Dr.Srikanth is Professor and Head of the Energy and Environment Research Program at NIAS. He graduated from the Indian School of Mines in 1984, and received the ISM Gold Medal in Mining Engineering. He worked in coal mines for six years before commencing research on projects funded by the US Bureau of Mines at Pennsylvania State University, where he obtained a dual PhD in Mining Engineering & Operations Research in 1996. He joined NIAS in 2016 after 20 years in industry, primarily in Tata Steel. His work experience spans across, operations, projects, strategy, and governance, while his research interests include energy studies, sustainability, minerals, public policy and management. In addition to his work at NIAS, he is actively involved with the Government of India on areas related to National Coal and Mineral Policies.
• Sustainable Development in the Natural Resources Sector
• Energy Policy and Natural Resource Management
• Leadership and Organizational Development
• Management of Health, Safety and Environment
• Values and Ethics in Business
ISM Gold Medal in Mining Engineering
Member, Australia – India Joint Working Group on Coal ▪ 2011 - 2012
Srikanth, R , A V Krishnan, and Soumyadeep Das. 2020. “Transition Path to Promote Renewable Energy by DISCOMs”. In Renewable Energy Summit, Renewable Energy Summit, New Delhi: India Energy Forum.
Santhanam, Harini , and R Srikanth. 2019. “PIT lakes as sustainable post-closure interventions for open-cast coal mines in the Indian context”. In Aqua Foundation's XIII World Aqua Congress: International Conference and Exhibition, Aqua Foundation's XIII World Aqua Congress: International Conference and Exhibition, New Delhi: Aqua Foundation's XIII World Aqua Congress.
Srikanth, R . 2018. “Role of electric mobility in a sustainable, and energy-secure future for India”. Current Science 114(4): 732-739. http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/114/04/0732.pdf.
Srikanth, R . 2018. “India's Steel Industry - quo vadis (Guest Editorial)”. Current Science 114(2): 243-244. http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/114/02/0243.pdf.
Srikanth, R , and Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan. 2018. “Towards sustainable development: planning surface coal mine closures in India”. Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences 13(1): 30-43. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2017.1394484.
Srikanth, R . 2018. “India's Sustainable Development Goals – Glide Path for India's Power Sector”. Energy Policy 123: 325-336. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421518305792.
Srikanth, R . 2017. “Why India Needs a National Electricity Council”. Current Science 113(7): 1233-1241. http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/113/07/1233.pdf.
Srikanth, R , and Baldev Raj. 2016. “Coal can choke your breath or light your house. What will India choose?”. The Indian Economist.
Srikanth, R , and Baldev Raj. 2016. “Industrial smoke levels are rising rapidly. Does India have a combat plan?”. The Indian Economist.
Chauhan, Chanchal , Safinaz Saif, and R Srikanth. 2019. Ambient Air Quality around Coal Mines and Thermal Power Plants in India (NIAS/NSE/EEP/RR/16/2019). Bengaluru : NIAS.
Krishnan, A V, Shyam R Sunda, Shilpa Srivastava, and R Srikanth. 2019. Implementation of clean coal technologies to comply with "New Emission Norms" for thermal power plants - way forward for the Southern region. Summary Report of NITI Aayog-DST-NIAS Workshop, 17th September 2019. Bangalore: National Institute of Advanced Studies . http://eprints.nias.res.in/1854/.
Srikanth, R . 2018. NITI Aayog-NIAS Workshop on Optimal Electricity mix for India-Glide Path for India's Power Sector (NIAS Report:R66-2018). Bangalore: NIAS.
Srikanth, R . 2018. Earth and Human Systems: Understanding the Interaction (Report on the NIAS-MOES Workshop held at NIAS on 14 August 2018). Bengaluru: NIAS.
Salk Kristle Nathan, Hippu , Sarvajeet Kumar Sinha, Shilpa Srivastava, Jahnavi Sharma, and R Srikanth. 2019. “Sustainability of Coal Mining: Challenges and Way Forward (Report of the Proceedings of NIAS Workshop), NIAS/NSE/EEP/U/WR/071/2019”.
Sustainable Development in the Energy and Mineral Sectors of India
- Special Address "Why India needs to focus on Nuclear Power to integrate 175 GW of Renewable Energy" by Prof R Srikanth at 10th Nuclear Energy Conclave, Delhi, 25 October 2018.
- Why India Needs a National Electricity Council, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, 17 November 2017
- Member, CII Eastern Region Mining & Metals Committee and Invited Guest Speaker in workshops organized by Coal Trans, FICCI, and Brookings India
- Sudha Mahalingam, Tejal Kanitkar, and R Srikanth, "A jolt to national energy security", The Hindu, 19 May 2020
- "Govt may do away with mandatory washing of coal for thermal power units", The Pioneer, 18 May 2020
- V P Lavanyaa and R Srikanth, "Air quality in Bengaluru improves significantly post the lockdown",The Hindu BusinessLine, 6 May 2020
- "How to make coal mining sustainable",The Hindu Business Line, 25 November 2019
- "360 degree: India must stay on its clean energy path",Asian Age, 11 June 2017
- "Green calling: Forests from the mines" Deccan Chronicle, 20 February 2017
- R Srikanth and Baldev Raj, "Industrial smoke levels are rising rapidly. Does India have a combat plan?" The Indian Economist, 11 November 2016
- R Srikanth and Baldev Raj, "Coal can choke your breath or light your house. What will India choose?," The Indian Economist, 10 November 2016