Bimal Kumar Kar

Bimal Kumar Kar


MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)

Cartography, Population and Social Geography, Remote Sensing & GIS

Department of Geography
Gauhati University, Guwahati, 781014

M.Sc. in Geography with Specialisation in Cartography  (Gauhati University), Ph.D. in Population Geography (Gauhati University)

Training in Geospatial Technologies at IIRS, Dehradun, 1991 and 2000.


Professor of Geography (Gauhati University)

Former Head, Department of Geography, Gauhati University



  •  Recipient of Host and Travel Grant from IGU for attending 30th International Geographical Congress held in Glasgow, UK, Year: August, 2004, Awarding Organisation: International Geographical Union. 
  • Recipient of Host and Travel Grant from the IGU Population Geography Commission for attending 29th International Geographical Congress held in Seoul, South Korea, Year: August, 2000, Awarding Organisation: International Geographical Union
  • Recipient of Gold Medal from Gauhati University for securing first position in the MA/MSc Examinations in Geography, Year: November, 1988, Awarding Organisation: Gauhati University
  • Recipient of Best Graduate Award in Geography for securing highest marks in the BA/BSc Geography Honours Exam, 1984 in Assam, Year: February, 1985, Awarding Organisation: North East India Geographical Society (NEIGS)

Delivered Invited Lecture as Visiting Fellow

Visited Centre for Development Studies, Institute of Geographic Sciences, Freie Berlin University, Germany during November 23-29, 2008 and delivered lecture on "Mode of Living on the Brahmaputra River Islands in Assam (India) and the Future Challenges" in a Colloquium and interacted with the faculties on possible collaborative research  work in future.  



Dr. Bimal Kumar Kar


Department of Geography


Guwahati - 781 014 (Assam, India)

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Organizational Positions Held:

  •  General Secretary, North East India Geographical Society (NEIGS), 2000-2004; 2007-2009; 2018-2020.
  •  Joint Secretary, Assam Science Society, 2005-2009.
  •  Editor, North Eastern Geographer, NEIGS, 2004-07; 2012-2016; 2016-18.
  • Secretary, Reception Committee, 13th State Level National Children’s Science Congress held at Guwahati, October 18-22, 2005.
  • Joint Editor, Journal of Geography, GauhatiUniversity, Vol. 5 (Theme: Population Dynamics of North East India)
  • General Secretary, Assam Science Society, 2009-2011.
  • Member, Governing Council of the IIG (Pune), 2016-20.
  • Member, Governing Council of the Commonwealth Geographical Bureau (CGB), 2016-2020.


Professional Membership (Life Member):

1. North-East India Geographical Society, Guwahati

2. National Association of Geographers, India, Delhi

3. Geographical Society of India, Kolkata

4. Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Dehradun

5. Indian National Cartographic Association, Hyderabad

6. Assam Science Society, Guwahati

7. North East India Council for Social Science Research, Shillong

8. Geographical Society of the North Eastern Hill Region (India), Shillong

9. Institute of Indian Geographers (IIG), Pune.


Teaching Positions 

Lecturer in Geography, Darrang College, Tezpur (1989-1992)

Lecturer in Geography, Gauhati University (1993-2001)

Reader / Assoc. Professor in Geography, Gauhati University (2001-2009)

Professor of Geography, Gauhati University (2010-    )

 Other Positions/Responsibilities Held

  •  Head, Department of Geography, Gauhati University (Aug 29, 2013-Aug 28, 2016)
  • Member, Governing Body of Dimoria College, 2016-2019.
  • Member, Executive Council, Gauhati University, Feb-August, 2016
  • Member, Gauhati University Court, Feb 2014-Feb 2017.
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee, Gauhati University Model High School (Since April, 2017)
  • Coordinator, Joint CSIR-UGC NET Exam, Guwahati Centre (Since April, 2017) 


 Ongoing Research Projects 

  • Major research project on "Whither Urbanism?: Exploring the Changing Faces of Urban Development in Assam", Sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi, 2013-2016.
  • Major research project on "Education, Occupation and Associated Demographic Character and Socio-Economic Well-being in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), Assam", Sponsored by UGC, New Delhi, 2013-2017.

 M.Phil. Research Guided


(i) Pattern of socio-economic change among different communities in Chakchaka development block of Barpeta district, Assam, Saurabh Barman, 2005.

(ii) Changing pattern of education, occupation and demographic characteristics in the fringe areas of GauhatiUniversity, Guwahati, Dipika Lahkar, 2006.

(iii) Status of school education in Rampur development block of Kamrup district, Assam, Daisy Das, 2007.

