Geography

About

Established in 1949, the Department of Geography, Gauhati University is one of the oldest geography departments of the country. From a modest beginning the department has flourished to reach its present status because of the untiring efforts of the faculty members and the great potentiality possessed by this part of the country for geography education and research. India’s north east, the initial hinterland of the department, continued to be a terra incognita even after the country’s independence. This naturally posed before the department an intellectual challenge to unravel the marvels of the region’s nature and culture. Directed thus by the prevalent situation, curiosity and compulsion, the then faculties of the department decided to set a goal, rather a mission, towards understanding the geographical fabric of the region. Today, as we live in an increasingly interdependent world caught up in a global chain of events, the department redefines its mission to put it under the umbrella phrase- -Understanding Geography of the North-East in a New Global Order-- besides upholding the general academic standard of the discipline.

Old Departmental Data

The Department is actively involved in teaching, research and extension activities. It is engaged in providing regular courses in M.A./M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. The University Grants Commission has supported the Department of Geography under Special Assistance Programme (SAP) at DRS- III level for five years (2013-2018) with two thrust areas:

  1. Environmental Resources and Sustainable Development in N.E. India
  2. Population and Development in N.E. India

The teaching and research programmes of the Department have been reoriented as per the thrust areas identified under SAP. With a spirit of knowledge and information sharing, the Department has initiated inter-university collaborative work in the field of Climate Change and associated issues with Kagawa University, Japan.

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Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA/MSc in Geography Geography 4 2 38

Course Structure
Total marks 1600 (400 in each semester)
There are thirty-two papers in total, each carrying 50 marks (twenty-three theory papers, eight practical papers and one dissertation paper)

Special Papers offered
  1. Cartography
  2. Fluvial Geomorphology
  3. Population Geography
  4. Regional Development and Planning
  5. Agricultural Geography
  6. Geography of Rural Development
  7. Geoinformatics

(A special paper, which is included in the Fourth Semester carries 250 marks including three theory papers, one practical paper and one dissertation paper.)

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate M.Phil in Geography Geography 1 10
Specialisations:

Fluvial Geomorphology, Population Geography, Regional Development and Planning, Agricultural Geography, Social Geography, Settlement Geography and Urban Geography.

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate Ph.D in Geography Geography 5 20
Intake is subject to availability of Guides and vacancies.

Major Research Areas

  • Fluvial Geomorphology and Flood Hazard
  • Regional Planning and Development
  • Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
  • Landuse and Landcover
  • Climate Change
  • Peasant Agriculture
  • Population and Ethnic Issues
  • Social and Gender Issues
  • Char Areas of the Brahmaputra Valley
  • Tribal Studies
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Settlement and Urban Studies

Professors

Abani Kumar Bhagabati
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Environmental Geography and Agricultural Geography
abhagabati@gauhati.ac.in
Anup Saikia [ Head of the Department ]
MA (NEHU) PhD (NEHU) MPhil (NEHU) Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing, Land Change Science, Climate Change, Protected Areas
asaikia@gauhati.ac.in
Ashok Kumar Bora
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Geomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Remote Sensing
ashokkumarbora@gauhati.ac.in
Bimal Kumar Kar
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cartography, Population and Social Geography, Remote Sensing & GIS
bimalkar@gauhati.ac.in

Associate Professors

Dhrubajyoti Sahariah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Fluvial Geomorphology and GIS
dhrubajyoti@gauhati.ac.in
Madhushree Das
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Social Geography and Tribal Studies
madhushreedas@gauhati.ac.in
Sriprakash Sharma
MSc (Gauhati) Regional Planning, Cartography, Remote Sensing
sriprakash@gauhati.ac.in

Assistant Professors

Nityananda Deka
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Fluvial Geomorphology, Agro- ecosystem and Rural Development Studies
nityananda@gauhati.ac.in
Prasanta Bhattacharya
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cartography, GIS & RS, Geography of Tourism
prasanta3@gauhati.ac.in
Ujjal Deka Baruah
MA (Gauhati) Cartography
udbmail@gauhati.ac.in

