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Linking up with mother earth

Considered the best for geological studies in India, DU’s department of geology offers the best resources to its students

education Updated: Jun 05, 2012 12:28 IST
Garima Upadhyay Rawat

For Rahul Kumar Kaushal, getting admission to the department of geology was a “dream come true.” Recounting his formative years, this PhD scholar at the department says, “In Class 10, I dreamt of studying geology. I was inspired a friend of my brother pursuing the subject. Till date, I am intrigued by all that the subject has to offer and want to explore it for the rest of my life.”

After completing his MSc and MTech, Kaushal was offered a very well paying job, which he declined in favour of pursuing a PhD in the subject. For him, “every day is a new learning experience and these discoveries keep me motivated and upbeat about the subject of my research. The field-trips add to the excitement of studying the earth and its various elements.”

What makes this department one of the best in the country? CS dubey, head of the department, says “It competes with many of the world’s best institutions in geological studies. During the last five years the department has published about 180 research papers in international and national journals. Most of our faculty members have been bestowed with national and international-level awards and fellowships of academics.”

USP: The five-year integrated MSc in earth science is the first of this kind programme in the University of Delhi. Students have the option to continue or discontinue graduation after three years. The syllabus has been recently revised and re-structured with the latest advanced professional courses.

Faculty strength: About 18 faculty members

Programmes: On offer are BSc (hons) undergraduate three year course affiliated to Hans Raj College and Ram Lal Anand College and another five-year integrated MSc course in earth science, a regular MSc two-year postgraduate course, MPhil and PhD courses for research students. The courses have lots of optional subjects, which are structured in such a manner that students can choose their own destination in research or industrial professions.

IT Quotient: There are hi-tech laboratories here with the best of facilities for experiments and computer laboratories with high-speed Internet facility.

Infrastructure: Students have access to some of the best state-of-the-art facilities such as the XRD and XRF lab, remote sensing and GIS lab, and experimental structure geology and petrology, geophysical lab. All classrooms have audio-visual teaching aids. New equipment related to study of the subject are also going to be acquired soon. Projects worth Rs. 7 crore are currently continuing with grants from Department of Science and Technology, UGC, and CSIR etc. Plans are on the anvil to set up a centre for cryosphere studies over here, too, with an investment of approximately Rs. 15 crore. A new MSc programme in geo-hazard management and planning is also likely to be launched soon.

Clubs and Societies: The department society, Prithvi, the organises various cultural and academic events. This year, in a first of its kind, an annual event - Geo-Fest - was organised.

Studentspeak: “The department is one of the best for geological studies in India. From facilities to faculty, it has the best of resources to offer to its students,” adds Kaushal.

Placements: Many students here have been all-India first rank holders in GATE, ISM, CSIR-JRF and NET and the prestigious SPM Fellowship of CSIR. Many have been placed in the petroleum, mining, environment and energy sectors.

Factfile
Department of geology, a UGC Centre for Advanced Studies Phase II, was founded in 1966 by Lt Prof AG Jhingran, the first Director General of the Geological Society of India. It currently functions out of two (a three-storeyed and a single storey) buildings at Chhatra Marg

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"It is a matter of prestige to be a student of this department. Illustrious record of alumni adds to the charm of studying here. Everything about it is good,” says L Sardine Varay, a PhD student