The Geology department had an academically-pleasant stint in 2017-18 due to the efforts of our staff and students.

Ms. Farjana Birajdar successfully defended her doctoral thesis titled Temporal and Spatial Variability of Himalayan Glaciers in Chandra-Bhaga Basin, Himachal Pradesh, India’ , under the guidance of Dr. Hrishikesh Samant, and has been awarded  Ph.D degree by the University of Mumbai in July 2017. 

Renzo Dsouza an M.Sc student qualified the  CSIR-UGC JRF/ Lectureship examination in December 2017

Nishant Singh Chouhan and Lynette Dias - Two of our graduating students secured ranks in the Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) an exam for admission to IIT  in MSc.

Our under-graduate and post-graduate students successfully completed internships.

  1. Riya Bidye- Department of Geology, Delhi University

  2. Lynette Dias- National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa

  3. Arnav Samant- Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Mumbai.

  4. Shiba Nikalje- Narmada Bachao Movement


Faculty activities:

Dr. Ashwin Pundalik attended the 34th Convention of Indian Association of Sedimentologists, in Amravati, 19 -21st November 2017.

Dr. Ashwin Pundalik acted as a resource person in Research division of Dhruti Vaidya Design Studio, Mumbai, on a research project on Mahabaleshwar area in May 2018. 

Dr. Bobby Mathew Participated in Dr. G. D. Bendale Memorial National Conference on Groundwater: status, challenges and mitigation, 4th and 5th February 2018, Moolji Jaitha College, Jalgaon.

Dr. Hrishikesh Samant participated in the ‘National Workshop on engaging with public universities in India: Autonomy as an idea and its practice’ organized by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), 8th and 9th March, 2018. 

He was invited to deliver a lecture entitled Selection of Mineral Material for Rasashastra and Hand Identification of Certain Minerals on 18t centuat the Teacher's Re-orientation Training Program, sponsored by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi and  organised by Department of Rasashastra, G.D.Pol Medical College, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai on 18th January 2018. He also delivered lectures entitled Mapping of Vegetation Using Remote Sensing. And a Lecture titled: Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and its Monitoring at the RUSA- University of Mumbai – UGC HRDC Refresher Course – Advances in Biosciences, Birla College, Kalyan  on 5th January 2017.


Lecture Series:

Geology Department in collaboration with Gemological Institute of India and the Forum of Indian Geomologists organized Terra lecture by Dr. Datta Mainkar on Diamond deposits of India on 25th November 2017.


Special Visit:

H.E.Brian McElduff, the Irish ambassador to India, visited the Department of Geology on 25th April 2018. He visited the department collection of rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones and appreciated the work of the department. 


Field work:

Field work is an integral part of our subject and this year too our students were trained by our faculty in various aspects of field geology and geological mapping. Short duration field visits were organised to places around Mumbai city. The first-year students visited the Utan-Dongri -Gorai area, Elephanta Island and Tungareshwar Hills to understand local geology. The second-year students visited Udaipur and Zawar areas, Rajasthan for understanding the nuances of Precambrian Geology and Economic mineral deposits hosted by the Precambrian rocks. The annual geological field mapping camp was held Malvan, District Sindhudurg, Maharashtra where our third-year students were rigorously trained for a period of ten days in techniques of geological mapping. 


Our post graduate students carried out fieldwork in the sedimentary terrain around Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh under the guidance of Dr. Ashwin Pundalik and Dr. Hrishikesh Samant.


List of Publications and Conference presentations :

  1. Hrishikesh Samant, Ashwin Pundalik, Joseph D’souza, Hetu Sheth, Keegan Carmo Lobo, Kyle D’souza, and Vanit Patel. "Geology of the Elephanta Island fault zone, western Indian rifted margin, and its significance for understanding the Panvel flexure." Journal of Earth System Science 126, no. 1 (2017): 9.

  2. Sheth, Hetu, Ishita Pal, Vanit Patel, Hrishikesh Samant, and Joseph D'Souza. "Breccia-cored columnar rosettes in a rubbly pahoehoe lava flow, Elephanta Island, Deccan Traps, and a model for their origin." Geoscience Frontiers 8, no. 6 (2017): 1299-1309.

  3. Sheth, Hetu, Hrishikesh Samant, Vanit Patel, and Joseph D’Souza. "The volcanic geoheritage of the Elephanta caves, Deccan traps, western India." Geoheritage 9, no. 3 (2017): 359-372.

  4. Sheth, Hetu, Vanit Patel, and Hrishikesh Samant. "Control of early-formed vesicle cylinders on upper crustal prismatic jointing in compound pāhoehoe lavas of Elephanta Island, western Deccan Traps, India." Bulletin of Volcanology 79, no. 8 (2017): 63.

  5. Kale M.G and Ashwin Pundalik. Petrography of Baneta sediments, Central Narmada Basin, Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh. Published Abstract. November 2017. National Conference and 34th convention of the Indian Association of Sedimentalogists (2017).


Projects awarded:

  1. Mr. John Dsouza

“Petrography and Geochemistry of Precambrian rocks from Mangaon Pluton, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra” (Rs. 70,000/-)


Dr. Pravin Henriques

Head, Department of Geology

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