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Why Geoscience must be introduced at undergraduate level – Times of India

Geoscience, also called Earth Science is the study of materials and various processes that form and shape the Earth system and its inter-relation with living organisms. The subject also investigates the past, measures the present, and models the future behaviour of the planet. It further extends its arm to study of other planets, asteroids, and solar systems, to better understand the Earth.

There is a need to create awareness about the subject and career prospects available in this field. V Chakravarthi, professor at the Centre for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH), says it is important to introduce the Geoscience at undergraduate (UG) level to make students aware of the importance of the subject.

“Making the subject available at UG level will increase student’s interest and help them to explore several careers options as atmospheric scientists, economic, engineering and environmental geologists, geochemists etc. at various government-run organisations, petroleum and mining companies among others,” says Chakravarthi. Currently, UoH offers a five-year integrated programme in Geosciences. “The first batch got placed in various government and private organisations as researchers,” says Chakravarthi.

“The unavailability of the subject at the UG level leads to low enrolments and fewer Geoscience graduates. Therefore, the demand and the supply of new graduates to the workforce do not meet current demands. This has created an acute shortage of skilled workforce at the academic and industrial work front,” says Kushagra Rajendra, HoD, Amity School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Amity University Haryana.

Jobs for Geoscientists
“Candidates with expertise in Geoscience can explore jobs in mining and quarrying and civil engineering industries; government and government-supported scientific establishments, geological surveys, specialist geological consultants and research companies, and teaching etc.,” says Rajendra.

“These industries are susceptible to economic fluctuations and employment opportunities can vary. Students can explore fields such as disaster management, research and development, petroleum geology and economic geology, GIS and remote sensing among others,” adds Rajendra.

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