Welcome to Geography Department


Department of Geography was set up in the Vani Vihar campus on 12th September 1970. It was the first university department to impart post graduate education in Geography in the state. The department started its journey with a vision to be a centre of excellence in geographic education focusing on quality teaching, innovative research and socially relevant outreach activities.

Department started with Mrs. Gouri Dutta as the first faculty member followed by Dr. S. N Tripathy, Dr. B.N. Sinha and Dr. D.K.Singh in the beginning . Prof. B.N. Sinha was the founding professor and head, who led this to a leading Geography department in Eastern India. Department celebrated its silver jubilee in 1995 and its golden jubilee is in the offing in 2020. The department started with 8 students in 1970 which has now increased to 24 in view of the demand of the subject in the state. The department was conferred with DRS (phase-1) by UGC in the year 2007 for its outstanding contributions to the field of research. The department is proud to have its faculties who have been able to take the department to the international arena with their academic contributions through Fulbright Fellowship, Commonwealth Fellowship, Indo-Polish Fellowship, AIT Fellowship, DARD Fellowship, British Council Fellowship, and Humboldt Fellowship.

Academic Programs: The department offers MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD, DSc and DLit in academic programs applied and interdisciplinary in nature with major thrust areas namely Physical Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Geospatial Technology, Climate Resilience and Disaster Management. The department has started an innovative and skill-based self-financing programme on “M.Sc In Geoinformatics” with an intake capacity of 20 students per year to support candidates seeking employment in GO, NGO, Private Sectors, and advancement in professional career.


To be a centre of excellence in geographic education   focussing on quality teaching, innovative research, consultancy & extension activities.


  • To stimulate & promote excellence in geographic scholarship where discovery, creativity and professional development finds a scope for fulfilment of their objectives.
  • To Promote active learning pedagogies & continue to focus on geo-informatics to demonstrate technological capabilities in geographic data analysis & interpretation.
  • To provide a research-based mentorship model to PG and Doctoral students to become informed decision makers.


Sl.No. Programmes Number of seats
1 M.A/ M.Sc 24
2 M.Phil 10
3 Ph.D 10
4 MSc(Geo Informatics) 20

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5 M.A / M. Sc.
6 M.Phil
7 Ph.D
8 M.Sc Geoinformatics
Objectives & Outcomes
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9 M.A / M. Sc.
10 M.Phil
11 Ph.D

Facility Number(s)
Class Room with LCD Facility 4
Seminar Hall with LCD Facility 1
Remote Sensing & GIS Laboratory 1
Cartography Laboratory 1
HOD’s Office 1
Faculty sitting Rooms 7
Staff Rooms/utility 1
Girls  Common Room 1
Library 1
Instrument Room 1
Broad band high speed Internet available with Wi-Fi facility for all staff and students.

Major Instrumental facilities

  • GPS
  • Arc GIS S/w
  • Mirror Stereoscope
  • Pocket Stereoscope
  • Satellite imageries
  • Aerial Photographs
  • Rotameter & Planimeter etc.

Photo Gallery