(iv) Education, occupation and quality of life among the Nepalese in Guwahati city, Chandra Kala Magar, 2007.

(v) Educational attainment and demographic behaviour among the major tribal groups in Guwahati city and its adjoining areas, Priyanka Brahma, 2008.

(vi) Female work participation and associated demographic character in Guwahati city, Rashmi Konwar, 2012.

(vii) The Misings in the rural and urban contexts of Assam: The case of Jonai sub-division of Dhemaji district and Guwahati city, Pahari Doley, 2013.

(viii) Flood and river-bank erosion induced population displacement in Morigaon district of Assam: A study of its nature, dimension and consequences, Dharitri Bordoloi, 2013.

(ix) Rainfall pattern and its influence on urban environment: A case study of Guwahati city, Sutapa Bhattacharjee, 2015.

(x) Ageing, Changing Family Structure and Associated Implications in Rural and Urban Contexts: A Case Study of Kamrup Metro District, Assam, Rima Devi, 2016.


Currently Guided M.Phil. Research


(i)  Ms. Bharati Hazarika

(ii) Ms. Chandana Sarkar



Ph.D. Research Guided


(i) Population dynamics and socio-economic well-being in Nalbari district, Assam, Dipak Goswami, January, 2010.

(ii) Mosquito-borne diseases and problems of health management in Dibrugarh district, Assam: A study in Medical Geography, Moutusi Bagchi, 2011.

(iii) Pattern of socio-economic change and development in the fringe areas of Guwahati city, Assam, Semim Wara Begum, 2011.

(iv) Geo-environmental problems, human response and sustainability: A study in Aie-Manas-Beki interfluvial region of Assam, Jyotishmoy Bora, May, 2015.

(v) Prevalence of Social Justice in Guwahati City: A Social Geographic Analysis From Dwellers’ Perspective, Bibeka Nanda Gogoi, June, 2016.

(vi) Place of Tea in the Culture, Economy and Polity of Assam: A Geographical Analysis, Chandra Kala Magar, August, 2016.

(vii) Forest-Land Encroachment in Goalpara District, Assam: A Study of Its Dimensions, Causes and Consequences, Dhananjoy Medhi, 2017.

(viii) Education, Occupation and Health Status in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), Assam: A Socio-Spatial Analysis, Sibani Basumatari, 2018.

(ix) Sonai-Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary of Sonitpur District, Assam: Causes and Consequences of Its Changing Status, Bhaskarjyoti Bhuyan, 2018.


Currently Guided Ph.D. Research


(i) Rakesh Chetry

(ii) Pahari Doley

(iii) Dharitri Bordoloi

(iv) Sriparna Das


Book Publications 

  •  Survey of Research in Geography on North East India, Regency  Publications, New Delhi, 1999 (Co-authored).
  • Geography of Assam, Rajesh Publications, New Delhi, 2001  (Co-edited), ISBN: 81-85891-41-9.
  • Women Population of North East India: A Study in Gender Geography, Regency Publications, New Delhi, 2002, ISBN: 81-87498-58-7.
  • Society and Development: Human Geographic Perspectives, EBH Publishers (India), Guwahati, 2017, Jointly edited, ISBN: 978-93-86302-01-4.
  • Population, Environment and Emerging Challenges, 36th IIG Congress, Department of Geography, Gauhati University, Guwahati, 2018, Jointly edited, ISBN: 978-93-81859-53-7.

Research Paper Publications in Journals and Edited Books

1. “Women Literacy in Assam”, North Eastern Geographer, Vol. 25, 1994 (co- authored).

2.  “Population Growth Trend in Assam and its Socio-Economic Implications”, Geographical Review of India, Vol. 57 (4), 1995.

3.   “Socio-Economic Transformation in the Tribal Society of Assam”, North Eastern Geographer, Vol. 28, 1997 (Co-authored).

4.  “Pattern of Population Growth in North East India”, in Ahmad, A. et al (eds) Demographic Transition: The Third World Scenario, Rawat Publications, Jaipur and New Delhi, 1997 (Co-authored).

5.  “Sex Disparity in Non-Agricultural Activities in North East India”, in Ahsan, R. M. et al (eds) Women, Work and Environment: Studies in Gender Geography, Bangladesh Geographical Society, Dhaka, 1999 (co-authored).

6.  “Socio-Economic Status of Women in North East India”, Geographical Review of India, Vol.64, No. 2, 2002.

7.  “Human response to a riverine environment: A study of the mode of living on the Brahmaputra river islands in Assam (India)”, Geographische Rundschau, Vol. 1(2), 2005, pp. 30-36.

