About Department

After being founded in 1998, the Department of Geography has been a center for education for 23 years, providing courses for the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, and Science degrees. In 2001, the Department launched the Honors for TYBA course. The department makes an effort to offer top-notch instruction together with a conducive learning atmosphere. The department places a strong emphasis on fieldwork and applied geography, which are designed to provide students with practical experience applying theoretical knowledge to solve real-world geographic challenges. Both the number of academics and faculty members in the Department has increased. There are now three faculty members in the department that are experts in various areas of geography. The department’s focus areas include social and cultural geography, resource geography, tourism geography, geomorphology, climatology, application of remote sensing and GIS, statistical and quantitative methods in geography.

Vision & Mission

  • The Department of Geography at SMDL College aims to help students develop themselves and understand our world through excellent teaching and research.
  • Geography provides valuable skills in critical thinking, spatial analysis, and environmental awareness, empowering students to make positive contributions to their lives and society.

  •  To promote a strong grasp of geographic concepts and their real-world applications through creative teaching methods and hands-on learning opportunities.
  • We aim to equip students with critical thinking skills, spatial analysis capabilities, and environmental awareness, preparing them to address local and global challenges effectively.
  •  Our mission is to cultivate a community of knowledgeable and socially responsible graduates who contribute positively to the sustainable development and well-being of society.

Objectives

  • To converge the modern Geographical Information System (G.I.S.) as a pivotal component with Teaching-Learning process.
  • To assist the students to develop analytical and problem solving skills to avail the opportunities provided to them.
  • To stimulate the students to enquire and explore new avenues of knowledge.

SWOC

Strength

  • Geography department has qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Third year results have a progressive tradition.
  • The department has undertaken various activities to create awareness among the students about socio-economic events and incidents.
  • Various programs have been organized for the overall personal development of the students.
  • Maximum number of students from rural areas and low-income groups.
  • Students are introduced to geographical study methods along with local issues.
  • Regular geographical trips are organized.

Weakness

  • There is no post graduate department facility for students in geography subject.
  • The number of students has decreased due to the opening of a new college in the vicinity of the college and also because the courses offered in the college have also been started there.

Opportunities

  • To provide quality education to students from economically weaker sections.
  • To involve industrialists, government officer and social workers as resource persons in the teaching of some of the subjects of the syllabus prescribed by the University.
  • To create awareness among students and society about various economic and social issues.
  • To participate in various welfare activities.
  • Increase in discussion (consultation), collaboration, Memorandum of Understanding and linkage.
  • Establishment of PG and Research Centre in Geography.

Challenges

  • The challenge of starting an interdisciplinary course
  • The challenge of launching career oriented courses
  • The challenge of creating awareness among students about research in geography.
  • The challenge of retaining students in geography in increasingly competitive conditions.

Programme Specific Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Geography (B.A in Geography )

Course Structure

Sr. No. Course Name Course Details Year Upload Document
1 F.Y.B.A Geography F.Y.B.A Geography 2020-21 View Document
2 S.Y.B.A. Geography S.Y.B.A. Geography 2020-21 View Document
3 T.Y.B.A. Geography T.Y.B.A. Geography 2023-24 View Document
4 T.Y.B.A. Geography T.Y.B.A. Geography 2018-19 View Document
5 F.Y.B.A. Foundation Course F.Y.B.A. Foundation Course- I 2017-18 View Document
6 S.Y.B.A. Foundation Course S.Y.B.A. Foundation Course- II 2017-18 View Document
7 F.Y.B.Com Environmental Studies F.Y.B.Com Environmental Studies

Student’s Strengths

Sr. No. Year F. Y. B A SYBA TYBA
1 2023-24 59 32 17
2 2022-23 55 22 17
3 2021-22 23 22 23
4 2020-21 60 53 12
5 2019-20 75 24 23
6 2018-19 57 29 08

Study Tour

Sr. No. Year Activity Date Venue
1 2023-24 Study Tour 15-09-2023 Lavasa City, Khadakwasla Dam and Sinhagad, Dist. Pune
20-03-2024 Matheran
2 2022-23 Study Tour 24-02-2023 to 25-02-2023 Wai, Pratabgadh, Tapola, Mahabaleswar
2021-22 Field Visit 07-01-2022 Patnoli Village
3 2019-20 Study Tour 10-01-2020 Prati-Balaji, Wai, Menavali, Bara Mothechi Vihir
Study Tour 15-12-2019 to 22-12-2019 Chandigad – Wagha Border & Amritsar
4 2018-19 Study Tour 28-01-2019 Bhimashankar, Ozar, Lenyadri
Field Visit 10-01-2019 Kalamboli Village

