Department Report 2013-2014

The academic year 2013-14 for the geology department was, as in the past very eventful and with many success stories. On the student front, we had the first batch of M.Sc under autonomy, graduating. This batch brought laurels for the department through their academic as well as extra- curricular activities.

The following M.Sc students qualified the

CSIR-UGC JRF/ Lecturership examination -

December 2013

1. Prathamesh Samant

2. Christer Pereira

3. John D'souza

4. Bijal Chudasama

5. Arnold

June 2013

1. Angana Chaudhuri

2. Tanzil Deshmukh


1. Gyzel Rodrigues

Four of our third year students secured ranks in the first 20 in the all India - Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) bagging the 1st, 2nd 7th and 15th ranks. Nine students from this batch have bagged seats in the IITs and ISM for their post graduate studies.

BSc Students:

JAM EXAM for admission to IIT in MSc

1. Rashesh Saraiya (AIR 1)

2. Surya Subryamanyam (AIR 2)

3. Abaan Ahmed Momin (AIR 7)

4. Denzil (AIR 14)

5. Siddharth Kshatriya (AIR 23)

6. Tahani Aziz (AIR 58)

7. Vandit Vyas (AIR 88)

8. Lian Yang (AIR 90)

9. Reuben Fernandes (AIR 91)

10. Aurpita Saha (AIR 108)

Admitted to the Indian School of Mines University

1. Vandit Vyas

2. Reuben Fernandes

Our post-graduate students successfully completed internships at ONGC, Tata-Petrodyne and ICS.

The department also bagged the 'Nebula' Intercollegiate Geology Festival Trophy 2013 held in Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science, Gogol-Margao, Goa.

The first TERRA Festival: Our own Intercollegiate Geology Festival - TERRA was held between the 12th and 13 of December and seven institutions from across the country participated. The overall best trophy was bagged by: Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science, Gogol-Margao, Goa

On the ocassion of TERRA lectures were delivered by : Dr. M.D. Sastry, Head, Research and Development at Gemmological Institute of India on 'Diamonds - Origin and evaluation' and by Mr. Sudipta Basu, Reliance Petroleum on "Petroleum Systems Analysis - A Key Hydrocarbon Exploration Tool”,

The departmental magazine TERRA - was also released on this occasion. The Magazine is now registered under ISSN and the TERRA is a registered trademark.

Faculty Member achievements:

The department faculty members along with their regular teaching have been active in the field of research and consultancy.

Mr. Ashwin Pundalik participated in the 30th Convention of Indian Association of Sedimentologists" 28-30 November, 2013 at Department of Geology, Manipur University, Imphal and presented a paper - ‘Quaternary Sedimentation History from Bharkacch-Bari-Bareli-Sohagpur area of Central Narmada Basin, Hoshangabad and Raisen Districts, M.P’ .

Mr. Vikram Pratap Singh participated in the 24th Indian Colloquium on Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy held at  Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, 18-20 November and made an oral presentation – ‘Late Quaternary Oceanographic Changes in Sulu Sea: Planktic Foraminiferal Evidences. 24th Indian Colloquium on Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy. He has also contributed a chapter in a book : Holocene: definition and current status in the Geological Time Scale; Holocene: Perspectives, Environmental Dynamics and Impact Events, (Ed.) B.S. Kotlia, ISBN 978-1-62257-722-4; Nova Science Publishers USA. Published: 2013.’

Mr. Bobby Mathew, presently working towards the completion of his doctoral thesis through the UGC - FIP, presented a paper in: International Conference On “Water, Wastewater & Isotope Hydrology” Ic-Wwish-2013,   25- 27th  July 2013, Bangalore.

Mr. Prathmesh Samant qualified the CSIR/UGC NET, State Eligibility Test (SET) - 1st Rank, Ph.D Entrance Test (PET- Mumbai University), GATE 2014, setting an example for students as well as faculty members.