8.  “Regional disparity of development in Assam: A quantitative analysis”, Geographische Rundschau, Vol. 2(2), 2006, pp. 14-21.

9.  “Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Population of SAARC Nations”, in P. Deka (ed.) The Great Indian Corridor in the East, Mittal Publications, New Delhi, 2007, pp. 129-146.

10.  “Population Growth and Changing Demographic Structure in Assam”, Journal of Geography, Vol. 5, 2007, pp. 1-20.

11.  “The Economic Potential of Assam in a Changing India”, Geographische Rundschau, Vol. 3(4), 2007, pp. 4-11.

12.  "Population Growth and Socio-Economic Well-Being in Chakchaka Block of Assam, India", Geographical Review of India, Vol. 69 (4), 2007, pp. 357-70.

13.  “Pattern of Malaria Incidence and Problems of its Management in Assam”, in S. Deka (ed.) North-East India: Geo-Environmental Issues, EBH Publishers (India), Guwahati, 2008, pp. 291-312.

14. “Socio-spatial pattern of mosquito-borne diseases in Dibrugarh district, Assam”, North Eastern Geographer, Vol. 35, 2007-08, pp. 75-92.

15. “Population growth and changes in demographic structure in North East India”, in B. J. Deb (ed.) Population and Development in North East India, Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2010, pp. 20-36.

16. “Changing pattern of population growth and socio-economic characteristics in the fringe villages of Guwahati city”, in S. Lahiri, B. Paswan and K.C. Das (eds) Migration, Health and Development, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2011, pp. 141-151.

17. “Population growth and changing demography in North East India”, in S. Deka (ed.) Population, Development and Conflicts in North East India, EBH Publishers (India), (ISBN: 978-81-9038-349-3) Guwahati, 2012, pp. 54-74.

18. “Relative Risk of Mosquito-borne Diseases Due to Flood in Assam: A Case Study Dibrugarh District, Geographical Review of India, Vol. 73(3), 2012, pp. 272-82.

19. “Empowerment begins with Recognition: Female Workforce and its Under-recognised Contribution to the Economy of North East India”, in A. Buang and J. Momsen (eds) Women and Empowerment in the Global South (ISBN 978-967-412-027-6), UKM, Bangi, Malayasia, 2013,  pp.153-66.

20. Class limit determination techniques for choropleth mapping, in P.R. Sharma, R.S.Yadava and V.N. Sharma (eds) Interdisciplinary Advances in Geography, R. K. Books, New Delhi, 2013, pp. 63-80 (Co-authored).

21. Social change and development: Some perspectives on concept and method, in P.R. Sharma, R.S. Yadava and V.N. Sharma (eds) Interdisciplinary Advances in Geography, R. K. Books, New Delhi, 2013, pp. 199-216 (Co-authored).

22. Channel Shifting and Consequent Socio-Economic Problems: The Case of Aie River, Assam (India), Geographical Review of India, Vol. 75(2), June 2013, pp. 111-24 (Co-authored).

 23.   Brunt of climate change on fluvial character of Manas river, Assam (India) and the associated environmental implications,  Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSN 2250-1665), Vol. 4(2), 2014, pp. 82-86 (Co-authored).

 24. The prevalence of social justice among homeless dwellers in Guwahati city, India, The Clarion, Vol. 4(1), 2015, Guwahati, pp. 113-119, ISSN: 2277-1697.

25. Tea Plantations and Socio-Cultural Transformation: The Case of Assam, India, Space and Culture, India (ISSN: 2052-8396: Online), Vol. 4 (1), 2016, pp. 25-39 (Co-authored).

26. Depletion of Forest Cover and Encroachment in Gonbina Reserved Forest in the Goalpara District of Assam, India, Space and Culture, India (ISSN: 2052-8396: Online), Vol. 4 (1), 2016, pp. 40-50 (Co-authored).

27. Role of Judiciary to Social Justice in Guwahati City: A Social Geographic Analysis, The Clarion, Vol. 5(2), 2016, Guwahati, pp. 41-47, ISSN: 2277-1697 (Co-authored).

28. Changing Patterns of Rainfall and Agriculture in Assam, India, The Geographer, Vol. 63 (2), July, 2016, pp. 90-103, ISSN: 0072-0909 (Co-authored).

29. Status of Heath Infrastructure and Awareness in Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), Assam, North Eastern Geographer (ISSN 0973-0915), Vol. 38, No. 1 & 2, 2014-15, pp. 56-70 (Co-authored).

30. Rainfall Behaviour and Urban Environment of Guwahati City, Assam, North Eastern Geographer (ISSN 0973-0915), Vol. 38, No. 1 & 2, 2014-15, pp. 18-34 (Co-authored).

