The India Post, 23rd January, 2009 :The Department of Geography organised three events in its academic session from 2-5 pm on Jan 21, 2009 as part of Ist Chandigarh Social Science Congress. The first event on Map Reading Contest was meant for the students. Thirty-six students participated. The winners are :Ist Naresh Kumar, II Pankaj Katwal, III: Bharat Bhushan and Harsimrat Kaur.
In the second event, Prof H Ramachandran , Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics delivered the key speech on ‘Geography: Emerging Trends in the Era of Globalisation’. He emphasized that international barriers are being removed but local barriers are on rise. The inter- disciplinary barriers are being removed whereas as intra -disciplinary barriers are increasing. The geographic knowledge is widely used by various disciplines but it is not being duly acknowledged. There were four papers presented by the faculty of the department as third event. Prof Surya Kant spoke on Geographies of Globalisation. Prof Dhian Kaur spoke on Chemical and Natural Farming : some issues. Dr. Ravinder Kaur presented her paper on Globalisation and urban rural relations in India. Dr. Krishna Mohan dealt with “Indian Map Policy in the Era of Globalisation.
Prof. G. S. Gosal Professor Emeritus presided the session. He in his concluding remarks appreciated the Key Speaker and paper presenters and stressed that there is a strong need of geographic literacy among people. The restrictive map policy of India requires changes in the context of globally available information in order to manage and solve most of our problems.
Faculty, college teachers, research scholars and students in a big number attended the session.
Dr. Krishna Mohan, Chairperson of the department thanked Vice chancellor for motivating the social scientist, Prof B. S. Ghuman for taking the initiative, Prof Gosal for presiding the session and Prof. H. Ramachandran for delivering the key note. He also thanked every paper presenter, participants and students.