbro Complex, Orissa, India- Ambiguities and Constraints. Geologica Acta, 13, 4, 325-334.  Doi: 3 4 4/Geologica Acta2015.13.4.5

8.Sunder Raju, P. V. & Eriksson, P. G. (2015). Evolution of _3.5–2.5 Ga basins of the Dharwar Craton. In: Mazumder, R. & Eriksson, P. G. (eds) Precambrian Basins of India: Stratigraphic and Tectonic Context. Geological Society, London, Memoirs, 43, 223–230, external link.(Book Chapter).

9.Raju PVS and Sangurmath P (2022) The Occurrence of Platinum (Pt) and Skaergaardite (Pd Cu) in the Hutti Underground Gold mines, Eastern Dharwar Craton, Karnataka, India, Journal Geological Society of India, 98, 1217-1220 external link

10 Benjamin Boadi, P.V. Sunder Raju and David Dotse Wemegah (2022) Analysing Weighted Overlay and Fuzzy Logic Models for Lode Gold Prospectivity Mapping in the Ahafo Area- Southwest Ghana. Ore Geology Reviews, 149, 105059 external link

Gold in Banded Iron Formations in Western Dharwar Craton Geology, Geochemistry and Genesis of Gold in Banded Iron Formations, Western Dharwar Craton, Karnataka, India 978-3-8433-7364-7 


1.Mr Benjamin Boadi (Submitted)

2 Mr IFE ( Awrded-TWAS Fellow)

3. Mr Basanth( Pursuing)

M.Sc., M.Tech., PhD.,PGDEM

30 Years of Professional Experience in R & D at both National and International levels and is a learned member of prestigious Academies and Societies in Geology.

  • Fellow Society of Economic Geologist (SEG, USA)
  • Fellow ICDD (USA)
  • Fellow Geological Society of India
  • Fellow IAGOD
  • Member-National Academy of Sciences (NASI)