K Shah President Sh. S S Wazir Sr. Vice President Sh. B K
Raina Vice President Prof C S Sudan Vice President Sh. B D
Thapa Vice President Prof G M Bhat Gen Secreatry Dr. Alok
Raina Coor. Secretary Dr. A K Sahni Treasurer Sh. V.
Sharma Joint Secretary Sh. A M Mir Joint Secretary Dr.
B Thusu Foreign Secretary
Teaching of Geology was initiated in
Jammu at the erstwhile Prince of Wales College, now Govt. Gandhi
Memorial Science College, in 1907. This was the second Postgraduate
Department of Geology in India, next only to Presidency College,
Calcutta at that time. The Department was established by Dr D.
N. Wadia, FRS, who joined the college on July 6, 1907 as Professor
of Natural Sciences (Geology). While holding the chair in the
College, Wadia wrote his famous text book Geology of
India which was published
by Mc Milan & Co., London in 1919.
The postgraduate teaching in geology then was under the academic
control of Punjab University, Lahore. Due to recession of
thirties and forties of the twentieth century the postgraduate
teaching was discontinued in 1931. Teaching of geology
was reintroduced at the postgraduate level in 1948 in the Govt.
Gandhi Memorial Science College Jammu under the academic control of
the erstwhile University of Jammu and Kashmir. The postgraduate
section was taken by the university under its administrative control
in 1956. After the bifurcation of the Jammu and Kashmir
University in 1969 the Postgraduate Department got affiliated to the
University of Jammu.The Alumni of the department includes the past
Director Generals (then known as Directors) of the Geological Survey
of India (Mr. V. P. Sondhi, second Indian to head the largest
scientific organization) and Pakistan (Mr. Tayyab Ali, first
non-British to head the organization), several scientists of
international repute in various institutions and universities, two
of the expedition leaders to Antarctica, the Mt. Everest conqueror
(Mr. C. P. Vohra, former Director General of GSI) and several other
members of the five Indian expedition teams to Antarctica.
Apart from that the Alumni of this department have donned similar
positions in several other earth science organizations like Oil and
Natural Gas Corporation, Atomic Mineral Division, Coal India Limited
and various research organizations and universities in India and