Department Report 2014 - 2015

The academic year 2014-15 for the geology department was very eventful and with many success stories. The College was awarded the India Geospatial Leadership Award 2014 for Capacity Development on 10th February 2015 on the auspices of the India Geospatial Forum in Hyderabad, for the contribution of the Geology and allied departments for their decades of contribution to the development of geospatial science and technology in the country. The Citation and trophy were accepted by Dr. Hrishikesh Samant and the post graduate students of the department of geology, on behalf of the college.

On the student front, our undergraduates and postgraduates brought laurels for the department through their academic as well as extracurricular activities. The following M.Sc students qualified the:

CSIR-UGC JRF/Lecturership examination -

• Plancy Pereira

CSIR-UGC – NET/Lecturership examination-

• Saili Bhoir

• Arnold Fernandes

Four of our third year BSc students secured ranks in the all India - Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM)

• Nina Picardo

• Ananya Mukherjee

• Ameya Naik

• Nikhil Jacob

Our post-graduate students successfully completed internships at Bharat Petroleum, ONGC, GSI, CMPDIL – Coal India. Eight of the MSc students attended the Seminar on Energy Options for India; Non Conventional Sources of Energy, organised by the Chemical Research Society of India.

Three of our UG students completed internships at IIT Gandhinagar, NIO Goa and ACC – RCD.

The department also bagged the ‘Nebula’ Intercollegiate Geology Festival Trophy 2014 held in Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts & Science, Gogol-Margao, Goa.

Our MSc students participated in the India Geospatial Forum hosted in HICC Hyderabad from the 10th to 12 th February 2015 and three of them presented a research poster.

The second TERRA festival: Our own National 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: Wadia College, Pune.

On the occasion of TERRA, lectures were delivered by: Dr. Babu Madhavan, Sakura Geoinformation Software Research Pvt. Ltd. on the Application of UAVs in Geospatial Data Collection.

Prof. K. S. Valdiya (Padma Bhushan) delivered the first Dr. R.N Sukheswala Memorial – TERRA Lecture on ‘Tectonically Resurgent Central Himalayas’ on the 7th of August, 2014.

The departmental magazine ‘TERRA’ - was also released on this occasion. The theme of this technical publication was ‘Evolution’. 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.

Bobby Mathew successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in an open defense on the 6th of April and has been awarded the Ph.D degree by the University of Mumbai for his thesis titled – Correlation of Geohydrology and Structure for Groundwater Resource Estimation in and around Nandurbar area, Nandurbar district, Maharashtra, India, under the guidance of Dr. Hrishikesh Samant. He also successfully completed a refresher course on Crytallography, Mineralogy, Igneous petrology & Thermodynamics organized by Indian Academy of Science (IAS), Indian National Science Academy, and The National Academy of Sciences India at Bangalore IAS campus during 26th November 2014- 9th January 2015.

Vikram Pratap Singh attended the UGC sponsored orientation program at UGC-ASC University of Delhi, and Ashwin Pundalik attended the UGC ASC Central Orientation Program in Savatribai Phule, Pune University.

Dr. Goutam Bandyopadhyay attended and presented a research paper in  National Conference on Emerging Trends in Earth Sciences, 30-31st March 2015, organised by the Schoolof Earth Sciences, Central University of Karnataka.

Dr. Pravin Henriques was invited as a subject expert for organizing the ‘Rocks, Minerals and& Fossils Exposition’ during the Indian Science Congress, Mumbai 3rd -7th January 2015.

Dr. Hrishikesh Samant was invited to participate in the India Geospatial Forum in Hyderabad and presented a paper. He was also invited to be on the Panel of Jury for the ‘Rachapudi Kamakshi – Young Geospatial Scientist’ Gold Medal’ which was presented during the forum.

Dr. Samant was invited to attend the ‘INSPIRE – Geospatial World Forum 2015’ in Lisbon, Portugal from the 25th to 29th May 2015. He continues to be a resource person with the UGC – Human Resource Development Centre, University of Mumbai and also the Editor – Mining & Geology (honorary) – Geospatial World Magazine.

