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11th - 14th FEBRUARY 2009

  • The Department was established in April 1988 and has a small faculty of six teachers and eleven supporting staff technical as well as non-technical.
  • The Department provides advance education in Geography through academic programmes leading M.Sc. to Ph.D.
  • The academic programme provides specialized courses in Glacial Geomorphology, Fluvial geomorphology, Geo-ecology, Resource Geography and Population Settlement Geography
  • The Department has strong Physical as well as Human Geography component and this is the only Department in the country that has introduced Glacial Geomorphology as one of the courses at Post-Graduate level.
  • Apart from teaching work seminars are organized in various field in Geography from M.Sc. Ist to IVth semester Students.
  • The Department has completed two Glacial Projects on Himalaya sponsored and funded by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and a project on Ecology and Management of Pastureland funded by Department of Forests, J&K Government. Through these projects the Department has developed well equipped Geomorphology, Soil and Cartographic Lab with sophisticated instruments.
  • The Department intends to start certain advance training carrier-oriented courses during XIth plan.
  • The UGC team has appreciated the Department for undertaking challenging projects during VIIIth five-year plan for setting up high site testing facilities at high altitudes.
  • Many of the Post-Graduates of the Department are holding responsible positions in state and Central Government and in Multinational Companies dealing with GIS and number of our students is holding senior position in banking and other services in the country.
non teaching staff
  • The Department is served by the following supporting staff:
  • i) Mrs. Rajni Sharma Professional Assistant (Library)
  • ii) Dr. Anju Gupta Lab. Assistant
  • iii) Sh. Rakesh Jasrotia Lab. Assistant
  • iv) Sh. Rajinder Singh Cartographer
  • v) Sh. Sansar Chand Field man
  • vi) Sh. Titer Singh Chainman
  • vii) Sh. Kuldip Raj Lab. Attendant
  • viii) Sh. Kewal Krishan Lab. Attendant
  • i) Mrs. Ratno Devi Senior Assistant
  • ii) Mr. Daleep Singh Steno-Typist
  • iii) Mr. Shamsher Kumar Junior Assistant
  • iv) Mr. Madan Lal Orderly
academic programme
  • The Department offers post graduate programmes leading to the degree of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The post graduate programme is a four semester course consisting of 24credits each with the project work in fourth semester under the direction and guidance of faculty member of the department.
  • The number of seats in M.A/M.Sc. (Geography) are 27 plus 15% payment seats. Taking into consideration the pressure generated by the students the department is thinking to start M. Phil course but due to the inadequate teaching faculty it has not been possible to do so till date. However, it maybe possible for the department to do so in near future if additional faculty is provided in XIth plan. The output of the department with respect to its academic activities are as follows:
  • Students awarded master degrees
  • Scholars awarded Ph.D. degrees
  • Scholars working for Ph.D.
updating of syllabi
  • The department has been regularly updating the syllabi at under/post graduate levels regularly. The department has introduced syllabi prepared by UGC expert committee and has been accepted w.e.f from 1998 and was reviewed in the year 2003 both at Under/Post Graduate level
current departmental research
  • The faculty members and the students are actively involved in research activities in the major branches of Geography. The Department has completed a number of research projects sponsored by National (DST and State Forest Department). Another facet of department is inter-disciplinary research programmes with other groups in the University. The faculty members of the Department have also developed collaborative research programmes with national level institute like – National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee, Department of Remote Sensing, Palaeobotanical Institute Lucknow. The major areas of research in the Department are:
  • Glacial and Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Agro-climatology
  • Geo-ecology
  • Agricultural Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Regional Planning and Development
  • Forest Ecology
  • Population Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • Resource Geography
  • Environmental Management & Planning
library facilities
  • The department has 3000 volumes of different books. It also subscribes 17 Journals, 10 International and 7 National.

National Journals

  • Annals of National Association of Geographers.
  • Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies.
  • Geographical Review of India.
  • Indian Cartographers.
  • National Geographical Journal of India.
  • Indian Foresters.
  • Indian Journal of Forestry.

