• About Us:

    Introduction :

    In order to lessen the pressure at the main campus Dharwad the P. G. Centre at Belgaum considering its cultural, commercial, industrial and educational background , this P. G. Centre came in to existence in June 1982 as an offshoot of the Karnatak University Dharwad.

    With the introduction of Geography in many colleges, there was a growing demand for post-Graduate Studies and Research in Geography. Dr. D. M. Nanjunndappa, Former Vice Chancellor, Karnatak University Dharwad was instrumental in starting a Post Graduate Studies in Geography at Belgaum in 1982. The Department of Studies in Geography has initially attached to the Department of Geography of the Rani Pravathi Devi College Belgaum, as it had well equipped laboratories as well as qualified staff, later it was shifted to Karnatak University, Kittur Rani Channamma Post Graduate Centre Belgaum.

    The P. G. Centre of the Karnatak University Belgaum after 28 years of its inception has become the independent university got status as Rani Channamma University Belagavi and    Dr. B. R. Ananthan took charge as the first Vice-Chancellor of the new university. At present Prof. Shivanand B. Hosamani, is leading as Vice-Chancellor of our university. 

    1.Vision & Mission:

    Vision of the Department of Geography is to understand physic-cultural forms, processes and structures in different complex environmental systems on the surface of the mysterious mother earth and thereby empowering and enriching students with skills in decision making and planning for human welfare.

    2.Objectives :

    following objectives have been kept in view while designing the M. Sc. degree and Ph.D. Programmes in Geography.

    • To provide a fundamentals of spatial information of the earth surface.
    • To promote the study and research activities in various branches of Geography
    • To bring the geographical awareness among the masses, for application of this knowledge to sort out their day-to-day problems.
    • To train the learners in the discipline for the dissemination of knowledge to the society and to be self-reliant.
    • To educate the members of the geographical association for proper use, reuse of conservation and preservation of natural and human recourses with sustainable approach.
    • To develop the strong co-ordination among the different branches of the discipline to have better interaction with other disciplines.
    • To arrange the seminars, workshops, training programmers etc for college teachers and members of the Geography Association from the different sectors of intellectual society.
    • Organizing the professional tours for the M.Sc students every year.

    Admission Criteria:

    A candidate should have passed B. A./B. Sc degree in Geography as one of the optional subject at least 45% of marks in Geography as well as in B. A./B. Sc as aggregate marks. Relaxation in respect of SC/St etc. will be followed as per prevailing rules of the University.

    Intake Capacity:

    The total intake of students for M.Sc Geography is 20 seats under normal category and additional seats as directed by the university from time to time.

    Medium of Instruction:

    The medium instruction shall be English.


    A minimum of 75% of attendance in each semester is necessary. Shortage of attendance will be dealt with as per the University rules. Marks shall be awarded to the students for attendance as specified by the university as shown below:

    • More than 90 % attendance: 3 Marks
    • 80 to 90 % attendance: 2 Marks
    • 75 to 80 % attendance: 1 Marks
    • Less than 75 % attendance: Not eligible

    Academic Programmes Offered:

    • Two years M.Sc Course (i.e. four semesters)
    • M. Phil and Ph .D Programmes in Geography

    Scheme of Instruction:

    The Department of Geography offers M. Sc degree in Geography. It is two years degree programme. The entire course consists of four semesters and each semester comprising of four theory papers, each of (80+20) 100 marks and two practicals each of (80+20) 100 marks. In case of M. Sc IIIrd and IVth semester, three optional papers on choice base each of (80+20) 100 marks (i.e. candidates have to select any one).

    The duration of theory paper will be four (04) hours per week and the duration of practical paper will be four (04) hours per week in each semester. Each theory paper will have 5 modules/ units (divided into chapters/units). The duration of each semester is being 16 weeks excluding examination period.

