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Dr. R.B. Singh (Head)
College Address Department of Geography,
Delhi School of Economics,
University of Delhi,
Ph.D Admission Notice for Assistant Professors and Associate Professors
College Phone 27666491, 27667725, Ext. 1563
College Fax 27666491


The Department of Human Geography was started in October 1959, at the initiative of eminent economist Professor V.K.R.V. Rao, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University. Professor George Kuriyan, a renowned geographer, was the first Professor and founder of the Department. In 1966, Professor V.L.S. Prakasa Rao succeeded him and remained until 1973. During this period, the department acquired a distinctive identity in India and abroad. In 1976, the department was renamed as the Department of Geography owing to the widening of scope of teaching and research activity in not only human, but also physical aspects of Geography.

The Department is situated in the campus of the Delhi School of Economics in the North Campus of University of Delhi. The Department has faculty strength of nine, comprising four associate professors, and five assistant professors. The faculty of the department has also been associated with many institutions in India and abroad as Visiting Professors and Fellows, and as participants in seminars and conferences. The Department draws students from different parts of India and abroad for all its courses.

Faculty Members


Ramachandran, Prof. Hariharan +91-11-27666491 hariharan_ramachandran@hotmail.com

Associate Professors

Kapur, Dr. Anu   anu_iias@yahoo.com
Khan, Dr. Barkatullah +91-11-27666491 bkhan1234@gmail.com
Rai, Dr. Suresh C. +91-11-27666491(o) raisc1958@rediffmail.com
Singh, Dr. R. B. +91-11-27666783 rbsgeo@hotmail.com / rbsgeo2@gmail.com

Assistant Professors

Bhairannavar, Mr. Kiran +91-11-27666491 ashakiranakash@gmail.com
(Study Leave to NUS, Singapore,2011-14)
Datta, Dr. Anindita +91-11-27666491 anindita.dse@gmail.com
De, Dr. Aparajita +91-11-27666491 ade.dse@gmail.com
Saha, Dr. Ashis Kumar +91-11-27666491 ashisksaha@gmail.com; aksaha@geography.du.ac.in
Sen, Dr. Anjan +91-11-27666491 dr.anjansen@gmail.com

Courses Offered


Master of Arts in Geography - 2013-14

Issue and Receipt of Registration Form Opens

Friday, 03rd May 2013 (10 am to 4 pm)

Issue and Receipt of Registration Form Closes

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 (10 am to 4 pm)

Entrance Test Wednesday, 29th May 2013 (2 p.m to 5 p.m.)
Declaration of Results:
First List
Second List

Monday, 01st July 2013
Wednesday, 10th July 2013
Classes Begin Monday, 15th July 2013

Master of PHILOSOPHY in Geography - 2013-14

Issue and Receipt of Registration Form Opens Friday, 03rd May 2013 (10 am to 4 pm)
Issue and Receipt of Registration Form Closes

Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 (10 am to 4 pm)

Entrance Test

Friday, 31st May 2013 (10 am to 1 pm)

Interview Friday, 31st May 2013 (2 pm to 5 pm)
Saturday, 01st June 2013 (10 am to 5 pm)
Declaration of Result Monday, 15th July 2013
Classes Begin Thursday, 01st August 2013


  1. Please read the Handbook of Information carefully before filling the application form.
  2. Incomplete Application forms will not be entertained.
  3. The application forms for MA/M.Phil course in Geography will be available from the Office of the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics against a demand draft of Rs. 200/-.  The demand draft should be made only from State Bank of India drawn in favour of “Registrar, University of Delhi”.
  4. Candidates seeking admission to the MA / M.Phil course must submit their completed registration by the last date to the Head, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007.
  5. After the deadline for receipt of application forms, application forms sent through Registered/Speed Post or by any other means will not be accepted.  Candidates are therefore advised to submit their application form at the earliest, instead of waiting for the last date.  No telephone queries will be entertained.
  6. The following documents should be attached to the application form:

    Attested true copies of certificates showing the marks in each part obtained at the last public examination or, if that result is awaited, certificate from the institution to that effect.

    1. An attested true copy of a certificate of good conduct from the Principal of the college/ institute last attended.
    2. An attested true copy of the matriculation or any other certificate showing the candidate’s date of birth.
    3. Two copies of a recently taken photograph (passport size) of the candidate.
    4. One copy of the certificate in proof of SC/ST/OBC status where applicable.
  7. The admission ticket is to be detached from the registration form and retained by the candidate for presentation at the time of the entrance test.