International Journals

  • Annals of Association of American Geographers.
  • Geographical Review.
  • Geographical Journal.
  • Applied Geography and Development.
  • Natural Resources and Development.
  • Professional Geographers.
  • Transaction of the Institute of British Geography.
  • Economic Geography.
  • Ekistics: Problems and Science of Human Settlement.
  • Political Geography
facilities permanent equipments
  • The Department is housed at the top floor of the Earth Sciences block. The Department is one of the few Geography Departments in the country with well equipped labs:
  • Geomorphology Lab-with SET 2C Automatic Surveying Station.
  • Soil and Sediment Analysis Lab.
  • Cartographic Lab.
  • Map Reproduction and Xerox Lab.
  • Computer Lab
future programme
  • The major themes identified for long-term research plans includes Glacial-Fluvial Geomorphology, Hydro-meterology, Micro-climatology, Geo-ecology, Agricultural Geography, Population Geography, Urban and Rural Settlement Geography etc.
  • The department also proposes to introduce certain applied courses in consonance with the environment of Jammu province like Water Shed Management, Population Studies Management, Forest Management, Avalanches-Landslides Management and Tourism courses, GIS/GPS and Remote sensing courses and computer cartography.
seminar conferences organized by the department

Notwithstanding meager staff strength, spatio-financial constraints as well as the infancy of the Department, the faculty has organized following academic but extra curricular activities.

  • April 2007, The Department organized one day National Seminar on ‘Environmental Development-A Geographical Perspective’.
  • 23-25 Feb, 2006, The Department organized National Conference on ‘Environment and Development in the Highland –Lowland system with the collaboration of IIG. More than 300 delegates were attended the conference.
  • December 1999, organized seminar cum workshop on “Challenges in Geography in Fast Changing World in New Millennium”.
  • December 30, 1995 to January 1, 1996 XVIIth Indian Geography Congress under the auspices of National Association of Geographers, India, which was attended by over 250 delegates from all over India.
  • February 1995, the Department organized a three day National Seminar on “Man and Environment” in the Highland – Lowland Interactive System.
  • 1993 with active collaboration of the Directorate of Environment and Remote Sensing a three day workshop on Application of Remote Sensing was organized in the Department.
refresher courses organized by the department
Refresher Courses Organized by the Department
  • February – March 2000, organized All India Refresher Course for the College and University Teachers under the aegis of Staff College of Kashmir University.
  • July 1995 a 10 days Refresher Course for the State Institute of Education was organized by the Department.
  • 1989 the Department conducted a month long Refresher Course for the College teachers.

Durung Drung Glacier 2008

Siachen Glacier 2008

jrf net qualified
  • Ms. Anjana Kanwal
  • Ms. Poonam Dhawan
  • Mr. Kuber Singh
  • Mr.Gurdyal
  • Ravi Kant Sharma
  • Mr.Mohd. Yassin
  • Ms. Ruchi Gupta
  • Mr.Arun Kumar
  • Miss. Namrata Chaudhary
  • Miss. Sarita Nagari
  • Sajjad Ahmad Choudhary
  • Mr.Anwar Hussain
placement profile 1999 onwards

1. State Administrative Services 25

2. Software Infotech GIS 2

3. Lecturers 5

4. Banking (Administrative) 6

5. Teachers 50

achievements of the faculty members

Koul M.N.,Professor (Retired)


  • ___________ with Dikshit, K.R. and Kale, V.S. (Eds) 1995, “India: Geomorphic Diversity, Jaipur, Rawat Publishers, pp. 1-410.
  • ___________ with Ganjoo, RK (2002), “Fundamentals of Physical Geography” National Council of Educational Research and Training Publication pp 1-200.


