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Department of Geography (DGEO)

The Department of Geography is a constituent part of the School of Natural Resources Management, Central University of Jharkhand. This department was established on 20th January 2020 with opening the two year M.A./MSc. Programme with the intake capacity of 31 students.  . Later on department started Integrated B.Sc. & M.Sc. (5 Years) Programme in Geography based on NEP with the intake capacity of 31 students.
The thrust areas of the department are on advance and applied  geomorphology, climatology, oceanography, coastal zone management, disaster management, landslide studies, statistical analysis, Himalayan cryosphere and urban studies along with photogrammetry, remote sensing and application of geographic information system (GIS).
The department is equipped with Remote Sensing & GIS Lab, Water Resource Lab and Cartography & Surveying Lab. Aim of the department is to promote a balanced sense of theoretical and fundamental geography and its application in various fields.


The department of Geography aims at quality teaching and research. The faculty members and the students are committed to realizing the objectives and mission of the University through its various academic and extension activities. The objectives of the department may be delineated as:

  1. To provide quality teaching of geographical knowledge adopting latest teaching methods, strategies and techniques.
  2. To promote geography education to sensitize and aware students the needs, problems, issues, challenges, and prospects arising out of complex interplay between Man, Nature, and Technology.
  3. To take up quality research taking theoretical and empirical aspects into consideration to provide solutions of human problems, issues, challenges related with time, space, physical objects, identities and differences, development, nature and man, etc. at global, regional and local levels.
  4. To enhance sharing and dissemination of geographical knowledge and experiences through organising and promoting active participation in conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops etc. and through publishing research work at national and international levels in appropriate forms.


Department of Geography envisions to be a global destination for practising Geography. Working in collaboration with government, industry and non-governmental developmental organization, the department upholds a vision to apply the knowledge of Geography and technology of Geo-informatics in reducing spatial disparity, promoting equality and social justice.

  1. We aim to provide our students with excellent teaching, research and training facilities in the field of geography that promotes and challenges individual growth among students.
  2. The department emphasises on the creation of new knowledge and innovative educational approaches that enhance the way of thinking, understanding, skills and experiences of the students to become better informed and responsible citizens. In that regard, the department organises various community outreach programmes which involve leading awareness campaigns related to environmental issues.
  3. The department focuses on latest technological advancements in areas of geography like Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing.
  4. Thus, using a mix of traditional concepts and cutting-edge new technologies, the Department aims to impart a holistic understanding geographical knowledge to our students. And Promoting an idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ among students.


Geography can be a great choice for the study:
  1. Geography is a multidisciplinary field : Geography is a broad and flexible field of study, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests and goals in an interdisciplinary field.
  2. Geography is relevant to today's world: Geography is all around us, and the challenges we face as a society today are often geographic in nature. From climate change and natural disasters to urbanization and globalization, geography provides the tools to understand these challenges and develop effective solutions.
  3. Geography provides valuable skills: The skills you learn through studying geography are transferable and in demand in a range of industries. These skills include data analysis, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving, all of which are highly valued in the job market.
  4. Geography is a fun and engaging field : Geography is a fascinating subject that allows you to explore the world around you in new and interesting ways. Whether you're studying the physical processes that shape the earth, the cultures and societies that inhabit it, or the complex interactions between the two.
  5. Geography offers a range of career opportunities: Geography graduates are in high demand in a range of fields, including surveying, cartographer, urban planning, resource management, international development, and more. The broad and flexible nature of geography means that there are a wide range of potential career paths available to graduates.
Learning and Teaching Methods
  1. Class Lectures
  2. Geospatial Practical
  3. Field based Practical
  4. General Seminar
  5. Group Discussion
  6. Field Tour
  7. Dissertation
Facility Available:
  1. Technology equipped Class room
  2. Remote Sensing & GIS LAB
  3. Water Resource Management Lab
  4. Cartography & Surveying Lab
Programme outcomes (Pos)

The specific program outcomes of a Geography degree can vary depending on the institution and the program's focus, the outcomes that students can expect to achieve:

  1. Understanding of Geographic Concepts: Geography programs aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of geographic concepts, such as spatial relationships, place, environment, and human-environment interactions.
  2. Knowledge of Physical and Human Geography: Students will gain a deep understanding of both physical and human geography, including topics such as climate, landforms, biogeography, urban geography, cultural geography, and geopolitics.
  3. Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills: Geography programs aim to develop students' analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret geographic data, and to evaluate the implications of geographic information for different contexts.
  4. Proficiency in Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Many geography programs require students to develop proficiency in GIS software, which is used to visualize, analyze, and manage spatial data.
  5. Effective Skills enhancement activities: Geography programs often require students to develop strong communication skills, including the ability to write and present effectively, and to work collaboratively with others.
  6. Ethical and Professional Conduct: Geography programs aim to develop students' awareness of ethical and professional issues in the discipline, including issues related to data privacy, cultural sensitivity, and environmental sustainability.

