Academic Department University Of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1941

History of the department : The Department of Geography of the University of Calcutta was founded in 1941 at its College Street Campus by the doyen of Indian Geography, Padmabhushan Prof. Sivaprasad Chatterjee. In 1963 it was shifted to the Science College at the Taraknath Palit Shiksha Prangan. The Department now covers a floor area of 775 m2, 26% of which is occupied by laboratories. Legendary teachers like Prof. Nirmal Kumar Bose, Prof. Kanan Gopal Bagchi, Dr. Ranjit Lahiri, Dr. Sujan Bandhab Chatterjee, Sri Dakshinaranjan Mitra and Dr. Mira Guha contributed significantly to the development of the Department. Other internationally-known geographers who adorned its faculty include Prof. Bireswar Banerjee, Prof. Manotosh K. Bandyopadhyay, Prof. Pijush Kanti Saha, Prof. Subhas C. Mukhopadhyay and Prof. Subhash Ranjan Basu. This year the Department is celebrating its 75th year of foundation. The department has so far produced two D.Litts, two D.Scs and over one hundred sixty Ph.D. Scholars. Alumni of this department have made significant contributions in various states of India and also in different countries of the world.

Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body :

  • In 2012, the Department successfully completed the UGC DRS SAP Phase-I programmes.
  • In 2014, it started UGC DRS SAP Phase-II programmes.
  • In 2015, the DST PURSE Scheme has been introduced.


Faculty Members
Name Designation Area of specialization Email
Sumana Bandyopadhyay
Professor Urban Geography & Gender Studies
Sunando Bandyopadhyay
Professor Geomorphology, Remote Sensing-GIS
Pratima Rohatgi
Professor Cartography, Remote Sensing GIS, Industrial Geography
Nilanjana Das
Associate Professor Social and Cultural Geography, Tourism Geography
Utpal Roy
Assistant Professor Urban Geography, Health & healthcare Geography
Debasis Ghosh
Assistant Professor & HOD Environment and Soli Geography
SK Mafizul Haque
Assistant  Professor Cartography, RS and GIS
Lakpa Tamang
Assistant  Professor Fluvial Geomorphology & Socio-Hydrology

Visiting faculty members

Name Institutions attached with Period of appointment
Sri Gopinath Saha NATMO, Kolkata 2016-17
Dr. Asit Kumar Sarkar NATMO, Kolkata 2016-17
Dr. Ashish Sarkar residency University, Kolkata 2016-17
Dr. Soumendu Chatterjee residency University, Kolkata 2016-17
rof. Nikhil Krishna Dey Burdwan University, Burdwan 2016-17
rof. Mantu Mohan Jana University of North Bengal, Darjeeling 2016-17
rof. Lakshmi Sivaramakrishnan Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2016-17
rof. Saswati Mukhopadhyay Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata 2016-17
Dr. Arindam Dasgupta Chandannagar College 2016-17

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
MA / MSc Geography MA / MSc BA/BSc  (Hons.) in Geography 120
PhD in Geography PhD MA / MSc in Geography  


