NameKoushik Pandit
Date of Birth4th December, 1988
Present DesignationScientist - C
DivisionGeo-Hazards Risk Reduction (GHRR)
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Educational Attainments

Degree / DiplomaMain SubjectUniversity/Institution with DistinctionCountryYear of Passing
B.TechCivil EngineeringJalpaiguri Government Engineering College (Autonomous), West Bengal (
M.TechEIDM (Engineering of Infrastructure and Disaster Mitigation, Building)AcSIR, New Delhi (
Ph.D (Pursuing)Civil EngineeringIIT Roorkee (


a) Main Area of SpecializationSoil and Rock Mechanics; Engineering Geology
b) Sub-area of SpecializationFoundation Engineering; Landslides, Slope Stability and Control Measures; Geo-Mechanical Modelling; Ground Improvement Techniques; Mining Support Design.

Countries visited in connection with higher studies, research training, employment and other scientific assignments:

Country visitedPurposeFromTo
NepalTo perform site assessment for 5 schools in Dolakha district of Nepal for the project on Post-Earthquake Reconstruction of School Buildings sponsored by Govt. of India.15.04.201920.04.2019
ChinaTo participate in the International Symposium on Mountain Resources, Environment and Disasters in the Himalayas at Chongqing and to deliver presentation on "Stability Assessment of Road Cut Slopes Along a National Highway in the Indian Himalayas" at Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chengdu.25.11.201829.11.2018
Publications and Patents
  • Publications:

Referred Journal Articles: 02

  1. Sarkar S., Pandit K., Sharma M., and Pippal A. “Risk assessment and stability analysis of a recent landslide at Vishnuprayag on the Rishikesh–Badrinath highway, Uttarakhand, India“, Current Science (IF: 0.843 in 2016), Vol. 114 Issue 7, April, 2018, p1527-1533. DOI: 10.18520/cs/v114/i07/1527-1533 Download link:
  2. Behera S.K., Pandit K., and Ghosh C.N. “Fibre Wrapping – A Way for Externally Strengthening Rib Pillars”, The Indian Mining and Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 53 No. 08, August 2014, pp. 25-30.

        International Conferences: 04

  1. Sharma G., Pandit K., Kumar P. (2020) “A study on stability of pond ash embankments improved by stabilizers“. In: Conference Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (ICRAGEE 2020), Vol. 1, Published by Springer, 12-15 July, 2021, IISc Bangalore, India.
  2. Pandit K., Sarkar S., Godayal A., Shazan M. “A FEM Study on Bearing Capacity and Safety of Shallow Footings on Slopes for Garhwal“, Rock Mechanics for Natural Resources and Infrastructure Development – Invited Lectures, Proceedings of the 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM 2019), September 13-18, 2019, Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, pp. 2607_2615. DOI: (
  3. Pandit K., Singh M., Sahoo J.P. “Behaviour of a Rock-Socketed Single Pile Under Lateral Loading Condition on a Sloping Ground“, 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium (ARMS10), Singapore ( – The 2018 ISRM International Symposium on “Rock Mechanics in Infrastructure and Resource Development”, 29 OCT – 03 NOV 2018, Singapore.
  4. Pandit K., Sarkar S., Samanta M., Sharma M. “Stability analysis and design of slope reinforcement techniques for a Himalayan landslide”, RARE 2016 – Recent Advances in Rock Engineering – an ISRM Specialized International Conference (, Bengaluru, India, 16-18th November, 2016. DOI:10.2991/rare-16.2016.16

