Ishwar Kumar C (PhD, Indian Institute of Science, 2015)
Assistant Professor

Room 111, Block-A, Old SAC, IIT Kanpur
0512-259-6952 (O)
E-mail: ishwar[AT]
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Research Specialization

  • Petrology, Tectonics and Crustal evolution
  • Paleogeography and Continental reconstruction
  • Remote sensing and GIS applications

Teaching area

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (ES315A)
Economic Geology (ES450A)
Field Geology-I (ES312A)
Geological Remote sensing and GIS (ES415A)
Advanced Metamorphic Petrology (ES662A)
Instrumentation in Earth Sciences (ES648A)


Research interests

My research interests include:

Tectonics and crustal evolution of various shear /suture zones and crustal blocks.

Archean tectonics and TTG genesis, petrogenesis and metamorphic history of various crustal domains.

Interaction between Earth crustal and surface processes.

Paleogeography of Eastern Gondwana, focusing on Madagascar-India-Sri Lanka-Antarctica correlation.

My current study areas include:

Southern granulite terrain, India

Dharwar craton, southern India.

Himalaya, northern India

Madagascar and Sri Lanka

My research includes multidisciplinary approach:

Image based studies (mapping, remote sensing and GIS),

Field studies (structural, lithological information and field relations, sample collection)

Laboratory studies (petrological, mineral chemical, geochemical, geochronological and isotopic studies).

Integration of other studies with my results (e.g. geophysical and sedimentological results).


Research Projects

Evolution of the Palghat-Cauvery Shear Zone in southern India: Implications on the Tectonics and Paleogeography of eastern Gondwana

(Initiation Grant, IIT Kanpur, 2018-2020)

Palghat-Cauvery Shear Zone in southern India is considered as a major terrane boundary. However several controversies exists regarding the position, origin, evolution, age and extension of this shear zone. The project aims to address these topics by using a multidisciplinary approach involving integration of remote sensing, field, petrological and geochronological methods.


List of Journal Publications (peer reviewed)

  1. Ishwar-Kumar, C., Windley, B.F., Horie, K., Kato, T., Hokada, T., Itaya, T., Yagi, K., Gouzu, C., Sajeev, K., 2013. A Rodinian suture in western India: New insights on India-Madagascar correlations. Precambrian Research, 236, 227-251. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2013.07.023

  2. Ratheesh-Kumar R.T., Ishwar-Kumar, C., Windley, B.F., Razakamanana, T., Nair, R., Sajeev, K., 2015. India-Madagascar paleo-fit based on the flextural isostasy of their rifted margins. Gondwana Research, 28, 581-600. DOI: 10.1016/

  3. Ishwar-Kumar, C., Sajeev, K., Windley, B.F., Kusky, T.M., Feng, P., Ratheesh-Kumar, R.T., Huang, Y., Zhang, Y., Jiang, X., Razakamanana, T., Yagi, K., Itaya, T., 2015. Evolution of high-pressure mafic granulites and pelitic gneisses from NE Madagascar: Tectonic implications. Tectonophysics, 662, 219-242. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.07.019

  4. Shazia, J.R., Harlov, D.E., Suzuki, K., Kim, S.W., Girish-Kumar, M., Hayasaka, Y., Ishwar-Kumar, C., Windley, B.F., Sajeev, K., 2015.Linking monazite geochronology with fluid infiltration and metamorphic histories: nature and experiment. Lithos, 236-237, 1-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2015.08.008

  5. Ishwar-Kumar, C., Santosh, M., Wilde, S.A., Tsunogae, T., Itaya, T., Windley, B.F., Sajeev, K., 2016. Mesoproterozoic suturing of Archean crustal blocks in western peninsular India: Implications for India-Madagascar correlations. Lithos, 263, 143-160. DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.01.016

  6. Ratheesh-Kumar, R.T., Santosh, M., Yang, Q., Ishwar-Kumar, C., Chen, N., Sajeev, K., 2016. Crustal evolution and Meso-to Neoarchean tectonics of the Biligiri Rangan Block, southern India. Precambrian Research, 275, 406-428. DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2016.01.022

  7. Ishwar-Kumar, C., Rajesh, V.J., Windley, B.F., Razakamanana, T., Itaya, T., Babu, E.V.S.S.K., Sajeev, K., 2016. Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the Bondla mafic-ultramafic complex, western India: Inferences from chromian spinel chemistry. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 130, 192-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2016.07.004

  8. Ishwar-Kumar, C., Rajesh, V.J., Windley, B.F., Razakamanana, T., Itaya, T., Babu, E.V.S.S.K., Sajeev, K., 2018. Chromite chemistry as an indicator of tectonic setting: The Ranomena ultramafic complex, NE Madagascar. Geological Magazine, 155 (1), 109-118. DOI: 10.1017/S0016756816000972