The Department of Geology was started as Madras university P.G extension centre at Govt., Engineering College Campus in the Year 1984. Prof A. Jayakumar was the Head for the Madras university PG extension centre and later he became the first Vice Chancellor of the Periyar University. Geology department was evolved as one of the pioneer Departments under Periyar University in the year 1997. Since then it was functioning in the university without any permanent faculty members in the department. The department has got full-fledged status from December 2004. Prof. S. Anbazhagan has joined as founder professor for the department in May 2005. There after the faculty strength in the department has raised to as seven.
The department has is offered M.Sc., Applied Geology calendar year programme in 2005 to start with the academic activities in the department. Simultaneously, Currently the department is offering M.Sc., Applied Geology 2 year programme. The curricula and syllabi for the courses have been periodically updated in line with recent developments in the geological science and taking into account the demands of industry and R&D institutions. The department shifted to Science Block-II ground floor in January 2009 with sufficient space. It is important to mention that the Geology department in Periyar University is one of the largest department in this country.
The faculty members in the Department have specialized in various disciplines, like Remote Sensing, GIS, Planetary Studies, Applied Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, Micropaleontology & Stratigraphy, Disaster Mitigation and Management, Sedimentology, Geochemistry, and Coastal zone studies. Research activities in the department were initiated right from 2005 onwards, once the university got 12B status from UGC. The Department is actively engaged in conducting sponsored research projects and consultancy services. The department has received financial assistance from various sponsored agencies like ISRO, UGC, DST, CSIR, TNSTC etc., and successfully completed number of research projects. The department is Sponsored by DST-FIST and it has well equipped with necessary laboratory facilities in the core areas of geology to impart practical knowledge to the students.
|M.Sc. (Applied Geology)|
A candidate who has passed B.Sc. degree in Applied Geology/ Geology of this university or an examination of any other university accepted by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto shall be permitted to appear and qualify for the M.Sc. Applied Geology Degree examinations of this university after a course of two academic years, in the Department of Geology, Periyar University.
|M.Phil (Geology)||[as per University Norms]|
|Ph.D (Geology)||[as per University Norms]|
|Value Added Course||Broucher|
|2018 - 2019 ONWARDS|
|1||M.Sc. (Applied Geology)||SYLLABUS|
|2014 - 2015 ONWARDS|
|1||M.Sc. (Applied Geology)||SYLLABUS
|2009 - 2010 ONWARDS|
|Organised by||Seminar / Conferences / Workshops organized|
|1||Prof. S. Anbazhagan||Special Lecture on ‘Near Surface Processes in MARS- A Mineralogical Perspective’ during 2nd December 2013 at Periyar University, Salem
Tamil Nadu Science Congress on ‘Natural Resources, Conservation, Protection and Green Technology’, during August 23-25, 2012 at Periyar University, Salem
TNSCST Sponsored Orientation Programme on ‘Research Activities in Science for College Teachers’ during March 26-27, 2012 at Periyar University, Salem.
UGC Sponsored Workshop on Recent Perspective on Southern Granulitic Terrain, during December 26, 2011 at Department of Geology, Periyar University, Salem.
Regional Workshop on “Artificial Recharge and Watershed Management” held at Department of Geology, Periyar University, and Salem, during 6th August 2010.
National Seminar on “Recent Developments and Opportunities in Exploration Geology & Geoinformatics” (Explore G2, 2007) March 7-9, 2007 at Department of Geology, Periyar University, Salem.
