The Department was established in 1979 under the Vice Chancellorship of Prof. Wahiduddin Malik and was headed by Prof. Nasseruddin Ahmed with the objective to play an important role in planning and development of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Department has set up a state of the art Remote Sensing and GIS(Geographic Information System) laboratory equipped with about fifty computer systems and related accessories. The laboratory has been established with financial support from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India under their DST-FIST Support programme. The Department has recently been inducted by University Grants Commission for Financial Support under their UGC-SAP Programme at the level of DRS-I. The Department has the distinction of being the 5th Geography Department in the country to be awarded both DST-FIST and UGC-SAP. The Department has also well established Digital Cartography and Advanced Surveying Laboratories.
- To develop a high level understanding of the subject matter in all the vital sub-fields of Geography.
- To get a broad holistic picture of regional Development with particular reference to Jammu & Kashmir.
- To develop the Competence to facilitate development of inter-disciplinary approach for an easy shift over from curricular work to research activity which would be able to help the process of socio-economic development of Jammu & Kashmir state.
- To develop sufficient level of competence in the use of tools & techniques of regional analysis.