  • ___________ with Ganjoo, RK,2002, “Hydrometrological Changesand Retreat of Glacier in North western Himalayas – A Case Study of Naradu Glacier (accepted for publication).
  • ___________ 1998 Fluctuation of Climate and Glacier in Naradu Basin and its Geo-ecological Significance, Project completion report submitted to DST, New Delhi.
  • ___________ 1997, Performance of Portable Automatic Weather System and its Sensor Pakages used on Naradu Glacier, Kinnar Himalaya, Advances in Hydrological Instrumentation V.C. Goyal – (NIH Roorkee) Allied Publishers Limited, New Delhi.
  • ___________ 1997, Downstream Changes inLithology andSediment Load inBaspa Valley, H.P. IIG Vol. 17, 1997.
  • ___________1996, Present Day Glacier in North Western Himalayas (Indus Valley) and some data on their mass balance, National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee pp 78-82.
  • ___________ Weather Dynamics inNaradu Glacier BasinKinnaur District, H.P. The Univ. Rev., University of Jammu.
  • ___________ 1995, Terraces of Lidder: Contributions to Quaternary morphogenesis, Indian Geomorphologists Vol.II pp 117-125.
  • ___________ 1995, Anthropogenic moisture production in the Himalayas and its impact on geo-ecology, International Seminar on Environment, Sustainable Development and Human Health, Department of Geography, BHU Varanasi, India,Feb.
  • ___________ 1995, Geomorphology of Jammu Siwaliks and its changing Environmental Status, National Association of Geographers, India-Mountain Environment and Sustainable Development.
  • ___________ 1995, Late Quaternary Glacial and Climatic History of Lidder Valley, Kashmir Himalaya, in India: Gemorphological Diversity, Dikshit, K.R., M.N. and Kale, V.S. (eds), Jaipur, Rawat Publ.
singh g b professor retired
Singh G.B, Professor (Retired)


  • Indian Forest Ecology
  • Jammu


  • Singh, Gurbakhsh with Sarkar, Shyamal (2004), “Spatial Variation in the Consumption of fuelwood in Western Himalayas: A Case Study of Village Kirmoo and Balota”, The Geographer, Aligarh ( in Press).
  • ___________ with Sarkar, Shymal (2004), “Spatial Variation in the Consumption of Fuelwood in Western Himalayas: A Case Study of Village Panj Grain and Khaned”, Regional Symboisis, Kanpur (in Press).
  • ___________ “Interaction of Man and Livestock with Forests: A Case Study” The Geographer, July 2001 (in press).
  • ___________ “Some Environmental Consideration of Lopping Forest Trees in Western Himalayas: A Case Study of Village Dhar-Jhankar”. The Geographer. Vol. I, Jan 2001
  • ___________ “Biotic Interaction with Forests in Middle Himalayas: A Case Study of village Sawjian”, The Geographer, Vol. XLIV, No.1 Jan. 1997.
  • ___________ “Patterns of Fuel-wood consumption and its Impact on Forest Environment in Middle Himalayas”. International Seminar on Environment, Sustainable Development and Human Health Department of Geography, B.H.U. Varanasi, India, Feb.1995.
  • ___________ “Forest Resources of Jammu and Kashmir: An Overview”, National Association of Geographers India, Dec. 1995, Mountain Environment and Sustainable Development.
manhas v s professor head
Manhas V.S, Professor & Head


  • A Political Geography of Afganistan” Book Well Publishers, New Delhi.


  • ----------------“Development Strategies for Jammu District, Hill Geographer, NEHU, 2005.
  • ----------------“ Man-Land Relations in N.W Himalayas,The Gujjars of Punch-J&K, Geographical Observer, Meerut College Geographical Society, 2005.
  • ----------------“ Infrastructure Development in Kathua District”, H.N.B., Garhwal Proceedings of International Seminar on Himalayas, 2005.
  • ----------------“Development Strategies for Kathua District” Proceeding of RGA Jaipur, 2005.
  • ------------------“ Tourist Impact on Katra-Vaishno Devi” Environment and Developmen ed Jasbir Singh, 2005.
  • ------------------“ Socio-Economic Strategies for Development in Jammu District, 2002, A Project Report, Indian Institute of Resource Management, IIRM, Jaipur, 2002


  • 32nd Study Session on Protection of Religious and Ethnic Minorities, Strasbourg, France, Jul 2001.
  • Workshop on Problem of Rapid Urbanization organized by the Common Wealth Foundation and Common Wealth Geographical Bureau at New Delhi and Colombo from 14th November to 18th November 2001 and presented a paper ‘Urban Sprawl in Jammu’.
  • 31st Study Session of Human Rights organized by International Institute of Human Right, Strasbourg, France from 3rd July – 28th July 2000.
  • Seven Day Research Internship offered by School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London from 13th August to 20th August 2000.
  • Presented a paper in National Symposium on Tourism Management at Jawahar Lal Nehru University New Delhi – 1997.
  • Presented a paper in National Association for Geographers, India at Department of Earth Sciences and Ocean Development, Trivandrum – 1997.
  • Indian Geography Congress held at NEHU, Shillong presented paper on Elections in a Border State. Oct. 1996.
  • Indian Geography Congress held in Jammu University, in Dec. 1995.
sharma r p associate professor
Sharma, R.P., Associate Professor