MA (Geography)


This is a two-year full time course, in which a maximum of 76 students (Gen-38, OBC-21, SC-11 & ST-6) + (Persons with disability-2) are admitted in the first semester of first year of each academic session. All M.A. students of the department are also the students of the Delhi School of Economics.


Examination University Marks
BA(Hons) / BSc (Hons) in Geography

University of Delhi or any other University recognized by University of Delhi

50% or above
BA/ BSc/B.Ed with Geography  or its equivalent

University of Delhi or any other University recognized by University of Delhi

55% or above in Geography papers and 50 % or above in aggregate
BA/BA/(Hons) in other disciplines  or its equivalent

University of Delhi or any other University recognized by University of Delhi

60% or above in aggregate
BSc/BSc (Hons) in other disciplines or its equivalent University of Delhi or any other University recognized by University of Delhi 60% or above in  aggregate


1. Students seeking admission to M.A. in Geography should have passed the preceding bachelor's degree examination under 10+2+3 pattern of education.

2. Students holding degrees from foreign universities must apply through the Foreign Students Advisor of University of Delhi. However, their admission will be on an individual merit basis.

3. Disputes, if any, arising out of or relating to any matter whatsoever, concerning the process of admission shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts in Delhi only.


MPhil (Geography)


The duration of the M.Phil course in Geography shall be one and a half years. A student must complete the M.Phil Programme i.e. clear both Part I and Part II of the course within three years of initial registration for the M.Phil full-time programme, and within four years of initial registration for the M.Phil Part-time programme. No. of seats will be decided by the MPhil Committee and reservations will be applicable as per University Rules.


Every candidate seeking admission to M.Phil course in Geography should have passed at least any one of following examinations:

MA/MSc in Geography, Economics, Sociology, Social Work, History, Political Science, Geology, Anthropology, Urban & Regional Planning and Environmental Studies of the University of Delhi or any other recognized Indian University. Candidate should have obtained at least 55 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent grade point average in the above examination.


PhD (Geography)

Since its inception in 1959, the Department of Geography has produced over 100 doctorates. The PhD Programme is administered by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC), a statutory committee mandated by University ordinances that also govern its membership, and under the overview of the Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (BRSSS).

Eligibility Requirement and Admission Process

Admission to the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Geography will be governed by Ordinance VI-B-Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) of the University of Delhi.

(For application form and other rules, contact The Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (BRSSS), Arts Faculty Building, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007).

Admission to the Ph.D. Programme is treated differently from all other courses of study (such as the MA or the M.Phil) because; it involves a commitment to produce creative and original work of value to the discipline, work that commands the respect of the profession. As such, the main factor on which the DRC bases its recommendations for admission is the research proposal submitted by the candidate, and its assessment of the candidate’s ability and aptitude for advanced research. Prior academic record, while certainly relevant, is not the decisive factor in selection, except when all other things are equal. Unlike other courses of study, there is no fixed number of ‘seats’ to be filled, although University regulations limit the maximum number that may be admitted each year.

A list of supervisors both from the Department of Geography and the Colleges of the University of Delhi along with the specializations, contact number and email address is available on the department website for ready reference. (http:// geography.du.ac.in)

The DRC recommends candidates for admission to the BRSSS, which is provisional, until prescribed requirements, including course work, are met by candidates. Final admission is granted by the University, only after completion of course work. Ordnance VI-B, the university statute governing the PhD Programme has recently been amended; interested applicants may access this statute on the university website.

Given the centrality of the research proposal, the provisional admission to the PhD Programme is made over two stages: Stage 1 – Evaluation of research proposal and Stage 2 – Interview.

Scholars with M.Phil and fellowships (JRF / CSIR / RGNF / Others) may directly appear in Stage 2; though an M.Phil and/or fellowship are not an assurance of admission to PhD programme.

