Teaching Profile

Courses offered:

The courses offered at M.Sc., M.Tech. and Ph.D. levels are: Igneous petrology; hydrogeochemistry; geothermics; global trectonics; mineralogy and crystal optics; marine mineral resources.

Thesis Supervision

As a part of the course curriculum, M.Sc, and M.Tech., students have to work on a project, submit a thesis and defend it before a panel of external examiners. Grades are assigned to the project. The project has a field as well as laboratory components. The results of the projects are presented at conferences and/or published in journals. The choice of selecting a project rests with the students. I supervise thesis related to groundwater, igneous petrology, water-rock interaction and geothermal energy resources. M.Tech. projects are assigned keeping in mind the needs of various industries in this country. List of thesis supervised are listed in appendix 2 above.

Course evaluation Scheme

The courses offered to the students are evaluated each semester by the students "under course evaluation" scheme. This is done mainly to get feed-back from the students regarding the course content, level of teaching, suggestions to improve the course content and methods of teaching. Based on the data, thus collected over a period of 3 to 4 years, the course structure is improved and new concepts are introduced. This scheme is followed for M.Sc. and M.Tech programmes. My over all rating is above 90%.

Ph.D. Programme

As a part of partial fulfillment of the programme, the students submit a thesis and defend it before a panel of external examiners. I supervised thesis related to groundwater resources and geothermal resources evaluation and igneous petrology. List of Ph.D. thesis supervised are listed in appendix 2.

Education Technology Programme

Under this programme, course modules are prepared on videotapes for the benefit of students registering under "self-study" programme. Some of the topics which are in demand by the students have been prepared by me and are listed below:

  1. Determination of optical properties of minerals using 3 axes universal stage (45 minutes).
  2. Saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers: mechanism of intrusion and case histories from coastal laterite aquifer of Kerala (60 minutes).
  3. Geochemical evolution of thermal springs, estimation of reservoir temperature using geochemical thermometers and geothermal energy assessment (90 minutes ).

 

New Course

There is a growing interest among the students to get in-depth knowledge in hydrogeochemistry and low temperature reactions between rocks and meteoric water. I formulated syllabi for two course (GS 530: Hydrogeochemistry; GS 630: Geothermics) along with my colleagues. These two courses are being offered to 2nd M.Sc and M.Tech. graduates.

Low temperature experimental lab

To support the theory course, I have developed an experimental lab to conduct low temperature reactions at atmospheric pressure between rocks and water. A couple of my students have completed their thesis work using this facility and the data has been published.

Administrative responsibilities ( details in Appendix 1)

Appointed as the Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, between 2000-2003. Duties includes administrative responsibilities, research and developmental activities of the department; development of interaction between the department and the industries and govt. agencies; development of staff and faculty structure of the department and curriculum development; infra structural development of the department.

Departmental Post Graduate Committee (DPGC) and Under graduate committee (DUGC) review various academic programmes and makes necessary changes in course content, keeping in view the recent developments in the field of earth sciences. The curricula are revised once in three years. Department Chair is the Convener of DPGC and DUGC..

Faculty Advisor

It is mandatory for each faculty member to be faculty advisor for M.Sc., M.Tech. and Ph.D students. The duty of the faculty advisor is to guide the students in choosing appropriate courses, assess coarse lode, help academically weak students to cope-up with load etc.

I was a faculty advisor for 5 years for M.Sc., M.Tech. and at present faculty advisor for Ph.D students.

Class room seminars

Over the past several years I realized that the students' are not cultivating the habit of reading and understanding publications appearing in various journals. In order to overcome this problem, I assign a seminar topic relevant to the course (which needs extensive reference work) to students and hold discussions on the topic in the class and assign marks. I have been successful in this programme and these seminars are being appreciated by the students as well.

Undergraduate geology programme

We offer first degree geology course to engineering graduates with an aim to strengthen the skills of those who will be involved in civil construction projects (buildings, dams, tunnels etc.). I offer this course depending on the teaching and research loads.

In summary, ~60% of my time is allotted to teaching, academic and administrative work and rest ~40% is devoted to research. This scheme is generally followed by all the faculty members of this Institute.