  • Spatial Analysis of Agriculture Productivity. A case study of Jammu shiwalik Literati: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Volume 2nd, Number 1, summer, 2008.
  • Demographic Zones in J&K: A Case Study of Kathua District, University Journal “Literati” 06.05.2006 accepted for publication.
  • Rural Transformation in J&K – A Case Study – Aqilpur Village, Jammu (3-5-2006) accepted for publication by NITTT, Ministry of Human Research Development, Govt. of India, Chandigarh.
  • Rural Development Planning – Geographical retrospection. A Case study-outer plain (Jammu) (25.04.2006) accepted for publication by NITTT, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, Chandigarh.
  • Location Deprivation – Urban Landscape Analysis in Jammu City (J&K); pp. 24-25, UGC-SAP Seminar on Mega cities – Governance and Infrastructure (Abstract) 24-25th March 2006.
  • Population and Development Interface; Jammu Distt. (J&K) pp. 94 (Abstract) 23-25th Feb. 27th I.I.G. Meet, Dept. of Geography, University of Jammu.
  • Regional Disparities in Agricultural Development in Akhnoor Tehsil (J&K) pp. 85 (Abstract) 23-25th Feb. 27th I.I.G. Meet, Dept. of Geography, University of Jammu.
  • Location Deprivation in Dehradun Municipal Corporation Area pp. 1-18 (A Project Report). June, 2005, Geoinformatics Division, 4 Kalidas Road, IIRS, Dehradun.
  • Socio-economic transformation and Modernization in outer Jammu plains – geographical retrospection, pp. 179, 1st J&K State Science Congress (Abstract) Feb. 07.09.2005.
  • Socio-economic transformation of schedule tribe in J&K. pp. 181, 1st J&K State Science Congress (Abstract) Feb 07.09.2005.
  • Population, education and development interface geographical appraisal – A Case study Jammu district (J&K). pp. 184, 1st J&K State Science Congress (Abstract) Feb. 7-9-2005.
  • Agrarian Profile – Geographical analysis A case study – Sangla Valley, Kinnaur, Journal of social sciences. Vol. XVII. pp. 151-156, 2004-05.
  • Weather dynamics in the Naradu Glacier Basin Kinnaur district, H.P. University Review, Faculty of Science, University of Jammu. pp. 17-19, March 1996.
  • Crop and Livestock Combustion – Spatial Analysis – A Case Study – Ranbirsinghpura Tehsil Jammu, Jammu University Research Journal of Social Sciences, 1994, pp. 167-179.
  • Settlement Hierarchy – Spatial Analysis: A Case Study of Ranbirsinghpura Tehsil (Jammu District). University Review, Faculty of Science, University of Jammu, Jammu 1993.
Book Review – Chota Nagpur Plateau Study of Settlement Geography. University Review, Faculty of Science, University of Jammu, Jammu 1993.
  • Modernization and Social Change Among Schedule Castes – A Case Study of Jammu District, Journal of Social Science, University of Jammu, Vol. IX, pp 167-179, July 1992.
  • Spatial Population distribution in J&K State. Kashmir Ecology edited by S.K. Chadha, pp. 108-118, 1991. Mittal Publication New Delhi 110059.
  • Physiographic and Environmental Impact in J&K State. Kashmir Ecology by S.K. Chadha, pp. 119-131, 1991. Mittal Publication New Delhi 110059.
  • Geographical Analysis of Scheduled Caste in J&K: A Case Study of Jammu District. Geographical Perspective, Vol. 3, Patna University, Sept. 89, pp. 37-47.
  • Surface Transport in J&K. Social Sciences, University of Jammu, Vol. V, Aug. 1987, pp. 122-130.
  • Environmental Framework in Marh Block J&K State. Man & Nature, Rajghat, New Delhi, Vol. XI, April 1987, pp. 8-14.
  • Distance and Spatial Organization of Agriculture. Man & Nature, Rajghat, New Delhi, Feb. 1987, Vol. IX, pp. 58-63.
  • Socio-Economic Structure Jammu Division. A Case Study of Marh Block (J&K). Annals of Rajasthan Geographers. Vol, VI, Dec. 1986, pp. 61-66.
  • Levels of Agricultural development in Chenta Doab pp. 69-75, Nov. 1985. Regional Seminar, on conservations and utilizations of natural resources organized by G.G.M Science College, Jammu.
  • Population Growth rate and its impact on participation growth rate 38-43, Nov. 25th and 26th 1985. Regional Seminar on conservations of Natural Resources, G.G.M. Science College, Jammu.
  • Community Development Programme and Village Akalpura pp. 42-48. Nov. 25th and 26th 1985. Regional Seminar on Conservations and utilizations of Natural Resource Organized G.G.M. Science College, Jammu.
dr anradha sharma associate professor
Dr. Anradha Sharma, Associate Professor