Research Scholars :
Name Research topic Name of the supervisor Date of registration
Jaydip De
E-Governance for Urban Management in India: Organisational Implications and Challenges Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 01.10.2015
Sanjib Mondal
Development and Management of Wastelands for Sustainable Livelihood in Lateritic Soil Areas of PaschimMedinipur -case study of Garhbeta II block Dr. Pratima Rohatgi
Prof. R. N. Chattopadhyay
Pritam Ghosh Nutrition and Child Health: A Study in Malda District,  West Bengal Dr. Pratima Rohatgi 22.01.2016
Dr. Sanghamitra Sarkar
S. Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellow
Socio-Economic Appraisal of the Teesta Char Dwellers-A Part of the Lower Teesta Valley, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati  
Dr. Kapil Ghosh
D. S. Kothari Post Doctoral Fellow
Multi-scale modeling of Landslide risk assessment in North Sikkim District, Sikkim,India. Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay  
Priyanka Kundu Infrastructural Network Analysis for Economic Development in West Bengal: An Appraisal Prof. Ranjan Basu 01.11.2013
Mousumi Bandyopadhyay Resource Potential and Constraints of Development in South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal: A Geographical Analysis Prof. Ranjan Basu 03.01.2014
Purnima Mallick Role of Forest Resource Utilization, Tribal Acculturation and Eco-tourism in Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal: An Environmental Appraisal Prof. Ranjan Basu 19.03.2014
Aparna Chakrabarty Problems of Tea Gardens in Selected Districts of  West Bengal Prof. Ranjan Basu February, 2015
Surajit Das
(S.C. Dec. 2010)
Role of Self-help Groups  in Empowerment of Women : The Case of South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal Prof. Ranjan Basu June, 2015
Anuradha Mukherjee
Selected Cognizable Crimes and Delinquent Behaviour in Social Environment of Kolkata City: A Spatio-temporal Analysis Prof. Ranjan Basu JRF Joining
28.08.2014 Registration
Abhijit Dutta Food Security in West Bengal:
A Socio-economic Appraisal
Prof. Ranjan Basu 02.03.2016
Tulika Saha Changes In The Natural Freshwater Wetlands of The Indian Part of Ganga Delta: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay 07.03.2014
Sayantan Das Evolution of Drainage and Morphology of Upper Bhagirathi-Ganga Interfluve Region of West Bengal with Special Reference to Palaeochannels Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay 01.02.2016
Nabendu Sekhar Kar Morphological Changes and Human Encroachment in Indian Sundarban: The Post-1971 Period Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay 14.08.2013
Sreetapa Nandy Water Bodies of Kolkata Municipal Area: Changes during the Last 200 Years and Related Issues Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay 01.06.2016
Karabi Das
Physico-Economic Changes in the Indian Sundarban: An Evaluation Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay 20.05. 2016
Manoj Pant A Study on Flood Hazards and Disaster Mitigation in the Murshidabad District of West Bengal Prof. : Sunando Bandyopadhyay 18.02. 2014
Atrayee Biswas
Reconstruction of Quaternary Depositional Environment in Parts of the Rahr Region, West Bengal: An Integrated Approach Prof. Sunando Bandyopadhyay and Dr. Abhijit Chakraborty 30.10.2014
Pritam Santra
Holocene Evolution of the Eastern Subarnarekha Coastal Region, West Bengal and Odisha Prof. Sunando Bandyopadhyay and Dr. Abhijit Chakraborty 20.05.2016
Madhumita Sengupta An Assessment of Impact of Displacement on Women: - Case Studies in West–Bengal. Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 20/03/2009
reregistered 25/03/2014
Bappaditya Biswas Urban Ecological Crisis in Small Towns of Northern West Bengal Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 19/03/2014
Ajanta Bhattacharya
Participatory processes in Environmental Governance: The Case Study of Chilika Wetland, Odisha Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 16/03/2015
Yogendra Kumar Srivastava Water Resources Assessment for Ranchi Urban Area: Impact of Anthropogenic and Environmental Factors Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 22/01/2016
Binay Krishna Pal Managing Public Space for Sustainable Urban Transformation: Lessons from Kolkata Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 20/05/2016
Debarpita Banerjee Assessing Values of Urban Water Bodies: The case of Kolkata Prof. Sumana Bandyopadhyay 05/08/2016
Ajay Debnath Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in the Sundarban Region of West Bengal in the perspective of Climate Change Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati 23/04/2014
Madhab Mondal Geomorphic Problems of the Middle Ichamati River Basin, West Bengal, India Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati 19/02/2014
Satyabrata Mandal Variability of Climate and Its Implications in Cropping System of Sagar Island, West Bengal Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati 22/12/2015
Anwesha Haldar
Sustainable Energy Management in Climatically Vulnerable Areas of South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati 20/08/2014
Sujoy Sadhu
Urban Climate Trends in Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati 30/10/2014
Pradip Patra
Characteristics and Impact of Climatic Hazards in Selected Districts of South Western Part of West Bengal Prof. Lakhinarayan Satpati 05/02/2016
BratatiDey Status Of Women in South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal Dr. Nilanjana Das 05.03. 2012
DebolinaSen MaghBarua Community in Kolkata- A Study in Social Geography Dr. Nilanjana Das 17.09.2012
Moumita Dey
Changing State of Housewifery Among Urban Migrants from Bangladesh to Suburban Kolkata Dr. Nilanjana Das 25.01.2016
Nayan Roy
Culture and Society of a Minor Religious Group: A Case Study of Matua Community of West Bengal Dr. Nilanjana Das 22.01 2016
Debarchana Biswas
The Chinese Community of Kolktata: A Case Study on Social Geography Dr. Nilanjana Das 25.01.2016
Pinaki Sarkar Impact of watershed management on the socio-economic development of Bankura district – A case study of Gandeswari watershed area Sudhir Malakar 18.10.2011
Jayanta Pranamik Impact of tourism on development of Bankura district Sudhir Malakar 18.05.2012
Neema  L. Lepcha Prospect of Eco-tourism inm West Sikkim Sudhir Malakar  
Gaurab Bera Social & Economic life of street children in Kolkata Sudhir Malakar 01.02.2016
Subodh Seal Changing economy of tribal community- A case study of Doars region, West Bengal Sudhir Malakar 01.02.2016
Binode Sardar Bidi worker of Indian Sundarban region: A socio economic appraisal Sudhir Malakar 20.05.2016
Kalipada Mondal Tourism & Sustainable development: A case study of Murshidabad districft Sudhir Malakar 02.01.2012
Suman Mitra
Dr. Lakpa Tamang  
Projects :
Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Environmental Perspective and Development in West Bengal UGC DRS II Prof. Ranjan Basu 2014 onwards Rs. 74.50 Lakhs
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department:
  • Geomorphology and hazard studies,
  • Tropical climatology,
  • Pedology and land use,
  • Environmental geography,
  • Industrial geography,
  • Urban and Transport Geography
  • Tourism geography,
  • Regional planning and Cartography
  • Its spatial thrust areas have traditionally been West Bengal, Sikkim and Jharkhand.