31. Changing dimensions of tea production in Assam and its contemporary challenges, in B. K. Kar and A.K. Bhagabati (eds) Society and Development: Human Geographic Perspectives, EBH Publishers (India), Guwahati, 2017, pp. 34-57 (Co-aithored), ISBN: 978-93-86302-01-4.

32. Deforestation of Protected Areas: A Case Study of Sonai-Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, North Eastern Geographer (ISSN 0973-0915), Vol. 39, No. 1 & 2, 2016-17, pp. 114-123 (Co-authored).

33. Educational Inequalities and Changing Demographic Characteristics: A Case Study of Udalguri District, BTAD (Assam), in B.K. Kar and P. Bhattacharya (eds) Population, Environment and Emerging Challenges, 36th IIG Congress, Department of Geography, Gauhati University, Guwahati, 2018, Jointly edited, ISBN: 978-93-81859-53-7.



Seminar/Conference/Workshop Attended

(1)International Symposium on 'Population Growth in Developing Countries' organized by the IGU Commision on Population Geography at JNU, New Delhi on December 20-24, 1993.

(2) International Seminar on 'Commercial Activity, Women and Ecology' organized jointly by the Bangladesh Geographical Society and IGU Commission on Commercial Activities at Dhaka on November 24-26, 1994 and presented paper on 'Sex Disparity in Non-Agricultural Activities in North-East India: An Ecological Perspective'.

(3) 17th Indian Geography Congress of NAGI held at Jammu University, December 29-31, 1995 and presented a paper on 'Population of Assam: An Analysis of Socio-Economic Well-Being of Different Population Segments'.

(4) 18th Indian Geography Congress of NAGI held at NEHU, Shillong, October 29-31, 1996 and presented a paper on 'Socio-Economic Transformation in the Tribal Society of Assam'.

 (5) 29th IGU Congress held in Seoul, South Korea on August 14-18, 2000 and presented papers on 'Status of Women in North-East India' and ' Pattern of Immigration and Associated Implications in Tripura, India'.

(6) One-week Workshop on “Food Security and Geographical Information System”organized jointly by the Commonwealth Geographical Bureau and University of Rajshahi held at Rajshahi, Bangladesh, April 14-20, 2002.

(7) 30th International Geographical Congress of the IGU held in Glasgow, U.K., August 2004 and presented a paper entitled “Human Response to Riverine Environment: A Study of RiverIslands of the Brahmaputra in Assam (India)”.

 (8) UGC sponsored National Seminar on Geopolitics and Conflict Resolution held in B.N.College, PatnaUniversity on November 27-29, 2004 and presented a paper entitled “Geo-Economic Potential for Cross-Border Trade in the North-Eastern Peripheries of India”.

 (9) International Conference on "Emerging Population Issues in the Asia Pacific Region: Challenges for the 21st Century" organised by International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai held on December 10-13, 2006 and presented two papers entitled (i)"Population Growth And Socio-Economic Well-Being among Different Population Groups in Chakchaka Development Block of Barpeta District, Assam" and (ii)”Pattern of Population Growth and Changing Socio-Economic Characteristics in the Fringe Villages of Guwahati City”.

(10) National Seminar on 'Problems of Human Resource Management in the Perspective of Socio-Economic Development of Assam' held at BKB College, Puranigudam, Assam on August 24-25, 2007 and presented a special lecture on 'Population Growth, Resource Base and Socio-Economic Development: The Case of Assam'.

(11) International Workshop on Agricultural Ecosystem and Sustainable Development in Brahmaputra Basin, Assam, India, held at GauhatiUniversity on December 19-20, 2008 and presented a paper on "Population Growth and Associated Demographic Character in Assam (India)".

(12) National Seminar on Recent Advances in the Development of Geographical Knowledge and its Interdisciplinary Association with Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, November 3-4, 2011, and presented papers on (i) Social change and development: Some perspectives on concept and method and (ii) Class limit determination techniques for choropleth mapping, and co-chaired a technical session.

 (13) 32nd International Geographical Congress of the IGU held in Cologne, Germany, August 26-30, 2012 and presented a paper entitled “Changing Pattern of Rainall and Agriculture in Assam (India)”.

 (14) Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) held in Moscow, Russia on August 17-22, 2015 and presented papers on (i) Dichotomy of urbanization and urbanism: The case of Haflong and Kokrajhar towns of Assam, India and (ii) Rainfall behavior in relation to urban environment of Guwahati city, India.


