Geography


About Department

The Department of Geography was established in the year 1932. It is almost entirely housed within the main building (Arts Building), which is centrally located on the main campus. Members of the staff are involved in research across a spectrum of subjects that reflect breadth and topicality of the discipline and make use of range of field, laboratory and library based methodologies and techniques.

The Geography faculty at Nowrosjee Wadia College generates and transmits knowledge and theory associated with spatial system. These include the study of both human and physical branches of geography. The methods and interrelations between systems are taught at various levels of the undergraduate and post graduate classes. We are committed to the generation and transmission of geographic knowledge in the rich and varied forms that they assume. We make an effort to apply that knowledge as appropriate with the true Wadian spirit. We integrate geographic research, teaching and service in a manner that is relevant to the real-world & theoretical problems and strive for excellence in those pursuits.

The department is well equipped with infrastructure facility for graduate, postgraduate and doctoral research courses. There is a Geoinformatics lab with the support of adequate software base like ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, Global Mapper, Surfer and ILWIS.

Facilities

Library
Apart from the central library available for all the students of the college, the department has its own departmental collection of numerous journals, scientific magazines, reference books and other related library material which is made available to the students. Four national journals with their annual/biannual issues are available along with 105 reference books, 98 copies of scientific magazines and 33 masters dissertation copies in the departmental library. The department has a good collection of SOI toposheets and OS toposheets. There are almost 428 SOI toposheets covering major parts of the country. The departmental library also has a good collection of satellite images and aerial photographs.

Laboratories
The Department of Geography has two separate laboratories for Geoinformatics and Geomorphology. The Geoinformatics laboratory is well equipped with adequate number of computer hardware and licensed softwares. The post graduate and doctoral research students extensively use the GIS lab facility in their respective fields of geography. Various surveying instruments ranging from Plane table, Dumpy level, Theodolite to hand held GPS are made available to the students for training and research purpose. The department has a good set-up of geomorphology lab wherein, research students benefit from the available soil and water analysis instruments. The results of the soil/water analysis are further incorporated in the GIS environment to obtain thematic maps.

Extension Activities
Dr. (Mrs) U. R. Khare is the co-ordinator of the Debating society, Sethi Trophy and extra credit courses (PG level) of the college.

Mr. N. K. Bhagat is the coordinator of the Students Welfare Scheme (Earn and Learn) and Louis-Braille writers club.

Mr. Yogesh Pawar is a district co-ordinator for the MTS exam and a member for the GEE examinations.

Departmental Activities
Various activities are conducted by the department throughout the year. These include:

  • Study tours for XI th Arts and Science, F.Y.B.A/ B.Sc. / S.Y.B.Sc., M.A. / M.Sc. students.
  • Socio-economic Village survey for T.Y.B.A. and M.A. / M.Sc. students.
  • Field work for Master Dissertation students.
  • Field trips to places of geographical importance- S.Y.B.A. /T.Y.B.A. /S.Y.B.Sc.
  • Visit to IMD, Pune by students of F.Y.B.Sc and T.Y.B.A. Participation of students in workshops and seminars, exhibitions Guest lectures, quiz competition for the students
  • Annual geographical event ‘GEOGRAPHICA’ is held every year in the month of January. This event hosts number of activities like: PowerPoint presentation, Poster presentation, Rangoli Competition, Quiz competition, Model building, Photography exhibition

 

Department Head


Dr. Mrs. U. R. Khare

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

 

Faculty:
The departmental faculty members are well trained in the subject matter and are committed to imparting the knowledge and training the students for their career building. The faculty members are actively involved in research and extension activities.

Postgraduate and Undergraduate Department of Geography-
Senior College:


Dr. (Mrs.) U. R. Khare
Head Associate Professor
M.A. M. Phil. Ph. D.

Mr. H. T. Zombade
Associate Professor
M.A. SET

Mr. N. K. Bhagat
Associate Professor
MA. SET NET

Dr.(Mrs.) A. A. Dhorde
Associate Professor
M.A. Ph. D. SET

Mr. S. D. Kokate
Assistant Professor
M.A. NET

Mr. Y. N. Pawar
Assistant Professor
MA. NET

Mr. R. S. Kolapkar
Assistant Professor
M. A. M. Sc. NET Ph. D.

Mr. R. H. Rathod
Assistant Professor
M. Sc. SET NET

 

Junior College:


Mr. S. G. Tondarkar
Teacher
M. Sc. B. Ed

 
Courses Offered
The department offers following courses-

  • BA in Geography
  • BSc: at first and second year
  • MA/MSc. With Geomorphology and Population Geography as specializations
  • Ph.D in Geography

The Department of Geography is a recognized research center of the Savitribai Phule Pune University and enrolls candidates for pursuing their Ph.D in Geography. The Research center is well equipped with laboratories required for research in various fields of geography.