Associated Faculty

Lakshahira Datta (Retired Professor)

ldatta@gauhati.ac.in
Ratneswar Barman (Retired Professor)
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
rbarman@gauhati.ac.in
Akangsha Borgohain (Spatial Dynamics of Overbank Sedimentation in Jiadhal River Basin of Dhemaji District, Assam) UGC-BSR Fellow
Alexis Pinheiroo (Kaziranga National Park: Landscape Transformation, Tourism Development and Perception of Park Fringe Community)
Anjan Deka (Ecological and Economic Importance of Wetlands in Barpeta District of Assam with Special Reference to Kapla and Tabha Beels)
Arup Kumar Das (Protected Area Dynamics and Human Response: The case of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Assam)
Arzufa Khanom (Geomorphic Processes, Channel Dynamics and Human Responses in the Lower Brahmaputra River, Assam)
Banashree Saikia (Impact of Agricultural Practices on Wetland Environment in Nagaon District, Assam)
Bhaskarjyoti Bhuyan (Sonai-Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary of Sonitpur District, Assam: Causes and Consequences of its Changing Status)
Bhrigu Kumar Nath (Tourism in Pabitara Wildlife Sanctuary: Development, People Perception and Strategies for Pro-People Initiative)
Bibeka Nanda Gogoi (Prevalence of Social Justice in Guwahati City: A Social Geographic Analysis from Dwellers - Perspective)
Biman Lahkar (Education, Occupation and Health Status among the S.C. Population of Kamrup District, Assam)
Biplab Sarkar (Landscape Change in the Rural Areas of Undivided Bongaigaon District, Assam: A Cultural Geographical Interpretation)
Chandra Kala Magar (Place of Tea in Culture, Economy and Polity of Assam: A Geographical Analysis)
Chandra Kant Pawe (Evaluating Urban Sprawl through Impervious Surface Growth and its Impact on Urban Forest in the Guwahati Metropolitan Area)
Darshana Sharma (Renewable Energy Sources: A Socio-Spatial Study on Selcted Urban Centres)
Dhananjoy Medhi (Forest Land Encroachment in Goalpara District, Assam: A Study of its Dimensions, Causes, and Conseqences) UGC Teacher Fellow
Dhanjeet Deka(An Analysis of Changing Landuse/Landcover Pattern in Umtrew River Basin, North East India)
Dhruba Rajbanshi (LanduseLandcover Change and Growing Drainage Sewarage Problems of Guwahati City, Assam: A Study on Urban Geomorphology)
Dibyalata Devee (Impact of Development Activities on the Tribal Communities of Dimoria Development Block, Kamrup (Metro), Assam)
Dipak Baruah (Water Resources Potentiality and its Domestic Utilization in the Fluvio-Geomorphological Environment of Barnadi River Basin in Assam)
Hasna Begam Barbhuyan (Incidence of Malaria & Tuberculosis in Goalpara District)
Inamani Das (Effects of Land use and Livelihood Changes on the Forest Ecosystem: A Study of Rani-Garbhanga Forest and its Fringe Areas in Assam) UGC-BSR Fellow
Jagadish Bhattacharya (Impact of Fluvio-Geomorphic Change on Landuse Pattern of Socio-Economic Characteristics of Lower Noa River Basin, Darrang District, Assam)
Jayanta Kr. Sarma (Indigeneous Knowledge System of Landuse Management and Issues of Sustainability: A Case Study on Tribal of Patkai and Barail Range of Assam)
Junmoni Dutta (Role of Airports of Assam in the Economy, Society and Culture of their Surrounding Areas: A Geographical Analysis)
Jyoti Prasad Das (Changing Wetland Environment and its Impact on the Socio Economic Condition of Wetland Dependent Communities in Nalbari District, Assam, India)
Kabita Talukdar (Spatial Disparities in the Geographical Accessibility of Health Services in Kamrup District)
Kakoli Acharya (Nature and Dimension of Urban Sprawl of Jorhat Town, Assam)
Keemee Das (Demographic Character and Pattern of Socio-Economic Well being among Women: A study of Hindu, Muslim and Christian in Assam) UGC-BSR Fellow
Khargesenbo Bungnamai (Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Yangoupokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctury and its Neighbouring Areas) UGCRajib Gandhi National Fellow
Kiran Sharma (Biomass Loss Estimation and its Anthropogenic Drivers in the Manipur Valley Using Remote Sensing and GIS)
Koncheng Buragohain (Ethnic Identity and Social Change : The Case of Buddhist Tai Communities in Assam) Project Fellow
Kripal Panging (Changing Morphology and Ecology of Wetlands and their Impact on Livelihood of People in Upper Brahmaputra Floodplain, Assam) UGC-NET JRF
Krishna Das (Evaluation of Natural Resource Base and Development Pattern in Dhemaji District of Assam) UGC-BSR Fellow
