MSc. in Geology

The Selection Process

The M.Sc Geology (Autonomous) program has an intake capacity of 20. Applications in the format as prescribed by the college will be available for download at the www.xaviers.edu and also at the college office, after the 9th of June 2013.

St. Xavier's College being a minority institution, 10 seats on merit are reserved for the Christian community. The remaining 10 seats are open for admission based on merit. Government of Maharashtra rules with regards to reservation apply. For the academic year 2013-14 admissions to the MSc - Geology program will be based on merit of cumulative 5th and 6th semester Geology marks/GPA.

Eligibility:

Graduates with a degree from a UGC recognised University/College with major subject as Geology         (6 units in geology at the T.Y. B.Sc) can apply. Graduates from colleges affiliated to other Universities (other than Mumbai) will need the eligibility certificate from the University of Mumbai.

List of Courses:

The courses offered at the post graduate program (four semesters) in Geology have been designed by keeping the present day industry requirements in mind. A dissertation in the final semester is aimed at exposing the learner to present day trends of research in the subject.

  • Stratigraphy and Geology of India
  • Geochemistry
  • Structural Geology
  • Mineralogy : Descriptive and Optical
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Metamorphic Petrology
  • Sedimentary Petrology
  • General and Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geophysics
  • Coal and Petroleum Geology
  • Micropaleontology and Oceanography
  • Environmental and Engineering Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Practical Course:  Pertinent to the above mentioned theory courses
  •  Dissertation

Scheme of Evaluation:

The post graduate program in geology will carry a weightage of 96 credits

M. Sc I, II and III Semester Credit distribution

Subject

Subject Course 1,2,3 and 4 theory

Subject Course 1,2,3 and 4 Practical

Total

Lecture per week

16

16

32

Credits

16

08

24

 

M. Sc IV Semester Credit distribution

Subject

Subject Course 1,2 and 3 theory

Subject Course 1,2 and 3 Practical

Dissertation*

 

Total

Lecture per week

12

12

08

32

Credits

12

06

06

24

 

Every theory course is 4 credits and practical of 2 credits each.

*The Dissertation comprises of 6 credits. The Dissertation entails field work, lab work, report, presentation and viva.

 

                Evaluation

                Theory and Practical Courses:    

                                                Continuous Internal Assessment - 40 %

                                                End Semester Examination – 60 %

 

Fees for the Course per year:

M.Sc. Part I

Rs. 14,280

M.Sc. Part II

Rs. 12,805

 

Facilities in the Department:

Apart from the standard laboratory equipment required for experiments and investigations in Earth Sciences, the Department has research grade petrological microscopes and recently procured new student petrological microscopes. The rock and mineral section cutting unit is well equipped with machines and trained manpower for preparing rock and mineral thin sections. Five microscopes have been exclusively procured for ore-microscopy studies. For sedimentalogy work, a sieve shaker with standard set of sieves and good binocular zoom microscopes are available. Ground water exploration work is done using the Electrical Resistivity and Sounding system. The department has licensed software for the GIS and Remote Sensing work. Modern surveying equipment such as GPS, Theodolite, Auto Level along with all accessories is available for detailed field mapping. The Department was recently gifted a portable Radiation counter (Geiger Muller Counter) and a portable short wave UV lamp for mineral exploration. Facilities for wet and dry chemical analysis of rocks and standard equipment for measuring  load bearing capacity of rocks (unconfined compressive strength) is available. Over the span of more than 90 years, the Department has established a formidable collection of rocks and mineral specimens from around the world. A well-stocked rock thin section library is also present. Topographical maps covering almost the entire country are available in digital form and also in print along with digital satellite imageries of large parts of the country.

 

The centralised library facility has been upgraded with some of the latest publications in Earth Sciences and allied fields and is also supported by the online N-List (INFLIBNET) and a  considerable collection of reference books in the departmental and faculty library .

 

Other Activities for this course:

Field work is a mandatory component of the program and is an integral part of the credits. Learners are also encouraged to participate in summer and winter internships, for which, help is provided by the Department.

 

Faculty Members and their specialisation:

Hrishikesh Samant (hrishikesh.samant@xaviers.edu)

M.Sc. (App. Geology), M.Tech (Geoexploration), Ph.D (Earth Sciences), IIT Bombay.

Associate Professor & Head. Recognised post graduate teacher in Geology and Environmental Science, & research guide, by the University of Mumbai.

Specialisation: Geomorphology, Terrain Analysis, Application of remote sensing to earth sciences.

 

Pravin Henriques (pravin.henriques@xaviers.edu)

M.Sc. (Geology), Ph.D (Geological Oceanography) N.I.O .Goa.

Assistant Professor. Recognised post graduate teacher in Geology & research guide by the University of Mumbai.

Specialisation: Micropalaeontology, Gemmology.

 

Goutam Bandyopadhyay (goutam.bandyopadhyay@xaviers.edu)

M.Sc. (Applied Geology), Ph.D (Economic Geology) University of Jadavpur.

Assistant Professor. Recognised post graduate teacher in Geology & research guide by the University of Mumbai.

Specialisation: Economic geology, Mineral Exploration.

 

Bobby Mathew (on leave) (bobby.mathew@xaviers.edu)

M.Sc. (Geology) M.G. University, Kerala.

Assistant Professor. Recognised post graduate teacher in Geology by the University of Mumbai.

Specialisation: Ground water hydrology and Petrology.

 

Vikram Pratap Singh (vikram.singh@xaviers.edu)

M.Sc. (Geology) Banaras Hindu University.

Assistant Professor.

Spcialisation: Micropalaeontology,  Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.

 

Ashwin Pundalik (ashwin.pundalik@xaviers.edu)

M.Sc. (Geology) University of Pune.

Assistant Professor.

Specialisation: Field Geology, Sedimentology.