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 Abroad.


  • To encourage academic excellence and provide a forum for exchange of views on various aspects of earth sciences,
  • To generate consciousness of the role of earth scientists in the national development and international understanding
  • To promote social interaction among its members,
  • To look into the problems of the alumni in respect of their job opportunities and related matters, and
  • To liaise with other organizations / associations with similar or related objectives for evolving a national

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