Course Outcomes (COs) of the Programmes offered by the University:

Available in the detailed course structure & syllabus

Head/Coordinator of the Department


Dr. Chandra Shekhar Dwivedi

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Assistant Professor(M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. in Geography, PGD RS & GIS (IIRS-ISRO))

Office Address

Department of Geography
The Central University of Jharkhand
Ranchi, Jharkhand
Departmental Expert Committee ( Ref. No. CUJ/DoG/M.A.,M.Sc/2021/Expert Comm/00/88 Dated 26th November 2021)
External Members

Sl. No.

Name of the Member



Prof. H.N. Mishra

Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography, University of Allahabad


Prof. S.N. Tripathy

Retired Professor, Department of Geography, Utkal University


Prof. S.K. Sharma

Former Head of the Department of Geography & Director, Population Research Centre, Dr. H.S. Gaur University, Sagar (M.P)


Prof. Amit Dhorde

Professor, Department of Geography, Pune University, Pune (Maharashtra)


Prof. Ranjana Bajpai

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Geography, Revenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa.

Internal Members

SI. No.




Prof. R. K Dey

Director, IQAC, CUJ


Prof Manoj Kumar

Dean Academic Affairs, CUJ


Prof A.C. Pandey

Dean, SNRM, CUJ, Convenor


Dr. C. S. Dwivedi

Coordinator, Dept. of Geography, CUJ




  1. M.A./M.Sc. in Geography (From 2020)
  2. Integrated B.Sc. & M.Sc in Geography (From 2022)
Programme Name, Intake and Eligibility Criteria

SI. No.



Eligibility  Criteria



Integrated B.Sc. & M.Sc.

Integrated B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Geography (From 2022)

Passed 10+ 2 or equivalent examination with at least two of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geography, Computer Science, Environmental Science and Mathematics with aggregate minimum 55% marks or equivalent grade for General Category and 50% for SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)/PWD.




M.A./M.Sc. in Geography (From 2020)

B.A/ B.Sc. Degree in Geography or B.Sc in Geology/Earth Science/ Environmental Science/ Climatology/ Oceanography/ Geoinformatics/ Statistics/ Economics/Population/ Agriculture with a minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate for General Category and 45% or equivalent grade in aggregate or SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/ PWD.


Students Research Activity: Dissertation completed by First batch –(2020-2022 ) students


SI. No.

Candidate Name

Supervisor Co-Supervisor



Anurag Nayak (120340401002 )

Prof. AC. Pandey

Landslides And Flash Flood Vulnerability Analysis in Kinnaur Region, Satluj Valley. Himachal Pradesh. India


Prince Kumar (120340401008 )

Dr Amit Kumar

Quality Of Life In 53 million Cities in India


Shreya Mishra (120340401014 )

Dr Kanhaiya Lal

Malnutrition And Anemia Among     Women in Reproductive Age Group in India


Gayatri Priyadarshini (120340401004 )

Dr. B. R. Parida

Medical Tourism in India: Problem and Prospect


Sagar Upadhaya (120340401017)

Dr. C.S. Dwivedi

Avalanche Susceptibility Zone Mapping in Part of Nubra Valley in Siachen Glacier Region, Ladakh, India


Sawoni Panja (120340401009 )

Prof. A.C. Pandey

Landslide Hazard Zonation in Joshi Math-Badrinath Region (Alaknanda Valley), Uttaranchal, India


Swati Kumari (120340401015 )

Dr. Amit Kumar

An Appraisal of Urban Ecology in Ranchi Metropolitan Area


Shubhra Pathak (120340401011 )

Dr. Kanhaiya Lal/Mr. Suraj Prasad

Multifaceted Impacts of Land Use- Land Cover Dynamics: A Case Study Of Ramgarh District,  Jharkhand


