Dr. K. R. Lekha
Senior Principal Scientist & Head
Women Scientists Division
Ph. No. 0471-2548208
E. mail id : lek.kscste@kerala.gov.in
Current Role
Administering Women Scientists Division at KSCSTE
Science & Research Management
Major programmes: Back-to- Lab Fellowship for women researchers &
Prathibha Scholarship for students in Basic Sciences
Education
  • Ph.D Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Civil Engineering 2000
  • M.E Annamalai University, Geotechnical Engineering 1990
  • B.Tech.University of Kerala, Civil engineering 1986
  • P.G Diploma in GIS Centre for Environment & Development , Kerala 2005 (3months)
Experience
  • JUNE 2014-TILL DATE – Scientist F,KSCSTE, Thiruvananthapuram
  • JUNE 2008-MAY 2014 – Scientist E2, KSCSTE, Thiruvananthapuram
  • MARCH 2007- MAY 2008 – Scientist E1, KSCSTE, Thiruvananthapuram
  • MARCH 2006 – MARCH ’07 – Scientist – E1, NATPAC, Thiruvananthapuram
  • JUNE 2003-MARCH 2006 (3 YRS.) – Scientist- E1,CWRDM, Kozhikode
  • JUNE 1997 -MAY 2003 (6 YEARS)- Scientist – C, CWRDM, Kozhikode
  • JUNE 1992 – MAY 1997 (5 YEARS) – Scientist – B , CWRDM, Kozhikode
  • 1990-1992 (2 YEARS) – Senior Research Fellow (1 yr.), Ph.D Scholar (1 year), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • 1987-1988 (1 YEAR) – Junior Technical Officer Trainee, Kerala Financial Corporation
Awards & Recognitions
  • “Young Scientist Award” from STEC, Govt. of Kerala , (2000) , 12th Kerala Science Congress, Peerumedu, Title: Coir Geotextiles for erosion control along degraded hill slopes at Attappady-
  • Institute Fellowship from IIT, Madras for Ph.D
  • Research Paper on Coir Geotextiles in the International Journal; Geotextiles & Geomembranes – selected as the 10th among the TOP 25 HOTTEST articles in 2006
  • Research Guide- Calicut University
Publications
  • Lekha K.R (2006) “ Coir Geotextile reinforced clay dykes for drainage of low-lying areas”, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Vol 24, Issue 1, February 2006, pp 38-51, Elsevier publications.
  • Lekha K.R (2004) “Field Instrumentation and Monitoring of Soil erosion in Coir Geotextile stabilized slopes –A Case study, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 22 (2004), m ,399-413 , Elsevier publications.
  • Lekha K.R, Krishnaswamy N.R &Basak P., (2003) Consolidation of clay soils for variable permeability and compressibility, Journal of Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engg., ASCE, 129(11), pp.1001-1009
  • Lekha,K.R., Krishnaswamy,N.R., and Basak,P. (1998), “Consolidation of clay by Sand Drains under Time-dependent loading”. Journal of Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Division, ASCE, 124(1), 91-94.
  • Basak,P., Lekha,K.R., and Raghavendra Prasad, P.A. (1993), “Flow through fractured rocks”, Proceedings of the International Workshop on “Water Management: India’s Groundwater Challenge”, Vikram Sarabhai Centre for Development Interaction, Ahmedabad, December 14-16, 1993
Membership in Professional Bodies
  • Member- Indian Geotechnical Society
  • Served as Expert Committee Member- “S&T for Women”, DST, Govt. of India (3 yrs)