The Department of Earth Sciences (formerly the Department of Geology and Geophysics) is one of the leading departments in the country engaged in high quality teaching, research and consultancy in the field of Earth Sciences. It was established in year 1960. During the span of about six decades, the department has become one of the foremost centres of teaching, research and consultancy.

The main strength of the department is amalgamation of two major divisions of Earth Sciences: Geology and Geophysics under one umbrella. During last six decades, department has produced large number of trained Earth Scientists who are the backbone of the Country's mineral, oil & gas, groundwater resources and other exploration industries.

Presently, the department is running two five year Integrated M.Tech. programmes on Geological Technology and Geophysical Technology. In these programmes (started from 2007) admissions are made through Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). In addition, department also runs M.Sc. (Applied Geology) of two years duration having admissions through Joint Admission Test to M.Sc. (JAM).

Major Expertise

  • Structural and Deformation Geology
  • Himalayan Tectonics and Orogeny
  • Remote Sensing and GIS
  • Engineering Geology
  • Biostratigraphy, Organic Evolution and Paleoclimate
  • Geochemical Studies, Land, Sea and Atmospheric Interaction
  • Sedimentology and Basin Analysis
  • Oceanography and Paleooceanography
  • Glacial Hydrology and Glacier Dynamics
  • Metamorphic and Precambrian Tectonics
  • Seismic Hazard Assessment
  • Strong Motion Seismology
  • Seismic Travel Time and Attenuation Tomography
  • Subsurface Investigations using Ambient Noise Studies
  • Forward and Inverse Modeling of Seismological Data
  • Seismic Signal Processing for Hydrocarbon Exploration
  • Gravity and Magnetics Prospecting for Crustal Studies and Ore and Mineral Exploration
  • Electromagnetic and Magnetotelluric Methods for Crustal Studies and Ore and Mineral Exploration
  • Crustal Deformation Studies and Transient Behaviour Analysis using GPS Data
  • Forward and Inverse Modeling of Resistivity data for Ground Water Prospecting
  • Application of Geophysical Signal Processing for Earth System
  • High pressure & high temperature lab investigation
  • Integrated reservoir characterization
  • Rock Physics & Petrophysics


Brochure of the department