Lakulish Sharma-Well Site Geologist,ONGC


Lakulish graduated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 2015. He is currently pursuing an exciting career in Oil Exploration at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.

He was happy to spare a couple of minutes from his busy schedule and answer a few questions. Read on…

Please tell us a little bit about your academic background.

I studied for a Bachelors degree in Geology at Hans Raj College which is a constituent of the University of Delhi and went on to study for a Master of Science in Geology from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujarat.

Have you undertaken any research work? 

Yes. I completed a research stint at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa during my summer break while in college.

That sounds amazing! What was your topic of research?

Thanks.I undertook research on Phosphorus Speciation Studies using SEDEX procedure in sediments of Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal under the guidance of Chief Scientist B.Nagendra Nath.

Interesting! What would you like to say about your experience at the National Institute of Oceanography,Goa?

The level of research and quality of labs at NIO are world class. It provides a good platform to experience the world of research closely.

How can students apply for internships at NIO,Goa ?

NIO,Goa invites applications for summer internship every year. Interested students can visit their official website and apply before the commencement of their summer vacation.

What is your current job profile? Why did you choose it? 

I am a Well Site Geologist at ONGC. The oil industry is one of the most highly paying sectors in the world. It provides immense opportunities to learn and process complex technical information under pressure and also hones an individual’s managerial skills.

Please recommend your favourite reference books for current geology students!

I feel that geology students absolutely must read the following books if they want to have a thorough understanding of classical geology.

For Mineralogy and Crystallography, ‘Manual of Mineralogy‘ by James Dwight Dana,
Introduction to Sedimentology‘ by Supriya M. Sengupta
Structural Geology: Fundamentals and Modern Developments‘ by S.K.Ghosh.Nevertheless, I believe that one must keep himself/herself updated with current advancements in geology through articles on the internet, research papers and interaction with researchers.P.S.Some of the books listed above are expensive but are available in the library at the Department of Geology,The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. However, if you wish, the links to purchase them online shall open in a new window once you click on the book titles.

Could you suggest a good inspirational film that you wish your juniors should watch?

‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ is a fantastic must-watch film!

Let us delve deeper into your college life. How did you manage stress during examinations?

During  examinations, I did not feel stressed because of the company I studied with. We used to study in a group and had a lot of fun !
I’d like to add that when in stress, one must look at people who are less intellectually privileged and be glad. 🙂
However, for competitive examination prep, I preferred to study alone and did not give a thought about my stress level. If I felt stressed I felt all the more compelled to study more. Hahaha.

Please share an indispensable tip for students appearing for examinations! 

Solve questions. Solve questions. Solve questions. Take online quizzes.

We’ve neared the end of our interview. It was great talking to you! Do you have a personal message for your juniors? 

In present times,  geology students may find it hard to get their first break within the industry. Keep faith and be patient. Accept the fact that everyone makes their way to success sooner or later. Also keep your vision broad and your mind clear. No job is small, no job is the best. YOU decide your path. Focus, focus and focus on your goals; leave no stone unturned to achieve them. Most importantly, learn to enjoy the process. It is not the achievement of success but the process you undergo that makes you a better version of yourself.

Should we have further questions, how can we contact you in the future?

You could send me an email at or connect with me on Facebook.

Feel free to post a comment to this post and thanks for reading!


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