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Letter to the Editor: Query related to publication titled The Role of GIS in Spatial

Modeling of Multi-disciplinary Geoscientific Data for Uranium Exploration over the


Kunjar-Darjing Basin, Odisha by Chaturvedi, Anand Kumar, Ramesh Babu Veldi ,
Markandeyulu Amulotu, R.Pavanaguru and Anjan Chaki published in Journal Geological
Society of India, Vol.,85,June 2015, pp.657-672
D.P.S.RATHORE*
Former Senior Scientist, Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Department
of Atomic Energy, 150/8, Shipra Path, Mansarovar, Jaipur-302020 ( Rajasthan)
*Email: dpsr2002@yahoo.com
I have read the paper (Chaturvedi etal., 2015) and cited references very carefully. This is
a case-study paper, in which RAMESH BABU, VELDI ( second author) is the corresponding
author. On thorough search on google/google scholar/scopus/research gate and other searches, it
has been found that this publication is based on his earlier conference paper( Ramesh Babu,
2010) presentation in 2010 as follows:
Page. 78 PREVIEW AUGUST 2010 ASEG-PESA 2010 Conference Handbook
ABSTRACTS
ASEG-PESA 2010 Conference Handbook AUGUST 2010
SPATIAL MODELLING OF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY GEOSCIENTIFIC DATA FOR
URANIUM EXPLORATION OVER THE KUNJAR-DARJING BASIN, ORISSA A GIS
APPROACH
V. Ramesh Babu*, A. K. Chaturvedi, A. Markandeyulu, P. K. Srivastava and A. Chaki
Airborne Survey and Remote Sensing Group, Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and
Research, Department of Atomic Energy, Hyderabad, India
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ram_sand@yahoo.com
Application of Geographical Information System (GIS) for identifying the spatial locations of
target areas for uranium exploration using multi-disciplinary geoscientific data is presented in
this paper. The data sets used in this study are Airborne Gamma Ray Spectrometric (AGRS),
Aeromagnetic (AM),Satellite images, regional ground gravity and geochemical surveys over one
of the promising mobile Proterozoic Kunjar-Darjing basins to the west of Singhbum Uranium
Province (SUP), Orissa, India. All these data sets are processed and interpreted independently in
terms of geology based on characteristics such as intensity, frequency and texture of the images
generated. Various ratio maps generated from AGRS data were used as training points for spatial
modeling by building relationships (topology) with the structures and geology interpreted from
the magnetic and gravity datasets. This study shows that integrating the geological, geophysical,
geochemical and other geodata in a GIS environment provides valuable guidelines for geological
mapping as well as identifying target areas for uranium exploration.
The name of the co-author: P.K.Srivastava (from AMD) has been removed and the name
of another co-author: R. Pavanaguru( other than AMD: Emeritus Professor, Department of
Geology, Osmania University, Hyderabad ) has been added and sequence of co-authors( V.
Ramesh Babu and A. K. Chaturvedi) changed. The co-author-Anjan Chaki is Ex-Director, AMD
and Raja Rammna Fellow of DAE. Such addition or deletion of co-authorship without any
scientific contribution is violation of ethics for scientific publication. In both these papers, V.
Ramesh Babu is the corresponding author. Moreover, there is no reference of conference paper
cited in this publication. This is simply suppression of facts, citation manipulation and
plagiarism.
It is very clearly stated that it is a case-study paper in the conclusion part. The references cited
in this publication are all old prior to the year 2008. There is no update of literature since the
year 2008 till date. It appears that no work has been carried out in AMD on GIS approaches since
the year 2008 onwards. Moreover, there is no update on literature in this publication related with
recent advances in GIS approaches published elsewhere since the year 2008 till 2015. What is
the utility of such an outdated case-history paper approved for publication by Shri P.S.Parihar,
