The Department of Geology was established in the year 1938, when it became one of the very few colleges in the country to offer the subject. Geology was introduced at F.Y.B.Sc. and S.Y.B.Sc. level in 1938 and later as a major subject for T.Y.B.Sc. in 1952.
The oil industry all over the world, especially in India, has been passing through an active phase of growth. Since 1970’s the oil industry has seen a phenomenal rise in the demand for Petroleum Products. The Government Policy decisions in the recent past have thrown open the government-run industries to the private sector, thereby attracting foreign direct investment in this sector. This has enhanced the need for trained man power, especially in the Petroleum sector. Envisaging this need for specialized man power, the Department of Geology of Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune, launched a Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Petroleum Technology in the year 1987, which in 1989, expanded to a two-year post-graduate.
This was done with a vision to be a Premier institution providing quality education to cater to the growing demand of the petroleum industry for well trained and qualified staff for both, field & Laboratory operations. The oil industry in India has been passing through an active phase of growth. Since 1970’s the oil industry has seen a phenomenal rise in all sectors of exploration and exploitation.The Asia Pacific region will be the largest consumer of Gas with almost 50% growth in demand by 2021-2025.The demand for Petroleum Products is escalating and has increased the need for finding better and more efficient ways of exploration and exploitation of Hydrocarbons. This need in the recent past has compelled the government to allow the private sector to compete there by increasing the need for trained man power.
The Department of Geology of Nowrosjee Wadia College, envisaged this need for specialized geology –based knowledge in this field and launched an interdisciplinary course in (Applied) Petroleum Technology in the year 1987. The initial success of the course, coupled with interaction with different companies in the Petroleum Industry encouraged us to expand the course in 1989 to a two year Post-graduate Degree in Petroleum Technology. Since then we have had more than thirty batches graduating successfully.
The Degree awarded is a M.Sc.(Applied) Petroleum Technology and is affiliated to the University of Pune. The blend of Technology with Geology is the essence of this course. The overwhelming response to the course and the successful placement of our students in oil companies and petroleum service companies around the world has made this course invaluable. Today, this course is recognized by UGC and ONGC for employment of the students.
The Department has a recognised Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter since 2015. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 124,800 members in 134 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing opportunities to exchange information at in-person and online events and training courses, publications, and other resources. Under the Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter, the students organize various activities throughout the year. The purpose of a Student Chapter is to supplement students’ formal education and enhance their professional development by establishing a link with the Industry Experts.
About 300 textbooks and reference books related to Geology and Petroleum Technology are available with our department and we make them available to students on demand. In addition, the department has also prescribed bulletins such as “ONGC bulletin” and “JPT Journal”, which are meant for updating knowledge of students.
A number of very influential people have moulded the history which has led to the success of this department.
The record of Alumni of Geology & Petroleum Technology is extensive and beyond recounting here but, nonetheless, has provided a major contribution to the Oil and Gas Industry in India and abroad.
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The Department of Geology has a well-furnished Geological Museum. The uniqueness of the museum is its vast collection of attractive specimens, standard size and well labelled samples. The samples are collected in the general geological tours, mapping and mining training camps, which are compulsorily a part of B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses. Some of the samples have been donated by well-known Geologists. These specimens represent almost all the major Rock formations of the country. The samples are displayed in wooden and glass showcases. The Museum samples have been classified into different sections.
This departmental museum is visited by students and faculty of all the geology departments of various colleges and universities of the country who happen to visit the Campus.
The Department of Geology and Petroleum Technology has a well-organized library of its own in addition to the main library run by the college. The library has two separate sections for undergraduate and post graduate courses. The library can boast of a large volume of literature in addition to the academic reference books. The library contains a wealth of resources for the students and staff of the department.
The T.Y.B.Sc. Students and Staff underwent an extensive training at the Geological Survey of Indias Training Centre at Hyderabad.
Earth Day is an annual event organized on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
To celebrate Earth Day, Department of Geology and Petroleum Technology in association with the Centre for Education and Research in Geosciences streamed a film “HOME”, by world renowned film maker Yann Arthus Bertrand.
