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Eminent scientist from Uttarakhand bestowed Padma Shri award at Republic Day

Dr. Vikram Chandra Thakur, former director of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) was one of the Padma Shree recipient bestowed with the award on the eve of Republic Day. He was the only one from Uttarakhand to receive India’s 4th highest civilian award this year. A proud moment for the WIHG as Dr. Thakur is the second luminary to receive the award after renowned geologist KS Valdiya who was bestowed with Padma Shri in 2007 and Padma Bhushan in 2015.

Currently residing in Dehradun, Dr. Thakur hails from Dharamshala although has ancestral roots in the Kumaon Uttarakhand, from where his forefathers migrated to Himachal Pradesh. An MSc from Chandigarh University and a PhD from London University, geologist Dr. Thakur specializes in Himalayan geology, structural geology and tectonics. His prominent academic works took him to some of the remotest regions of Ladakh, Zanskar, Chamba, Garhwal, Kumaun and Arunachal Pradesh. Published in 1992, his book Geology of Western Himalaya is widely regarded amidst the scientific community.

Inputs from The Tribune 

Correspondent: Jotirmay Thapliyal