National Conferences: 11

  1. Sharma G., Mohd. Shazan, Pandit K., Kumar P.Stability Assessment of Pond-Ash Embankments for Static and Seismic Conditions“, Geo-Environment & Sustainability Conference (Geoenvironment-2020) (sponsored by: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change), Civil Engg. Dept., IIT Delhi, February 17-19, 2020.
  2. Pandit K., Kumar P., Sharma G. “Ground Improvement of a Liquefiable Soil by Granular Piles“, Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC 2019), SVNIT Surat, December 19-21, 2019.
  3. Sharma G., Kumar P., Pandit K., Lala S. “Codal Provisions for Foundation Design on Soils and Rocks: A Review“, Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC 2019), SVNIT Surat, December 19-21, 2019.
  4. Chandna P., Neeraj, Pandit K. and Sarkar S. “Application of Rock Mass Classification Techniques for Slope Stability Evaluation in Garhwal Himalayan Region“, National Conference on Geology and Natural Resources of Himalaya, Rishikesh, November 25-26, 2019.
  5. Neeraj, Pandit K., and Sarkar S. “Stability Assessment of Cut Slopes along Shivpuri to Kaudiyala Road of NH 58 in Uttarakhand Himalayas“, Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC 2018), IISC Bangalore, December 13-15, 2018.
  6. Kumar P., Pandit K., and Uniyal P. “Lateral Load Behaviour of a Single Vertical or Batter Pile”, CoNMiG-2017 in the honor of Prof M N Viladkar, IIT Roorkee, March 03-04, 2017.
  7. Pandit K. and Singh M. “Predicting Safety of Underground Coal Pillars by Artificial Neural Network Techniques”, Sixth Indian Rock Conference, IndoRock 2016, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, June 17-18, 2016.
  8. Singh Mahendra, Pandit Koushik, and Shaunik Divya “Some Aspects of Geotechnical Invetsigations at Subree Landslide, Mussoorie”, 50th Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC 2015), College of Engineering, Pune, December 17-19, 2015.
  9. Mudliar R., Singh M., and Pandit K. “Deterministic and Probabilistic Stability Analysis of a Rock Slope in Garhwal Himalayas”, Golden Jubilee Conference of the IGS Bangalore Chapter, Geo-Innovations, 30-31 October, 2014.
  10. Pandit K., Chourasia A., and Bhattacharyya S.K. “Algorithm Developed by Numerical Approach for Improving Underground Coal Recovery”, Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC 2013), IIT Roorkee, December 22-24, 2013.
  11. Pandit K., Chourasia A., and Bhattacharyya S.K. “Depillaring of Coal and Mine Roof Supports”, Proceedings of 28th National Convention of Civil Engineers & National Seminar on Role of Infrastructure for Sustainable Development, IEI Roorkee, October 12-14, 2012.
  • Scientific Books / Book Chapters: 03
  1. Sarkar S., Pandit K. (2021) “Engineering Geological Investigation and Slope Stability Analysis for Landslide Hazard Assessment in Indian Himalayas“. In: Tiwari B., Sassa K., Bobrowsky P.T., Takara K. (eds) Understanding and Reducing Landslide Disaster Risk. WLF 2020. ICL Contribution to Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction. Springer, Cham.
  2. Neeraj, Pandit K., Sarkar S. (2021) “Stability Assessment of Cut Slopes Along Shivpuri–Kaudiyala Road (NH-58), Uttarakhand Himalayas“. In: Latha Gali M., Raghuveer Rao P. (eds) Geohazards. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 86. Springer, Singapore. Book Link Chapter Link
  3. Pandit K., Sarkar S., Sharma M. (2019) “Optimization Techniques in Slope Stability Analysis Methods“. In: Pradhan S., Vishal V., Singh T. (eds) Landslides: Theory, Practice and Modelling. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, vol 50. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77377-3_11, Web-link:
  • Patents filed / granted: 01
  1. Patent on “Method For Strengthening Coal Pillars To Improve Underground Coal Recovery” by Dr. Ajay Chourasia, Koushik Pandit and Jalaj Parashar, filed in 2018 (No. 0156NF2018).
  • Processes Developed: NIL
  • Process Under Utilization: NIL
  • Technical Reports: 02
  1. Technical interim report (2019) on “Quality Assessment of EWS Houses at Pandavnagar, Meerut” for Meerut Development Authority (MDA), Government of Uttar Pradesh (worked as Co-PI of the project).
  2. Technical report (2018) on “Geotechnical Investigation and Drainage Measures for Tehsil Building at Champawat, Uttarakhand” for Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand (worked as Principal Investigator, PI of the project).
  • Websites:
  1. Web of Science Researcher ID: AAC-3950-2019
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Awards and Distinctions (including fellowships of the learned societies):

Name of AwardAwarded byAwarded forYear
National Merit ScholarshipMHRDHigher Secondary2006
Q.H. Trainee ScientistCSIRM.Tech2011-14
Research AssistantshipMHRDPhD2014-16

Grant-in-Aid (GAP) Research Projects (Funded by External Agencies):

 Duration  Funding Agency  Project No.
 Role in Project  Project Status
 2019-22   DTRL   GAP – 0679  Team Member  Ongoing
 2017-19   DST   GAP – 0635  Team Member  Completed


In-House Research Projects (Funded by CSIR):

Duration Project No. Role in Project Project Status
 2018-20  HCP – 0015 (Task 6.4)  Task Leader  Ongoing
 2018-20  HCP – 0015 (Task 6.2)  Co-Task Leader  Ongoing
 2018-20  HCP – 0017  Team Member  Ongoing
 2017-20  OLP – 0419  Team Member  Ongoing
 2016-17  ESC – 0102  Team Member  Completed
 2016-17  ESC – 0105  Team Member  Completed


Sponsored/ Consultancy Projects:

 Duration  Client  Project No.
 Role in Project  Project Status
 2019-20  PWD   SSP – 0599  Team Member  Ongoing
 2019-20  PWD   SSP – 0699  Team Member  Ongoing
 2019-21  NHIDCL   SSP – 0299  Team Member  Ongoing
 2019-20  DMRC   SSP – 0279  Team Member  Ongoing
 2019-20  UTDB   SSP – 0838  Co-Principal Investigator  Ongoing
 2019-20  MoSPI   SSP – 0719  Team Member  Ongoing
 2018-20  AAI   SSP – 0308  Team Member  Ongoing
 2018-19  MDA   SSP – 0789  Co-Principal Investigator  Completed
 2018-19  UTDB   SSP – 0148  Principal Investigator  Completed
 2017-18  UTDB   SSP – 0247  Team Member  Completed
 2017  MSME   CNP – 0796  Team Member  Completed


Professional Experience:

