Geography of India

By Prof. A. Balasubramanian   |   University of Mysore, Manasagangotri
Learners enrolled: 3642
The study of Geography and the formation of the earth systems is quite challenging and most insightful to gain the knowledge. This course under Faculty of Sciences named "Geography of India" will help the students, scholars and others will enhance the skills and deep understanding about the formation of physiography and physiographic divisions of India. The study includes geographical setting of the Natural features such as the changes in topography, various compositions of soils, geomorphologic patterns, basins of India, watershed, tributaries. Study also includes climate systems, regional developments, irrigation systems, agricultural activities, rural-urban settlements, formation of demography and its migrations. Trades, Commodities, Industrial activities at various scales. The overall outcome of the course is to help the students to increase the deep understanding about the subject of Geography. This course also helps the Civil services aspirants where Geography is one of the optional paper where aspirants can take for the examination.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 30 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019 IST
Enrollment Ends : 11 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week – 1 | 1. Physiographic Divisions of India  | 2. India's Political Divisions | 3. India and its Neighbour's |

Week – 2 | 4.India: Topography and Slopes | 5.The  Indian Coastal  | 6.Indo Gangetic Plain |

Week – 3 | 7.Climatic Regions of India | 8.Climate of India | 9.Drainage System of India | 
Week – 4 | 10.Regional Development Strategies | 11.Special Purpose Regions | 12.Region in the context of Globalization | 13.Soil Types of India |

Week – 5 | 14.Regional Plans of India | 15.Categories of Land Use | 16.Natural/Physical Regions | 17.Irrigation System of India

Week – 6 | 18.Tourism in India | 19.Population in India | 20.Livestock in India | 21. Mineral Resources of India |

Week – 7 | 22. Patterns of Population in India | 23.Consequences of Migration | 24. Migration Patterns in India | 25. Composition of Population India 2011 |

Week – 8 | 26.Indicators of Human Development | 27.Urbanization in India | 28.Rural Settlements in India | 

Week – 9 | 29.Settlement Hierarchy by Social Facilities and Amenities | 30. Urban Planning in India | 31. Industrial Regions of India | 32.Manufacturing Industries of India |

Week – 10 | 33.Medium Scale Industries | 34.Small Scale Industries | 35.Handicrafts in India | 36. Chemical Industries in India | 

Week – 11 | 37.Classified Commodities-I | 38.Classified Commodities-II | 39.Air Transports in India | 40.India Foreign Trade |

Books and references



A Geography of India, Atmarama and Sons, New Delhi.

Gopal Singh

Physical Geology of India, NBT (1991)

Mathur, S.M.

Geography  of India

Mazid Hussain

Geography of India, Raniat, Jaipur (1996)

Ranjit Thirtha

India : A Comprehensive Geography Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana  (2000)

Khullar D.R

Geography of India, Prayag Pustak Bhawan, Allahabad. (2008)

Tiwari R.C

Economic and Commercial Geography of India.

Sharma and Coutinho

Instructor bio

Prof A Balasubramanian

Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Course coordinator is serving as Professor of Earth Science at the DOS in Earth Science at the University of Mysore. He developed various documentary films on Tourism, Geography and socio economic originated programs for UGC's Higher education channel. He did his Ph.D in Hydrogeology and water resources evaluation with digital numerical simulation methods, by developing useful Software. He conducted his advanced  numerical and experimental modelling research on Dense Contaminant Transport, at the Dept. of Civil and Systems Engineering, James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. His computer programs like, HYCH (Hydrochemicalfacies analysis, FLOMOD - for two-dimensional groundwater flow analysis, AQPARM (APE) for aquifer parameter evaluation, PRINCI for principal component analysis,  RMULT- for multiple regression, TIMESER- for time series analysis, POLYNOM  and MORPHO were used during the last three decades, by several scholars. He has authored seven books, published over 150 research papers, 175 e-learning lessons, 400 documentaries in  Earth Science, Geography, Tourism  and other subjects. He is the recipient of Vikram Sarabhai Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and Dr. Abdul Kalam National Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017. 

He served as Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology, and Director of Centre for Information Science &Technology (CIST), Educational Multimedia Research Centre (UGC) at the University of Mysore, and also as Director of Culture and Cultural Relations (Statutory Position) at Pondicherry University, during the last two decades. He has 37 years of teaching, research and administrative experience. He developed curriculum for Master Degree courses, taught computer applications, conducted a dozen major projects and participated in hundreds of academic ventures, in several institutions.  

He has developed e-contents for more than 200 topics, for CEC in Geography,Tourism and allied subjects. 

Course certificate

30% for in course Assessment  & 70% of end-term Proctored exam. The Certificates will be available after Qualifying in the end-term online Proctored exam.

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