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Departments of Geography

 

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Prof. M. Nazar, Prof. A. N. Kapur, Prof. Aziz Ahmed Sheikh, Prof. M. Aslam, Prof. Aziz-ur-Rehman, Prof. M. Nawaz, Prof. M. Khalid, Prof. Masud-ul-Hassan Bokhari and Prof. M. Ahmad (Left to Right)The Department of Geography can be traced back to 1931-32, when Geography was introduced as a subject. The department was formally established in 1936. A number of eminent scholars and professors contributed to the growth of the department. Professor of stature associated with the department over the years have been Prof. Muhammad Nazir, Prof. A.N. Kapur, Prof. Aziz Ahmad Sheikh, Prof. Mian Muhammad Aslam, Prof. Aziz-Ur-Rehman, Prof. Muhammad Nawaz and many others.

 

 

 

During the last 75 years, the department has the following Chairpersons:

 

College to University

Year

Prof. Mohammad Nazar

1936-1942

Prof. A. N. Kapur

1942-1947

Prof. Aziz Ahmad Sheikh

1947-1957

Prof. Muhammad Aslam

1957-1966

Prof. Aziz-ul-Rehman

1966-1971

Prof. Muhammad Nawaz

1971-1977 and 1982-1987

Prof. Syed Muhammad Khalid

1977-1980

Prof. Dr. Masud ul Hassan Bokhari

1980-1981 and 1987-1997

Mr. Muhammad Ahmad

1998-2001

Mr. Khadim Ali Khan

2001-2007

Dr. Ali Iqtadar Mirza

2007-

 

The faculty at the department is cognizant of the concerns and challenges of the globalized world. The department has recently redesigned and updated its BSc (Hons) courses to meet the market demand and to equip the young minds for advanced professional careers. BSc (Hons) programme covers Geography, Spatial/Urban Planning, Landuse Planning and Management, Water Resource Management and Disaster Management etc.

 

After signing MoU with Punjab Metreology Department (PMD), Lahore the department of Geography has also updated its BSc (Hons) programme in order to equip the students with the skills required at PMD. Therefore the new combination of Geography with Mathematics and Economics have been introduced in the new academic session.

 

Mission Statement

 

To enhance appreciation and understanding of the subject and integrated studies the department of geography has a mission of working with an interdisciplinary approach and intersectoral coloration in academic domain and research fields by training the young, ambitious generation in recent technologies to enhance them to cope with future challenges and to promote research culture.

 

Goals

 

1.    Teaching goals

 

Department of geography is focused on the student centered approach using the techniques of blended learning technology, making the learning more interactive and interesting for the students. Teaching goals are further subdivided into two domains: knowledge based goals and skill based goals.

 

 

a)   Knowledge based goals

 

      Knowledge goals aim to enrich the students with Geo-literacy, students will learn to use the geographic thinking, skills and perception to solve the geographic problems.

 

Objectives

  1. To demonstrate Physical Geography by studying the interaction between four Geo-spheres:  Lithosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere.

  2. To interpret Human Geography by studying human world and its interaction with the Environment, including Culture, Demography, Spatial Planning, Community Development, Resource Management and Regional Studies.

  3.  To conduct seminars, workshops, conferences and study tours to strengthen the existing Knowledge.

  4.  To generate awareness among students the Department of Geography celebrates the days like International Earth Day, Summer and Winter solstice, World Water Day etc.

 

b)   Skill based goals

 

     Skill goals focus on the market oriented approach to equip the students with both knowledge and technical skills to meet the growing demand for professionals, who can combine the geographic education with strong Geomatics skills.    

 

Objectives

  1. To generate written reports and verbal presentations about a geographical problem using documents, primary or archival data in a professional way.

  2. To enhance the manual mapping, map reading and map interpretation skills.

  3. To create maps using advanced digital cartography techniques.

  4. To solve the Geographical issues using the latest techniques of Geomatics: GIS(Arc GIS 10.2.2) and Remote Sensing (Erdas imagine).

  5.  To enrich the students' knowledge with the techniques of Digital Image processing and interpretation of Arial Photographs.

  6. To  analyze and solves the geographic problem with the help of spatial modeling like Arc Hydro in case of water management and climate models to study the climate change.

  7. To analyze and organize meteorological data using database management systems.

  8. To take appropriate measures using disaster management skill during critical times by training and workshops.

 

2.    Research goals

 

To emphasize on the targeted strategic research clusters using interdisciplinary initiatives that can help to foster research partnership and promote collaboration with public and private sectors.

  

Objectives 

  1. To promote the advance research in the field of physical geography at undergraduate and graduate level.

  2. To nurture the research with the advance geospatial techniques.

  3. To boost the creative writing skills that can vigorously increase the productivity to publish books and articles in the relevant fields.

