Dr. R. Ajayakumar Varma Ph.D.

Scientist G, Group Head, Atmospheric Processes (AtP)

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Ph.D : Geology on Sustainable management of groundwater, Lakshadweep islands (University of Kerala)
M.Sc (Tech) : Geophysics (Centre of Exploration Geophysics, Osmania University, Hyderabad)


  1. Environmental Impact Assessment Techniques, EVS Consultants, Canada
  2. Internal Auditor- ISO 14001- EMS, Indian Institute of Quality Management, Jaipur
  3. Certified Lead Auditor- ISO 14001- EMS, CMD, Trivandrum & National Quality Assurance Ltd., England
  4. Management of PPP in Water & Sanitation, ASCI (Hyderabad) & Veolia (France)
  5. Urban Governance & Management, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise, Singapore
  6. Participatory Watershed Planning and Management, MANAGE, Hyderabad
  7. Geographical Information System (GIS), DST, Govt. of India
  8. Electrical resistivity & Seismic refraction Surveys, GSI, Hyderabad
  9. Deep Resistivity Sounding, NGRI, Hyderabad

Core competence:

  1. Natural Resource Management- Policy & Action research
  2. Groundwater exploration, development and management
  3. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  4. Environmental Carrying Capacity studies
  5. Environmental management framework and safeguard design
  6. State of the Environment reporting and action planning
  7. Dam break analysis and Disaster management planning
  8. Sanitation& Waste Management- Policy, Planning, Training & Implementation
  9. Geophysical exploration- Electrical resistivity, magnetic and Shallow seismic refraction
  10. S&T Management- Policy, Planning, Coordination & Administration

Key positions held:

  1. Group Head, Natural Resource & Environment Management Group, NCESS (Since 2014)
  2. Member Secretary, Kerala State Council for Sci., Tech. & Environment (2010-2011)
  3. Member Secretary, Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority (2010-2011)
  4. Scientist G, National Centre for Earth Science Studies (Since 2009)
  5. Executive Director, Suchitwa Mission, Govt. of Kerala (2008-2011)
  6. Head, Environmental Sciences Division, Centre for Earth Science Studies (2000-2003 & 2004-2008)
  7. Director, Clean Kerala Mission, Govt of Kerala (2003-2004)
  8. Principal Scientific Officer, Sci., Tech. & Env. Dep., Govt. of Kerala (1998-2000)
  9. Specialist (Land & Water), Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samithi, New Delhi (1993-1997)
  10. Scientist, Centre for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (Since 1983)
  11. Junior Geophysicist, Groundwater Department, Govt of Kerala (1982-1983)


  1. Good Service Entry from Govt. of Kerala
  2. National Water Award from Govt. of India (Team award) for Conceptualization& production of Television Reality Show, ‘Green Kerala Express’ on Sustainable development initiatives of Local Govt. in Kerala
  3. Nirmal Gram Puraskar for Clean Villages, Govt of India (Team award)


  1. Life member, Society of Earth Scientists, Lucknow .
  2. Life member, Indian Geophysical Union, Hyderabad
  3. Life member, Kerala Academy of Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram

Research interest

  • Environmental management planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Geophysical exploration