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Delta Studies Institute Profile


Deltas have been shaping the cultural and socio-economic aspects of mankind since human beings started attempting to control the land on which they live.  Being the locales of 'constant battle' between fluvial and marine processes, deltas have become useful not only in providing highly fertile soil that promote agricultural activity, but also in many other aspects like fisheries, modification of land forms, marine transport etc.  Additionally, intense hydrocarbon exploration activity in the last one hundred years has also brought out that 'paleodeltas' are potential locales for hydrocarbon accumulations.

Thus understanding the complex geological processes involved in delta building / modification can unravel many mysteries of the mother earth's complexities and can eventually help the mankind in many ways.

It is in this background that the Delta Studies Institute has been conceptualised by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) and Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB).  It is also envisaged that this Institute shall closely interact with the Industry for mutual benefit.  Considering the pioneering research done in marine geology and its strategic location on the east coast in proximity to major delt as of Krishna and Godavari, Andhra University at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh has been chosen as the most appropriate location for the Institut.

The Institute was established in June 1997 in a sprawling flush green land of 8.78 acres offered by Andhra University. 

The Mission

Delta Studies Institute shall become a renowned centre of excellence that can effectively provide adequate scientific and technical support for optimal and economic exploitation of vast and diverse natural resources of deltaic regions of our country without any adverse impact on socio-economic and natural environments.

Contact Us


Prof. T.Y. Naidu
                          M.Sc., Ph.D.
Director - Delta Studies Institute &
Senior Professor, Department of Geology
Andhra University

Visakhapatnam - 530 017, A.P.
E-mail: directordeltastudies@gmail.com,
Dir : 0891-2722299
Res : 0891- 2538134
Off (Geo) : 0891-2844720
Fax : 0891-2722299
Cell : 9440332447


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