Sh Ashwagosha Ganju, Sc ‘H’ has been appointed as Director, Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) wef 01 August 2009. Born on 14 Feb 1958, Shri Ganju obtained his Masters in Geology (Hons) in 1983 from Punjab University Chandigarh.
He joined DRDO in 1985 and has more than 24 years of wide research experience in the field of Cold Regions Sciences and Engineering with specialization in Avalanche Forecasting, Snow Cover Modeling, Snow Hydrology and Artificial Triggering of avalanches using explosives. He started his scientific carrier with Reconnaissance of the entire Siachen group of glaciers on foot in extreme conditions for demarcation of safe route / campsites, conducted hydrological & sediment transport studies and prepared geomorphologic map of the glacier. He pioneered the technique of translucent snow profile for studying weak layers in snow pack and developed statistical and AI based models for prediction of avalanches in different snow climatic zones. He was deputed to Swiss federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SFISAR), Switzerland; CRREL and Mountana State University in USA for research experience in the field of avalanche forecasting. He has been instrumental in initiating the research work on spatial and temporal variability of snow cover in Western Himalayas and Micro Tremor Activity in Karakoram ranges.
One of his important contributions to Armed Forces has been the successful implementation of Mountain Meteorology Program for prediction of accurate mountain weather forecast on mesoscale for safe movement of troops in Western Himalayan region. In collaboration with India Meteorological Department (IMD), National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), and Indian Army, as a principal coordinator, he successfully established and operationalized 03 Upper Air Stations and a network of 20 state-of-the-art observatories in Western Himalayan region for development of mountain weather prediction model.
Sh Ganju has traversed the entire length and breadth of Western Himalayan region to understand the problems faced by troops in avalanche prone areas. Understanding the limitation of communicating the scientific information related to snow and avalanches, he made special efforts in communicating the information in layman’s language. The various media tools like handouts, user’s guide, précis and multimedia CDs were conceived by him to educate and communicate the scientific information to the troops and common man in an interactive and linear fashion.
Sh Ganju is associated with Glaciological society of India, Indian Science Congress and Administrative staff College, Hyderabad. He is the recipient of DRDO best performance award in 1990, Siachin Medal in 1992 and Science Day Medal in 2003. He has 13 publications in national/International journals and presented 31 research papers in National and International symposiums and Conferences.