Academic

Department of Geography

Geography is a synthesizing discipline that straddles both physical and social sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject equips students to pursue a variety of specializations. The broad based knowledge that this subject imparts and instills confidence in an individual and helps one face competitive examinations.

 

Nirmala College has the distinction of being the only private college in Tamilnadu offering a B.Sc. degree in Geography. The subject was introduced at the intermediate level in 1956 and as a degree course in 1976. The Department of Geography is well recognized for its excellent facilities. The Department has a spacious laboratory and is well equipped with drawing instruments, surveying equipments, thematic maps, topographical maps, aerial photographs, satellite data products, weather maps, computers with printers and a scanner, National Geographic CDs, GIS software, GPS, LCDs. The Department was recognized as a Research Department in 2012. It now offers full time and part M.Phil and Ph.D programmes.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To impart knowledge and an understanding of planet earth and its peoples
  • To create lasting awareness and build a learning community that goes beyond the curriculum
  • To nurture in students a sense of respect for others and their surroundings
  • To foster links with schools and other departments

COURSE OUTLINE

The course syllabus covers the fundamental concepts of physical and human geography along with the basics of computers and technology-enabled fields like Remote Sensing and GIS. Under the autonomous syllabus, papers like Information and Communication Technology in Geography, Basics of Remote Sensing, Basics of Geographic Information System have been introduced.

 

Skill based papers that have been introduced include General Geography, Geography and the Great Travellers and Geography through Maps and a project on Teaching Geography. Geoinformatics is offered as a skill-based subject to students of other departments. A paper on Natural Hazards and Disasters is offered as an inter-disciplinary elective to students from other departments.The syllabus of the papers is constantly revised with a view of making it relevant and interesting.

S.No Name of the authors Title of the paper Name of the Journal Issue Page No. and Year
1 Shanmugapriya J, Senthil J., Indhira K., Anand P H and Pugalenthi.T Awareness of Dye Industrial Workers About Their Occupational Health Hazards In Karur [India] International Journal of Recent Scientific Research Vol. 8, Issue, 7, pp. 18256-18258, July, 2017, ISSN: 0976-3031 1 to 3 (2017)
2 Shanmugapriya, J., Dr. Senthil, J., Dr. Anand, P.H. and Dr.Indhira K., Impact of Dyeing Industrial Effluents on the Groundwater Quality In Karur Town India International Journal of Development Research Vol. 07, Issue, 07, pp.14199-14203, July, 2017, ISSN: 2230-9926 1 to 5 (2017)
3 Lakshmi, G., Senthil, J., Indhira, K., and Anand, P.H. Decadal Variations of Land Use and Land Cover Classification In thanjavur Taluk (India) International Journal of Current Research Vol. 9, Issue, 07, pp.55292-55299, July, 2017, ISSN: 0975-833X 1 to 8 (2017)

 

Conference/Seminar/workshop/Guest lecture organized by the Department

S.No.

Title

Sponsored by

Date

Resource persons

1

Guest lecture on “National Highway networks of India”

College

26.07.2017

Mr. Udhayashankar,

Project director- DGM,

National Highways Authority of India, Coimbatore.

2

Symposium & workshop on “Survey of India and its topographical maps”

 

DBT

02.08.2017

1. Dr. Maria Anita Anandhi

Retd. Prof of Geography,

Nirmala College for women.

 

2. Mr.Subramaniam

Surveyor, Survey of India.

3

Workshop on “Survey of India toposheets and its numbering”

 

DBT

03.08.2017

Dr. Maria Anita Anandhi

Retd. Prof of Geography,

Nirmala College for women.

 

4

Guest lecture on “Traditional water conservation/ harvesting systems of India”

 

DBT

18.08.2017

Mr.V.Govindankutty,

Assistant Professor in Geography

Govt. College, Chittur.

