Department of Geography and Applied Geography

Dr. Suman Sao

Dr. Suman Sao

Ph. D


Associate Professor

Members of Learned Societies: Regional Science Association, India; Deccan Geographical Society, India; North Eastern Geographer; Indian National Cartographic Association; National Association of Geographers, India; Institute of Town Planners, India; Indian Society of Remote Sensing; Institute of Indian Geographers, India; Association of Geographers, Bihar & Jharkhand, India.

Contact Addresses:

Contact No. +91- 9434884128 (M); 0353-2776342 (O)
Mailing Address Department of Geography and Applied Geography, University of North Bengal, P.O.- NBU, Dist- Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin -734013, India.
e-Mail sumansao2013@gmail.com

Subject Specialization: Regional Planning, Urban Geography, Remote Sensing & GIS

Areas of Research Interest: Urban & Regional Planning

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: 03      (b) Ongoing: 05.

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: Nil       (b) Ongoing: Nil .

No. of Publications:        30

Achievement & Awards:

Professional Experiences:

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Selective List of Publications:

  1. Development of Tribal Crafts: Basketry Industry. Geographical Review of India. Vol. 46, No. 4, Dec., 1984.
  2. An Approach to Formulation of policies for Development of Tribal Crafts: Case of Weaving Industry of Ranchi District. Indian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 1985.
  3. A Model of Tribal Industrial Growth: Case Study of Rope Making, Man and life, Vol. 11, Nos. 3 & 4, July -Dec., 1985.
  4. Key Determinants of Tribal Entrepreneurship – A component Analysis for Stone –work Sector, The Geographical Memoir, Vol. 2, Nos. 1&2, 1990.
  5. Policy Planning for development of Tribal Industrial Sector – Case Study of Basketry. The Geographical Memoir, Vol. 3, Nos. 1&2, 1991.
  6. Nature of Urbanisation in Nepal and its Future Trend, Rural Urban Dichotomies & Linkages in Developing Countries, Centre for Human Settlements International  Calcutta, 1991.
  7. Analysis of the Factors Related to the Development of Tribal Crafts- Case Study of Black smithy Sector, Geographical Thoughts,  The  Geography & Applied Geography, N.B.U., 1992.
  8. Socio Economic Profile of Slums of Siliguri Town Affordable Housing Infrastructure and Urban Development, Centre for Human Settlements International (Habitat Centre), 1993.
  9. Tribal Household Industries of Singhbhum District, In. Jl. of Landscape Systems & Ecological Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Dec., 1993.
  10. Cotton Weaving in the Material Life of chikbaraiks - Question of Decay or Survival, Education Occupation & Social Welfare, Chugh Publications, Allahabad, 1994.
  11. Planning for the Development of Basketry in the Hill Areas of Darjeeling, Planning in the Perspective of Development, M. D. Publication Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, 1995.
  12. Mineral Resources of West Bengal, Geographical Thoughts, Special Issue on West Bengal, Vol. 1, 2000.
  13. Strategies for the Development of Household Industry in Darjeeling Hill Region: Case Study of Metal Work Industry, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. VI, 2007-2008.
  14. Policy for the Development of Tribal Carpentry Industry: Case Study in East and West Singhbhum Districts, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. VII, 2008-2009.
  15. Strategies for the Development of Sericulture for Rural Development: Case Study of Malda District of West Bengal, India   Rural Studies, Vol. 20, 2009, Institute of Geography & Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
  16. Development of Household Industry for Rural Industrialisation: Case study of Bamboo work Industry in Kharibari Block of Darjeeling District, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. IX, 2011.
  17. Rationale for the Development of Handicrafts in India, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. IX, 2011.
  18. Policies for the Development of Tribal Stone Work Industry: Case Study in Eastern India, Rural Studies, Vol. 27, 2012, Institute of Geography & Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw.
  19. Strategies for the Development of Pati Craft of Tufangunj I & II Blocks in Koch Bihar  District West Bengal, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. X, 2012.
  20. Household Industrial Workers of India: An Inter-state Analysis of Trends and Patterns of Distribution, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. X, 2012.
  21. Salient Feature of Disaster Perception: A Case Study of Sindebong Village, Kalimpong  Mapping Hazards and Disasters (Monograph 3) 2012.
  22. Role of Household Industrial Sector in Regional Economy: An overview Resource Utilization, Land use, in Relation to Environmental Impact in India 2012, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XI, 2013.
  23. Factors of Entrepreneurship among Patti Craft Artisans: A Component Analysis Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XI, 2013.
  24. Rural Tourism in Sikkim: Concepts and Issues Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XI, 2013.
  25. Trends and Patters of Household Industrial Workers in West Bengal, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XI, 2014.
  26. Factors of Entrepreneurship and Skill in Traditional Silver Handicraft of Darjeeling Hill Region, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XII, 2014.
  27. Salient Features of Urbanisation in North Bengal, India Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XII, 2014.
  28. Concept of Homestay Tourism: International and Domestic Views, Application of  Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Development, 2015.
  29. Human Perception and Response related to Floods (Case Study of Kharia Village, Jalpaiguri District), Living with Hazards (Monograph 4), 2014.
  30. Identification of urban facilities and land use using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques, Geographical Thoughts, Vol. XIII, 2015.