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Geology

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  • 1) Second Issue of e-Geo Magazine 'Conglomerate'............Coming Soon
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INTRODUCTION

Geology is the scientific exploration of the planet Earth, wherein the Earth is a geologist's laboratory. Geologists study rocks, fossils, minerals, and the processes by which they were formed over the Earth's 4.6 billion-year history. Many problems in geology are much like solving a puzzle.  A common task for students is to present a possible clarification of the events that occurred to produce the landscape surrounding them. They learn to recognize signs of hidden valuable ores, minerals, and fuels so that they can be extracted and used by mankind.

Geology, an interdisciplinary subject helps in investigating and finding answers to many practical questions of daily importance, as well as those that have more long-term consequences. Geologic information is very useful to Government and businesses to develop infrastructure and live in harmony with the natural environment. Geology offers students, professionals, and the public the tools for understanding relationship between the Earth and people. 

OBJECTIVES AND HISTORY 

To assist in fulfilling such aspect of Geology is the objective of the Geology Department, Fergusson College. The subject was introduced in Fergusson College in 1908. In the beginning it was one of the optional subjects at the inter science examination but a couple of years later it was introduced at graduate level as one of the three subjects of natural science group under the Bombay University. 

To begin with, Prof T.G. Yeolekar worked as professor in Zoology and Geology Department. Prof G.G. Narke was greatly interested in the subject. He helped the department in the capacity of honorary geology teacher. Prof K.V. Kelkar joined this college in the year 1924 as junior teacher to assist Prof T.G. Yeolekar. In 1926, Geology was introduced as principle subject at B.Sc. level. In 1932, Prof K.V. Kelkar was appointed as Professor and Head of the department of Geology, and was assisted by several lecturers and past students like R.D. Godbole, Y.T. Apte, R.V. Sathe, L.V. Agashe, R.B. Gupte and S.Y. Date.  

The staff and students of Geology Department published a few research papers. In 1946, the Geology Education Committee was appointed by the Government of India which consisted of Dr S.P. Prija, D.N. Wadia and W.D. West. They showed great appreciation of the work done by students of the Geology department of this college. The appreciation was reciprocated by recommending a handsome grant for enabling the college authorities to develop the Geology Department. The development of Geology Department got accelerated in 1951. It so happened that in 1951, the University of Pune introduced the B.Sc. (General) course and the old principal and subsidiary courses were abolished. Students passing the B.Sc. (General) examination could not take up the M.Sc. degree by research. As University of Poona was unable to arrange for the teaching of the post graduate classes, the authorities of the Fergusson College offered to make provision for the teaching of a few post graduate students by paper. With this, University authorities offered substantial grants for purchasing optical instruments and other apparatus, starting with a small number. Later on efforts were made to admit a dozen students each year. The new building of the Geology department, Fergusson College was inaugurated at the hands of Prof. D.G. Karve, Vice Chancellor of the Pune University on Saturday, September 5th, 1959. However, in December 1971, the M. Sc. Geology Department of Fergusson College was shifted to Pune University campus. 

After retirement of Prof. K.V. Kelkar, Mr. P.V. Sowani took over as the Head of the Department. He had joined the department in 1954 as junior teacher and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1956. He was awarded one of the Fulbright and Smith Mundt Scholarship in the year of 1958. He underwent an intensive training at Colorado School of Mines in advanced petrology and mineralogy for one year. Prof. Sowani retired in the year 1986. From 1986 to 1988, Dr. Mrs. Oka headed the department.

After the retirement of Dr. Mrs. Oka, Miss. M.M. Vartak took the charge as Head of Department and carried out this job till 1991. After her retirement Dr. V.T. Parashar worked as officiating head of Department and in the year 1992, Dr. A.B. Chakranarayan became the Head of Department. In 2003, Dr. Mrs. S.K. Joshi took over as Head of Department. During her tenure the department took the responsibility of starting Environmental Science at undergraduate level in the year 2004. She also took an initiation to start M.Sc. Geology and M.Sc. Environmental Science courses in the department which were started since 2007 and Dr. R. N. Mache and Dr. P.K. Sarkar respectively worked as co-ordinators for these post graduate courses. In 2008 environmental science department was shifted to the Life Sciences building. Dr. Mrs. Joshi took voluntary retirement in July 2008 and Dr. R. N. Mache became the Head of Department and Dr. Mrs. Tanuuja Marathe took the charge as co-ordinator of M. Sc. Geology.

