Department Report 2012-2013

The department of Geology, among the oldest departments in the College and one of the oldest Geology Departments in the country, aims to provide a strong foundation in the Earth Sciences, for our undergraduate and post- graduate students, so as to enable them to be industry-ready. The graduating batch did us proud again this year, with a 100% success rate at the University examinations andMs. Cecelia D'Mello the topper did us proud. Two of our graduating students qualified through the IIT JAM examination and have joined IIT Bombay and one qualified to join the prestigious Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. To continue this winning streak, three of our post-graduate students - Ms. JesmyD'cruz, Mr. Christer Pereira and Mr. John D'Souza qualified the CSIR- UGC JRF/NET examination. Two of our undergraduate students - Mr. Abaan Ahmed and Ms. AurpitaSaha were awarded the INSPIRE scholarship by DST, Govt. of India.

The first batch ofM.ScGeology (Autonomus) proved their mettle by winning the Overall 1st Trophy at NEBULA 2013 - Intercollegiate festival of Geology, held at  Chougule College, GOA. Two of our post graduate students - Mr. PrathmeshSamant and Mr. John D'Souza were sponsored by the Indian Geophysical Union to participate in a two day workshop titled "Current Status and Future Directions in Marine Geosciences" at NIO - Goa from the 21st to 22nd February. They were also invited as field tutors by the Association of Petroleum Geologists to guide their field work on coastal landforms between 22nd and 24th February. A large number of our under graduate and post graduate students attended a lecture under the auspices of Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG) on  “Techniques of Hydrocarbon Exploration in Basement With  Special Emphasis on Log Analysis” by ArnabGhosh, Senior Petrophysicist, Schlumberger on   21st December, 2012.

The department facilitates hand-on- learning experiences, and almost all our post graduate students have interned at various multi-national oil exploration companies, construction companies and ONGC. , All the students of the Department underwent field training for varying number of days. The third- year students participated in an exhaustive geological mapping exercise for a period of 12 days and for the first time utilized digital imagery and  GPS devices for their work. Modern land survey equipment was  generously donated to the Department this year, by Ms. Andurlekar and Sons, and Mr. Rajan Hate, was utilized to upgrade the field mapping exercises undertaken during  field work. The second-year students were trained for a period of three days in Flood Basalt Stratigraphy near Pune, and the  first-year students were initiated into the subject  via a couple of  field-visits to areas, in and around the city.

The department was gifted a Geiger-Muller counter by an alumnus-Prof. AdilWadia of  the University of Akron, Wayne College, Illinois, USA. This portable radiation meter will add to the field survey instruments that the Department uses to train its students . A rare meteorite (chondrite) sample from Sahara Desert, was presented to the Department by Mr. Zareer Contractor, also an alumnus of the department.

Apart from undergraduate and post graduate  levelteaching, faculty members of the Department have continued their participation in research and consultancy activities. Dr. GoutamBandyopadhyay offered his expertise as a consultant petrographist to a number of construction companies. Mr. Bobby Mathew was offered the UGC - FIP scheme and is presently completing his doctoral research on dykes and related hydrogeological problems. Dr. PravinHenriques continues to coordinate the self -financing diploma in Gemmology and offers gem and jewellery identification and evaluation serices.. Dr. HrishikeshSamant was invited to be the Coordinating Judge for the Geospatial World Awards during the Geospatial World Forum 2013 - in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, held from the 13th to 16th May, 2013. Three new faculty members - Mr. VikramPratap Singh, Mr. AshwinPundalik and Ms. SadafWanijoined  us in the new academic year. They have added to the professional expertise  available in the department, due to their prior association with professional organisations viz. Reliance Industries and Geological Survey of India.

The department published the first issue of an exclusive magazine designed and worked on  by the students and staff  of the Deapartment-'TERRA', which was released on the 12th of December, 2012  by Dr. Sam Sethna, former Head of  theDepartment, and Ms. BarnaliBarua, DGM-Exploration, Reliance Ind. Ltd, and also an alumna of our department. Ms. Barnali also delivered a lecture on 'PetroleumExploration-Extraction Cycle. A oneday workshop on Remote Sensing Through Topographical Maps, conducted by Prof. V. Subramanyan (retd. Professor of Geomorphology, IIT Bombay) was arranged under the auspices of TERRA, the Department Association, on 23rd February,2013, in whichforty students and four teachers participated. A Special Lecture on- Environment and You- Conservation Practices was delivered byDr. ManeckChichgar from State of California, Environment Protection Agency, USA and an alumnus of the Department on the 12th of September, 2012. Dr. Samant from the department was invited by the Guru Nanak Khalsa College to deliver a Guest lecture on 'Aerial and Space-borne Sensors - Surveillance Tools in War and Peace' on 6th October 2012.

At the end of the academic year, the department bid adieu to Ms. SadafWani, who has moved on to pursue a  professional career at ONGC.

Dr.Hrishikesh Samant

Head, Department of Geology.