Pankaj Kumar Yadav (120340401006 ) Dr. B. R. Parida/Mr. Suraj Prasad

Analysis Of Self-Help Groups (SHGs)Towards Rural Development: A Case Study Of Churchu Block (Hazaribagh District), Jharkhand


Suryaprava Das (120340401010 ) Dr C.S. Dwivedi/ Mr . Suraj Prasad

Geomorphological Control of Land Sliding In Uttarkashi Gangotri Road Section (Bhagirathi Valley, Uttarakhand, India)


Subratha Show (120340401012 )

Prof. AC. Pandey

Geo-Environmental And Socioeconomic Impact On Bauxite Mining Of Gumla Naterhat Region, Jharkhand


Dhruv Narayan (120340401003 ) Dr. Kanhaiya Lal

Urban Sprawl and Its Impact on The Environment in Ranchi City


Roshan Kumar Mishra (120340401018 )

Dr.  B. R. Parida

Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Demographic Characteristics in Bihar State: A Comparative Analysis From 1991 To 2011

14 Alok Kumar (120340401016 )

Dr. C.S. Dwivedi

Snow And Rock Avalanche Susceptibility Analysis Using Geoinformatics in Rishi Ganga Catchment (Alankanda Valley), Uttaranchal, India

15 Swadesh Dolai (120340401019 ) Prof. AC. Pandey/Mr.  Suraj Prasad

Multifaceted Impacts of Land Use- Land Cover Dynamics: A Case Study Of Ramgarh District,  Jharkhand


Abinash Kumar (120340401001 ) Dr Amit Kumar/Mr. Suraj Prasad  

Analysis Of Regional Disparity Of Education And Health Infrastructure In Bihar


Pradumna Pandey (120340401007 ) Dr. Kanhaiya Lal

An Appraisal of The Semi-Urban Area in The Ranchi District


Suhail k (120340401013 )

Dr. B. R. Parida

Deforestation In Assam and Its Impact on The Ecosystem and Human Life

Students Research Activity: Dissertation completed by First batch –(2020-2022 ) students

Candidate Name




Ananya Mallick (21340401001)

Dr. B R Parida

Dr. Arpita Panda

Assessment of Soil Quality change using satellite and ancillary data set in Mahanadi river basin

Devbart Kumar (21340401002)


Dr. C S Dwivedi

Dr. Basheer K K

Impact Analysis of sea level rise on selected coastal cities along the East Coast of India

Gargi Sildas (21340401003)


Dr. C S Dwivedi

Dr. Basheer K K

Malnutrition And Anemia Among     Women in Reproductive Age Group in India

Joydeb Mahato (21340401004)


Prof. A C Pandey

Dr. Sandipta Das

Assessment of Urban sprawl through geospatial techniques of Jaipur city, Rajasthan

Kasturi  Mazumdar (21340401005)


Dr. C S Dwivedi

Dr. Basheer K K

Landslides Hazard Zonation and Susceptibility mapping in Arunachal Pradesh Region using Geo-spatial models

Manish Kumar (21340401006)


Dr. B R Parida

Dr. Arpita Panda

Spatio-temporal mapping of Coal mining in Barkagaon of Hazaribagh district and its impact on environment and socio-economic condition

Mohmmad Mubashshir (21340401007)

Dr. C S Dwivedi

Dr. Arpita Panda

Assessment of Potential Land Degradation in Mahanadi River Basin using Fuzzy AHP Techniques

Puspika Das (21340401008)

Prof. A C Pandey

Dr. Sandipta Das

Urban Development vis a vis Hazard Process: A comparative Study of Mcleodganj, Joshimath and Gangtok Township, Himalayan Region

Ranjay Raj (21340401009)

Dr. C S Dwivedi Mr. Suraj Prasad

Land Use Land Cover Mapping and Population Dynamics: A comparative analysis of Patna and Gaya city

Ishita Gangopadhyay (21340401011)

Dr. C.S. Dwivedi Mr. Suraj Prasad

Spatio-temporal mapping of mangrove forests in Andaman and Nicobar islands using remote sensing techniques

Dipika Majhi (21340401013)

Dr. C.S. Dwivedi

Mr. Suraj Prasad

Mapping of Ground water potential zone using Geospatial techniques along the Upper Cauvery river basin, Karnataka

Md. MahboobAlam

Prof. A C Pandey Dr. Sandipta Das

Mapping of Historical settlement in the Saraswati River System using Geospatial topics

Lab Facilities

Remote Sensing & GIS LAB :

A GIS lab, short for Geographic Information System lab, is a dedicated workspace equipped with the necessary tools and technologies for working with spatial data and conducting GIS analyses. It serves as a hub for geospatial research, data management, analysis, and mapping tasks. GIS labs are commonly found in academic institutions, research organizations, government agencies, and private companies. GIS labs are equipped with various GIS software , such as  QGIS, or GRASS GIS, Google Earth Engine and GPS etc.

