Earth Science

Department : Earth Science
HOD : Prof.(Dr.) Jagadish Kumar Tripathy
Designation : Professor & Head
Qualification : M.Sc., Ph. D.(Geology)
Teaching Exp. : 20 Years
Phone No. : : +91 9437444750
Email : :
Message of the HOD

The mission of the Department of Earth Sciences is to create and impart knowledge in both pure and applied geology to society through teaching, research and extension services for sustainable development. Our passion for geology has been translated into outstanding teaching and research since 1984. The teachers of our department make use of all scientific disciplines to advance knowledge of Earth System Sciences. As our University is located in the heart of mineral rich Precambrian and Gondwana belt of western Odisha, it is not surprising that we focus on the coal geology, water resource management, ore geology, petrology, palaeontology, geospatial technology through the depth and resilience created by our teachers. The Department has a diverse group of faculty with expertise in all areas of geology. We offer M.Sc. in Applied Geology, M.Tech. in Geospatial Technology, M.Phil. in Applied Geology, Ph.D. in both Geology and Remote Sensing & GIS. We also offer PG Diploma in Remote Sensing & GIS. The Department has continued to grow in staff- student numbers, in physical facilities, as well as in broadening and advancing academic programmes. It is our exclusive mission to become a top-10 Indian Earth Science Department through empowered and inspired teaching and innovative and impactful research. Our programs use scientific principles and methods to understand earth, environment, and life on a regional and planetary scale. We endow students with diverse opportunities to experience the joy of learning and the excitement of discovery. Moreover, interdisciplinary study among researchers of the department is common and encouraged. Our investigations try hard to advance the fundamental understanding of geological phenomena utilizing combinations of analytical, experimental, computational, and observational tools to build knowledge of geologic materials and processes, elucidate the evolutionary progression of life, interpret records of Earth's history and climate, characterize its natural resources, and assess the environmental impact of human activities. Post graduate students from our department have gone on to myriad careers, occupying leadership positions in industry, government, and academia. Alumni have forged careers at different universities, Geological Survey of India, different public sectors and private sectors and numerous environmental consulting, natural resources, and energy companies throughout the India and abroad. Foremost the Department has continued to offer unique services in the areas of national interest in groundwater monitoring, pollution monitoring as well as in mineral resource studies and research. Currently the Department is in the process of establishing a state-of the art GIS & Remote Sensing Laboratory. Recently, there have been novel advances in the field of geological sciences that have significantly advanced our knowledge. In tandem with this development there has been great improvements in the approach, methodology and techniques used to study the geology. Such methodological advances include the use of sophisticated tools and instruments. Despite lack of some sophisticated equipment in the Department, the academic staffs have remained on the cutting edge of research, employing such tools through intensive collaboration with other universities, the industry, and research institutions. Hence, there is the need to expand and enhance the geological sciences programmes and facilities to meet these emerging developments. The Department is therefore, welcomes you all who are keen to advance knowledge in earth system sciences through studies and research for a better planet Earth.

Infrastructure Facilities
Sl.No Facilities
1 Building-8000 sq ft
2 Smart Class Rooms
3 i. Research Labaratory,
ii. Geospatial Laboratory,
iii. Microscope Laboratory,
iv. Water Geo-chemistry Laboratory,
v. Rock cutting, grinding and mineral processing Laboratory
4 Computer Labaratory
5 Major Equipements Available
Research Microscopes, Spectrophotometer, Flame Photometers, pH meters, Conductivity meter, Water Analyser Kit, Fluoride Meter, Double Distillation Plant, Resistivity Meter, Ball Mill, Section Cutting Unit, Grinding and Polishing Unit, Sieve Shaker, Ion Analyser, GPS etc.
6 Museum (Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Crystal Models, Geomorphic Models, Structure Models, Silicate Structure Models, Crystal Lattice Models etc.) 
7 Seminar Library(around 500 books and number of Journals.) 
8 e-Library(Around 10,000 books)


Earth Science

Param Shavak Super Computer

The Department of Computer Science and Applications is proud to house the state-of-the-art Param Shavak Super Computer. This powerful computing system, equipped with two multicore CPUs, each boasting a minimum of 12 cores, offers a peak computing power ranging from 2 to 5 Tera-Flops, making it an invaluable asset for our academic and research endeavors. With 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB of storage, it accelerates data processing and storage capacity, facilitating advanced computational research. The addition of an NVIDIA GP 100 accelerator card further enhances its capabilities. The Param Shavak comes pre-loaded with parallel programming development tools and resource management utilities, simplifying the execution of complex simulations and computations. Our department takes pride in providing students, researchers, and faculty members with an indigenous HPC portal, CHReME, and an applications interface, Onama, offering easy access to a suite of HPC applications tailored to various scientific domains, from bioinformatics to computational fluid dynamics. What sets the Param Shavak apart are its userfriendly features, including pre-loaded parallel programming development tools, resource management utilities, and the convenience of the indigenous HPC portal. Moreover, the system comes pre-packaged with a suite of HPC applications catering to various domains such as bioinformatics, molecular dynamics, materials science, quantum chemistry, atmospheric modeling, and computational fluid dynamics, making it an indispensable tool for groundbreaking research and simulations across a multitude of scientific disciplines.

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( Param Shavak Super Computer )

MOU Signed

The Department has signed two significant Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) to advance computer education and research. The first MOU, in 2015, involved a partnership with IIT Bombay and was funded by the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This initiative aimed to provide software training through spoken tutorials. The second MOU, established in 2017, was with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune, and was funded by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan(RUSA), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This collaboration focused on installing and deploying "PARAM Shavak," a high-performance computing solution, enhancing the University's computing capabilities for advanced research and training to students, research scholars and faculties of the University .

CSR Fund Received

The Department received two significant CSR funds in 2022. The first sponsorship, amounting to Rs. 27,25,865, was provided by the CSR Department of JSW Bhushan Power & Steel Limited, Rengali, Sambalpur, with the aim of supporting the development of a new computer Training Centre. The second sponsorship, totaling Rs. 10,00,000, was generously contributed by UCO Bank's General Administrative Department, Zonal Office, Ainthapali Road, Sambalpur, with a specific focus on establishing a computer Training Centre tailored to the needs of SC/ST students. These funds signify a meaningful partnership between industry and academia, enhancing educational opportunities in computer science and applications for the benefit of students at Sambalpur University, with a particular emphasis on empowering underprivileged communities.