Rajshahi College: The Department of Geography and Environment

-Professor Md. Mojibar Rahman


Geography was introduced in 1951 in higher secondary level and was offered under graduate programme (two years long) in the same academic year. Honours course in undergraduate programme (three years long) was started in 1972 under Rajshahi University. After the establishment of National University these courses came under National University Act, 1992. The department offered masters course (post graduate course) in 1993 under the same act. A one year preliminary course was also offered at the same time for the graduate students who completed pass course so that they could be eligible for masters course.

Department of Geography & Environment was served by many renowned teachers including Professor M. I. Chowdhury, Professor Rafiq Ahmed, Professor A. B. M. Rezaul Haq, Professor Md. Golam Nabi, Professor Md. Nazrul Islam and many others. A good number of students obtained degrees from this department and took part in different spheres of the society and country.

Now a days importance of Geography is increasing rapidly as it is playing a pivotal role to mitigate environmental disaster and problems worldwide. A multidisciplinary nature of the subject helps students to understand human-environment relationship and gives a better perception about human activities.

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The main focus of the under graduate programme on the geo-physical  and human environmental studies include Geomorphology, Climatology, Fluvial Morphology, Oceanography, Economic Geography, Rural and Urban Geography, Population Studies, Cultural Studies, Regional Planning, Urban Geography, Soil & Biogeography, Resource Management, Disaster Management, Agricultural Geography and many more. The course plan is also designed to make the students skilled on some technical aspects like surveying, cartography, analytical skills by using statistical procedures which is called Quantitative Techniques, Aerial Photograph Interpretation, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing. Thus, they also become skilled in basic computer applications.

Students have to participate in study tour each year as a part of course curriculum that gives them a practical experience on subject matter studied in classroom. It is compulsory for honours final year and masters students to conduct a Socio-economic Survey as well as a Land Use Survey which enable them to be familiar with the techniques of collecting data through field work.

Students have easy access to both College Central Library and Seminar Library of the department. The Seminar Library is rich enough with thousands of books, journals and numerous published and unpublished materials. There are various cartographic tools & devices for the students which they use according to their needs. The classrooms are furnished with modern multimedia and learning kits. The department also has a well decorated computer lab with internet connection, multimedia projector and sound system where the students are taught on related courses. They can avail of the lab facilities in other academic purposes as well.

A well-established research environment is provided to the students of this department during the under graduate and post graduate programs. As a part of their curriculum, students have to submit term papers, research papers, survey reports and project papers after completing research based activities.  They have to perform a complete research course both in under graduate and post graduate level. They have to conduct a well-defined research work as part of those courses.

After completing the above mentioned courses provided by The Department of Geography and Environment, the young geographers are expected to serve in public and private sectors in the fields of education, environment, planning, research, socio-economic development, agricultural planning and development, human and resource management and development, local government, rural development, urban planning, disaster management, surveying, demography, social welfare, information and communication technology and so on. They have also proved themselves fit for administrative and marketing jobs, other jobs in municipalities or city corporations and other local government authorities, NGO’s, banks & financial institutes, international development agencies etc.

The faculty members of the department have devoted themselves to ensure the academic performance of undergraduate and graduate courses. There are three office staffs and more than one thousand students in the department. The list of faculty members is given bellow:

The faculties are working to ensure that the academic activities are given the highest priority. The main focus will be given on the proper guidance and setup with available facilities that the department had or the college administration provided. So, we can hope that in future the department will be in leading position among the college and National University.