Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. Formerly known as nagpur university. Accredited with grade A by NACC

Department of Geology

About us

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The Postgraduate Department of Geology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur was established in 1946 and celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 2006. The Department imparts teaching leading to postgraduate degrees, i.e. M. Sc. Geology- Four Semester Choice Based Credit System and M. Sc. (Tech) Applied Geology- Six Semester Choice Based Credit System with intake capacity of 20 students for both courses and research guidance culminating into M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. The research work in the Department is being carried out in Petrology, Geochemistry, Applied Micropaleontology, Limnogeology, Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geology, Environmental Geology, Ore Geology etc. The infrastructure facilities, for both teaching and research, in the Department were boosted due to sanctioning of a) Rs. 45.00 lacs under FIST Level-I (Fund for Improvement of S & T Infrastructure)program of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), , Govt. of India during 2000 to 2005 and Rs. 95. 00 lacs for a period from 2012 to 2017. Department also received grant of Rs. 40 lacs and Rs 1Crore 7 lakhs under SAP- DRS-1 and II Programme (SAP: Special Assistance Program, DRS: Departmental Research Support) of University Grants Commission (UGC), Govt. of India for a period from 2010 to 2015 and 2016-2021.

Prof. A. M. Pophare is heading the Project implementation Group of UGC SAP-DRS-II programme. The faculty of the Department have handled and successfully completed R & D projects sanctioned by funding agencies such as UGC, SERB, RTMNU, DAE-BRNS, MoES, etc. The faculty members of the Department regularly participate in the National and International seminars. It is significant to mention here that Dr. K. R. Randive, faculty member of the Department participated in the 31st Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica as Member of the Summer 2011-12 Scientific Team organized by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He also visited Portsmouth University, UK as visiting faculty (2018). Dr D.B. Malpe visited University of Johannesburg South Africa and attended 35th IGC held at Cape Town (2014). Dr. Bandana Samant visited University of Florida, USA as a visiting scientist in (2016 and 2018).Dr. S. K. Humane visited USA for attending international workshop as an invited member in PAGES. Many faculty members of the Department have number of edited research volumes (Prof. P. Kundal- 03; Prof. A. M. Pophare- 05, Prof. D. B. Malpe- 07 ; Dr. S. K. Humane- 03; Dr. H. S. Kale-03, Randive -03, Murkute-04) to their credit and two faculty members, Dr. K. R. Randive and Dr. Y. A. Murkute have published a text cum reference book in English and Marathi respectively. All the faculty members of Department publish research papers in National and International Journals having high impact factor Nowadays, students of the Department are getting coveted jobs in organizations such as Geological Survey of India (GSI), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Coal India Limited (CIL), Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA), Directorate of Geology and Mining (DGM), Oil Field Instrumentation etc. Department has Alumni Association which was constituted in July 2004 and registered with Charity Commissioner, Nagpur in 2007 (Reg. No. MAH/706/07 (N), dated 11 Dec. 2007). Alumni Association in association with Department of Geology organized International workshop cum field excursion in which seven researchers from USA and UK participated. For overall development of the students of the Department, “Academic Forum” of students was formed in 2000 and since then “Academic Forum” has been organizing weekly seminars by students and special lectures (2-3 in a year) by renowned Geoscientists. The short term vision of the Department is to make the Department as one of the best departments in the country and the long term objective is to make the Department as Centers of Advanced Studies in Geology. Department has well equipped Optical, sedimentology, micropaleontology, hydrogeology, GIS and Geochemistry laboratories. It has advance in instrumental facilities which include research grade ore microscopes, petrological microscope, biological microscopes, zoom microscopes, high end weighing machines, centrifuges, oven, furnaces, distilled water plants, ultrasonic sieve cleaner, thin section preparation machine, TOC, and coring machines along with basic field equipments.


Course name Duration
M.Sc. Geology Four Semester (Choice Based Credit based)
M.Sc. Tech (Applied Geology) Six Semester (Choice Based Credit based)
M. Phil. Geology 1 ½ Years
P.G. Diploma in Exploration Geochemistry 1 ½ Years


Intake Capacity

Intake Capacity
Courses Intake
M.Sc. Semester  I 20 Seats
M. Sc. Tech Semester  I 20 Seats


For admission to the M. Sc. Semester-I Course in Geology and M. Sc. (Tech.) Semester -I Applied Geology, the candidate must have passed the B.Sc. Examination with Geology as one of the subject of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University or an examination recognized as equivalent thereto, are eligible to admission, provided they have secured an aggregate of not less than 45% marks at the B. Sc. Examination.


Names of the Present Faculty Members of the Department

Names of the Present Faculty Members of the Department
S. N. Name Designation


Qualification Specialization



Dr. A. M. Pophare

Professor and Head, M.Sc., Ph.D. Petrology Dr. A. M. Pophare
2 Dr. P. P. Kundal Professor (CAS)

M. Sc., Ph. D. Micropaleontology Dr. P. P. Kundal
3 Dr. D. B. Malpe Professor M. Sc. (Tech), Ph. D.



Dr. D. B. Malpe
4 Dr. K. R. Randive Assistant Professor

M. Sc.,


Igneous Petrology,

Dr. K. R. Randive
5 Dr. S. K. Humane Assistant Professor

M. Sc.,


Environmental Micropaleontology,
Dr. S. K. Humane
6 Dr. H. S. Kale Assistant Professor M. Sc. , M. Sc. (Tech.),

Ph. D.

