Department of Geography

Department of Geography

Establishment / mile stones:

B A (Mumbai Univ.) – 1969
M A (Tilak Maharashtra Univ.)– 2004 – 14
Dip. In GIS (Autonomous) – 2017 0nwards

1 Cartolab
1 Soil lab Platform

Staff Member
Thakurdesai Surendra Chandrakant
Associate Professor
Staff Member
Gavade Vinayak Shantaram
Assistant Professor
Visiting Faculty
Staff Member
Dr. N. N. Sawant
Principal, P. Chowgule College, Madgao, GOA

Programme Offered:

B A in Geography

Courses Offered:

P G Diploma in GIS, GPS and Surveying


Class Semester Course Nomenclature Type(Optional, Elective, Compulsory, etc)
FYBCom I & II Environmental Studies Compulsory
FYBA I Physical Geography Optional
II Human Geography Optional
SYBS III Climatology Optional
III Physical Geography of India Optional
IV Oceanography Optional
IV Agricultural Geography of India Optional
TYBA V Settlement Geography Optional
V Geography of Maharashtra Elective
V Cartography I Optional
VI Environmental Geography Optional
VI Political Geography Elective
VI Cartography II Optional
Diploma in GIS, GPS and Surveying (8 months, 3 modules)

 Programme & Course Outcomes

Programme Specific Outcomes

On Completion of the BA (Geography) Students shall be able to:
Study the land forms and processes.
Understand the structure, composition of different spheres of the Earth and its Atmosphere.
Understand importance of oceans, rivers and water and find ways of their conservation
Acquire skills in Map reading and interpretation
Understand how to study a region
Make use M S Excel in representation of statistical data

Course Outcomes
Class Course Sem Outcomes
FYBCom Environmental Studies I, II 1.Know the basic components of environment
2. Understand man-environment interaction
3.Aware about importance of sustainable development
4.Imbibe green practices in day to day life
FYBA Physical I 1.Develop interest in landforms around
2.Have basic knowledge of processes shaping the Earth’s crust
3.Acquire skill to understand basic contour patterns
4.Know the landforms seen in areas near by
Human II 1.Develop interest in human imprints on Earth
2. Understand the concept of resource
3. Correlate human activities with geographical setting
4. Develop skill of drawing graphs
SYBA Climatology III 1.Understand the nature of atmosphere
2. Better knowledge of distribution of climatic factors on Earth
3. Learn processes behind climatic phenomenon occurring around
4. Learn to read Weather maps
Physical Geo of India III 1.Understand the physiographic setting of India
2. Know the water resource potential of India
3. Learn about mineral resource richness of India
4. Acquire map filling skill
5. Learn to draw map scales
Oceanography IV 1.Understand the distribution of seas

2. Learn physical and chemical properties of sea water

3. Know the nature of sea movements

4. Acquire skills of reading Bathymetric and Hydrographic charts

Agri. Geo of India IV 1.Understand the agricultural setting of India
2. Know the soil resource potential of India
3. Learn about industrial regions of India
4. Acquire map filling skill
5. Learn to convert map scales
TYBA Settlement Geography V 1.Understand variety of settlements in rural and urban settings
2. Learn changing patterns in urban settlements
3. Know the functions settlements perform
4. Know the urbanisation in India
Geo of Maharashtra V 1.Understand the setting of Maharashtra
2. Knowledge of the resource base of Maharashtra
3. Learn distribution of primary activities in Maharashtra
4. Learn the pattern of industrial growth and distribution in Maharashtra
Cartography I V 1.Understand logic behind map making
2. Develop skill in map reading
3. Learn to use softwares to represent geographical data
Environmental Geo VI 1.Know the components of environment and Geographical component in it

2. Understand man-environment interaction

3.Aware about importance of sustainable development

4.Imbibe green practices in day to day life

Political Geography VI 1.Understand basic concepts in political geography

2. Know the relevance of frontiers and boundaries with respect to India

3. Learn major theories in political geography

4. Introduce to the electoral patterns and their relevance to Geography

Cartography II VI 1.Learn to analyse geographical data using simple statistical techniques and interpret the results

2. Learn sampling techniques

3. Develop field observation skill through field visit

4. Acquire report writing technique


Workshops and Seminars
Sr.No. Subject
1 Geotsav- Geography fair open for all is organized in January since 2016
2 Resource person in teacher’s training workshops all over India
3 Member, District Coastal Zone Management Committee
4 Member, District Environmental Impact Assessment Committee
5 E-learning material prepared for Balbharati Text books (State Board)

 Dr. Surendra C Thakurdesai

Area of research- Geomorphology, Coastal Studies, Environmental Geography

Research Guide- Geography and Environmental Science

M Phil –3 Awarded

Ph D-1 Awarded
3 Ongoing

Papers Published-9

Minor (UGC & MU)-4 ( Grant 2,19,000/-)

UGC Major-1 (Grant 11,79,000/-)

Coconut Board of India- 3 (Grant 3,39,000/-)

Industry Sponsored-1 (1,00,000/-)

Fellowship-IVLP of U S Department of Culture in ‘Climate Change and Clean Energy’ (2011)

Sr Name
1 Mr Suyog Patwardhan
2 Mr Mayuresh Potphode
3 Ms Sheetal Gawade
4 Ms Sonal Hardikar
5 Mr VInayak Gawde