  4. To encourage the alignment and optimization of the undergraduate and graduate programs with respect to research clusters, to expand the research opportunities and resources that can attract and expand the robust number of PhD scholars.

  5. To participate in the national and international research projects in promoting research culture of the university.

  6. To promote the faculty research projects that can helpful for the public and private sectors. 

 

3.    Professional goals

 

The Department of Geography GC University, Lahore always tries it best to deliver the real-world services to the university, the community, the country, and to the discipline. Our qualified faculty and students are encouraged to lend their expertise to appropriate stakeholders.

  

Objectives 

  1. To enhance the collaboration with the public and private sector, e.g. The Urban Unit, Punjab (Urban Sector Planning & Management Services Unit (Pvt.) Ltd.), Punjab Meteorological Department (PMD), Flood Forecasting Division, Punjab, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (UET),  SUPARCO, Pakistan, Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency, NIDM, PDMA, UVAS, and Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Punjab.

  2. To develop the international collaboration with universities, e.g. Pennsylvania State University, USA and University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China.

  3. To serve the community with urban planning and disaster management skills.

  4. To create paid and unpaid internship opportunities for the students in both public and private sectors.

  5. To encourage the students to participate in the co-curricular activities and departmental societies that will help them to learn the spirit of team work.

 

Facilities

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The Department of Geography is located at a vantage point of the University. Resources available to staff and students within the department include:

  • Map Library

  • Cartographic Software

  • GIS Lab

  • Computing and Automated Cartography

  • Departmental library

  • Geomatics tools (Total Station, GPS, Auto level, etc)

Library

 

The Department has a reference Library collection of more than 1,000 books. Latest books on GIS, ArcGIS, Remote Sensing, Climate Change, Spatial Planning, Spatial Data Visualization, Image Processing, Data Base Management System, Modern Surveying, etc are also added annually, a few research Journals (National Geographic) are also available in the Library.

 

Garrett Geography Society

 

The Garrett Geography Society provides the students and staff members a platform for active and regular activties related to Geography. The Society also arranges Study Tours, Invited Lectures, Seminars and Functions on a regular basis.

 

Seminars, Lectures, Workshops

 

The department arranges refresher courses, lectures on recent technologies, discussions, and exhibitions regularly throughout the academic year. The department also organizes workshops for academicians from all over the country. In January, 2010 the department of geography arranged a refresher course in Digital Cartography (GIS, Remote Sensing and Spatial Planning).

 

Academic Links

 

  • Academic collaboration with City and Regional Planning (CRP), University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. MoU has been signed between the two universities on 4th September, 2009.

  • MoU has been signed between the Department of Geography GC University, Lahore and Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency, (PHATA), Lahore on 28th June, 2010 for internship, research, data sharing etc.

  • MoU has been signed between the department of Geography GC University Lahore and Punjab Metreology Department Lahore for internship, data sharing etc in 2011.

Future Prospects

 

The graduates can apply for MSc in Community Development and Environmental Planning at City and Regional Planning, UET, Lahore. MS in GIS and Remote Sensing NUST, Islamabad. MSc in GIS at PUCIT, Lahore. Graduates have a number of career openings in both the private and public sectors. The graduates can become experts in Physical and Human Geography, Spatial/Urban Planners, Land use surveyors using advanced technology (GPS, Total Station, and Autolevelling etc) and GIS experts in the relevant fields.

 

Academic Programmes

 

The Department of Geography offers:

  • BSc (Hons) Degree Programmes.

  • MS/M.Phil Geography

MS Geography PROGRAmme

 

The MS program in Geography covers applied areas in the subject of Geography. The courses include Applied Physical Geography, Applied Human Geography, recent fields like Geography of Transportation, fluvial morphology, Disaster Risk Management, Regional planning, etc. as well as techniques like Remote Sensing, GIS, and others in the subject with their application in different fields.

 

Objectives of MS Programme

  • To provide quality education in academics and research.

  • To educate advanced Physical Geography concepts in areas of climate studies, fluvial morphology, etc.

  • To impart applied Human Geography concepts in areas of demography, transportation, urban and regional planning, etc.

  • To introduce recent techniques of Remote Sensing and GIS with their applications.

  • To provide candidates the opportunity of post-graduating in Geography to broaden their education as well as research. The programme covers applied areas which fulfill the need of market and let the learner to understand and control environment and its related problems and issues.

Keeping in view of the academic and research development, the collaborations between Department of Geography and other departments and universities were established to promote practical academic activities, data sharing, holding of workshops and seminars. The following links/ MOU are actively working with the Department of Geography.

 

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum 16 Years education will be required with atleast 2.50 CGPA or 60% marks in relevant subject.

  • Candidates must have passed GAT (General) Test at the time of admission with atleast 50% valid score.

