About Saumitra Mukherjee
Saumitra Mukherjee is the former Dean of School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He is Ph.D. in Geology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and learned remote sensing applications from the Indian Institute of remote sensing. His broad area of specialization is in Applied Remote Sensing Applications in Water Resources, Land use/Landover, Landslide/Earthquake/ Forest fire, and other Natural hazard studies. He has established Remote sensing Applications in Geology and Environmental Sciences in 1992 in JNU. He is a Professor of Geology, Remote sensing, and Space Sciences. His main focus of research is in remote sensing and Space Sciences applications in Groundwater, Rainwater Harvesting, Earthquake, and Landslide early warning, and Extraterrestrial remote sensing of the Sun, Moon, and Mars. Using Chandrayan-1 satellite data he has established that Moon is also having tectonic activities like the Earth. Presently he is working on Mangalyan (Mars Orbiter satellite) to identify Water and Life on Mars. Using Remote sensing and Geoinformatics he has successfully solved the problem of drinking water in JNU, IGNOU, and RR Hospital in Delhi which has helped to rejuvenate the water level of Delhi by artificial recharge technique. He has established a new concept of Sun-Earth-Cosmic connection with the support of NASA (USA), AOARD (Japan), and Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Armenia. The program was under the aegis of the United Nations for peaceful research on Outer Space. During his Deanship, he represented JNU at Brisbane Australia in McDonnell’s International Scholars Academy addressing Global Challenges including Disaster.
Before joining JNU he has worked in Central Groundwater Board and Remote Sensing Applications Center as a Scientist from 1985 to 1992. He was selected as Commonwealth Fellow by Commonwealth Commission UK in 2004 and served in University of Liverpool, UK, Earth and Ocean Sciences Department in 2004-2005 sessions as Visiting Professor of Hydrogeology and remote sensing. He has published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed International Journal including Nature. He has published 11 books from reputed publishers including McMillan and published. Professor Mukherjee has supervised 27 Ph.D. students in different areas of Remote sensing Applications in Environmental sciences. His students are working as Scientists and faculty members in leading organizations in India and abroad. He has completed 20 sponsored projects of National and International importance. While collaborating with all IIT’s of India he has successfully inferred the Fluvial Geomorphology of River Ganga using multidate, multispectral time-series satellite data. He has been collaborating with the University of Wyoming and successfully removed Arsenic from the groundwater by using cupric oxide Nanoparticles. The work has been published in the reputed Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The collaboration with Rwanda and Tunisia of Africa is a part of his ongoing projects in Mineral Exploration and Groundwater assessment using the Geoinformatics approach. His collaboration with NASA (USA), Asian Office on Airborne Research and Development (Japan), and Cosmic Ray Division Armenia has put India's name on the world map of SEVAN detector countries. SEVAN (Space Environment Viewing and Analysis Network) is an advanced version of Cosmic Ray Detector, detecting the cosmic rays from the Sun and galactic sources through its scintillators. This Instrument was manufactured in JNU New Delhi India with the patented concept of Professor Mukherjee to infer the perturbation in the Environment in advance. He has discharged his duties as Convener of 3rd World water Forum in Japan in 2003, Convener of European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Environmental Flow requirement in 2004 and Sun-Earth Cosmic connection triggers Earthquake in EGU 2006. He has worked as Editor in Chief and member of the Editorial Board of different International Journals including Frontier (Nature Group of Journal), Frontiers in Earth Sciences, Geocarto International, Hydrology Journal, International Journal of Remote sensing, Journal of Geophysics and Remote sensing, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Environmental Earth Sciences Journal of Earth Sciences and Climatic Changes, Planetary and Space Sciences and Journal Indian Society of Remote sensing.
The Pandemics spread due to a lack of understanding by mass and implementation of different social groups in different times. There are examples of past pandemics like Spanish flu and the migration of people was very low in comparison to the present day. However, the reason for the spread of pandemics in India is not clear to date otherwise it would have been controlled.