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
Dr. Surendra C Thakurdesai
Associate Professor & Head
M Sc, Ph D (NET)
Staff Member
Mr Vinayak S Gawde
Assistant Professor
Visiting Faculty
Staff Member
Dr. N. N. Sawant
Principal, P. Chowgule College, Madgao, GOA

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)

 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)

Vidya Samiti 2018-19
Sr. No. Name
1 Dr. S C Thakurdesai Chairman
2 Mr S M Sathe External Expert
3 Ms Nihali Gadre Student Representative
4 Mr. V S Gawde Member Secretary
Sr Name
1 Mr Suyog Patwardhan
2 Mr Mayuresh Potphode
3 Ms Sheetal Gawade
4 Ms Sonal Hardikar
5 Mr VInayak Gawde

Departmental Library: 92 books
Remedial teaching
E material repository available to students
1 computer with internet available for students
Regular participation in University team of Avishkar and Shodh-Wedh
Participation of students in various festivals and competitions in Maharashtra and Goa
Oragnisation of own Pan-Geo a festival of geography
Placement of students of GIS diploma

 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)

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

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