Workshop on Analytical Methods & Modelling in Geography begins

Workshop on Analytical Methods & Modelling in Geography begins

Rono hills, Dec 6: An ICSSR-sponsored 10-day workshop on ‘Analytical Methods & Modelling in Geography’ has got underway at the Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University here today.

Inaugurating the workshop, Prof Arup Kumar Das (retired), Dept of Botany, RGU said that such skill oriented workshop could make us productive. He opined that geographers could be a part of all the mega projects like road, construction, planning, impact assessment studies, etc. He also rued as to why Geography experts are not coming up with a clear picture on the Siang river issue, presently in limelight.

External expert from Presidency University, Kolkata, Prof Soumendu Chatterjee said that geographical technology has gone a lot of change globally during the last 10 years. Interestingly, Indian Geography is technically lagging behind by many years when it is compared internationally. That is why we need to learn new methods, systems and techniques. We need to understand the future by studying the changes. Geography is credited for helping in planning processes, known for amalgamation of scientific techniques and drawing result oriented synthesis.

Another external expert, Prof Ramkrishna Maiti from Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, in his speech, said that there is a gap between our potentiality and resultant output, adding that we are in a critical stage of knowledge discrepancy. He lamented that somewhere geography has lost the science of synthesis technique. Now the time has come to search again the components and carry on with the science of synthesis to shoulder the responsibilities in the ever growing scientific domain.

Earlier, RGU Registrar in-charge Prof Tomo Riba welcomed the participants while Prof SK Patnaik, Head of the Department and coordinator of the workshop introduced the workshop to the gathering. He added that the workshop is important one as the need for more technically sound personnel has increased tremendously.

Associate Professors of the host department Dr Sailejananda Saikia and Dr Tage Rupa Sora also spoke. Among others, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Sudhir Kumar Singh and Joint Registrar of RGU Dr David Pertin also attended the inaugural function.

Being attended by 18 faculty members from various colleges in the State, the 10-day workshop will cover theory and practical oriented training on various models, methods, techniques and tools extensively on statistic and Excel, cartography, Toposheet based techniques, climatic data preparation, population analysis, agricultural tool and techniques, Remote sensing and GIS, etc which will be taught by experts from Presidency University Kolkata, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack and BIT Mesra, Ranchi.


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