Department Profile

Established in 1949 just after a year of the establishment of the Gauhati University, the department of Geography has now successfully completed 46 years of teaching and research.


India's north east, the initial hinterland of the department, continued to be a terra incognita even after the country's independence. This naturally posed before the department an intellectual challenge to unravel the marvels of the region's nature and culture. Directed thus by the prevalent situation, curiosity and compulsion, the then faculties of the department decided to set a goal, rather a mission, towards understanding the geographical fabric of the region. Today, as we live in an increasingly interdependent world caught up in a global chain of events, the department redefines its mission to put it under the umbrella phrase- understanding geography of the north -east in a new global order- besides upholding the general academic standard of the discipline.


Established in 1949 just after a year of the establishment of the Gauhati University, the department of Geography has now successfully completed 46 years of teaching and research. However the department took almost a decade to start postgraduate teaching in the discipline, whereas formal research leading to Ph.D. degree began only in mid 60's. Notably enough the department has the unique distinction of being the pioneer in the university in introducing M.Phil course in 1981. Thus for the last three decades, apart from regular teaching, the department has been carrying out study and research on geomorphologic, economic, social and political problems including works on population, land use, agriculture, settlement, urbanisation, and transport in North east India specially Assam. A good no of research papers and books of national and international repute have been contributed by its faculty members.

Facilities & Assets


At present the department has two laboratories with modern sophisticated instruments. The GIS laboratory is established recently with the fund provided by the Department of Science and Technology of Govt. of India under FIST program. The GIS lab is equipped with 14 computers with the software of GIS and Remote Sensing.

The fluvial geomorphology laboratory is another laboratory in the department, which offers a unique scope to the students to have hands on experience on the issues of water and soil.


The Departmental library though small in its volume has a rich collection of valuable books, journals, Reports, thesis etc. Good numbers of books have added annually to the library stock and at present the library has a stock of 1600 books.


The department has equipped with Internet facility for the teachers, students, and research scholars.

Course and Programmes

Postgraduate Course


Total marks 1600 (400 in each semester)
There are thirty-two papers in total, each carrying 50 marks(twenty-three theory papers, eight practical papers and one dissertation paper)

  • Cartography
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Population Geography
  • Regional Development and Planning
  • Agricultural Geography
  • Geography of Rural Development
  • Geoinformatics


Major Thrust Areas

o Fluvial Geomorphology
o Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
o Flood Hazard
o Regional Development and Planning
o Landuse and Landcover
o Population and Ethnic Issues
o Peasant Agriculture
o Social and Gender Issues
o Tourism and Leisure Studies
o Problems of Char Areas of The Brahmaputra Valley
o Geography of Health
o Tribal Studies


* Prof. H. N. Sharma
* Prof. M. M. Das
* Prof. R. Barman
* Prof. A. K. Bhagabati
* Prof. L. Datta
* Prof. A. K. Bora
* Prof. B. K. Kar
* Prof. A. Saikia
* Dr. P. Bhattacharya
* Dr. D. Sahariah
* Dr. M. Das

Ongoing Projects

1. Title: GIC Modeling-based Ground Water Arsenic Contamination in Brahmaputra Basin and Development of a Remediation Strategy Using Endemic Lignocellulosic Agrowaste-based Nanobiosorbants (Major Project)
Investigators: Prof. A. K. Bhagabati (PI) and Dr. P. Bhattacharya (Co PI)
Sponsoring Agency: DBT, New Delhi
Period: 2012-2015
2. Title: Whither Urbanism?: Exploring Changing Faces of Urban Development in Assam (Major Project)
Principal Investigator: Prof. B. K. Kar
Sponsoring Agency: ICSSR, New Delhi
Period: 2013-2015
3. Title: Education, Occupation and Associated Demographic Character and Socio-Economic Well-being in BTAD, Assam (Major Project)
Principal Investigator: Prof. B. K. Kar
Sponsoring Agency: UGC, New Delhi
Period: 2013-2016
4. Title: Weather Elements and Crop Response to Climate Change (Minor Project)
Principal Investigator: U. D. Baruah
Sponsoring Agency: UGC, New Delhi
Period: 2013-2015
5. Title: Continuity and Change among the Buddhist Tai Communities of Assam (Major Project)
Principal Investigator: Dr. M. Das
Sponsoring Agency: UGC, New Delhi
Period: 2013-2016



Abani Kumar Bhagabati
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Environmental Geography and Agricultural Geography
Anup Saikia
MA (NEHU) PhD (NEHU) MPhil (NEHU) Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing, Land Change Science, Climate Change, Protected Areas
Dhrubajyoti Sahariah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Fluvial Geomorphology and GIS
Manash Jyoti Nath
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Population Geography, Medical Geography and Geoinformatics
Lakshahira Datta (Retired Professor)
Madhushree Das
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Social Geography and Tribal Studies
Nityananda Deka
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (Gauhati) Fluvial Geomorphology, Agro- ecosystem and Rural Development Studies
Ratneswar Barman (Retired Professor)
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Ashok Kumar Bora
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Geomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Remote Sensing
Sriprakash Sharma
MSc (Gauhati) Regional Planning, Cartography, Remote Sensing
Prasanta Bhattacharya
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cartography, GIS & RS, Geography of Tourism
Bimal Kumar Kar
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Cartography, Population and Social Geography, Remote Sensing & GIS
Ujjal Deka Baruah
MA (Gauhati) Cartography


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Department of Geography,
Gauhati University, Guwahati- 781 014
Assam, INDIA
Phone No: +91-361-2570372, 098640-39200
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