The mission of the Department is to teach students about the complexity of the earth system and the interactions among its various components like lithosphere, soils, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere with strong interdisciplinary core. Expanding and strengthening the Department’s existing frontiers, the Geoinformatics Science (GIScience) program is a prodigiously growing field of research and teaching at the Department. The Department seeks to ensure scholarship with that of our other principal activities, namely teaching, research and outreach in the field of earth system science to contribute to generation of scientific knowledge and to be a source of information for the society and decision makers
The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the leading departments in the University engaged in high quality teaching, research and consultancy in the field of Earth Sciences. It was established in year 2000 and during the short span of about 11 years, the department has become one of the foremost Centers of teaching, research and consultancy in the University. The main strength of the department is amalgamation of three major divisions of Earth Sciences: Geology, Geophysics and Geoinformatics under one umbrella. The department has produced large number of trained Earth Scientists who are contributing to the socio-economic development of the state and beyond. The pioneer research contributions in different disciplines of applied Geology and Geoinformatics have been recognized through awards and laurels conferred on many faculty members/research scholars, and generous funds received from the various funding agencies.
Presently, the department is running three PG level programs; M. Sc. (Applied Geology), M. Sc. (Geoinformatics) and PG Diploma (Remote Sensing and GIS). Research work leading to M. Phil and PhD degree in several interdisciplinary areas and consultancy programs constitute an integral part of the departmental activities. The faculty is engaged in a number of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects sponsored by the Govt. of India agencies like DST, MoES, ISRO UGC, DAE, MoWR, MoEF etc, and the consultancy projects sponsored by various industries and government agencies. . Basic research and education in the department explores, characterizes and analyzes earth system processes and thereby also improves prediction of the causes and development of natural and human‐induced hazards such as earthquakes, flooding and landslides. We are investigating the dynamic nature of the processes of the Earth and its component systems related to tectonics, hydrology, glaciology, climate change, geochemistry etc. It is hoped that the knowledge available from the academic and sponsored research programs shall form the basis for tackling the emerging challenges like natural hazards, depleting natural resources, climate change, energy crisis etc in this mountainous Himalayan state. The Department has much closer tie-up of its R &D programs with national and international research institutes/laboratories, state and central government agencies, civil society, NGO and industry. It is our endeavor to expand and strengthen these networks to optimize the outputs of the research for the benefit of masses. Further, it is the resolute resolve of the faculty to provide scientific leadership by securing extramural funding for cutting‐edge research, publishing enduring scientific results, and teaching and mentoring students through innovative courses and research experience.
Shakil A Romshoo
Head of the Department