Paper Published

  • ----------------1997 “Biotic Interaction with Forest in Middle Himalayas : A Case Study of Village Sawjian”. The Geographers. Vol: XLIV. No I pp 75-86
  • ----------------1998 “ Biotic Interaction with Forest in the Western Siwaliks : A case Study of Trreru Village, Annals, National Association of Geographer, India Vol XVIII, Dec. pp 121-130
  • ----------------2001 “Forest Biomass with drawl by loping in the western Himalayas in Village Marhi. The Geographers Vl.2, 2001.
  • ----------------2005 “Man Forest Interaction in Middle Himalayas. A Case Study of village Encha .The Forester
  • ----------------2007”A comparative analysis of Biomass withdrawl in the Upper and middle Himalayas of J&K

Paper Presented in Seminars/Conferences

  • 1989 “Spatio- temporal variation in Deodar Extraction in Jammu Region National Seminar organized by Department of Geography GGM Science college, Jammu
  • 1992 “Forest Biomass withdrawal in the lower altitude of Himalayas” Indian National Cartographic Association XIIInternational Conference Held at Jamia Millian Islamia New Delhi, Nov- 4-8
  • 1995 “ Biotic Interaction in Forest in the Western Siwaliks : A Case Study of Treru village “ National Seminar held at Jammu University.
  • 1995 “Forest Biomass withdrawal in high altitude Zone of Himalayas: A Case Study of Marhi, Indian Geography Congress Jammu
  • 2005 “Man Forest Interaction in Middle Himalayas. A Case Study of village Encha J&K Jamia Millia, New Delhi.
  • 2006 “Forest Biomass withdrawal in different Altitudinal zones of J&K Hmalayas ( A comparative analysis), Institute of Indian Geographers, 27th Convention and National Seminar held at University of Jammu
  • 2006 “Withdrawal of Forest Biomass in Temperate and Tropical Regions of Western Himalayas: A Comparative Analysis’, XXVIII Institute of Indian Geographers Conference University of Allahabad.
  • 2007 “ Quantification of Forest Resources withdrawal in Himalayan Region of Jammu ( A case study of Encha village),National Conference on Environment, Development and health, held at Department of Geography, A.M.U. Aligarh from Fen, 24-25 2007.
raina d s sr asstt professor
Raina D.S., Sr. Asstt.Professor



  • (2004) “Continuity and Change among in Jammu Siwaliks: A Case of Village Raika, J&K” in Reddy, PC and Manchi Sarat Babu (eds) Folklore in the New Millennium, Research India Press, New Delhi.
  • (2004) “A Comparative Study of Temporal Winters Fold Housing: Case of Gujjars and Bakerwal in Jammu & Kashmir”. The Geographer Aligarh (in press).
  • (1996) “Human Pressure and Mismanagement of Urban Ecology: A Focus on the Temple City of Jammu”. The University Review, March 1996,Jammu. Pp.
  • __________ (1995) “The Temple City Jammu: A Brief Evolutionary Profile” Mountain Environment and Sustainable Development, Published by Department of Geography, University of Jammu. December 1995. pp 52-55
  • __________ (1995) “Folk House in the Strategic Border Valley: A Case Study of Loran Valley in Poonch District. University Review, University of Jammu. March 1995 pp 1-9.
  • Paper Presented
  • ___________ (2000) “Folk House Types: A Comparative Study of Temporary Winter Dwellings of Gujjars and Bakerwals”. International Conference on Folklore and Cultural Studies in 21st Century, 28-31 January 2000, Punjabi University, Patiala.
  • ___________ (1995) “Influx of Kashmiri Migrants in Jammu City: An Analysis of Existing Socio-spatial patterns”. Indian Geography Congress, 1995, Jammu.
  • ___________ (1995) “Distribution of Civic Amenities Role of Civic Bodies: A Study of Jammu City. National Seminar held at Jammu University, 1995.
asgher m s asstt professor
Asgher.M.S, Asstt. Professor


