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Faculty Member


Pulak Kumar Patra
Assistant Professor

Environmental Studies

Date of Birth: 23rd April 1968

Date of Joining:14.02.2014

B.Sc. (Geology Hons.), 1988, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack
M.Sc. (Applied Geology), 1990, IIT, Bombay
M. Tech. (Applied Geology), 1992, IIT, Kharagpur
Ph.D., 1997, IIT, Bombay

Contact Address:
Department of Environmental Studies
Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati
Santiniketan – 731235



Phone numbers (mobile and/or landline):
+91-3463-261913 (O)
+91-9474833047 (M);
+91-3463-264963 (R)

Research areas:
Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Environmental Meteorology, Remote Sensing & GIS Applications

• Among the best ten (8th) candidates in Board of Secondary Education, Orissa, in 1983.
• Among the best ten candidates in UGC-CSIR (NET) Dec.1989
• All India 12th rank in GATE-1990 (Geology)
• Recipient of Merit Scholarship throughout student career (1977-1990)

Teaching Experience:
• More than 11 years in Visva-Bharati (since February 2002)

Research Experience:
About 20 years (including Ph.D.)

Technical Skills:
• Two; Four more working at present

Significant publications (10):
• P.K. Patra, 2012 A text book on Climatology, Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi, 255p.
Journal Publications:
• S.Chakrabarti, P.K.Patra and B. Mondal, 2013, Uptake of fluoride by two paddy (Oryza sativa L.) varieties treated with fluoride-contaminated water. Paddy Water Environ 11:619-623.
• S. Chakrabarti, P.K. Patra, B. Mandal, D. Mahato, 2012 Effect of sodium fluoride on germination, seedling growth, and biochemistry of Bengal gram (Cicer arienitum) , Fluoride v.45, pp.257-262.
• P. K. Pati and P. K. Patra, 2012 Benthic foraminiferal response to coastal pollution: a review International Journal of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences v. 2, pp.42-56.
• P.K. Patra, B. Mandal and S. Chakraborty, 2010 Hydrogeochemistry of fluoride rich ground water in Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, The Ecoscan, v-4, 2010, pp 209-211
• B. Mandal, P.K. Patra and S. Chakraborty, 2009 Extraction Chromatographic Method of Preconcentration and Separation of Fluoride with High Molecular Mass Liquid Anion Exchanger, Aliquat 336, Journal Indian Chem. Soc., v-86, pp.1166-1172
• Fazlul Haque & P.K. Patra, 2009 Rain water harvesting in rainfed Bhatina watershed areas in Birbhum District of West Bengal, J. Interacad., v. 13, pp. 273-276
• Fazlul Haque & P.K. Patra, 2009 Sweet Potato cultivation in Rainfed laterite zone under Bhatina watershed of Birbhum District in West Bengal, J. Interacad. v.13, pp. 255-259
• P.K. Saraswati, P.K. Patra & R.K. Banerji, 2000 Biometric Study of Some Eocene Nummulites and Assilina from Kutch and Jaisalmer, India, Journal of the Paleontological Society of India, v.45, pp.99-122.
• P.K. Saraswati & P.K. Patra, 2000, Multivariate Analysis of three closely resembling species of Nummulites from Middle Eocene of India, Revue de Micropaleontologie, v. 43, pp.319-326.
• P.K. Saraswati, Arun Kumar, P.K. Patra & R.K. Banerji, 1997, Isotopic Paleobiology of some Tertiary larger foraminifera from Kutch, India, Journal of Foraminiferal Research, V.27 pp.69-74.