Academic Programs

Academic Programs


The Centre offers the following programs in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences:

1. Integrated M.Sc. (5-year) in Applied Geology: Intake is 10

This is a ten-semester program open to candidates who have studied science subjects at 10+2 level of education (Intermediate/CBSE/ICSE/HSC or equivalent) with a minimum of 60% marks. The first four semesters of the Earth Science course are on par with other M.Sc. (5-year integrated programs) courses, followed by specialised papers in Geology, Geochemistry, and Geophysics during the next six semesters. The enrolled students will have to bear the expenses towards the fieldwork including travel, accommodation, food, etc, which will be conducted as a part of their curriculum during the Program.


2. M.Sc. (2-year) in Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences: Intake is 12

This is a four-semester program open to candidates with a Bachelor’s degree, who have studied mathematics and physics as compulsory subjects at the B.Sc. level, or B. Tech. in civil/mechanical/electrical. The admission is for both sponsored and non-sponsored candidates. The enrolled students need to incur the expenses towards visits to national laboratories which will be conducted as a part of their curriculum during the program.


3. Ph.D. in Earth Sciences

The Centre offers the Ph.D. program in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Vacancies for Ph.D. are advertised as per the requirement and availability with a faculty of the Centre. The following two major focal themes are identified for multidisciplinary research:

i) Solid Earth:

Structure, dynamics and evolution of Indian continental lithosphere through time; Archean magmatism, continental growth and tectonics, Surface dynamics; Geophysical and geochemical exploration of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, development of modelling and inversion algorithms, High Resolution near Surface Geophysics/ hydrology/ tectonics and climate; climate records, and natural hazards; Evolution of life, paleo climates and paleoenvironments.

 ii) Oceans and Atmosphere:

Seamless dynamical climate prediction, and applications; past (Holocene) and future climate change simulations; tropical climate variability, air-sea-land interactions, and scale interaction; dynamical localized extreme event prediction; monitoring and modelling of the ocean circulation patterns and its effect on marine life; Physics and Dynamics of the Ocean and Atmosphere; aerosol and cloud physics, aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate interactions, urban air pollution, and air quality, the impact of meteorology on renewable energy, middle atmospheric structure and dynamics; Data assimilation and applications of AI & ML techniques in Ocean and Atmospheric sciences.


Admission process:

Selection of students for admission to the above programs will be based on their academic qualifications and their performance in the written test (Central University Entrance Test, CUET) conducted by National Testing Agency. . The admission to MSc and PhD programs also includes personal interviews.

Field trips

As part of the Integrated M.Sc. (Applied Geology) curriculum, students must participate in geological and geophysical field training programs conducted by the Centre in different geological terrains of India.

As part of the M.Sc. (Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences) curriculum, students will visit to India Meteorological Department to familiarise themselves with weather instrumentation and observations, weather warning and forecasting, and Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) Hyderabad to familiarise themselves with information and advisory services to society, industry, the government, and the scientific community through sustained ocean observations and constant improvements through systematic and focused research in information management and ocean modeling.

Teaching and Research Activities

The activities of the Centre aim to address thematic issues of national interest and global relevance on advancement in the understanding of Earth processes, resource exploration, natural hazards, and extreme events in the context of global environmental and climate change. The major thematic areas covered at the Centre include the dynamics and evolution of the Solid Earth, its natural resources, soils and water systems, environment, oceans and atmosphere, and global biodiversity. The Centre conducts innovative fundamental and applied research, but not limited to, in these thematic areas of Earth Sciences.

The Centre is recognised by the UGC and has received research grants for its Innovative Research Program from several agencies. The Centre is progressing to create state-of-the-art infrastructure with funding support from DST-PURSE, MoES and DST-FIST. Further, several extramural projects are funded by MoES, DST, SERB, IoE, IODP, and ISRO to the faculty of the Centre.

The Centre has active MoUs for teaching and research collaborations with the following organisations

  • CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
  • Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland
  • Geological Survey of India (GSI, Kolkata)

The Centre also encourages international research collaborations;

  • Agence Nationale de la Research, France
  • CEREGE-Universite Aix Marseille (France)
  • Universite Clermont Auvergne (France)
  • China University of Geosciences, Beijing
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • University of Exeter, England
  • National Institute for Space Research, São Paulo, Brazil;
  • Nanjing University of Information Technology, China
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia
  • APEC Climate Centre (APCC), Korea;
  • Frie Universitat, Berlin, Germany;
  • Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology, (JAMSTEC) Japan, etc.