Institute of Geology
The Institute of Geology is one of the oldest Institutes
of the University. It was established as Department of Geology in
1973 before the establishment of the University of UAJ&K. The
Institute offers B.S. Applied Geology and M.S. Applied Geology professional
degree programmes. Recently the Institute has expanded its academic/research
horizons by inducting M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. B.S. Applied
Geology is a four-year course. The main focus of the programme is
to provide orientation in the field of Applied Geology.
M.S. Applied Geology is two-year professional degree programme. It involves a year’s course work and one year thesis. The M. Phil. Geology degree programme includes course work 24 credits, Reading and Conference /Seminar/Special Assignments, 1-2 credits, and dissertation 26 credits. The Ph.D. Geology programme comprises course work of 25 credits followed by a dissertation of 80 credits as well as comprehensive examination (written and oral parts). The course work can be increased 25-45 credits. The degree Programs are aimed at providing academically rigorous; research oriented, applied and vocationally oriented training.
The Institute is unearthing and exploiting the natural resources the country is blessed with and by doing so is playing an important role in socio-economic uplift of the country. The Institute also takes pride in being one of the main sources for feeding to the research organizations, universities, institutes, national and international oil companies, geotechnical organizations, atomic energy commission, WAPDA, PWD, AKMIDC, highways, mining organizations, geological surveys, industry and thus is fulfilling its responsibility of increasing the professional and skilled workforce of the country. Our geology graduates are found in nearly every organization involved in earth sciences from OGDCL to British Gas Company. Not only are these graduates working in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan but also many of them have managed to find places in international organizations.
To boost up the research activities, the Institute has been publishing its own international research journal ‘Kashmir Journal of Geology’ since 1983. The Institute has crossed the national boundaries and has previously collaborated with a number of foreign universities i.e. Purdue University, USA, Indiana State University, USA, Zurich Institute of Technology Switzerland, and many national organizations like Atomic Energy Commission of Pakistan, Geotechnical Companies, Oil Companies, Geological Survey of Pakistan, Punjab University, Peshawar University and United States Geological Survey. The Institute is presently collaborating with Oil Companies, Geotechnical Organizations, AKMIDC, POL, NIH, Geosciences Laboratories Geological Survey of Pakistan, Universities and Research Organizations.
It is here at this Institute that Platinum and Gold deposits in Chillas Kohistan of Northern Pakistan were discovered. It was accomplished in collaboration with Purdue University, USA. The graduates of the Institute did their research work in Azad Kashmir, Punjab, N.W.F.P., Baluchistan and Northern Areas. The Institute send its graduates for practical training/internship in geotechnical organizations, national and international organizations, highways, national and international oil companies, NIH, KRL, OGTI, hydrocarbon Institutes, geological surveys, dams, AKMIDC and research Institutes.
The graduates of the Institute completed their M.S. and Ph.D. degree programmes from U.S.A., Canada and Europe. The Institute is pioneer in starting M. Phil. and Ph.D. Programmes during 2000-2001 at the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and has produced M.Phil. students. One of the faculty members completed his Ph.D. thesis and submitted to the Punjab University. The faculty members of the Institute are involved in various research projects from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan Science Foundation and U.A.J.&K. The staff members of the Institute are also engaged in M. Phil. and Ph.D. studies.