 

Research Groups

 

Following research groups are active in the department:

  • Environmental Monitoring and Management
  • Urban Planning in GIS Perspective
  • Traffic Management Using GIS Techniques
  • Digital Cartography
  • Disaster Risk Management

Courses

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BSc (Hons.) Geography

Year - 1

Semester– I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

GEOG – 1101

Physical Geography

2

GEOG – 1101-P

Introduction to Practical Geography - I

1

Semester– II

GEOG – 1201

Climatology

2

GEOG – 1201-P

Introduction to Practical Geography II

1

 

Year - 2

Semester– III

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

GEOG – 2101

Man & Environment 

3

Semester– IV

GEOG – 2201

Introduction to Cartography and Surveying

3

GEOG – 2202

Regional Study of South Asia with special reference to Pakistan

3

 

Year - 3

Semester– V

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

GEOG – 3101

History and Development of Geographic Thought & Concept

3

GEOG – 3102

Remote Sensing

3

GEOG – 3104

Geomatics I

3

GEOG – 3104-P

Geomatics I

1

GEOG – 3105

Geographical Information System

3

GEOG – 3105-P

Geographic Information System (Lab Work)

1

GEOG – 3107

Environmental Geography

3

Semester– VI

GEOG – 3201

Settlement Geography

3

GEOG – 3202

Geomorphology

3

GEOG – 3203

Digital Image Processing (DIP)

3

GEOG – 3205

Spatial Analysis

3

GEOG – 3205-P

Spatial Analysis (Lab Work)

1

GEOG – 3206

Population Geography

3

 

Year - 4

Semester– VII

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

GEOG – 4101

Data Base Management System (DBMS)

3

GEOG – 4101-P

Data Base Management System (Practical)

1

GEOG – 4102

Geomatics -II

3

GEOG – 4102-P

Geomatics -II

1

GEOG – 4103

Digital Cartography

3

GEOG – 4104

Research Methods

3

GEOG – 4299

Project/Internship

3

Semester– VIII

Students will study 14 credit hours from the following list subject to availability of the faculty

GEOG – 4201

Disaster Risk Management

3

GEOG – 4202

Land Information System

3

GEOG – 4203

Urban Geography

3

GEOG – 4204

Water Resource Management

3

GEOG – 4299

Project/Internship

3

MS Geography

Semester– I

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Geog 7101

Advance Physical Geography

3

Geog 7102

Advance Human Geography

3

Geog 7103

Techniques in Geography

3

Geog 7104

Project Planning and Research Method

3

Semester– II (Any four of the followings subjects can be opted on availability of Faculty)

Geog 7201

Meteorology

3

Geog 7202

Computer Cartography

3

Geog 7203

Geography of Natural Hazards and Disasters

3

Geog 7204

Urban/Regional Planning

3

Geog 7205

Geography of Transport

3

Geog 7206

Spatial Modeling

3

Geog 7207

Fluvial Morphology

3

Geog 7208

Climate Change Studies

3

Semester– III & IV

Geog 7499

Thesis

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Faculty

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Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Prof. Dr. Ali Iqtadar Mirza,

PhD., M.Phil (U.o.K), MSc (PU)

Chairperson/Professor

Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Spatial planning, Digital Cartography

Syed Yasir Usman,

M.Sc. Geography (PU)

Assistant Professor

Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, Military Geography, Map Reading

Shakeel Mahmood,

MSc Geography (UOP), M.Sc. GIS (PUCIT), (on leave)

Lecturer

GIS, Remote Sensing,  Physical Geography,  Urban Land-uses and  Management

Khurram Chohan,

M.Sc. GIS (PUCIT), M.Phil Geomatics (PU)

Lecturer

GIS and Remote Sensing, Urban Issues

Zonish Javed,

BS. (Hons) (GCUF)

Lecturer

Physical Geography Human Geography, GIS Applications in Geomorphology

Shahid  Karim

MS. GIS & RS (NUST)

Lecturer

Climate Change, Water Resources Management, Urban Geography, GIS & RS Applications in Agriculture, Spatial Analysis

Visiting Faculty

Robia Shaheen

M.Phil. M.Sc. Geography (PU). MA History (PU)

 

Political Geography of Post colonialism, Historical Geography and Development of Geographic Thoughts, Regional Geography.

Dr. M. Atif Butt

PhD.  Space Science (GIS & RS)

 

Remote Sensing & Geo Spatial Techniques.

Amna Afzal

MS (GCUL)

 

Water Resource Management, Urban Water Management, Disaster Risk Management.

 Sana Shaukat

MS (GCUL)

 

Climate Change, Geomorphology, Geo Informatics.

 

 

Journals & Publications

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Contact Us

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Dr. Ali Iqtadar Mirza

Chairperson/Associate Professor

Department of Geography

GC University, Lahore

UAN: +92 (42) 111-000-010 Ext: 283

Email: iqtadarmirza@yahoo.com, ali.iqtadar@gcu.edu.pk

 

 


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