Professor Pratip Kumar Mukherjee, the founder Principal of Durgapur Government College, being an eminent Earth Scientist took the initiative to introduce Geology teaching programme in this college. In the year 1972 the dream finally came true, and the Department started its journey as an undergraduate teaching department under the stewardship of Professor Gauri Shankar Ghatak. As a recognition to the successful teaching performance over a decade the Department was upgraded to the status of the Postgraduate Department of the Burdwan University (the then affiliating University) in 1983, and is presently the Postgraduate Geology Department of Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol. In the year 2004 the department came under the FIST Programme of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Since its inception, this department has been blessed with batches of brilliant students. Consistent good performance of the students in the University examinations and national level competitive examinations bears the signature of the academic standard of the Department. Congenial work culture blended with enthusiasm of the young brigade and experience of the senior faculty members plays the key role in the development of the Department.
A student organization, Association for the Culture of Earth Sciences (ACES) was founded on 8th February, 1989 mainly to encourage the juvenile minds to explore different aspects of Earth Sciences beyond the formal framework of academic curriculum. Geolozine, the biennial journal of the Association provides the budding geologists of this department with a platform for expressing their ideas. The students are specially trained in the procedure of writing research and review articles; are also exposed to the concept of plagiarism, the most serious intellectual offence. This process of generating creative content not only introduces them to the art of critical reading of books and research publications but also exposes to research, another career option.
The department is committed to disseminate the best possible education to its students, and always try to do justice to its reputation. Achieving a target cannot be the destination, this department believes in fixing new target to move forward.
The department offers following undergraduate programme in B.Sc. Honours in Geology under the affiliation of Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol. The curriculum and syllabus of the programme is under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) implemented by the affiliating university.
The department also offers M.Sc. Programme in Applied Geology under the affiliation of Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol.
Departmental teachers are members of UG and PG board of studies of Geology of Kazi Nazrul University and are actively involved in the designing of syllabus and curriculum.
Teachers use both chalk and talk method and computer aided methods of teaching. Compulsory field study is included in the curriculum of B.Sc. and M.Sc. programmes, which are conducted every year by the department.
Besides the conventional class-room teaching, the students are exposed to the real time problems during their compulsory field training programmes. The students are always encouraged for regular peer discussion, which helps them in identification of their own gaps in understanding. The beginners are introduced to the real life experiences of an Earth Scientist and different aspects of the subject through film shows. This helps in developing interest about the subject in the juvenile minds. The department also organizes finishing school to impart professional training to the final year postgraduate students.