    Scheme of Theory Examinations:

    • Theory course shall carry 100 marks of which 80 marks allotted for semester end examination and 20 marks for internal assessment (IA).
    • Each theory course will have a question paper of 3 hours duration and the maximum of 80 marks. Minimum marks to pass in each paper of theory are 40 percent.
    • There shall be three sections in every question papers viz. A. B. & C. Section A shall have 6 questions of each 2 marks and candidates have to attempt 5 questions only (5X2=10 marks). Section B shall have 6 questions of each 10 marks and the candidates have to attempt 4 questions only (4X10=40 marks). Section C shall have 4 questions of each 15 marks and the candidates have to attempt 2 questions (2X15=30 marks).
    • Each practical course shall carry 100 marks of which 20 marks are allotted for IA marks, out of which 12 marks (Ist test for 04 marks and IInd test for 08 marks) are kept for two tests, 03 marks allotted for attendance and 05 marks for practical records/journals. The 80 marks examination will be conducted at the end of each semester as per the instruction given by the university.Each practical course will have a question paper of 4 hours duration and the maximum of 80 marks.
    • The practical examination is to be conducted in batches as per the university guidelines.
    • There will be one internal examiner and one external examiner to conduct the practical examination for each batch in each semester.
    • Minimum marks to pass in each paper of practical are 40 percent.
    • Each candidate shall complete the laboratory work of the journal/practical records, it shall be certified and signed by both the concerned course teacher and the Head of the Department of Geography, to the effect that the candidate has completed the prescribed course in practical satisfactory and it should be produced at the time of practical examination. No students shall be allowed for the examination without completed journal/practical records.
    • There is no provision for seeking improvement in practical paper examination and internal assessment marks. In case of the Project/Dissertation work, 20 marks are allotted for IA and 80 marks are allotted for the evaluation of the dissertation/ report and viva-voce at the end of the IV semester as per the direction of the concerned chairman of the department.
    • Note: The concerned staff member should select a topic only at village/ block/taluka and district level with intensive field work for the preparation of dissertation report.
  • Facualty Details

    Sl No.Name Of The FacaultyQualificationDesignationSpecialization and Area of ResearchWorkload Per WeekPhoto Of The Facaulty
    1 Prof. S. M. Hurakadli M.A Ph.D Professor Agricultural, Urban, Population, egional, Environmental 12
    2 Dr. B. R Bagade. M.A.M.Ed. Ph.D.  Assistant Professor Urban Geography 14
    3 Dr. M. B. Chalawadi. M.A Ph.D. Assistant Professor Urban Geography 14
    4 Shri.Manjunath. N. K. M.Sc, NET Assistant Professor Gender Geography 16

    Number of teaching staff in the department at present

    Academic YearCategoryFemaleMaleTotal
    2014-15 Permanent teachers 00 04 04
    Temporary teachers - - -
    Vacancies - - 02 (Associate Professor)
    2015-16 Permanent teachers 00 04 04
    Temporary teachers - - -
    Vacancies - - 02 (Associate Professor)
    2016-17 Permanent teachers 00 04 04
    Temporary teachers - - -
    Vacancies - - 02 (Associate Professor)

    Details of student’s strength in the department

    Academic Year Course Gender Category Total
    SC/ST General
    2014-15 M.Sc. – I/II Sem Male 00 07 07
    Female 02 09 11
    Total 02 16 18
    M.Sc. – III/IV Sem Male 04 00 04
    Female 00 10 10
    Total 04 10 14
    2015-16 M.Sc. – I/II Sem Male 02 10 12
    Female 01 06 07
    Total 03 16 19
    M.Sc. – III/IV Sem Male 00 06 06
    Female 02 09 11
    Total 02 15 17
    2016-17 M.Sc. – I/II Sem Male 06 02 08
    Female 02 04 06
    Total 08 06 14
    M.Sc. – III/IV Sem Male 02 07 09
    Female 01 05 06
    Total 03 12 15

