The mission of The Department of Geography is to develop as a center of excellence in spatial studies through teaching, scholarship and research in an environment which values creativity, freedom of intellectual thought and expression, equal opportunity and academic growth while being committed to provide knowledge which blends the best of relevance theory and practice using appropriate technology for the benefit of student community and the wider society.
Geography occupies a distinct place in the world of learning, offering an integrated study of the complex reciprocal study relationships between human societies and the physical world. The geographer’s canvas is collared by place, space and time: differences and dynamics in cultures, political systems, economics, landscapes and environment across the world, and the links between them. The discipline has traditionally focused on Human and physical Geography. In recent years, however, a third category has been recognized: Environmental Geography. This deals with the multifaceted nexus between human society and the environment. Geographic information system (GIS) and Remote Sensing are the two additional areas where geographers are playing the most prominent role.
Geography is offered as a main subject in the BA (General) Degree or students can choose it as the field of specialization. The Geography curriculum has been designed with eight principles in mind:
(i) Broad aims and objectives of higher education
(ii) Research excellence as a springboard for teaching quality
(iii) An interdisciplinary approach to learning
(iv) Recognizing the interface between natural and social sciences
(v) ‘Learning’ by the student, not ‘teaching’, as the main vehicle
(vi) Interacting logical and critical thinking
(vii) Developing the life and survival skills including communication skills
(viii) Imbibing a sense of social responsibility achieving academic excellence through competitiveness
At first year, students have a choice of courses ranging from Human Geography to Physical Geography. The second year spans the full range of discipline and examines some of the major issues affecting the world today, while in the third year students are exposed to more specific, advanced and specialized courses with special emphasis on regional, environmental and sustainable development. A great deal of choice is available at the honors level.