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To conduct research in geomagnetism and allied fields.

To maintain / modernize Magnetic observatory network and Establish new magnetic observatories

To set up facilities for other observations to generate high quality data through Observatory network and Field surveys

Indian Institute Of Geomagnatism, Navi Mumbai
Aurora's observed at Maitri, Antarctica
Sun - Earth connections

Welcome To IIG

The Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Mumbai is a leading institute of the country, actively engaged in basic and applied research in Geomagnetism and allied areas of Geophysics, Atmospheric & Space Physics and Plasma Physics.

It started out as a successor to the Colaba Magnetic Observatory, set up in 1826, where the first regular magnetic observatory in the country was established in 1841.

In 1971 IIG became autonomous and now the Department of Science & Technology, is under the Government of India.  

Area Of Research

The Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) is a premier institute of Department of Science & Technology and working on fundamental research on the geomagnetism and its allied fields.It had start working as a successor to the Colaba observatory which was established in 1826, which later in 1841 became the nation's first regular magnetic observatory research institute.

The current research activities of the institute are as follows:


Vision & Mission


To enable India to become a global knowledge power by promoting, guiding and conducting basic research in Geomagnetism and Allied fields.


To Promote, guide and conduct research in all branches of Geomagnetism. To build infrastructural support (using state-of-the-art technology) for acquisition of high quality data, leading to frontline research.

To maintain / modernize magnetic observatory network of India and establish new observatories and facilities at existing centers for other observations related to geomagnetism and allied fields.

To attract, motivate and train young talent to undertake research in geomagnetism.



Summer Training 2015: A list of selected candidates for the Summer Training-2015 to be carried out at IIG Headquarter-Mumbai and Shillong Regional Centre, Shillong (during 1st May 2015 to 30th June 2015) is declared. All the selected candidates are requested to kindly send your confirmation email and date of journey/itinerary to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . in latest by 6th of April 2015.   click here for list of selected candidates.  

Earth and Space Sciences

IMPRESS-2015: Inspiring the Minds of Post-graduates for Research in
Earth and Space Sciences

Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Navi Mumbai announces the IMPRESS-2015 programme,from 16-20 FEB, 2015 to be held at its regional centre “Equatorial Geomagnetic Research Laboratory (EGRL), Tirunelveli”. Nominations are invited.
Professor Gurbax S. Lakhina Received prestigious 2014 COSPAR Vikram Sarabhai Medal at Moscow on 04 August 2014. It was given for his fundamental work in nonlinear plasma waves.  
Selected candidates for Nanabhoy Moos Research Fellowship (NMRF-2014).
Following candidates have been selected for award of Nanabhoy Moos Research Fellowship (NMRF-2014)  
1. Dr. B. Remya 2. Dr. S. Devanandhan 3. Dr. Lalit Mohan Joshi




INVITATION : The 156th birthday of Dr. Nanabhoy Moos, the first Indian Director of the Colaba-Alibag Observatories, falls on 29 October 2014. The Institute will be formally launching the Dr. Nanabhoy Moos Research Fellowship on the same day. The Institute is organizing the inaugural function for awarding of Nanabhoy Moos Research Fellowship on 29 October 2014 at our Colaba Campus. click here for programme.
Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) is a premier institute of the Department of Science & Technology engaged in fundamental research in Geomagnetism and its allied fields. The Institute has been able to attract young and rich scientific talent for carrying out research. To further enrich and create scientific talent in a variety of scientific disciplines in this Institute, a new Postdoctoral Research Fellowship "Nanabhoy Moos Research Fellowship (NMRF)" has been introduced. PDF applications to the  Nanabhoy Moos fellowship (NMRF) are received throughout the year. Selections will be made as and when sufficient number of applications is received.
Stupendous laurels brought to our Institute
Dr. Sripathi is awarded the Associateship of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste Italy. This coincides with the 50th Anniversary year of the centre.
Dr. Mala Bagiya is honoured with the Union Radio Scientific International (URSI) Young Scientist Award 2014. This coveted recognition is bestowed on her by the URSI General Assembly. Dr Bagiya will receive this medal during URSI meeting Beijing, China between August 16th and 23rd, 2014.
संस्थान की गृहपत्रिका ’स्पंदन’ को आईस (ICE) पुरस्कार, शुक्रवार, दिनांक 6 जून, 2014 को प्रदान किया गया 
Extension of a MoU between the two institutions
Andhra University and IIG(Navi Mumbai)

Department of Geophysics of Andhra University has received good support from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (Navi Mumbai) through the extension of a MoU between the two institutions.

The national institution, under the Department of Science and Technology, has agreed to provide financial support to the field visits of the department’s students and to research programmes of its faculty.
The department will receive financial assistance of Rs.5 lakh for every three years for five terms (15 years). The MoU was singed by Registrar of Andhra University K. Rama Mohana Rao and Director of IIG and noted scientist D.S. Ramesh in the presence of AU Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju, Rector E.A. Narayana, former Rector A. Rajendra Prasad, and IIG Registrar G. Jayakumar.

JRF Result for 2014-15 
List  of  selected  candidates  for  JRF 2014-15 .  For  any details please  email to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

33nd Indian Seientific expedition to Antarctica
The XXXIII SEA, Indian Seientific expedition to Antarctica
Four staff members of the Institute will be participating in the forthcoming 33rd Indian expedition.The 33rd Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA) has left India in different batches. The last batch left India for Cape Town, South Africa on 8 December 2013. The members are as follows:
1. Shri K Jeeva has been selected as the Station Commander, Maitri Station. Shri Jeeva will spend the next 12 months on the icy continent.
2. Shri Jayanta K Behera will be the wintering member at Maitri and will spend the next 12 months at Maitri.
3. Shri Pritimaya Patro will be wintering at Bharati Station.
4. Shri Sachin M Labde will be the summer member and return to mainland in March 2014.
Two staff members Shri Gopal Singh Rathod and Shri Rashid Mehraj are at present wintering at Maitri and Bharati Stations respectively and are expected to return to mainland in the month of February 2014.

Research And Update

Numerical Simulations:
One-dimensional fluid and particle codes have been developed to study non-linear waves and instabilities in the Solar wind - Magnetosphere - Ionosphere coupled system. Currently the two-dimensional fluid and particle codes are being developed.

Impact of severe solar flare on Ionosphere
An attempt is being made to study the impact of severe solar flare on the electrodynamics of the equatorial and low latitude ionosphere using Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, Canadian Advanced Digital Ionosonde (CADI) observations and Very low frequency (VLF) observations at IIG stations.

composite magnetic anomaly map of india
IIG is actively involved in the preparation of a composite magnetic anomaly of the country and adjoining areas integrating magnetic data collected from ground, airborne, shipborne and satellite platforms. This map will prove useful for structural and geological mapping, locating areas conducive for mineral and oil exploration etc. First generation of this map was brought out in 2006 (Rajaram et al, JGSI). A proxy heat flow map the country utilizing data from Champ satellite has recently been generated that depicts areas of high geothermal gradients.

Seminar / Workshop

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Upcoming Events

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IAGA Observatory workshops are held once in two years in different magnetic observatories of the world. These workshops are the platform where absolute and variation instruments are compared and the measurements of the observers are recorded and certified.


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