    Number of non- teaching staff in the dept. at present:

    Academic YearCategoryFemaleMaleTotal
    2014-15 Administrative staff 00 01 01
    Technical staff - - -
    Vacancies Required - - 01
    2015-16 Administrative staff 00 01 01
    Technical staff - - -
    Vacancies Required - - 01
    2016-17 Administrative staff 00 01 01
    Technical staff - - -
    Vacancies Required - - 01

    Students progression: Results of examination in the last two years:

    YearSemesterDistinctionFirst ClassSecond ClassPass ClassTotalPassing Percentage
    2013-14 M.Sc. I 07 08 - - 15 100
      M.Sc. II 09 06 - - 15 100
      M.Sc. III 01 08 - - 09 100
      M.Sc. IV 02 07 - - 09 100
    Final Result - 09 - - 09 100
    Topers of the Department Kumar. Adiveppa N. Tanasi – First Rank with Gold Medal to RCU, Belagavi 70.42%


    YearSemesterDistinctionFirst ClassSecond ClassPass ClassTotalPassing Percentage
    2014-15 M.Sc. I 13 05 - - 18 100
      M.Sc. II 06 08 03 - 18 95
      M.Sc. III 11 03 - - 14 100
      M.Sc. IV 05 09 - - 14 100
    Final Result 05 09 - - 14 100
    Topers of the Department Kum. Renuka Karagi – First Rank with Gold Medal to RCU, Belagavi 78.05%
    Kum. Neela Burgi – Second Rank to RCU, Belagavi 78.21%
    Kum. Shaheen. Dhalait – Third Rank to RCU, Belagavi. 77.13%

    YearSemesterDistinctionFirst ClassSecond ClassPass ClassFailTotalPassing Percentage
    2015-16 M.Sc. I 01 13 01 - 04 19 79
      M.Sc. II 01 14 - - - 15 100
      M.Sc. III 02 13 01 - - 16 100
      M.Sc. IV 03 12 01 - - 16 100
    Final Result 03 12 01 - - 16 79
    Topers of the Department Kum. Deepika Devaramani First Rank with Gold Medal to RCU, Belagavi 81.87
    Mrs. Tejashwini Hiremath 76.58
    Kum. Anupama Meled 76.08

  • Research


    Name of the Faculty Dr. S. M. Hurakadli
    Designation Professor & Chairman
    Qualification M.A, Ph.D
    E-Mail ID drhurakadli@yahoo.com


    Research Activities:

    Research Publication : 37

    Project Completed : 02

    Project Applied : 02

    M.Phil Degree Awarded : 02

    Ph.D Degree Awarded : 11

    Ph.D Degree Working : 03 (1 KUD & 2 RCU)

    Name of the Faculty Dr. B.R. Bagade
    Designation Assistant Professor
    Qualification M.A., M.Ed, & Ph.D.
    E-Mail ID bagadebr@gmail.com
               Research Activities:

    Research Publication :  26

    Project Completed :    -

    Project Applied :       04

    M.Phil Degree Awarded :  -

    Ph.D Degree Awarded :  -

    Ph.D Degree Working :  -



    Name of the Faculty Dr. M. B. Chalawadi
    Designation Assistant Professor
    Qualification M.A, Ph.D
    E-Mail ID mahantbc12@gmail.com

    Research Activities:

    Research Publication : 08

    Project Completed : -

    Project Applied : -

    M.Phil Degree Awarded : -

    Ph.D Degree Awarded : -

    Ph.D Degree Working : -


    Name of the Faculty Shri. Manjunath. N. K.
    Designation Assistant Professor
    Qualification M.Sc
    E-Mail ID manjunathbhoomi100@gmail.com

    Research Activities:

    Research Publication : 07

    Project Completed : -

    Project Applied : 02

    M.Phil Degree Awarded : -

    Ph.D Degree Awarded : -

    Ph.D Degree Working : -

  • Activities Of Department:

    We have organized workshop and series of special Lecture on the different themes for the benefit of the student and staff :

    • Global warming and Disaster management by Dr.B.Eshwarappa, University of Bangalore, Bangalore.
    • Climatic Change and Rainfall Variation by Purandar, Scientist, Central Ground Water Board, Belgaum
    • Application of remote Sensing and GIS” by Prof. Krishnamutrthy, University of Mysore.
    • Solar Energy and its Utility” by Prof. Jangamashetty, BUB Eng. College Bagalkot.
    • Team members of Info maps organization of Chennai visited the department and delivered a talk on digital mapping and importance of GIS in Geographical studies (2015).

    Training / Workshop / Seminars / Conferences any other organized by the Department. : NET/SET Training Programme workshop Conducted.


    SL. No.Name of the Resource PersonWorkshop DateTopic

    Prof. B. Eshwarappa


    Dept. of Geography,

    University of Bangalore, Bangaluru

    • Physical Geog.
    • Urban Geog.
    • Settlement Geography

    Prof. K.C.Ramotra


    Dept. of Geography

    Shivaji University,


    • Regional Planning
    • Geog. Thought
    • Population Geog
    • Social Geog.

    Prof. S. I. Biradar


    Dept. of Geography,

    Karnataka University, Dharwad

    • General Geog
    • Cartography
    • Remote Sensing & GIS

    Dr. P.T.Patil


    Dept. of Geography,

    Shivaji University,


    • General Geog,
    • Cartography
    • Remote Sensing & GIS

    Dr. S. M. Hurakadli


    Dept. of Geography, Rani Channamma University, Belagavi

    • General / Practical Papers
    • Surveying
    • Maps / Graphs
    • Data Representation

    Workshop on Parent Teachers Meet :

    Department of Geography successfully organized Parent-Teacher Meet on 02.06.2017, more than 80% of parents have attended the meet and response was good. Workshop on Alumni Meet : Department of Geography successfully organized Alumni Meet on 02.06.2017, more than 90% of students have attended the meet and response was good..

    Activities Of Departmental Forum:

    • The Department has an active study circle to encourage students in pursuit of Geographical knowledge and arousing their interest in further study of Geography.
    • Arranged special lectures on different occasion by eminent persons on various issues of our mother earth like :
    • Celebration of Ozone Day
    • Celebration of Environmental Day
    • Awareness of Environment, Pollution types and its causes and controls.
    • Visits to green house / industry/urban slums command area and places of bio-diversity and others
    • Celebration of Earth Day.

    Future Plans Of The Department :

    • Plan to establish a Geo-Information Laboratory with new Technology.
    • Plant to start self financed certificate and PG Diploma Course in Geo-Informatics.
    • Plan to start PG Diploma Course in Natural Hazards & Disaster Management.
    • Plan to start PG Diploma Course in Digital Cartography and Thematic Mapping.
    • To opt for the Local and District Level Collaborative Programmes for the welfare of the stake holders.
    • Plant to organize a national level seminar / conference / workshop on current issues of Geographical interest in the Department of Geography in collaboration with funding agencies.
    • Eger to start and establish a Nodal Centre for State Remote Sensing Agency at Rani Channamma University, Belagavi.

    IT – Infrastructure available :

    SL. No.Item DetailsTotal Count
    1 Desk Top Computers One
    2 Laptops Four
    3 Printer One
    4 Smart Board Nil

    Available Teaching Aids:

    SL. No.Item DetailsTotal
    1; Survey Instruments 16
    2 Aerial Photo Interpretation Instruments 15
    3 Cartographic Instruments 20
    4 Toposheets and Weather Maps 120
    5 Physical and Political Maps 35
    6 Models 15
    7 LCD 02
    8 Geographers Photo 08

Contact Us

Rani Channamma University,
Vidya Sangama,
P B R H - 4,

Belagavi - 591156