The detailed procedure of admission is explained below:

• A detailed research proposal, duly forwarded by the proposed supervisor, in whose consultation it was prepared, has to be submitted to the department.
• Fifteen copies of the proposal with Tentative Title, Name of proposed supervisor, and Name of scholar (to be written only on the cover page) has to be submitted.
• The last date of submission will be notified in the departmental notice board and website.
• The proposal will be evaluated by a panel of three examiners, drawn from different areas of specialization in the field of geography.
• To ensure anonymity and fairness, the evaluation will be anonymous/blind. This will be done by removing the cover page and assigning numeric codes.
• To remove bias, the evaluators will not evaluate proposal of their own prospective research scholar. • Research proposals of candidates recommended by two or more evaluators would be selected for interview.
• The list of recommended candidates will be notified in the departmental notice board and website, at least a week before the date of interview, which will also be announced in the departmental notice board and website.
• The list of candidates to be called for interview will be grouped into three categories:

o Category 1 – Candidates with M.Phil and Fellowship directly eligible for interview.
o Category 2 – Candidates without M.Phil, but having a Fellowship.
o Category 3 – Candidates with or without M.Phil, but not having any Fellowship. Such candidates are eligible for University Non-NET Fellowship (Rs. 8,000/- p.m.), but their number is limited to four per academic year or two per semester.

• The DRC will conduct the interview, where the candidate will have to defend the research proposal.
• The members of DRC will mark each candidate, and scores earned by each candidate will be averaged.
• To remove bias, the proposed supervisors present in DRC, will not mark their own prospective research scholar.
• Candidates with fellowship scoring more than 60 percent in interview will be eligible for provisional admission to PhD.
• In case of candidates without fellowship, only the top two candidates, subject to them scoring more than 60 percent in interview, will be eligible for provisional admission to PhD. Any vacancy in the first semester (July) may be filled in the next semester (January), but a vacancy cannot be carried across from one academic session to another.

The research proposal should cover following items:

1. Statement of problem
2. Background of study
3. Brief Review of Literature on the topic
4. Theoretical Perspectives / Conceptual Framework
5. Research Questions / Hypothesis (if any)

1. Objectives of the study
2. Relevance of study
3. Study Area
4. Methodology: (a) Data sources, (b) Techniques of data analysis, (c) Method of Data presentation 5. Tentative chapter organization/structure of thesis
6. Select References (in Chicago style 16)

Admission will be granted on the basis of defense of the proposal in the interview to be conducted by the DRC.

Students are required to submit ten copies of the proposal duly forwarded by the proposed supervisor should reach the department well in advance of the due date announced by the Board of Research Studies in the Social Sciences (BRSSS).

While past experience indicates that prior consultation with supervisors tend to improve the quality of proposals, please note that it does not guarantee selection, which in all cases depends on the proposal and also the performance in the interview conducted by the DRC.

While submission of formal applications, admission interviews/tests and registration take place only twice a year at the start of each semester, applicants may submit pre-applications consisting of a curriculum vitae, a proposal, and a covering letter, at any time during the year but for the first session not later than 15th July and the next session not later than 15th January. Consideration of the pre-application and discussions with a potential supervisor are not a guarantee that the candidate will be interviewed. The covering letter should include a statement that the applicant has read and understood the terms of the pre-application and proposal submission.

Attendance at the seminars/workshops conducted by the department is mandatory for PhD students.

Time Table

Research/Project Activities

The Department has been selected by the University Grants Commission Assistance under Special Assistance Programme (SAP) for DRS-I and DRS-II for ten years from 1.4.2002 to 31.3.2012. Natural Resource Management and Environmental Implications, and Urban and Regional Planning are its thrust areas.

Post Doctoral students/Research Associates/Teaching Assistants

Ms. Surya Tiwari (suryatewari@gmail.com) University Teaching Assistant (UTA)

Student Strength

M.A.(Previous) 74 students
M.A.(Final) 68 students
M.Phil 12 (+5 Ex-students)
Ph.D. 58 students

Facilities/Major lab Equipments along with supervisory staff

The Department is equipped with state-of-art GIS laboratory, geomorphology-cum-remote sensing laboratory with facilities for photogrammetry, aerial photo interpretation, digital image processing and soil analysis. Other equipments include computerized planimeter and GPS. The GIS laboratory is fully equipped with 30 computers, 3 Work Stations, Server, scanners, plotter, printers, latest GIS, Remote Sensing and statistical software like Arc View/Info GIS, ILWIS, MapInfo, IDRISI Andes, ERDAS Imagine, WMS, SPSS etc. Teachers, research scholars and post-graduate students have access to computer facilities for their research and miscellaneous use. Besides this, they have also access to the Delhi University Computer Centre, which is located near Central Science Library. There is a Map Library consisting of Survey of India topographic sheets on different scales covering large area of the country. In addition, the Department has recently modernized and upgraded its classrooms. The new state of the art classrooms are equipped with latest audio-visual aids, LCD Display Units and provide a comfortable ambience for research and teaching.

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