  1. Working as Scientist – C at CSIR – Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee since 16th March, 2016.
  2. Assistant Professor (since 2017) at CSIR – CBRI for the discipline of Engineering Sciences in the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), New Delhi ( Courses managed: Fundamentals of Soil Mechanics (ENG-CBRI-1-1148); Advanced Foundation Engineering (ENG-CBRI-1-1103).
  3. Worked as Teaching Assistant at IIT Roorkee during 2014 – 2016 for the MTech course-works and practical labs.
  4. Worked as Trainee Scientist (Quick Hire Scheme) at CSIR – CBRI, Roorkee during 2011 – 2013.
  5. Worked as Assistant Manager (Trainee) at MBECL, Kolkata during 2010 – 2011. Have experience in project management and construction of operational units (e.g. overhead water tanks, thickeners, scale pit) and electrical house for a water treatment plant.
  6. Industrial training experience in a (G+13) high-rise building construction project “Elita Garden Vista” at New Town, Kolkata by Simplex Infrastructures Limited.

Services for Scientific Societies/ Publishers:

  1. Reviewer for the journal “SN Applied Sciences” ( published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
  2. Reviewer for existing/new guidelines/ standards as a member of the Rock Mechanics Sectional Committee, CED 48 of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).



  1. Member of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) technical committee on Rock Mechanics (CED 48)
  2. Executive Committee Member of IGS Roorkee Local Chapter for the year 2016-18
  3. Life Member (LM-3732) of Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) (
  4. Life Member (LM-2065) of Indian Society for Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology (ISRMTT) (

Invited Talks/ Workshops:

  1. Delivered a lecture on “Foundation Systems for Hilly Regions” in the 5-days Skill Development Training Course on Multi–Hazard Resistant Housing and Habitat for the Engineers of Uttarakhand Government, organized under the aegis of CSIR Integrated Skill Initiatives and sponsored by Department of Disaster Management & Rehabilitation, Govt. of Uttarakhand, Dehradun. Venue: CSIR – CBRI, Roorkee during 17th-21st February, 2020.
  2. Delivered a lecture on “Landslide Hazards and Slope Stability Problems in the Himalayas” in the 2-days National Workshop on “Landslide Mitigation and Detailed Project Report (DPR) Preparation” sponsored by National Disaster Mitigation Authority (NDMA), New Delhi and held at CSIR – CBRI, Roorkee during 14th-15th November, 2019. Also, participated in organizing field visit of participants for landslides studies along Tapovan – Byasi highway stretch.
  3. Delivered a presentation on “Geo-technical Aspects for Building Foundations on Rock Masses” at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Bhawan, S.J. Enclave, New Delhi on 28th May, 2019.
  4. Delivered a lecture on “Numerical Methods for Slope Stability Analysis” at CSIR – CBRI on 12th March, 2019 for training of Officers of Geological Survey of India (GSI) and participants from other organizations like DMMC, Dehradun; THDC etc. as part of a training program on “Geo-technical and Engineering Geology” at Dehradun from 6th to 13th March, 2019, organized by Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI).
  5. Delivered a lecture on “Landslide Hazards and Slope Stability Problems in the Himalayas” in the 2-days National Workshop on “Landslide Mitigation and Detailed Project Report (DPR) Preparation” sponsored by National Disaster Mitigation Authority (NDMA), New Delhi and held at CSIR – CBRI, Roorkee during 17th-18th January, 2019.
  6. Delivered a presentation on “Stability Assessment of Road Cut Slopes Along a National Highway in the Indian Himalayas” at Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chengdu, China on 30th November, 2018.
  7. Delivered invited lecture classes for Engineers of Druk Green Power Corporation Limited, Bhutan under the International Training Programme on “Planning and design of underground structures of hydropower project”, held at AHEC Department, IIT Roorkee, India during February 21st-28th, 2017.

Thesis / Project Works Supervised:

  1. M.Tech Internship Project in CSIR Summer Research Training Program (SRTP-2020) on “Effect of Tunnels on the Overlying Structures” by Ankit Dongriyal, IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand.
  2. B.Tech Internship Project (2019) on “Influence of Discontinuities on Stability of Himalayan Rock Slopes” by Vaidika Saini, THDC Institute of Hydro-power Engineering & Technology, Tehri, Uttarakhand.
  3. B.Tech Internship Project (2019) on “Slope Stability and Seismic Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundations on Sloping Ground” by Shelly Thakur, Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
  4. B.Tech Internship Project (2019) on “Slope Strengthening Using Micro-Pile Reinforcement” by Mradul Agarwal, Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu.
  5. M.Tech Dissertation Thesis (2018) on “Stability Assessment of Road Cut Slopes along Shivpuri – Kaudiyala Route (NH – 58), Uttarakhand Himalayas” by Shri Neeraj Dahiya under the supervision of Dr. Shantanu Sarkar, Shri Koushik Pandit and Dr. Satish Kumar for Department of Geology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana.
  6. B.Tech Internship Project (2018) on “Design and Analysis of a Typical G+3 Building on a Hilly Terrain: With Special Reference to Foundations” by Mohd. Ashraf Khan, PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, Tamil Nadu.