Sikkim University

Department of Geography
Indira Bypass, Tadong


Programmes offered: MA/MSc, MPhil and PhD

About the Department

Teaching Strength

Permanent Faculty



Dr. Sohel Firdos

Associate Professor 

Dr. Uttam Lal

Assistant Professor, Head

Dr. Rafiul Ahmed

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ishwarjit E. Singh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Abdul Hannan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Vimal Khawas

Assistant Professor



The Department was established in 2010. It strives for blending theoretical knowledge with empirical analysis, anchoring itself in strong field based research, especially on Eastern Himalayas. The Department houses a high end GIS laboratory for exposing the students to the art of spatial analysis. The faculty members are enthusiastic to share their understanding of cryosphere, interactions between environment, society and economy, political geography of North-east India, social-spatial exclusions, urban governance and tourism geography.

The Department in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) organized an International Seminar on Climate Change and sustainability in the Mountain Areas: Scope and Challenges for Regional Cooperation and Integration, 7 – 9 November, 2011, Gangtok.

The Department of Geography and the Department of History jointly organized a seminar on Minorities in India: Process of Inclusion and Development of Minorities in North-East India, March 22-23, 2014, supported by ICSSR.

The Department organized a seminar on Cultural Ecology of Teesta, 25-26 March, 2014, in collaboration with Indian Institute of Advanced study (IIAS), Shimla.

One M.Phil student was awarded IDRC fellowship and 5 students were awarded JRF by UGC.


Research Strength


Passed: NIL

Pursuing: 12


Awarded: NIL

Pursuing: 03



  1. Sikkim Disaster Management Plan, 2010
  1. Was part of a consortium led by Open University, UK for preparing a project proposal for Environmental Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

Ongoing :

  1. Cryosphere in Himalayas: Science and Society, funded by DST, Government of India
  1. Application of Traditional Knowledge for Disaster risk reduction in the Himalayas: A case of Darjeeling Sikkim Himalayas, funded by UGC.
  1. Land and Gender related issues in Sikkim, funded by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussorie



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Postal Address:

6th Mile Samdur
P.O. Tadong
Gangtok - 737102


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Phone: +91-3592-251468
Fax: +91-3592-251067
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