Water Resource Management Lab :

A Water Resource Management Lab is a specialized facility dedicated to studying and managing water resources. It focuses on collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to water availability, quality, and usage. The lab integrates various technologies, tools, and expertise to address challenges in water resource management. Here are some key aspects and activities typically associated with a Water Resource Management Lab. We have Electrical Resistivity  Instrument for Ground water measurement.

Cartography & Surveying Lab :

A Surveying Lab is a dedicated facility that provides the necessary tools, equipment, and resources for conducting land surveying activities. It serves as a practical learning space for surveying students, as well as a research and development center for surveying techniques and technologies. We have Theodolite, and Total stations for ground survey and practices. 

Events Organized By the Department :

  1. Organized Two Day program ( Special Lecture, Quiz, debate and painting competition) on National Technology Day on May 11 and 12, 2023, in collaboration with ISG Ranchi-Chapter and Vigyan Bharti Jharkhand .
  2. Organized Three Days short term training programme (STTP) on “Application of Geoinformatics and Electrical Resistivity Techniques in Groundwater Investigations” in collaboration with Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) Ranchi Chapter from 12 April to 14 April 2023.
  3. Organized One Day special lecture on “Applications of Geoinformatics and Emerging Technologies in Disaster Warning, Mitigation, and Adaptation” in honour of World Forestry Day- 21th March 2023.
  4. Organized One Day programme (Painting and Poster Making competition and Open Quiz Competition) on 21st of September, 2022 to illuminate and reveal more of the book "Modi@20 Dreams Meet Delivery”.
  5. Organized a One-Day International webinar on the topic “Higher Education opportunities in Geospatial Sciences: Trends and future perspective” on 18 August 2022 in association with Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG), Ranchi Chapter.

Career opening after completion of the Programme

Completing a degree in geography can lead to a variety of career options.

  1. Cartographer and Surveyor: Cartographers create maps using various techniques, including satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and ground surveys.
  2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst: GIS analysts use specialized software to create maps and analyze geographic data. Students can get the career in different public and private organizations as GIS analyst.
  3. Urban and Regional Planner: Urban and regional planners use their knowledge of geography and demographics to design and develop land use plans and make recommendations for community development.
  4. Geographer: Geographers study the physical and cultural features of the earth, including the distribution of natural resources, climate patterns, and cultural diversity.
  5. Travel and Tourism Industry: Geography graduates can also find career opportunities in the travel and tourism industry, such as tour guide or travel agent.
  6. Researcher: Geography graduates can also pursue research positions (Ph.D)in various fields, including environmental science, urban planning, and international development.
  7. Environmental Consultant: Environmental consultants work with businesses, governments, and individuals to help them understand and comply with environmental regulations.


Strength of the Department

 Weakness of the Department

The department of geography has four well qualified and dedicated faculties. More effort is needed to increase the number of central government/international funded projects to strengthen the department.


Faculties are directly interacting with students and helping to enhance their skills.

Departmental library and some important software for the analysis of data is required

The department has  a computer based lab and latest instruments of surveying like electronic- Theodolite, Total Station and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).



Future Prospect of the Department

  1. Department will engage the Academic and Research activities with collaborating of National eminent research and academic organizations such as ISRO, MoES, IITs, NITs, Universities, and DST etc.
  2. Will introduce smart class and lecture halls.
  3. Promote and expand research activities of faculty and students in higher impact factor of International Journals such as web of science, Scopus index journals and UGC-CARE list.
  4. Encourage interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research activities.
  5. Encourage dissemination of research activity through publication and attendance of professional meetings, Seminars and Conferences.
  6. The department is also planning to host the International and National Conferences, workshops, training programs to develop a knowledge oriented vibrance in the University.
  7. Down the line, the department is also looking for to start the Ph.D. program as well