The Department has been recognised as a Research Centre in Geology since the academic year 2012-13.

Programs/Courses offered:

Today the department offers B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D. courses in Geology

Academic Calendar Year: 2014-15

 

Academic

Co-Curricular

Extracurricular

Term- I

 

 

 

June

 Commencement of First Term

 

 

 

Fourth Week-Commencement of S.Y. B.A./ B.Sc. Teaching

 

 

 

Fourth Week-Commencement of F.Y. B.A./ B.Sc. Teaching

 

 

July

Second  Week- Commencement of T.Y.B.A./ B.Sc. Teaching

1) F.Y.B.Sc. students visit to Prof. K. V. Kelkar Geology Museum


 

August


1) Inauguration of Geology Association

2) Guest Lecture for U.G. students

3) Guest Lectures on Remote Sensing and GIS for T.Y.B.Sc. students

4) Guest Lecture for P.G.

IV th Week- Students’ Feedback on Teaching

September

Internal Assessment Examination

1) F.Y.B.Sc. Educational Tours

2) T.Y.B.Sc. Educational Visit to Fergusson College hill

Groundwater Internship Programme for U.G.

October


1) M.Sc. I Field Workshop

2) Guest Lecture for P.G.

 

November(half)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic

Co-Curricular

Extracurricular

Term-II

 

 

 

November(half)

Commencement of Second Term

 

 

 

 

December

 

1) S.Y.B.Sc. Educational Tours

2) M.Sc. I Educational Tours

3) F.Y.B.Sc-Educational Visit to Indian Meteorological Department Pune-to study working of seismograph

4) Prof. K.V. Kelkar Memorial Lecture

25th to 2nd January Subject Association and Cultural Activities

January

1) T.Y.B.Sc. and M.Sc.-II Educational Tours

2) F.Y.B.Sc-Educational Visit to Fergusson College hill

3) Guest Lecture for P.G.

IV th Week- Students’ Feedback on Teaching

February

Internal Assessment Examination

1) T.Y.B.Sc. Resistivity fieldwork on Fergusson College ground

2) Guest Lecture for P.G.

 

March

 

1)M.Sc. II Hydrogeology Field Workshop

2) Guest Lecture for P.G.

 

April


 

 

 

 

 

 

May

 

 

 


Sr.No. Photo Name of the teacher Designation  
1 Dr. R. G. Pardeshi
(M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Principal Teaching Faculty
2 Dr.Tanuuja Marathe
(M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., D.C.S. (Manchester,UK), D.G. (GII, Mumbai), FGA (GAGTL, London), DGDIG (IDI, Surat), FFIG.)
Head of Department and Assosciate Professor in Geology, Coordinator – M.Sc. Geology (NG) Teaching Faculty
3 Dr. P. K. Sarkar
(M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Associate Professor Teaching Faculty
4 Mr. S. D. Raut
(M.Sc.)
Associate Professor Teaching Faculty
5 Dr. S. N. Mude
(M.Sc., Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
6 Mr. D, V, Upasani
(M.Sc., NET)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
7 Mrs. Madhuri Ukey
(M.Sc., SET)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
8 Mr. A. C. Soman
(M.Sc., NET)
Assistant Professor (Consolidated) Teaching Faculty

Note: Biodata of any of the above mentioned faculty member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

  1. Dr. R. G. Pardeshi,Principal , M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Recognized as M. Phil. and Ph.D. guide of Savitribai Phule Pune University

  2. Dr.Tanuuja Marathe,Head of Department and Assosciate Professor in Geology, Coordinator – M.Sc. Geology (NG) , M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., D.C.S. (Manchester,UK), D.G. (GII, Mumbai), FGA (GAGTL, London), DGDIG (IDI, Surat), FFIG.