Exploration Geochemistry

Dr. H. S. Kale
7. A. M. Varade Assistant Professor M. Sc. , M. Tech. Sedimentology Dr. A. M. Varade
8. Dr. (Mrs.) S. S. Humane Assistant Professor M. Sc. Tech.),

Ph. D.

Micropaleontology Dr. S. S. Humane
9. Dr. Y. A. Murkute Assistant Professor M. Sc.,


Hydrogeology Dr. Y. A. Murkute
10 B. S. Manjare Assistant Professor M. Sc.,Ph.D Remote Sensing & GIS Dr. B. S. Manjare
11 Dr. (Mrs.)  B. Samant Assistant Professor M. Sc.,


Palynology Dr. B. Samant
12 Dr. H. W. Khandare Assistant Professor M.Sc,Ph.D. Mineral Prospecting
13 Dr. M. S. Deshmukh Assistant Professor M.Sc,Ph.D. Hydrogeology Dr. M. S. Deshmukh

Research Projects

Departmental Projects:

  1. DST – FIST Program, Level I sponsored by SERC-DST. Pophare, A. M., Kundal, P., Malpe, D. B., Humane, Sumedh K., Samant, Bandana (Members of Project Implementation Group). Total Outlay: 95 lakhs (For Five years i.e. 2012 to 2017) (No. SR/FST/ESI- 117/2011 (c), dated 07/06/2012.

  2. UGC SAP-DRS II (Coordinator: Prof. A. M. Pophare, Deputy Co-ordinator: Dr. Sumedh K. Humane), Total Outlay: 1 Crore 07 Lacs (For five years i.e.01 April 2016 – 31st March 2021).

Individual Major Research Projects:

  1. Bandana Samant (P.I.) and D. M. Mohabey (Co-PI) are working on Ministry of Earth Science (MoES), New Delhi sponsored rproject entitled “Palynoflora, reptilian tetrapods and clay minerals of sediments associated with Deccan Continental Flood Basalts of the Malwa Group, Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh: a biotic response to climatic changes” with a total outlay of Rs. 76,19,090/- (2016-ongoing).

  2. Randive, K. R. (P.I.) is working onSERB. New Delhi sponsored project titled “Mineralogy, Petrography and Geochemical investigations for Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization in the Phenai Mata Igneous Complex, Deccan Large Igneous Province, Gujarat, India” with a total outlay of Rs. 34,93,760/- (2018-ongoing).

Individual Minor Research Projects:

  1. Deshmukh M. S. (P.I.) “Flow Mapping and Correlations of the Deccan Basalt Lava Flows Exposed Around Wadi Area, Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India” (), RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur for with total amount Rs. 3,00,000/- duration 2 Years (29/9/2016 to 29/9/2018).

  2. Malpe, D. B. (P.I.) “Geochemistry and Health Effects of Fluoride Contaminated Groundwater from Bhadravati Area of Chadrapur District, Maharashtra” (- Principal Investigator). RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur ,Rs.3,00,000/-, Duration 02 years (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018).

  3. Hemant W. Khandare (P.I.) and Abhay M. Varade, (Co-PI)“Geology, Geochemistry and Genesis of Syenite, Rangi Area, Gadchiroli District, Western Bastar Craton, Central India”; funded by RTM NU Nagpur (- Principal Investigator &). RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur Rs.3,00,000/- , Duration - 02 years (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018).

  4. Dr. B. S. Manjare (P.I.)Prioritization of B13TAU031(Upper Tapi sub basin) subwatersheds for sustainable development and management of ground water: An integrated approach using remote sensing, GIS and socio-economic data”. (: Principal Investigator), RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, Rs.2,85,000/- , Duration - 02 years (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2018).

  5. Dr Samaya, S. Humane (P.I.) and Dr. Sumedh K. Humane, (Co- P.I.)“Integrated study of the major lakes of Gondia District, Maharashtra using sedimentary diatoms, geochemistry, hydrochemistry and sediment dating to assess the trophic status and paleoclimate” Research Project funded by University Grant’s Commission (UGC) Project, Rs : 9.91 lakhs (July 2012 to July, 2015).

International Collaborative Research Programme

  1. 2014-2018. A joint international collaborative studies involving Prof J. A. Wilson, University of Michigan, USA and Dr. Bandana Samant, Department of Geology for the study of Late Cretaceous vertebrates systematics and paleoecology.

  2. 2015-2018. National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored multidisciplinary collaborative project involving Prof. Steven. R. Manchester, University of Florida, USA andDr. Bandana Samant, Department of Geology for the study of Late Cretaceous-Early Paleocene Deccan Intertrappean flora.

  3. 2018-ongoing.National Science Foundation (NSF), sponsored multidisciplinary collaborative project involving Prof. G. P. Wilson, University of Washington, USAandDr. Bandana Samant, Department of Geology for the project “India at the Crossroads: Biotic changes in continental vertebrates across the Cretaceous Paleogene”

No. of Ph.D.'s Awarded/Working

Awarded: From 2014 to 2019: 28, submitted 5

Candidates working for Ph.D.: 17

Student's Achievements and their Placements

Student's Achievements and their Placements
YearNETSETNETGATECivil Service/Geologist UPSC/AMD/MECLState Government ExaminationTotal No. of students absorbed
2014-20150104 (GSI)
2015-2016030301 GSI, 01 (AMD)01 MPSC (lectureship) 15 DGM
2016-201702050302 (GSI)
2016-201702050302 (GSI)
2017-2018070301 (MECL)
2018-2019010302 (GSI)