Being initiated in September 1995, the Dept. of Geography experiences a steep growth and presently has faculty strength of 7 members and student strength of 120. We envision that the department will continue to build its reputation as one of the leading undergraduate geography programs in the nation in the areas of mapping science, global systems analysis, earth science, environmental analysis and planning, and urban and regional planning. Geography faculty will work to maintain, update, and improve the curricula associated with these outstanding programs. We will also build on existing strengths by working towards the implementation of the climate systems science concentration. The department will continue to explore the development of post graduate programs. The department will continue to play a significant and vital role in the general education program through the maintenance and improvement of Geography (like physical geography, human geography and world regional geography). Our programs and curricula will provide a balance of theory and technical skills, equipping students with an academic background that prepares them to address environmental, planning, and other geographically-oriented problems. We aim to aid our students in developing the capacity for both innovative and integrative thinking in a variety of professional and intellectual contexts. In order to help realize this demanding set of goals, the department will seek to add dynamic new faculty with a strong commitment to teaching and undergraduate research, and with high potential to contribute to the enhancement of geographic and experiential education at Hijli College.
Mission of Geography Department
The Department of Geography is committed to offering to our student the highest quality instruction and mentoring we can provide commensurate with the mission and goals of Hijli College. High quality instruction in the programs leading to majors in Geography, Earth Science, Environmental Analysis and Planning, and Urban and Regional Planning necessitates mastery of a variety of skills in spatial analysis, application of field-based techniques and interpretation, analytical laboratory practices, and the use of technology in addition to a clear understanding of key concepts and basic methodology. Our commitment also includes preparation of our students to think like geographers, earth scientists, and planners, to cherish and enhance our communities and the natural environment and to assume significant roles in problem solving using critical thinking, research, and communication skills developed in their learning experience.
The objective of the College is striving to achieve the stated vision and mission statements through its action plans and relevant activities.
The vision, mission and objectives of the Department are communicated to the students, teachers, staff and other stakeholders through
• The Annual Prospectus and Website of the College.
• Meeting/interaction with the stakeholders.
• Activities and planned sharing with other department.
Assessment of the Regional Problems
The department looks forward to evaluate the regional resource endowment along with the problems in utilizing them. As such the vision of the department has been set to appraise and manage the quasi-natural hazards associated with land degradation, forest resource depletion, coastal erosion, flooding and water logging, drought, economic backwardness in marginal environments, problems of adjustment in the increasing uncertainties etc. which have assumed regional importance.
Exploration of Regional Potentialities
The department carries out studies to explore the regional potentialities through promotion of tourism and recreation, sustainable use of forest resources, scientific operation of marine and farm fishing, commercialization of agricultural activities and exploration of market opportunities, mobilization of water resources and environmental evaluation of terrains for their judicious utilization.