Kuleswar Sinha (Shrinking Forest Frontiers: A study of Changing Forest Landscape and Human-Forest Interface in Nagaon District, Assam)
Labanya Das (Resource Base and Pattern of Resource Utilization in Rural Areas of Nonoi Watershed, Assam) UGCRajib Gandhi National Fellow
Manali Sinha (Growth of Slums & Associated Problems: A case Study of Silchar Town)
Merry Chaudhury (Floristic Diversity in Baksa District of Assam in Prospects for Development)
Mitali Thakuria (Occupational Mobility among the Karbi Tribe in KarbiAnglong District of Assam)
Monjit Barthakur (The Heat is on: Estimating the Cost of Urban Heat Island effect in Greater Guwahati)
Mridula Deka (Pattern of Socio-Economic Development of Schedule Caste Population in Darrang District)
Mrinal Baruah (Changing Status of Wetland Resources and its Impact on Livlihood of the Wetland Communities in Kamrup District, Assam)
Munmi Borgohain (Coal Mining in Upper Assam: A Study of its Impact on Landuse, Environment and Livelihood)
Nava Kumar Mahanta (Wetlands of Central Brahmaputra Valley Region Assam: A study of their Biophysical Characteristics and Resource Potential)
Navamallika Sharma (Ancient Temples Guwahati City and Environment: A Social Geographic Study)
Nibedita Banerjee (Children without Childhood: Nature, Dimension and Challenges of Child Labour in Assam) CSIR-NET JRF
Pahari Doley (Identity, Interrelationship and Well-Being: A Case from Assam-Arunachal Border)
Pallabi Borah (The River and a City: Changing Geography of Guwahati on the Bank of Brahmaputra)
Pankul P. Doley (The Missings on the River Banks: Pattern of their Response to Environment in Dhemaji District, Assam)
Papori Chetia (Demographic and Socio-Econonic Characteristics of Tai Ahom and Tai Khamyang of Jorhat District, Assam: A Comparative Study)
Parag Datta (The Assamese Silks in the Rural Areas of the Nagaon District: A Study of their Adaption and Change)
Pratyashi Phukan (A Geomorphological Study of Wetlands in Golaghat and Bokakhat Sub Division, Assam)
PritiGogoi (Drainage Problem in Jorhat Urban Environment)
Purabi Hazarika (Flow Variability, Channel Changes and Associated Hazards of Noa-Mangaldoi River System, Assam) UGC-BSR Fellow
Pushpa Komar (Impact of Dairy Farming Practices of livelihood Issues of Nepali Communities of Sadiya, North East India) ICSSR Fellow
Rakesh Chetry (Urbanisation and Urbanism: Understanding the Pattern of Development) UGC-NET-JRF
Rashima Kachari (Estimating Biomass Changes in the Upper Assam Region Using Remote Sensing) UGC-NET JRF
Rashmi Konwar (Impact of Fluvio Geomorphological Characteristics on Wetlands and Associated Livelihood of the People in the Region between Kalong-Kapili and Kalong-Brahmaputra Confluences of Assam)
Ratul Das (Channel Migration of Rivers in Sadiya Region, Assam and Impact on Physical and Socio-Economic Environment)
Rupam Medhi (Place of Photography in Print Media of Assam)
Satyendra Hazarika (Flood Hazard Valnerability - an Assessment)
Shiba Sankar Nath (Geo-Environmental Status and Characteristics for Sustainable Development in Sonai- Marasonai Watershed of MorigaonNagaon District, Assam)
Shrabani Devi (Namghars and their Influence on Assamese Society: A socio-Cultural Perspective)
Sibani Basumatari (Education, Occupation and Health Status in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) Assam: A Socio-Spatial Analysis) Project Fellow
Smarajit Ojha (Towards Successful Management of Protected Areas: A Case Study of the Laokhowa and BurhaSapari Wild Life Sanctuary in Assam)
Sonashree Brahma (Tourism in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District: Trend and Prospect for Development)
Swapnali Saikia (Pattern of Human Well-Being in Jorhat District of Assam)
Swarup Jyoti Baishya (Natural Hazard Vulnerability Assessment and Management in the Baralia-Nona Basin, Assam) UGC-BSR Fellow
Tarali Devi (BasisthaBahiniBharalu River Systems in Assam and Meghalaya: A Study on Fluvio Geomorphic Changes and their Impact on Guwahati City's Environment)
Trishna Changkakati (Variability of NDVI in Relation to Climatic Attributes and Institutional Structural Structures in North East India) UGC-BSR Fellow
Ujjal Deka Baruah (Crop Response to Climate Change in Assam)
Vajana Thakuria (Prospects of Tourism Development in Lower Subansisri Distri of Arunachal Pradesh, India)
Tanmay Chaudhury (Senior Laboratory Assistant)
Dipen Baruah (Laboratory Supervisor)
Mrinal Baruah (Cartographer)
Kuldeep Patgiri (Store-Keeper)
Biren Chandra Talukdar (Laboratory Bearer)
Raju Seikh (Laboratory Bearer)
Bhairab Das (Field Peon)
Dipul Chandra Das (Office Peon)