Teaching support
The main facilities of the Department include :

  • Seminar Library containing 11,020 books and 3,325 volumes of journals.
  • Map Library holding a rich collection of more than 1,000 old and rare maps many of which date from 1850s to 1930s. It also has a collection of 460 satellite images (paper prints) and aerial stereo photo pairs.
  • RS/GIS Laboratory housing 30 workstations with state-of-art facilities in terms of software, satellite data, digital maps and equipment that can handle most types of geomatic problems and spatial analyses. It also has an A0 scanner and printer installed.
  • Pedology & Sedimentology Laboratory for chemical and physical analyses of soil and sediment samples. It also has instruments like BOD incubator and aerosol sampler for analyses of various environmental parameters.
  • Museum that exhibits specimens of geographical and ethno-cultural interest. Tribal outfits and wares from various parts of India are the speciality of its collections.
  • Cartographic Survey Facilities of the Department include advanced survey equipment like Leica TC-805 Total Station, Leica Xeno-10 Differential GPS (Base and Rover units) and Koden CVS-118 Echosounder apart from all types of conventional survey equipment.
  • In its premises it also houses two Learned Societies of eminence: Geographical Society of India (established in 1933) and Himalaya Samiksha Parishad (established in 1976).

Major activities :

  • 29th Conference of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) on Geomorphology and Natural Hazards, forthcoming (November 24-27, 2016).
  • UGC Refresher course on Disaster Management from February, 26- March17, 2016.
  • Two Week Training Programe on RS, GNSS & GIS Using Open Source softwares in collaboration with the Geographical Society of India on 25th February – 07th March, 2016
  • International Conference & 47th Annual Seminar of the Regional Science Association, India on Urbanization and Regional Sustainability, January 28-30, 2016.
  • A special Lecture on Urban Sociality -Difference, Encounter and Belonging by Dr. Michele Lobo, Deakin University, Australia, January 8, 2016.
  • A special Lecture on Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in A Changing Climate: Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk by Dr. Susmita Das Gupta, Lead Environmental Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank, Washington, USA, April 11, 2016.

Additional information :

  • A short term Consultancy assessment with World Bank titled Evolution of Islands in Indian Sundarban by Prof. Sunando Bandopadhyay for the duration of 6 months (ongoing).
  • A short term Consultancy assessment with World Bank titled Land Dynamics of Indian Sundarban by Prof. Sumana Bandopadhyay for the duration of 6 months (ongoing).
  • A short term Consultancy assessment with World Bank titled Migration from Bangladesh to Indian Sundarban by Dr. Utpal Roy for the duration of 6 months (ongoing).


Campus : Taraknath Palit Siksha Prangan (Ballygange Campus)

Address for communication : Department of Geography, University of Calcutta, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata - 700019, West Bengal, India