Expanding with every advancing year on various fronts including infrastructure, courses, facilities and departments, a recent addition includes the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences dwelling in the Mining Department building. NIT Rourkela is the first among all the NITs to offer this course. This six month old department offers M.Sc. in Applied Geology besides offering M.Tech and PhD. The department has future plans of starting an integrated M.Sc. course in Applied Geology and offer M.Sc. in Atmospheric Science program from the next academic year.