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Geology Department: Kumaun University, Nainital

The Department of Geology of Kumaun University aims at studies for understanding and development of natural environment and pursuing research, relevant to the needs of people, particularly of the mountains and oceans also. The department endeavours to make its students intelligently aware of the various problems of Geology, to develop in them observational and interpretational abilities and inculcate a feeling for the maintenance and improvement of our environment. Since its inception, it has maintained its tradition of being active in all the fronts of research in geological sciences. Opened as a one-man undergraduate department in 1975, it became an active centre of teaching and research. From 1977 onwards, it becomes active nearly in all the fields of geology namely tectonics, petrology, sedimentology, structural geology, geochemistry, oceanography, micropaleontology, environment and cavernous studies. In recognition of the excellent teaching and research, the Geology Department was approved by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi for its Special Assistance Programmes (COSIST, DRS, SAP, CAS). The department received magnanimous grant under COSIST Phase- I (1984), Special Assistance Programme (SAP) Phase- I (1989), COSIST Phase- II (1991) and SAP Phase- II (1997), SAP Phase- III (2003), ISD (UGC) (2007), CAS-Phase-I (2011-2016) and CAS-Phase II heralding the overall development of the department.


The Hill Development Department, contributed generously in the construction and furnishing of the building for the Geology Department at its present site (the Durham) overlooking the Naini lake. In recognition to its major research contributions, the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi has recognised the Geology Department under its FIST scheme for level- I (2002-2007), FIST Level – I (2007-2012) and FIST Level-II (2014-2019). The gamut of teaching comprises more than a dozen disciplines of Geology. The traditional teaching is done at the undergraduate level while interdisciplinary subjects of emerging areas are incorporated in the post-graduate curriculum.


The Department gives emphasis on extensive fieldwork and practical training in different aspects of earth science to meet the challenges ahead. The courses are modified from time to time keeping in view the contemporary developments and requirements of the job market. The department is expanding new dimensions of the Earth Sciences towards recent development at the onset of new millennium. The research endeavours are directed towards providing framework within which search for and management of natural resources (minerals, rocks and water) and preservation of natural environment can be undertaken. The focus of attention is the central sector of Indian Himalaya, the most crucial and responsive sector of the Himalayan Arc, Foreland and the Cratonic regions of India. Besides this, the detailed and wide studies are carried out in the different oceans like Antarctic. Tasman , NE Indian and Central Indian.


Teaching & Research Activities

The research activities in the department include sedimentological and lithostratigraphic setting of the Lesser Himalaya, petro-chemical studies of crystallines, intrusive bodies and metamorphic thrust sheets of Uttarakhand, Ladakh, northeastern Himalaya and central India, neotectonics and kinematics of faults of Kumaun Himalaya and Ganga Plain, geological and geomorphological investigations of Quaternary sediments of Kumaun Himalaya and Ganga Plain, palaeoclimatic investigations in palaeolakes and speleothems of Uttarakhand, Himachal and Kashmir, and seismological monitoring of eastern Uttarakhand. The geology department not only doing the Himalayan studies but also engaged actively in the ocean studies of Southern Antarctic Tasman Sea and Indian ocean regions. Many faculty members got INSA-JSPS, Matsumae International Foundation and Humboldt Fellowships. Not only this, they have participated in expeditions to Antarctica, Southern ocean regions, North Pole, Gondwana Land and Ladakh regions.

Head of the Department

Name : Dr. G. K. Sharma

Phone : 09411107082

Email : gksharma61@yahoo.com

Specialization: Marine Micropaleontology & Stratigraphy

Attended various Scientific Expeditions in Various oceans and Seas. Member of various International and National Organization and Societies. Published various research papers in International and National Journals of repute.

Faculty Members of DSB Campus Nainital
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Dr. Charu C. Pant Professor Geology, Sedimentology seismology and tectonicsy ccpgeol@yahoo.com 09412327275 Dr. Charu C. Pant Know More
2 Dr. Santosh Kumar Professor Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry skyadavan@yahoo.com 09411197714 Dr. Santosh Kumar Know More
3 Dr. P.D. Pant Professor (on leave) Structural Geology & Tectonics drpdpant@gmail.com 05942232697 Dr. P.D. Pant Know More
4 Dr. Rajeev Upadhyay Professor Geodynamics, Himalayan Geology rajeev_up@yahoo.com 09411102348 Dr. Rajeev Upadhyay Know More
5 Dr. Pradeep Goswami Professor Sedimentology Tectonic Geomorphology drpgoswami@yahoo.com 09411196852 Dr. Pradeep Goswami Know More
6 Dr. Deepa Arya Assistant Professor Ore Geology arya.earth11@gmail.com 09410144388 Dr. Deepa Arya Know More
7 Dr. B. S. Kotlia UGC- Research Scientist Climate change and Palaeontology bahadur.kotlia@gmail.com 9411196744 Dr. B. S. Kotlia Know More
8 Ms. Nazia Hasan Guest Faculty Tectonic Geomorphology naziawinchester94@gmail.com 8979499936 Ms. Nazia Hasan Know More
9 Prof. G. K. Sharma Professor & Head Micropalaeontology & Stratigraphy gksharma61@yahoo.com 09411107082 Prof. G. K. Sharma Know More

Revised Syllabus (With Effect from Academic Session 2020-21)
  1. Details of Under Graduate Syllabus Geology
UG Geology Syllabus
  1. UG Semester syllabus Geology (Yearly)
Post-Graduation
  1. Post-Graduation syllabus all semester
Geology Department: DSB Campus, Nainital
  1. Time Table (Year 2020-21)