5

Geo Quiz for school students

&

Exhibition on “Cartography”

DBT

29.08.2017

 

6

Guest lecture on “Urban infrastructure- Water Treatment”

 

DBT

06.09.2017

Mr. Irudhayaraj,

Superintend Engineer

Siruvani Water treatment Plant

7

Guest lecture on “Mangroves and coastal protection”

 

DBT

13.09.2017

Dr. Goldin Quadros

Sr. Scientist, Wetland Ecology division

Sacon

8

Guest lectures on “Genetically modifies crops and the environment”

 

DBT

15.09.2017

1. Mr. Selvaraj

Coordinator, Tamilnadu Organic Farmers Association

 

2. Ms. Sreedevi Lakshmikutty

Co founder- Biobasics, sustainable farming and food activist. Coimbatore

9

Guest lecture on “Geographical Information System and its application in Geography”

 

DBT

18.09.2017

Prof. K. Kumaraswamy

UGC-BSR Emeritus Professor
Department of Geography
Bharathidasan University,  Tiruchirappalli.

10

Guest lecture on “Geographical Information System and its application in Urban Studies”

 

DBT

27.09.2017

Dr. Sulochana Shekhar

Professor & Head

Department of Geography

School of Earth Sciences
Central University of Tamil Nadu

Thiruvarur

 

11

Personality development workshop for II & III.B.Sc and  M.Sc Students

Department

04.12.2017

Ms.Maheshwari, CRIF, Madurai

12

Personality development workshop for II & III.B.Sc and  M.Sc Students

Department

05.12.2017

Ms.Maheshwari, CRIF, Madurai

13

Guest lecture on “Astronomy & Celestial Navigation”

 

DBT

06.12.2017

Mr. Kuppusamy,

Retd Sr. Technical Officer, Indian Institute of Astro-Physics, Bengaluru

14

Symposium on “The Garbage Menace- Solutions”

 

 ‘The Challenges of Managing Garbage’

 

 

‘Garbage – its impact on nature’

 

 

 

 

Reducing the burden - Zero waste’

Autonomous

07.12.2017

 

 

 

 

Dr. Joshy V. Cherian

 Managing Director,

Omega Ecotech Products India Ltd.,

 Coimbatore

 

Mr.  Sanjay Prasad G 

Chief Coordinator,

Environmentalist Foundation of India 

Coimbatore

 

Mr. Shibu Nair

Director, THANAL, Trivandrum

 

15

Guest Lecture on “Role of River Noyyal in the development of Kongu History”

 

DBT

11.12.2017

Dr. T. Ilangovan

(Retd) Professor in History,

Govt. Arts College, Coimbatore.

16

Workshop on “Disaster Awareness”

 

DBT

12.12.2017

Disaster Management Team from Sri Sathya Sai Organisation, Coimbatore

17

Workshop on GPS

 

DBT

20.12.2017

Mr. Karthikeyan

C Cad Systems

Mettupalayam

Coimbatore.

 

18

Guest Lecture on “Astronomy & geography”

 

DBT

08.01.2018

Dr.K.Smiles Mascrenes,

 Dean of Academic Affairs,

Coimbatore Institute of Educational Technology Coimbatore

 

19

Guest Lecture on “Environmental Impact Assessment”

 

DBT

19.01.2018

Dr.P.R. Arun

Principal Scientist, SACON,Anaikatti

20

Guest Lecture on “Importance of human values in the current Scenario”

College

12.02.2018

Dr.B.Ilango Balakrishnan

Former-Vice Chancellor

Bharathiar University

21

Workshop on “Aerial Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry”

 

DBT

14.02.2018

R. Jegan Kumar

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

School of Geo sciences

Bharathidasan University, Trichirapally

22

Guest Lecture on “Changing Climatic conditions in Coimbatore”

College

16.02.2018

Dr. S. Panneerselvam,  Professor and Head, Department of Agro Climate Research Centre , Tamilnadu Agricultural University.

 

23

Guest Lecture on “Geography and the competitive exams”

 

DBT

26.02.2018

Mr.M.Raj Kumar, Coordinator,

KPR  IAS Academy, Coimbatore.

 

Conference/Seminar/Workshop attended

S.No.

