SPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – October 4, 2023
On October 4, 2023, an online session on the topic of ‘Spatial Information Technology was conducted from 2:30 pm -4:30 pm by Dr. Vanya Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara.She said that it’s a misnomer that only students who have studied Physics and Mathematics can join ISRO. She said that there is a scope for students who have done Humanities as there is a lot of interpretation and analysis work to be done.
Dr. Bajpai explained the following features of Spatial Information Technology:
- SIT refers to the use of technology to collect, analyze, and visualize spatial data.
- SIT includes tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- SIT is actively involved in Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) .
- SIT is a rapidly growing field that involves the use of geospatial data to solve real-world problems. ● SIT has revolutionized the way we analyze spatial data.
The session by Dr. Bajpai was extremely enriching and rewarding for the participants.
PLATE TECTONICS- October 5, 2023
On October 5, 2023, Prof Meenal Mishra, Director, School of Sciences Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU, New Delhi conducted a session on ‘Plate Tectonics.’
The highlights of the session are as follows:
- Lithospheric Plates
- Earth is assumed to be of many rigid plates
- Relationship between earthquakes and volcanoes
- Causes of earthquakes: ○ Volcanic causes
- Terminologies associated with earthquakes
- Types of Earthquakes
- Measurement of earthquake
The teachers found the session to be very informative and enriching.
PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – October 6, 2023
On October 6, 2023, Dr. Rolee Kanchan, Professor, Department of Geography, The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, conducted an online session on ‘Planning and Sustainable Development’.
Dr. Kanchan said that Planning and Sustainable Development is a special branch of Geography, which has a bright future and teachers must encourage students to consider this stream as a career option. The session started with a quick discussion of the term planning. It is a Process of Thinking that leads to the Formulation of a Scheme / Programme for the implementation of a Set of Actions to Achieve Some Goals.
The session was elaborate and covered detailed information on Planning and Development in India.This subject is very relevant as it covers all aspects of human life.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT- October 9, 2023
On October 9, 2023, Prof. Subhakanta Mohapatra, Discipline of Geography, School of Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) New Delhi conducted a session on ‘Human Development’. Prof. Mohapatra started the session and said that Human Development has two sides, the formation of human capabilities such as improved health, knowledge, and skills and the use people make of their acquired capabilities – for leisure, productive purposes or for being active in cultural, social and political affairs. He added if the scales of human development do not finely balance the two sides, considerable human frustration may result The highlights of the session are as follows:
- Four Pillars of Human Development
- Approaches to Human Development
- Three dimensions of the Human Development Index (HDI) combine:
Prof. Subhakanta Mohapatra suggested to the participants that to make their teaching effective, they must Share Live Examples, discuss Case Studies, conduct Activities, have Debates and Discussions, assign Small Project Work and do Analysis of Data and Maps The teachers found the session to be very informative and enriching.