Infrastructure Upgradation

As a part of the infrastructure upgradation, we acquired a new trinocular Petrological microscope with image analysis system and a binocular reflected light microscope, a digital direct read Sp.gravity balance through the largesse given by the Tata trust.

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. The first year students visited the Utan-Dongri -Gorai area as well as 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 Malvan, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra where our third year students were rigorously trained for a period of ten days in techniques of geological mapping.

List of Publications and Conference Presentations:

Ashwin Pundalik (2014)

From The Diary Of An Ophiologist., TERRA – Annual Magazine of the Department of Geology, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India., Issue 03 V 01, pp. 25-28., ISSN No -2320-298X

Arnold Fernandes, Mrunmayee Kamble, Clyde Antao and Hrishikesh Samant.,(2015):

Hyperspectral Analysis for Generation of Lithological Map of Lakhpat, Gujarat, Using EO-1 Hyperion Data., India Geospatial Forum, Hyderabad, 10th-12th February, 2015.

Bobby Mathew and Hrishikesh Samant (2014):

Application of remote sensing data for classifying the dykes in relation to their aquifer characteristics, A case study from Maharashtra, India Geospatial Forum, Hyderabad, 10th- 12th February, 2015.

Bobby Mathew and Hrishikesh Samant (2014):

Spatio-temporal characteristics of groundwater quality and GIS based quality zonation mapping around Nandurbar city, Nandurbar district, Maharashtra, India, in: Reddy K.R., Rao R. V, Sarala C (eds) Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Hydrology and Watershed Management with a Focal Theme on Ecosystem Resilience - Rural and Urban Water Requirements,Allied Publishers, Hyderabad, pp. 731–738. ISBN: 978-81-8424-952-1.

Farjana Birajdar and Hrishikesh Samant (2015):

Algorithm Based Snow Cover Area Estimation of Chandra Sub Basin, Western Himalaya, India., Geospatial World Forum 2015 Lisbon, Portugal 25-29th May 2015.

Farjana Birajdar, G. Venkataraman and Hrishikesh Samant. (2014):

Monitoring Snow Cover Area Using Different Algorithms on Indian Remote Sensing Data., in Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches: Challenges, Processes & Strategies., Raju. N. J. (ed)., Capital Publishing Co., pp. 436-438. ISBN: 978-93-81891-25-4

Farjana Birajdar, G. Venkataraman, I.M. Bahuguna and Hrishikesh Samant. (2014):

A revised glacier inventory of Bhaga Basin Himachal Pradesh, India: Current Status and Recent Glacier variations., ISPRS Annals of the Photography, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, V. II(8). ISPRS Technical Commission VIII Symposium, 9-12 December 2014, Hyderabad, India.

Hrishikesh Samant and Anusuya Dutta (2014):

Domesticating the Drones., – Cover Story/Mining: Geospatial World (Geospatial industry magazine) V. 5 (5).Pp. 34-41. ISSN No-2277-3134

Hrishikesh Samant. (2014):

The Rise of UAVs., - Mining/Unmanned Systems:Geospatial World (Geospatial industry magazine).V. 5 (2).Pp. 36-37. ISSN No-2277-3134 Hrishikesh Samant and AnusuyaDutta (2014): G-innovate or Perish., – Cover Story/Mining: Geospatial World (Geospatial industry magazine) V. 5 (2).Pp. 22-29. ISSN No-2277-3134

Pravin Henriques (2015):

An Unusual World of Oddities seen in Gemstones., Journal of Economic Geology & Geo Resource Management., Vol. 10., pp. 191-194. ISSN No-0973- 4384 Vikram Singh (2015): ‘Paleoceanography of the Sulu Sea during Late Quaternary: Plankticforaminiferal evidence’. Quaternary Sea level, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Conference., Chennai, March 2015. 

Dr. Hrishikesh Samant
Head, Department of Geology