Date

Name of the Participants

Designation

(Student/Staff)

Title of the conference/Seminar/Workshop

Organized by

1

24.3.2018

Dr. Miriam.R

Associate Professor

Outcome based Education

IQAC, Nirmala College for women

2

24.3.2018

Dr. Jyothirmayi.P

Assistant Professor

Outcome based Education

IQAC, Nirmala College for women

3

24.3.2018

Sreelakshmy.M

Assistant Professor

Outcome based Education

IQAC, Nirmala College for women

 

Ph.D and M.Phil Produced and Ongoing

S.No.

Name of the Supervisor

Guideship No.

 

Name of the

Student

Year

Status

1

Dr. Maria Anita Anandhi

155/23006

Williams N

Ph. D (F.T)

2014

On going

2

Dr. Maria Anita Anandhi

155/23006

Franchina Mary A

Ph. D (P.T)

2015

On going

3

Dr.Miriam

1/A2/2007 communication no 12559

Sunithra R

M.Phil (P.T)

2016

On going

4

Dr. Jyothirmayi

25070-2/A2/2015

Ponmani Vetrichelvan P

M.Phil (P.T)

2017

On going

 

 

Field Trip

S.No.

Places Visited

Date

No. of students

No. of staff members

1

I B.Sc students visited the Gass Forest Museum

10.07.2017

47

2

2

II & III B.Sc. and II M.Sc.  students visited the Regional Science Centre, Coimbatore

11.07.2017

69

3

3

I & II B.Sc.  students visited the  Siruvani water treatment plant.

 

20.09.2017

75

2

4

II & III B.Sc. and II M.Sc.  students visited Nalliaympathy to view the Palakkad Gap and Malampuzha.

25.09.2017

69

3

5

III.B.Sc and PG  students were taken to a field trip to Topslip, Aanamalai Tiger Reserve Forest

 

15.12.2017

23

2

6

I.B.Sc. Geography students were taken for a field trip to Nilgiri Biosphere National Park, Thoovaipathi.

15.12.2017

47

2

 

Future plan

The department will continue to host a series of guest lectures and workshops as well as organize field trips. The department is going to start a Certificate course in Geographical Information System from 2018-19 onwards.

Best practice

(i) Field trips have formed an important component of the learning process of the students of the Department. These trips sensitize them to various local issues and encourage them to be proactive.

(ii) In keeping with one of the objectives of the Department of nurturing in students a respect for others and their surroundings, the students are actively involved in ensuring that plastic carry bags are not used in the college canteen. Over the past few years, the students have made and supplied the canteen with more than seventy five thousand newspaper carry bags.

Scholarships instituted by the Department :

The staff and students of the Department have instituted a Department Silver Jubilee Scholarship besides the Anusuya Memorial Scholarship and the Alijar memorial scholarship instituted by old students. The Department also constantly supports needy students. In 2012 K.T. Chariar Memorial Prize was added.

Other Facilities:

The Department has a well-equipped laboratory with sufficient equipments, computers and other materials. It also has an excellent library with large number of reference books for UG and PG students.

Job Opportunities

The alumnae of the Department are employed as teachers in schools, as planners in Town and Country Planning Department, lecturers in University, Project Assistants in the National Remote Sensing Agency and at Dr.M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, as GIS Analysts in large private firms and in IT enabled services.

Events

Sr. Helan Jenifer of II.M.Sc Geography won the second prize in the state level Young Geographer Talent Test for post Graduate Category conducted by Indian Geographical Society, Chennai.

Top Alumni

  • ESTHER KUMAR - Town planner, CMDA, Chennai.
  • SUDHA SUBRAHMANIAM - Digital Cartohraphic network Editor, New Jersey, USA
  • Dr. P.N. RAJNA - Senior program officre, USAID, New Delhi
  • REENA O.M - IRS OFFICER
  • Dr. DHANABHAGYAM - Associate Professor, Gandhigram rural University
  • Dr. Priya Narayanan - Assistant Professor, Gulbarga University
  • VASUKI - GIS TEAM lead – Yahoo, California