Contact

Department of Geography
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : (+91) 3612570372
Email : geography@gauhati.ac.in
Web   : gauhati.ac.in/geography

Facility

Laboratory

The Department has two laboratories with modern sophisticated instruments:

  1. Geoinformatics Laboratory: It has been established with funds provided by the DST under FIST, UGC under SAP and Govt. of Assam. This Lab is equipped with Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS facilities including instruments, softwares and spatial data.
  2. Fluvial Geomorphology Laboratory: Being equipped with some modern instruments for soil and fluvio-geomorphological analysis this laboratory has been set up with support from UGC and Govt. of Assam.
Library

The Department library, though small, has a rich collection of valuable books, journals, reports, theses, etc. A good number of books have been added annually to the library stock and at present it has a stock of around 2200 books.

Internet

The department is equipped with Internet facility for the teachers, students, and research scholars.

Training

The Department provides short-term training programme/workshop in Geoinformatics (Remote Sensing, GPS and GIS)and Research Methodology for potential Researchers and College/University teachers.

Micro Weather Station

Under a Collaborative Research Programme (2006-11) between the Kyoto University, Japan and the Department of Geography, G.U. fifteen Automatic Rain Gauge stations have been set up at different places of Assam including one at the Dept. of Geography, G.U. in order to record the intensity and frequency of rainfall in the state.

Besides, five more Micro Automatic Weather Stations have been set up (2015) in different localities of Guwahati city with the support of Kagawa University, Japan, to record spatial variation in rainfall, temperature and humidity parameters.

Others

The Department has one conference room (30 capacity) and one seminar hall (100 capacity)

Scholarship/Fellowship

The Department of Geography being funded by UGC at SAP-DRS Level III, it receives five BSR fellowships for research scholars currently pursuing Ph.D. in the Department.

Activity

Prize Awarded

The Professor Hari Prasanna Das Memorial Award for the best Post Graduate in Geography under Gauhati University and the Dipali Borthakur Memorial Award for the best Post Graduate in Geography among the Universities of NE India as instituted by the NEIGS

Endowment Lectures

The Professor Hari Prasanna Das Memorial Lecture has been instituted in the Department in 2004 by NEIGS for holding of an annual lecture on every 4th June.

Clubs and Societies

The North East India Geographical Society (NEIGS) is housed at Department of Geography, Gauhati University. The main objective of the Society is to popularize geography education and research in NE India. It regularly brings out one Research Journal NORTH EASTERN GEOGRAPHER and Assamese magazine BHOUGOLIKA. The students of the Department also have a Post Graduate Students- Geographical Forum and publish the Geographical Horizon.

Departmental Publication

The Department regularly publishes one Newsletter (annually)and one Research Journal JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY on specific themes.

Placement Profile

There was a time when geographers' placement opportunities were basically confined to the arena of teaching. But the changing job market has provided opportunities for many to switchover to new areas in the service sector. These include sectors like banks, Telecommunication, Census, Department of Environment and Forest, Departments dealing with GIS and Remote Sensing Technology, Rural Development and Planning, and NGOs.

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