    Tilakraj Malhotra Award. ... Best Performance in Practical Examination of Diploma in Gemmology conducted by Gemmological Institute of India, Mumbai
    Best Rotary Ann During the Rotary year 1999-2000 for the Rotary Club of Poona West

  3. Mr. S. D. Raut,Associate Professor , M.Sc.

    General Secretary of Pune University Teachers Association (PUTA) from 2010-2013

 
 
  • Palaeoalgological, Palichnological, Sedimentological and Neomorphic investigations from the Paleogene-Neogene Sediments of the Narmada block of the Cambay Basin Gujarat, India

    Dr. Sham N.Mude

    Sr.No

    Name of Principal Investigator

    Year

    Title Of Project

    Funding Agency

    Amount Sanctioned(In Rs.)

    Major/ Minor/Any Other

    1

    Dr. Sham N.Mude

    2009

    Palaeoalgological, Palichnological, Sedimentological and Neomorphic investigations from the Paleogene-Neogene Sediments of  the Narmada block of  the Cambay Basin Gujarat, India.”

    UGC

    20,15,000.00

    Major

  • Micropalaeontological and Palichnological investigation of the Penganga sediments along Adilabad-Chandrapur sector, India”.

    Dr. Sham N.Mude

    Sr.No

    Name of Principal Investigator

    Year

    Title Of Project

    Funding Agency

    Amount Sanctioned(In Rs.)

    Major/ Minor/Any Other

    1

    Dr. Sham N.Mude

    2009

    Micropalaeontological and Palichnological investigation of the Penganga sediments along Adilabad-Chandrapur sector, India”.

    UGC

    1,50,000.00

    Minor

  • Provenance of the clastic and non-clastic sequence of the Jaisalmer Basin

    Dr.P.K.Sarkar

    Sr.No

    Name of Principal Investigator

    Year

    Title Of Project

    Funding Agency

    Amount Sanctioned(In Rs.)

    Major/ Minor/Any Other

    1

    Dr.P.K.Sarkar

     

    Provenance of the clastic and non-clastic sequence of the Jaywalker Basin

    UGC

    190000

    Minor

  • Provenance and surface texture studies of the Jodhpur Sandstone Formation

    Dr.P.K.Sarkar

    Sr.No

    Name of Principal Investigator

    Year

    Title Of Project

    Funding Agency

    Amount Sanctioned(In Rs.)

    Major/ Minor/Any Other

    1

    Dr.P.K.Sarkar

    2012

    Provenance and surface texture studies of the Jodhpur Sandstone Formation

    UGC

    110000

    Minor

  • Departmental Research Guides

    Geology Department: Research Guides recognised by Savitribai Phule Pune University and other Universities

    Name

    Designation

    Research Interest

    Dr. R.G. Pardeshi

    Principal

    Igneous Petrology and Gemmology

    Dr. R.N. Mache

    Head and Assosciate Professor

    Igneous Petrology and Remote Sensing

    Dr. Mrs. Tanuuja Marathe

    Co-Ordinator M.Sc.(Non-Grant) and Assosciate Professor

    Igneous Petrology and Gemmology

    Dr. P.K. Sarkar

    Assosciate Professor

    Sedimetology and Physical Volcanology

    Dr. S.N. Mude

    Assistant Professor

    Micropalaeontology, Paleo-Ichnology, Sedimentary Petrology

  • Quantitative analysis of the palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic conditions during Deccan Volcanism using the interbasaltic bole beds obtained from the scientific drilling project in Koyna, India

    Dr. M.R.G. Sayyed Dr. S. Hundekar Dr. P.K. Sarkar

    Ongoing
  • Petrography and Phytolith studies of the Tertiary Formation of Bikaner-Nagaur Basin, Western Rajasthan, India

    Principal Dr. R.G. Pardeshi

    Ongoing
  • List of Research Students in the Department


    Sr. No.Name of Research StudentName of GuideTopic of Research
    1Mr. Amey DashputreDr. Tanuuja MaratheStructural Geology of the Supra Crustal Rocks enclosing area between Sawantwadi, Danoli and Banda; Sawantwadi Taluka, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra