Dr. Rajneesh Bhutani


Department of Earth Sciences

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I am an isotope geochemist and use radiogenic isotopes as tools to understand evolution of the solid Earth through time. This has provided me opportunities to work in variety of terrains, from the oldest rocks in southern India to the tectonically active zones in Ladakh; from the continental flood basalts in western India to the ocean floor trapped in the Indo-Burmese ranges in Manipur and the Barren Island volcano in the Andaman Sea.
I have been teaching in Pondicherry University for about eighteen years now. My present teaching assignments are related to crystallography, mineralogy, isotope geology and global tectonics.


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Notable Publications

Oinam Kingson, Rajneesh Bhutani, S. Balakrishnan, J. K.Dash & A.D. Shukla (2019) Subduction-related Manipur Ophiolite Complex, Indo- Myanmar Ranges: elemental and isotopic record of mantle metasomatism. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 481, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP481.9.

Oinam Kingson, Rajneesh Bhutani, J.K.Dash, Sibin Sebastian, Rajneesh Bhutani (2017). Resolving the conundrum in origin of the Manipur Ophiolite Complex, Indo-Myanmar range: Constraints from Nd isotopic ratios and elemental concentrations in serpentinized peridotite. Chemical Geology 360,117-129.

Maya J.M., Rajneesh Bhutani, S. Balakrishnan, Rajee Sandhya (2016). Petrogenesis of 3.15 Ga old Banasandra komatiites from the Dharwar Craton India: Implications for early mantle heterogeneities. Geoscience Frontiers, 8, 467-481.

Jitendra K. Dash, Sujit K. Pradhan, Rajneesh Bhutani, S. Balakrishnan, G. Chandrasekaran and N. Basavaiah 2013; Paleomagnetism of ca. 2. 3 Ga mafic dyke swarms in the northeastern Southern Granulite Terrain, India: Constraints on the position and extent of Dharwar craton in the Paleoproterozoic. Precambrian Research, 228,164-176

Rajneesh Bhutani, Kanchan Pande and T. R. Venkatesan, 2009; 40Ar-39Ar dating of volcanic rocks of the Shyok Suture Zone in North-West Trans-Himalaya: Implications for the post-collision evolution of the Shyok Suture Zone. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, doi:10.1016/j.jseas.2008.03.013

Awards & Achievements​

Certificate of merit for performance as teacher for Eight years since the inception of the award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019) based on students’ evaluation.,
BOYSCAST (Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science and Technology) fellowship 2006-2007 awarded by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi,
Young scientist award of Department of Science and Technology for best presentation during the 14th GMM of Earth System Sciences in February 2003

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