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Outstanding Scientist and Director, AMD, Dr.A.K.Rai, Additional Director, AMD and also final
acceptance by the Editor-in-chief of the Journal Geological Society of India in 2015. It is the
responsibility of reviewers and Editor of the prestigious Journal Geological Society of India to
check manuscript thoroughly before accepting it for publication. It is very clear that this
manuscript has been prepared by the corresponding author and has not been read by other coauthors--->--- it might have avoided the attention of authors about update of literature since
2008 till the date of its acceptance for publication.
On further careful search on google/google scholar/scopus/research gate and other
searches, it has been found that this is the only paper originated from the Ph.D.Thesis of
Mr.Anand Kumar Chaturvedi. There is no novelty or innovation or new findings have been
incorporated in this Ph.D. thesis submitted by Mr. Anand Kumar Chaturvedi ( Part time
candidate) under the Guidance of Prof. R.Pavanaguru ( Retd. Professor) in the thesis titled:
Integrated Geological, Geochemical, Geophysical, Remote Sensing, and GIS Studies on the
Controls of uranium Mineralisation in the Proterozoic Kunjar - Darjing Basin in Odisha, India
for the award of Ph.D. degree in Geology, Department of Geology, Osmania University,
Hyderabad, 2013.
It is worth to be stated here that Mr. Anand Kumar Chaturvedi is holding Senior position:
Additional Director ( Research & Development), Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration
and Research, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, Hyderabad and Prof. R.
Pavanaguru ( Guide of A.KChaturvedi) was funded a DAE-BRNS project for Rs. 18,58,900/= ,
title of the project: Characterisation of granitic phases and associated igneous suites to assess
their potentiality for uranium minieralisation in the northern parts of Cuddapah basin, A.P. ( in
collaboration with AMD) during the year 2010-11.
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Based on material evidences, it is very clear that the candidate: Mr. Anand Kumar
Chaturvedi has not carried out any Ph.D. Thesis work. Such a Ph.D. thesis work describing an
outdated case-study is unsuitable and do not fulfill the basic requirement for the award of
Ph.D.Degree. This publication is simply a copy and paste from publications in in-house journal:
Exploration and Research for Atomic Minerals (EARFAM), which is copy right Director,
AMD and is gross misuse of their position and power in the organization. There is a gross misuse
of DAE-BRNS funding to such retired professor ( the so-called Emeritus Professor). Integrity of
such persons holding senior position in Government of India, are doubtful and is a matter of very
serious concern. This is a gross scientific misconduct and plagiarism in manipulating authorship.
and award of such fraud Ph.D.Degree in geology in 2013 by Osmania University under the
guidance of Prof. R. Pavanaguru.
The N.N.Chatterjee award for the year 2015 from the Geological Society of India to
Dr.A.K.Chaturvedi, Additional Director (Research & Development), Atomic Minerals
Directorate & Research, Department of Atomic Energy, Hyderabad,

is not justified ( as

published in Journal of Geological Society of India, Vol., 87, February, 2016 issue on page 238).
In view of the serious concern expressed herein, authors may kindly update on the above
subject.

References
CHATURVEDI, ANAND KUMAR, RAMESH BABU VELDI , MARKANDEYULU
AMULOTU, R.PAVANAGURU and CHAKI ANJAN (2015) The Role of GIS in Spatial
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Modeling of Multi-disciplinary Geoscientific Data for Uranium Exploration over the KunjarDarjing Basin, Odisha, Jour. Geol. Soc. India, vol., 85, pp.657-672
RAMESH BABU VELDI , CHATURVEDI, ANAND KUMAR, MARKANDEYULU
AMULOTU, SRIVASTAVA, P.K. and CHAKI ANJAN (2010) SPATIAL MODELLING OF
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY GEOSCIENTIFIC DATA FOR URANIUM EXPLORATION OVER
THE KUNJAR-DARJING BASIN, ORISSA A GIS APPROACH,
ASEG-PESA 2010 Conference Handbook AUGUST 2010, Abstract. p.78