(15) 37th IIG Meet and International Conference on Land Resource Policies, Agriculture, and Expanding Urban-Industrial Spaces,  Kurukshetra University, February 11-13, 2016 and presented papers (jointly) on (i) Status of Health and Health Awareness in Bodoland Territorial Areas District, Assam and (ii) Role of Judiciary in Access to Social Justice in Guwahati City, India: A Social Geographic Analysis” and chaired a technical session.

(16) National Conference on ICSSR Research Survey and Explorations in Economic Geography, JNU, New Delhi, March 22-23, 2016 and Participated as an Invited Panelist in the Discussion Session on Agriculture.   

(17)  33rd International Geographical Congress of the IGU held in Beijing, China, August 21-25, 2016 and presented papers entitled (i) “Tea plantations and Socio-cultural transformation: The case of Assam, India” and (ii) Education, occupation and associated demographic character in Bodoland territorial areas district, Assam (India).

(18) 3rd International Congress on Green Urban Futures, Organised by Center for Urban Green Spaces, held at IIC, New Delhi, February 9-10, 2017 and presented an invited lecture on Patterns of Urbanization and Urban Development in North-East India: Some Realities and Observations.

(19) 38th IIG Meet and National Conference on Sustainable Earth Resource Development, Banasthali University, March 18-20, 2017, and presented a paper (jointly) on “Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact of Industrial Development in Sonapur-Byrnihat Area of Kamrup Metro District, Assam”.

(20) 39th Annual Meet and Conference of Institute of Indian Geographers (IIG) on Population, Environment and Sustainable Development,  Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, December 26-28, 2017 and presented papers (jointly) on “Occupation and Food Security Among the Informal Workers in Guwahati City, Assam and (ii) Growth of Population in Nagaon Town and Its Pressure on the Fringe Areas”, and chaired a technical session on Population, Resource and Development.

(21) 29th Biennial Conference of North-East India Geographical Society (NEIGS) and 11th International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission Seminar  on Environment and Sustainable Livelihood, B. Borooah College, February 8-10, 2018, and presented an invited paper on “Place of Small Scale Tea Cultivation in Assam” and chaired  two technical sessions on (i) Population Growth, Resource

Use and Environmental Change and (ii) Land Use Change and Environment.



Professional Courses Attended

  •   One-week course on Application of GIS in Geography at NRSA, Hyderabad (organized by the INCA) in October 24-29, 1994.
  •  4-week Orientation Course (Social Sciences), Academic Staff College, JNU, New Delhi, April 7 - May 2, 1997.
  • Two-week Orientation Course on “Research Methodology for Social Sciences”, organized jointly by the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, New Delhi and ICSSR, New Delhi held at Silchar, Feb. 19 –March 1, 2002.

Seminar/Conference/Workshop/Course Conducted

 (i) Convenor, 2-Day Workshop on ‘Application of Statistical Techniques in Basic and Social Science Research’, Assam Science Society, held at Academic Staff, GauhatiUniversity, May 9-10, 2004

(ii) Course Coordinator, Refresher Course in Geography – VII, Academic StaffCollege, GauhatiUniversity, January 19 – February 8, 2004.

(iii) Course Coordinator, ‘Orientation Course in Environmental Studies for College Teachers under GauhatiUniversity’, August, 2004.

(iv) Convenor, 3-Day Workshop on ‘Research Methodology in Geography’, North East India Geographical Society, held at Department of Geography, GauhatiUniversity, November 10-12, 2006.

(v) Course Coordinator, WinterSchool in Social Sciences (Theme: Environmental Education), AcademicStaffCollege, Gauhati University, January 4-24, 2009.

(vi) Course Coordinator, DST-sponsored Summer School in Geography, Gauhati University, July 7-27, 2009.

(vii) Course Coordinator, Refresher Course in Research Methodology, Academic StaffCollege, GauhatiUniversity, December 1-21, 2010.

(viii) Convener, Exhibition organized in connection with 34th Indian Social Science Congress at GauhatiUniversity, December 27-31, 2010.

(ix) Project Coordinator, Climate Change Sensitization Programme, sponsored by ASTEC, Guwahati, April 22-23, 2014,Gauhati University 

(x) Convener, 36th IIG Congress and International Seminar on Environmental Changes and Challenges, Gauhati University, February 25-28, 2015.

(xi) Course Coordinator, Short-Term Course on Population, Environment and Development, Academic Staff College, Gauhati University, September 7-13, 2015.














 Teaching Areas

  • Population Geography
  • Social and Cultural Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Cartography
  • Quantitative Methods
  • GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Research Methodology in Geography

Research Areas

  • Population Geographic Issues
  • Social and Urban Geographic Issues
  • Development Dynamics