Highlights

  • World Population Day
  • Industrial Visit
  • Food Festival
  • Arranging expert guest lectures on various topics like financial literacy, awareness, budgeting etc.
  • Students have actively participated in various events and competitions organized in college
  • Quiz Competition, General knowledge competition,
  • Involvement in College Cultural Programme

Teaching Methods

Lecture methods:

  • Four lectures per week of 48 minutes for each subject are fixed for first Third year undergraduate classes.
  • Three lectures per week of 48 minutes for each subject are fixed for Second & Third year Project Paper undergraduate classes.

Experiential Learning: –

  • Visits to various industries and organizations, poster exhibition and elocution competition are organized for the students. Every year a food festival is organized under the subject of Advertising.
  • Group Discussion
  • Classroom discussions
  • Assignments
  • Students Seminar
  • E-books, debating
  • Field Visit
  • Open Book Test

  Use of ICT in the department of Economics: –

  • Study material and current affairs are sent to students on Google Classroom.
  • Quiz is conducted through Google form.
  • PowerPoint presentations

Teaching methods adopted to improve student learning: –

  • Regularity and Punctuality- Quite regular and punctual as per norms
  • Details of course-Syllabus
  • Teaching plan
  • Synopses of lecturers- Synopsis are available in the Teacher’s diary.
  • reference reading books list
  • Study material- (Google Classroom)
  • Extra lectures Planning
  • Conduct of Prelims, Test

Evaluation Methods

  • Semester wise Examination (As per University Guidelines)
  • Project Work (As per University Guidelines- TYBA)
  • Open Book Test
  • Unit test
  • Assignments
  • Group Discussion
  • Question-Answer Session
  • Quiz
  • Mock Test

Faculty Members

Sr. No. Name of the Faculty Designation Qualification Date of Joining Profile
1 Dr. MAHAJAN PRITI PRASAD Associate Professor MA, B.Ed. P.Hd., SET 13-12-1999 View Profile
2 Mrs. MALI PRATIKSHA PANDARINATH Assistant Professor MA, B.Ed. View Profile
3 Mrs. HAJARE SHAILA PRAKASH Assistant Professor M.A.NET

Sr. No. Name of the Faculty Journal Articles Books Book Chapter Conference Proceeding
1 Dr. MAHAJAN PRITI PRASAD 17 02 05 09

Study Material

  • Text books
  • Reference books
  • Reading materials
  • Library books
  • Newspaper cuttings
  • Articles & Current affairs etc.

Our Pride

  • Assistant Professor. Pandurang Dhongare (Assistant Professor, MPASC College, Panvel )
  • Irshad Shaikh (Advocate High Court)
  • Narendra Patil (Advocate High Court)
  • Jayavant Bhopi (Advocate High Court)
  • Sachin Kambale (Advocate High Court)
  • Vishal Mundkar (Advocate High Court)
  • Tayade (IPS officer)
  • Ajay Suryavanshi ( Businessman )
  • Shubhangi Khedkar ( Officerin MMRDA- GIS Expert)
  • Prathana Gend (Trainer in Defence force of India – Cyber security)
  • Dattesh Shinghava (Teacher in D.G.Tatkare Junior College, Kalamboli )
  • Mrs, Mamta Patil (Teacher in Carmel English School, Carambola)

Future plans

  • To organize national as well as international seminars on current economic affairs and issues.
  • Starting Post Graduate Course in Department of Geography.
  • Introduction of short term skill based and career oriented courses.
  • Publish an annual college level journal in social sciences in collaboration with other social science departments.
  • Adoption of internet, power point presentation, ICT, online lectures.
  • To acquaint the students with the emerging issues of business at the international level in the light of liberalization, globalization and privatization policies through the Syllabus.
  • To enter into MoUs for Collaboration between educational institutions, NGOs and industry.
  • To motivate students to conduct research projects and surveys on regional socio-economic issues.

Activities/Best Practices

  • Parent Teacher Scheme.
  • Donation of Xerox Machin to Administrative Office Shikshan Maharshi Dadasaheb Limaye Arts, Commerce and Science College
  • Donation to Chief Minister fund for flood Affected People