The film HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a beautifully shot panorama of the Earth and the damage done to it by modern humanity. It includes a moving narration about the evolution of the Earth, nature, agriculture, humans, and the crises of habitat destruction, energy depletion, climate disruption, degradation… of the environment, health, economic disparity, and more.
The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.
All spectators had an enlightening experience.
An Industry-Academia Interaction was organized by the department on 13th April 2022.
Mr. Paul McPHILLIMY, Global Personnel Manager and Country Manager India at GEOLOG International (UAE) interacted with the students and faculty. Mr. Paul talked about the work culture of GEOLOG International and his experiences in Oil and Gas Industry.
The best professional Student Chapterevent of the past year organized by Nowrosjee Wadia College has to be an interactive session by Mr. Rahul S. Dey, Business manager- Asia Pacific, Dubai region for Elkem, on 25th March 2022.
Mr. Dey spoke in depth about the contemporary issues and Important aspects of Oil and Gas Industry such as the probable future of the industry in the next 10- 30 years, the annual revenue of the industry, rationalization of Human Resources, etc. He also threw some light on the geopolitics in the context of the industry and India’s recent approach to become a gas-based economy.
In the second and most engaging session, he gave some important tips on interview preparation and CV writing. He covered important topics such as the use of buzz words in a CV, the importance of learning a new language, and additional courses required in securing a job in the industry, he explained the importance of being updated about the current trends in the industry.
He concluded his lecture by answering all the queries of students. The students came up with spontaneous positive feedbacks. This was a step forward in our mission towards the grooming of the young budding Petroleum Geologists.
A certificate course on Introduction to the oil and gas industry was organized by the Nowrosjee Wadia College SPE student chapter. The course was designed by the industry experts for the UG and PG students of Geology and Petroleum Technology respectively. The duration was 10 hours and the assessment was carried out for 1 credit.
On the first day, Mr. Natraj Vaddadi shared his vast knowledge and introduced students to the fascinating world of petroleum. He explained the origin & history of the petroleum industry, followed by a brief explanation of well site operations. At last, he elaborated an Introduction to Drilling - Equipment and Drilling operations.
On the second day, Mr. Pradeep Chellappan talked about the pros and cons of the working in Oil and Gas industry. He introduced the student to the work culture of the Oil and gas industry, followed by some basics of Well Logging and pressure concepts.
Seventy-seven post-graduate and undergraduate students had attended this course. This training course cleared many doubts in students' minds about the oil and gas industry. It also motivated the students to become a part of the oil and gas industry in the future.
The Nowrosjee Wadia College SPE Student Chapter had organized an inter- collegiate event called ‘OLEUM 2022’, on 16th and 17th March 2021. The event included Quizefy (Quiz), Mail-OMania (Mail Writing Competition), Wordzee (Crossword), Drawize (Pictionay), Geospell (Spelling test), Virtual Scavenger hunt (Treasure hunt). These competitions were organized for the students pursuing post graduation in Petroleum Technology / Petroleum Engineering and undergraduates in Geology. Among all these competitions, the Quizefy received exceedingly large response. Around 115 students from 16 prominent institutes participated enthusiastically in the Quizefy competition. This event was successfully organized in online as well as offline mode. The Quizefy covered various technical and geologically important aspects of the Oil and Gas Industry.
Mail-O-Mania Competition was another event that got overwhelming response from around 77 participants. In this competition, the participants were given a topic on which they had draft an email to apply for a job in a company for the post of LWD/MWD with their resume attached. All the emails along with their resumes were then reviewed by industry experts and the best emails were awarded to appreciate their efforts.
These events ensured that our members work in a team to make it successful and it also worked as a means of interaction with the students of Petroleum Geosciences around various Universities. These events have been remarkable in terms of spreading across the mission of SPE to collect, disseminate and exchange technical knowledge to the large spectrum of Petroleum Geosciences.
The NWC SPE Student Chapter carried out a Geological Study Tour (six days) to Kaladgi Basin (Karnataka, South India) for the purpose of understanding the Geology of this basin from the petroleum geologists point of view. A cluster of twenty-eight SPE members, including the faculty advisor, were on board from 21st February to 26th February 2022.