Workshop on “Earth science: Its Present Role in Society – an awareness programme for school teachers” February 28tth 2006 at Department of Geology, Periyar University, Salem.
|2||Dr. M. Ramkumar||National Workshop on “Georesources and IPR Regime: Familiarization and Practice” 5th -6th October’2006.|
|3||Dr. S. Venkateswaran||National Workshop on “Water Resources: Exploration Strategies and management Issues (WATER – 2008)” during march 24-25, 2008.|
|4||Dr. R. Venkatachalapathy||National Seminar on “Earth Resources, Environment and Earth Sciences for Society” and 12th National Convention of South Asian Association of Economic Geologists. February 5-7, 2009.|
|5||Dr. R. Venkatachalapathy||DST Sponsored International Workshop on “Monitoring of River Health Using Diatoms” 17-19 February, 2010.|
|6||Dr. R. Venkatachalapathy||ONGC-APG Workshop on “Petroleum Exploration” (Industry-Academia-2009) 25, 28-29 September, 2009, Chennai & Salem.|
|Photo Geology Lab
||Remote sensing & GIS Lab
|Photo Geology Lab
||Display of Rock specimens
Binocular Polarizing Microscopes, Triangular Polarizing Petrological Microscopes, Stereo zoom Microscopes, Resistivity Meters, Light Tables, Mirror Stereoscope, Pocket Stereoscope, Spectrometer UV-VIS, Laboratory Pulverizer, LAMIMAR Flow system, Electro cutting Machine, Double Distillation unit, Hot Air Ovens, Hot Plates, Shive Shakers, Electronic Digital Balance.
Through DST- FIST programme the following facilities are being under procurement; Multiparameter analyzer, Student model Stereozoom microscopes Petrothin thin section machine, GIS multiple license software, computing facilities for students and books.Through UGC XI plan procurement of AAS, Survey equipments. Under UGC Non SAP programme lab modular tables fume cub board are being procured.
Lenovo, HP, HCL, Acer Computers, Laptop Computers, Nova UPS, Xerox Machine Ricoh MP1600, HP Inkjet & Laserjet B/W & Colour Printers, HP Scanners, ERDAS – Image processing Software, Arc GIS 9.2 Software, Printer Plotter, LCD projectors, OHP and Interactive Board
Structural Geology Models (Wooden), Goniometer, Horse Shoe Magnet, Thin Section of rocks, Map Filling Cabinet, Aerial Photographs, Topo Sheets, GPS, Crystal models, set of 360 wooden models Brunton Compass, Geologist Hammer, Rocks, Minerals & Fossils specimens and Chemicals & Glassware’s.
|Name of the Principal Investigator||Title of the Project||Amount Sanctioned||Funding Agency||Present Status|
|Dr. S. Anbazhagan||Realisation and Supply on Lunar Soil Simulant(A consultancy project related to Chandrayaan2)||Rs.13,26,304/||ISAC- ISRO||Ongoing|
|Dr. S. Anbazhagan||Reflectance Spectra and Petrological studies of Kadavur structure – a possible Terrestrial analog for Lunar Highland Region(Project “RESPET Kadavur”)||Rs. 26,68,560/-||ISRO-PRL PLANEX Programme||Ongoing|
|Dr. S. Anbazhagan||Geological, Geomorphological and Geotechnical Studies for landslide assessment along Ghat road from 0 km to 25 km of Kolli hills, Tamil Nadu(Project ‘KOLLI LANDSLIDE’)||Rs.11,63,000/-||NRDMS, DST.||Completed|
|Dr. S. Anbazhagan||Reflectance Spectra of selected Rocks and Minerals and Optimization of Spectral bands for Lunar mapping (Project ‘Spectra’)||Rs. 7, 00,000/-||ISRO-PRL||Completed|
|Dr. S. Anbazhagan||Micro level (Farm level) Artificial Recharge study in drought prone areas of Tamil Nadu, India (Project ‘MARS’)||Rs. 5, 78,000/-||UGC||Completed|
|Dr. R. Venkatachalapathy||Cretaceous Bio-Events and Stage Boundaries in Southern India – the Regional and Global perspectives (Project ‘Bio-Events’)||Rs.20,62,800/-||DST||Ongoing|
|Dr. R. Venkatachalapathy||Cenomanian-Turonian planktic rotests, biotic and abiotic events and their relationship: A Comparative Joint Study of Indo-Russian Cretaceous Deposits. Sponsored International Project with Geological Institute Russian Academy of Science, Moscow.||Rs. 15,87,560/-||DST-RFBR||Ongoing|
|Dr. R. Neelakantan
|Geomatics based Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping and Management in the Shevaroy Hill Ranges, Salem District, Tamil Nadu”||Rs. 6, 00,000/-||DST||Ongoing|
|Dr. R. Neelakantan
|Landslide Hazard Zonation Mapping In Coonoor And Kothagiri Areas of Nilgiri Mountains Using Geospatial Technology(LAND-COKE). Under Major Research Project||Rs. 8,89,000/-||UGC||Ongoing|
