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PU organize seminar on ” People and Places:Evolving Landscapes”

PU organize seminar on ” People and Places:Evolving Landscapes”
PU organize seminar on " People and Places:Evolving Landscapes" PU organize seminar on " People and Places:Evolving Landscapes" PU organize seminar on " People and Places:Evolving Landscapes"
 
By S.K.Vyas
Chandigarh March 15 : A Two day National Seminar on “People and Places: Evolving Landscapes”
organized by the Department of Geography, (CAS-II)was inaugurated today at the ICSSR
Complex in Panjab University(PU), Chandigarh. Prof. Smita Bhutani Convener of the
Seminar welcomed the delegates. Prof. B. S Ghuman, inaugurated the seminar and
emphasised the need to integrate all social science disciplines to understand the
multidimensionality of the people’s lives, places and landscape. He highlighted the
growing tendency of the inward-looking policies across the globe and their
ramifications on people and places. Prof. Saraswati Raju, from Jawaharlal Nehru
University was the keynote speaker. She emphasised the need to study ‘spatiality’
more vigorously in geography. She highlighted that the question of places ‘where’
things happens is essential to understand why and how those things happens. She
spoke about the regulated access of public spaces for women in comparison to men in
the Indian context and questioned the gender neutral construct of the public spaces.
Guest of honour, Professor B.C Vaidya spoke about importance of
understanding the movement of people in globalization. The landscape studies can be
strengthened by including recent technology in research. The day to day life of the
people living in various places must be essential focus of such studies. The
evolution of the landscape is a continuous phenomenon and it must be studied within
the context of changing policy with successive governments. He remarked that the
timing and the theme of the seminar is very much relevant in today’s context.
Prof. Gopal Krishan, in his Presidential address, underlined the theme of
the seminar and said that the theme is sustainable, geographical and essential to
geography. He stressed the vitality of the landscape in understanding the
differences in development.
A total of thirty delegates hailing from Delhi, Aligarh, Patiala, Simla, Rohtak,
Kurukshetra and Pune have arrived in the city to participate in the two day seminar
being organised with funds available under the Centre of Advanced Study grant
available to the Department of Geography from the UGC.

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