Dr. Goutam  Bandyopadhyay and Dr. Pravin Henriques were invited to present their research work at the Fifth National Seminar on “Gemmology” organized by the Dept. of Geology, Govt. Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalaya, Bhopal (M.P) under the aegis of: Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology, Bhopal (M.P), South Asian Association Of Economic Geologist (SAAEG) and Indian Science Congress Association Bhopal Chapter and Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Bhopal Chapter. The following were the contributions :

Goutam Bandyopadhyay 2014:Gold Occurrences in Sudan' (Abstract)

Dr.Henriques P.J: Basic gem identification techniques versus modern day high tech instrumentation methods. (Abstract) and Ultraviolet light: its application and use in gem identification. (Abstract)

Dr. Henriques P.J presented his research work ‘Back to the basics: Reviving the art of preliminary gem identification’ at the National Symposium on “Challenges of Mineral Development in Central India, Problems and Prospects” organized by South Asian Association Of Economic Geologist (SAAEG) Jabalpur Chapter and Mahakousal Institute of Gem Testing & Research Centre. Jabalpur. Madhya Pradesh. (Abstract).

Sayandeep Banerjee published an article. The details are as follows: Biswas .A; Majumdar. D D and  Banerjee .S (2014) Morphometry governs the dynamics of a drainage basin: analysis & its implications., Geography Journal; Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Volume 2014, Article ID 927176 ISSN: 2314-4203.

Dr. Hrishikesh Samant was invited to attend the Geospatial World Forum - 5th -9th May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland where he presented the work done by his research scholars - Mr. Bobby Mathew( 'Impact of Spatial Orientation of Basic Dykes on Hydrogeology in the North Western Part of Maharashtra State, India'.) - (Poster presentation)  and Ms. Farjana Birajdar ('Glacier changes in the Bhaga Basin of Western Himalaya during the Past 50 Years based on Temporal Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data'.) – (Poster presentation) . He was also the coordinating Judge for the Geospatial World Awards 2014.

As a part of the extension activities of the department, the faculty members have been invited for guest lectures. Dr. Samant continues to be a resource person for the Academic Staff College, University of Mumbai.  He delivered a guest lecture in B.N. Bandodkar College - Refresher Course in Environmental Sciences: lecture- "Erosion Control and Water Conservation Techniques" on  11th February 2014. He was also invited by the Association of Petroleum Geologists as a Resource Person during their two day field excursion to Nashik on 8th -9th March 2014.

Mr. Ashwin Pundalik and Mr. Vikram Pratap Singh conducted popular science (geology) talks for the Teach For India affiliated schools, with an aim to introduce the fascinating subject of geology to under-privileged school students.

Dr. Goutam has been instrumental in generating revenue for the department and college through his consultancy in petrography for Godrej and Rio Tinto. Dr. Pravin continues to be a consultant and in-charge of the Diploma and Certificate courses in Gemmology.

Lecture Series: To gain from the expertise of professionals in geology and allied domains, the department invited external speakers as a part of the TERRA - Prof. Sukeswala memorial Lecture series. We had:

23rd January 2014:Lecture " Well Site Selection and Oil Well Drilling Operations" Prof. A.B. Thakore (ONGC Chair Professor), M.S. University of Baroda.

23rd September 2013: Lecture: Core Analysis by Mr. Atul Godbole, CEO of Integrated Consultancy Services

28th August 2013: Lecture: 'Meteorites - Their Collection, Analysis and Evidences About Evolution of Our Solar System'. by Ms. Prajkta Mane, Research Fellow, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.

Infrastructure Upgradation

As a part of the infrastructure up gradation, we acquired new stereo-zoom microscopes for micro-paleontological studies, Student petrological microscopes for regular undergraduate training, hand held GPS units for field mapping and Electrical Soil Resistivity equipment for geophysical surveys. The funds for this equipment were made available through the DST-FIST grant.

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 also the Elephanta Island to understand local geology. The second year students visited the Khandala-Lonavala-Pune area for understanding the nuances of Deccan Flood Basalts and typical landforms and structures exhibited by them. The annual geological field mapping camp was held in Bhuj, Kutch district of Gujarat where our third year students were rigorously trained for a period of ten days in techniques of geological mapping.

New faculty members:

This academic year also witnessed new faculty members joining and some proceeding for other venues. Mr. Sayandeep Banerjee joined the department and his specialisation as a structural geologist has further strengthened our academic setup. Mr. Prathamesh Samant and Ms. Debarati Das, both alumnus joined the department on a short term teaching assignment. Ms. Debarati was awarded the MEXT scholarship by the Government of Japan and has joined to the Pheasant Memorial Laboratory, Okayama University, Japan for a doctoral program. Mr. Prathmesh Samant will be joining the Atomic Minerals Division, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India as Geologist. Mr. Deepak Sahu who taught during the academic year and has proceeded for another teaching assignment.

Dr. Hrishikesh Samant
Head, Department of Geology