  • ‘Land Degradation and Environmental Pollution’, 2004, B.R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi
  • ‘Rural Women-Work and Health’, 2005, Women’s Press, B.R. Publishing Corporation, New Delhi.

Research Papers in International Journals

1 (Published)

  • Singh, A.L., Asgher.S., 2005, ‘Impact of Brick Kilns on Landuse/Landcover changes around Aligarh City, India’, Habitat International, Vol.29, Issue-3, Sep. 2005.

Research Papers in National Journals:

9 (Published)

  • ‘Impact of Brick Kilns on the Environment; A case study of Aligarh, The Geographer, Vol.49, No.1, Jan, 2002.
  • ‘Land Degradation through Brick Kilns; A case study of Aligarh , Indian Journal of Regional Science, Kolkata, Vol.XXXV, No.2, 2003.
  • ‘Environmental Impact of Brick Kilns in the Fringe Areas of North Indian Cities; A case study, The Deccan Geographer, Pune, Vol.41, No.1, June-2003.
  • ‘Impact of Brick Quarrying on Soil Fertility and Agricultural Productivity: A case study of Aligarh, Geographical Review of India, Kolkata Vol.66, No-4, 2004.
  • ‘Conditions of the Women Brick Worker’s in the Peri-urban Areas of North Indian cities’, National Geographer, Allahabad Vol. 39 No. 1+2, Jan-June, July-Dec. 2004.
  • ‘Socio-Economic and Health Condition of Child Workers in the Brick kilns’ National Geographical Journal of India, BHU, Varanasi,Vol.52, Pt. 3-4, Sep.-Dec., 2006.
  • ‘Impact of Brick Kilns on the Health of Workers and Villagers; A case study, The Geographical Observer, Vol.35, 2005, Meerut.
  • ‘Rural Women’s Work and Health: A case study’ The Transaction, Pune, Vol.29, No. 1, Winter 2007.
  • ‘Child Labour in Lock Factories of Aligarh City, India’, The Indian Geographical Journal, Madras, Vol.81, No.2, 2006 (Published in July, 2007)
  • In order to achieve the academic excellence the department, in addition to the existing thrust areas namely Glaciology, Forest Ecology, Geo-ecology and Regional Development visualizes to achieve the following long and short time objectives.

Long Time Objectives

1. State of Jammu & Kashmir is no less beautiful in its natural grandeur than even Switzerland and is considered to be a heaven on earth. Studies in the Geography of Tourism in such a state cannot be ignored. As such department wants to develop this subject to enlarge the scope of its students for jobs in tourist industry of not only J&K State and the entire Himalayan Region but in the country as a whole.

2. The department in collaboration with Government of Jammu & Kashmir in general and the Town and Planning department in particular plans to establish a sister department of Town and Country Planning. After obtaining the PG Degree in Geography (Economics, Sociology and Engineering) limited number of students (on merit) would be admitted for a job-oriented course in Town and Country Planning as well as in (b) Rural/Regional Planning and Development.

3. Research work and research publication is an integral part of the academic excellence. As such department now feels that it is mature enough to launch a research journal of national and international standard to widen to research in the department. However, it may take some more time to achieve this objective yet it will remain a major objective to be achieved in the next five years.

4. Department wants to develop Forest Ecology, Glaciology, Water, Environmental and other resource management specializations as these resources are basic to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Short Time Objectives

1. Efforts to extent the accommodation of the department.

2. Enrichment of Library with relevant books and journals.

3. Starting M.Phil Courses.

4. Inducting a Course in GIS (subject to a addition in the faculty of the