Through this touring experience, the students collected samples, disseminated, and exchanged knowledge about geological features.
On 26th January 2022 , NOWROSJEE WADIA COLLEGE SPE STUDENT CHAPTER celebrated its 7th anniversary . It was a time to reflect on the College’s past and those that have helped to shape who we are, and to acknowledge the community members, both past and present, who have influenced the character and values that embody the vibrant, engaging, and safe environment we see today.
The guest speaker of the program was Mr. Reghu Padmanabhan, a senior Country/Area manager for Expro Group, India. The title of his talk was “Talent Factor- Leveraging Differentiators”. Mr. Reghu Padmanabhan gave a brief explanation of various factors influencing the oil and gas industry. He also explained character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person's relationship with other people. He mentioned about an individual’s role in a society and also about the social responsibilities. There was also a brief discussion about stock market and the position of oil and gas in stock market. Lastly Mr. Reghu Padmanabhan talked about the future of oil and gas industry and how as a student’s we should be prepared for it.
Drones can carry out an impressive range of tasks, ranging from military operations to package delivery.
To throw light upon this, Nowrosjee Wadia College SPE Student Chapter organized one day workshop on INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION USING DRONE AND AEROMODELLING on 10th January 2022.
Mr. PUSHPAK PATIL (Operation executive at Droneium Aerial Solutions Pvt.Ltd.) was the facilitator of this workshop.
This workshop did a great job providing actionable concepts.
Even though the second wave had subsided, the imminent danger of a third wave was ever present. To ensure that people still follow the rules and regulations and exercise safety measures, Nowrosjee Wadia College SPE Student Chapter took the initiative to spread awareness and organized a Covid Awareness Program on 8th January, 2022, at college campus. The initiative was appreciated by the Faculty and students.
Nowrosjee Wadia College SPE Student Chapter conducted a joint lecture series under the SPE Mumbai Section in collaboration with the MIT Pune SPE student chapter and IIT Bombay SPE student chapter between 6th to 8th December.
An ‘International Yoga Day’ was celebrated by the students and staff with refreshing Yoga session. A group of students performed several asanas.
As a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ India@75, a special cleanliness drive was organized by the students and staff of M.Sc. Petroleum technology. Despite the constraints of the pandemic, a large participation was witnessed at the cleanliness drive.
A tree plantation drive was carried out by the Students of M.Sc. Petroleum technology to create awareness and spread the message of saving our planet- ‘Protecting our environment is the need of an hour.’ Students brought different types of saplings and planted them on the outskirts of Pune City (Katraj Hills) and in the farms of Varve Village. It was made sure that these plants will be taken care by the locals and farmers.
The students participated in the tree plantation drive with great zeal and enthusiasm and thus made it successful. They pledged to spread the awareness for growing more trees. A little efforts made by each of us can make a huge difference to the overall environment of Earth.
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|1||Dr. Mrs. Sanjida A. Khan|
|2||Dr. Kiran Kumbhar|
|Sr. No.||Name||Place of Research|
|1||Mr. Sagar Thakurdas||SPPU|
|2||Mrs. Neela Pharate||SPPU|
|3||Mr. Dnyaneshwar Korte||SPPU|
|4||Ms. Huma Shaikh||SPPU|
The Department of Geology and Petroleum Technology boasts of a robust and successful track record of securing placement for its students. The understanding and collaboration with various Oil and Gas Companies ensure that the students have adequate exposure and get naturally and rapidly absorbed into professional roles on completion of their studies. The hands on training provided, to the students, by the industry professionals during the academic calendar itself has been instrumental in providing the right skill set and practical know-how. The practical education commingled with the ‘on the job’ exposure during internships has been helpful in grooming the students as per the industry requirements, which has been one of the key differentiators.