|Dr. K. Anbarasu||“Petrology and Geochemistry of the late archean chromitites and associated ultramafic instrusions from Bhavani Layared Complex in the western part of the Cauvery shear Zone, Tamilnadu, Southern India: Implecations for PGE metallogency” (PLATINA )||Rs.16,70,640/-||DST||Ongoing|
|Dr. M. Ramkumar||Development of an automated deterministic and predictive scheme for coastal sedimentary environments of Krishna delta, India.(Project “KRUSHNA”)||Rs.19,31,000/-||CSIR||Ongoing|
|Dr. Mu. Ramkumar||Environmental and climatic conditions across Cretaceous-Tertiary transition in the Cauvery Basin, South India. (Project ‘ENCONDIA’), Co-Principal Investigator: Dr.K.Anbarasu||Rs.10,55,100/-||UGC||Ongoing|
|Dr. M. Ramkumar||Integrated Sequence and Chemostratigraphy of the Cauvery basin, South India with potential applications to hydrocarbon exploration.||Rs.4, 44,000/-||DST||Completed|
|Total Project Cost : Rs. 1,26,81,100/-
(Rupees One Crore Twenty Six Lakhs Eighty One Thousand and Hundred Only)
As an integral part of Geological curriculum, an exclusive Geological museum has been established in Department of Geology, Periyar University in the year 2004. The geological museum and collections of rare geological samples are great assets of the nation and contribute to research, science education and public.
Tamil Nadu is a home to a wide-ranging and scientifically important set of geological collections. The diverse and unique natures of the collections contribute to the scientific advancement and cultural understanding of our planet for researchers, students and the public. Specimens housed in collections around the Tamil Nadu include rocks and minerals, casts, reconstructions, plants and animal fossils. Together, they represent an unparalleled scientific and resource that attracts visitors
Geological Museum of the Department of Geology, Periyar University, is unique, which displays more than 1000 exhibits of typical and rare specimens of minerals, rocks and fossils and models of earth processes and evolution of life. Besides, the museum has an excellent collection of gemstones; in natural and polished forms. There are collections of fossils (age-wise, phylum-wise) of both plants and animals, rocks of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic groups, and minerals element-wise, statewise, and genesis. In addition, models of crystals that occur in nature and represent various ore and rock forming minerals are also housed in the Museum of the Department of Geology. Further, various physical features of rocks, namely folds, faults, joints and foliations together with different geomorphic models of the Earth and Earth surface and interior are also included in the exhibits. Collections in the Museum are used by staff and students for research and postgraduate courses.
The curation and exhibition of geoscience samples are invaluable to science education. Visiting collections and using associated teaching resources provide engaging and exciting ways to learn. Local and national museums are visited by children and students of all ages, and are also a considerable draw for many people visiting the Department. Public access to collections often provides the opportunity for hands-on interaction with some samples, helping to develop a more concrete understanding of the processes they represent.
Publicly accessible collections are well distributed across the nation. Smaller local collections are often best equipped to tell the story of an area’s geology and landscapes through specimens and samples that may include outcrops and rock types unique to that area.
Larger national institutions generally contain more nationally and internationally significant material which is less closely linked to its location. National and local collections therefore perform different and complementary functions in terms of public engagement and understanding. The Museum in the Department of Geology does precisely to fill this gap by housing and providing access to the rocks, minerals, fossils, and models of local-regional-national occurrence and importance.List of Geological Specimens The Museum in the Department of Geology has arguably the largest and best rock and mineral collection in the region. Selected specimens are on display in the museum, and many more are stored for teaching and research purposes. The mineral collection has been the nucleus of a long history of research.