Department of Geography at Government College Chittur was initiated in the year 1972. This is the first Geography Department in Kerala. It is also only post graduate department in government sector under University of Calicut and is well known for producing one the finest resourceful geographers. The first head of the Department was Smt. Lakshmi.
The Department offers both Graduation and Post Graduation programmes in Geography. Remaining within all the limitations of a normal government college, the department has been able well equip itself to handle both the graduation and post graduation programmes. Modern technology is being brought into use for providing better learning experience to students. The Department has GIS Laboratory with a system student ratio of 1:1 for Post Graduation and 1:2 for Graduation. The Department is also equipped with all the traditional and modern geographical surveying equipments including handheld Global Positioning System.
The research activities of department are in collaboration with Centre for Earth Science Studies, Trivandrum, and Centre for Water Resources Development and Management, Kozhikode, Integrated Rural Technology Centre, Palakkad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, New Delhi, Bharathiyar University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madras University and various other scientific institutions at state and national level.
The college location has a bearing on the department as well, and is reflected in the composition of students from various socio-cultural and economic backgrounds. The college is located in Chiitur-Tattamanagalam Municipal limits. Chittur taluk is known as the one of the rice bowls of Kerala and as well as on the drier regions being located in the Palghat gap. The major chunk of departments students come from agrarian population belonging to Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes. The Department is thus proud of the fact that it has been contributing in rich manner in upholding the constitutional obligation of equal education and opportunity for all.
Living under the hard circumstances socially and economically, the students of the Department have proved their metal in clearing the UGC-NET / CSIR / Sate Eligibility Test (SET) / Kerala Public Service Commission and Union Public Service Commission Examinations and securing very good career opportunities.
The department has produced some of the best and finest geographers, working with varied organizations at local, regional, national and international levels. The prodigies of department are employed with State Schools at various levels, Central Schools like Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya etc. Some of the prodigies are working as professional with various corporate organizations. Still further most of the present faculty members of Geography Departments at various colleges are a product of this institution.
On completion of graduation / post gradation, students tend opt for higher studies programme at vario us national and international institutions. Some of the alumni of this department are research scholars or undergoing higher professional’s programmes like planning in prestigious institutions like TISS, CEPT, SPAs etc.
The department also has been very active in supporting the local community and further contributing to the society by sharing knowledge of watershed management and resource mapping. The department faculties along with its students have conducted social research on critical issues such as well being of tribal population of Attapadi in Palakkad district.
The faculty level expertise include Agricultural Geography, Geomorphology, Medical Geography, Social Geography, Spatial Planning, Rural and Urban Planning, Geographic Information System, Watershed Management, Cultural resources conservation and Management being the prominent.
The department takes special care in preparing the curriculum for both graduation and post graduation through discussions with experts in the relevant fields and further preparing the syllabus. The department ensures that appropriate changes based on the latest research and developments in the field of geography are incorporated into syllabus at regular intervals.