Our Alumni have played an important and active role in successful placements. Not only alumni have created a positive image of the department/college in the industry but also they have played a key role in terms of convincing their companies and HR department to run a recruitment spree in the campus. The Department has been keeping a track of our alumni job profile and their rank in the respective companies. Multitude of companies have been hiring our students for various positions. Some of these companies include Schluberger, Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, Cairn India, Baker Hughes, Weatherford, Qatar Gas, Geo Log International, Oman Oil Company, Excellence Logging, National Oil Varco, Kuwait Oil Company, Saudi Aramco, Oman Oil Company, Global Data Services, Jaybee Energy, L & t Technology services, Fugro, Petro link etc.
|Sr. No.||Name of Student||Company Name|
|1||Shaji Abhijith||Jindal Drilling and Industries LTD.|
|3||Tekale Namrata||Global Data Research Center|
|4||Mulani Arbaz||Global Data Research Center|
|5||Sameer Sheikh||Jindal Drilling and Industries LTD.|
|6||Pranam Masalkar||Jindal Drilling and Industries LTD.|
|7||Prajwal Wanjari||Global Data Research Center|
|8||Sumedh Pardikar||Global Data Research Center|
|9||Prasad Dhole||Global Data Research Center|
|12||Kalpesh More||Jindal Drilling and Industries LTD.|
|13||Abdul Rana||Global Data Research Center|
|14||Sagar Langote||Excellence Logging|
|16||Karminder Kaur||Geo Log International|
|17||Pushpak Patil||Global Data Research Center|
|18||Harshal Navale||Geo Log International|
The Department of Petroleum Technology has a recognized Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter since 2015. Student chapters are located around the world and provide an operating framework for society activities at a university level. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 124,800 members in 134 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing opportunities to exchange information at in-person and online events and training courses, publications, and other resources. Under the Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter, the students conduct various activities throughout the year such as organizing Technical and Professional lectures/ workshops / short courses / lecture series by Industry Experts, Annual Intercollegiate Competition (OLEUM), social awareness programs etc. Student members elect officers annually. Each SPE chapter is sponsored by an SPE section. THE NWC SPE Chapter is sponsored by Mumbai Section. The core committee consists of Students and one Faculty Advisor. The students/ members are provided with free membership which costs around 20$ to 25$ annually for industry professions. Close to 50 students are benefited under this sponsorship every year. The chapters are evaluated every year based on their performance. The purpose of a Student Chapter is to supplement students’ formal education and enhance their professional development by establishing a link with the Industry Experts.
Nowrosjee Wadia College Chapter won the 2023 Student Chapter Excellence Award ! This prestigious award is the second highest honor a student chapter may receive and is awarded to up to 20% of student chapters around the world. The award is in recognition of your student chapter’s programs in technical dissemination, professional development, member engagement, community involvement, and operations. "
The Nowrojee Wadia College Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Student Chapter was recognized for retaining the membership of members for the year 2021. For the 2021 (November) SPE Membership Year, the chapter did an outstanding job of maintaining a high retention rate."
Our SPE Student Chapter is pleased, delighted, and proud to announce that we were awarded the STUDENT CHAPTER EXCELLENCE AWARD for 2021 by SPE International. The Nowrosjee Wadia SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Student chapter run by the Department of Petroleum Technology was awarded with this prestigious award which is the second highest honor a student chapter may receive and is awarded to only 20% of student chapters around the world. The award is in recognition of the student chapter’s programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development, and innovation. Some of the Universities/ Institutes chosen for this award include - Cairo University, Colorado School of Mines, IFP School, Kuwait University, Seoul National University, Stanford University, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro."
The Nowrojee Wadia College Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Student Chapter was recognized for retaining the membership of members for the year 2021 (May). For the 2021 SPE Membership Year, the chapter did an outstanding job of maintaining a high retention rate despite the covid 19 crisis."
The students of M.Sc. Petroleum Technology Participated in the inter collegiate technical event organized by UPES (Department of Earth Sciences). This SPE technical fest is for the aspirants assembling from various engineering colleges with a very high competitive spirit to participants and with the strong determination to include their achievements & accomplishments to their resumes. The tenth iteration of annual UPES SPE Fest was attended by over 450 students from 17 national and international prestigious institutions, including Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune , Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Dibrugarh University, Barmer Engineering College and many more. We appreciate the enthusiasm of the students in participating in the fest, representing Nowrosjee Wadia college very well and overall winning the 3 rd position in this Intercollegiate competition."