CHENNAI: The demand for Madras University’s MSc Applied Geology course is increasing every year. For the 40 seats the course provides, the department has received more than 170 applications. Academics attribute it to the increase in job opportunities in the lucrative oil and gas industry.
Last year, it received around 400 applications from across the country. “We expect the number of applications to cross 400 after the UG results this year. There is a higher demand for geology and earth science students in recent years. The 2021 batch students got 100% placements,” said professor R R Krishnamurthy, head, department of applied geology, University of Madras.
Students were placed in oil and gas industries, and in IT companies for developing spatial technology related software products and tools. “With increasing demand, the number of colleges offering BSc geology has also increased to 20 across the state. More girls are opting for applied geology courses in recent years,” Krishnamurthy said. Of 33 students who joined the course last year, 16 of them are girls, he added.
Selection for the program will be based on the UG marks and an entrance test. The department also offers an exclusive practical course on mudlogging and petroleum geology along with Geolog, an oil and gas company headquartered in the Netherlands. The applied geology department along with Geolog has started ten days national level training on petroleum exploration geology in which the students will be trained on drilling, oil wells, mudlogging among others.