Report of Activities
Geography is a unique discipline affiliated to multiple streams arising from the basic theme of man-environment relationships, as found spatially distributed over the earth’s surface. Living up to this spirit of integration and togetherness of varied elements associated with our home planet earth, the faculty and students of Department of Geography, Kamala Nehru College, organized and participated in the wide array of activities throughout the year.
1. Lecture on ‘Weather Forecasting’ by Dr. D.R. Pattanaik,NWP Division,IMD, New Delhi (19th January, 2016)
Geography department organised a lecture and interactive session for students and faculty by Dr.D.R Pattanaik from the Numerical Weather Prediction Division of Indian Meteorological Division, New Delhi, in the college. He delivered very informative presentation on weather forecasting in Delhi and its various impacts. He also illustrated how the weather assessment is done and what arethe various techniques for the same. He also elaborated the aspect of measuring and study the pattern of the temperature variations. Apart from the forecasting, Dr.Pattanaik also discussed the future of the geographers in private and government sectors in the related field of meteorology.
2. Workshop on ‘BhuvanPanchayat’ in collaboration with ISRO, Hyderabad and NRSC, Jodhpur (8th March, 2016)
‘Bhuvan’, launched in 2009, is a software application developed by NRSC and data provided by ISRO. Itallows users to explore a 2D/3D representation of the surface of the Earth, offering the highest resolution to analyse the region.
The department organised one-day Inter-College Workshop on Digital Empowerment of Society for Panchayat level Planning and Governancethrough ‘Bhuvan’. More than 70 students from other colleges of Delhi University participated along with a good strength of faculty members.
In the first session of the day, the scientists from NRSC, ISRO,Hyderabadand Jodhpur gave discourse on Digital Empowerment of Society for Panchayat level Planning and Governance which was followed by hands-on session in the latter half of the day.
Eminent speakers like Dr.Rao, Ms.VijayaBhanu, Mr.Gaurav Kumar enlightened the participants about the role of Bhuvan panchayat in Decentralised planning, applications, outreach and E-Governance.
In the Hands-on Session, technicians/officials from NRSC,Hyderabad,Mr.Ashish Jain and Mr.Virat Arora demonstrated how to access the website via registrations, how to involve general public for time effective planning, Geo-Tagging, Automated Report Generation for respective area of interest and much more. In the concluding session, they also discussed about the Bhuvan Panchayat Mobile App in which users are allowed to automatically grab the location of asset through GPS and capture photographs in-situ. They also highlighted the significance of such web portals to enhance the localised activities like social welfare, Governance, Civic Amenities, Infrastructural development, Land and water development etc. The Workshop concluded with the distribution of Certificates of participation.
3. QGIS Workshops (9th and 30th January, 2016)
A faculty development program was organised on demonstration of open source GIS-QGIS on 9thJanuary, followed by another session on 30th January for the students of the department.
Dr.Daljeet Chiller, Associate Professor,ShraddhanandCollege, DU demonstrated the whole process of Map Generation digitally. He began with how to download the software online and how to generate thematic maps by using QGIS.He demonstrated each and every step starting from importing the raster image/map to the software, registering it, digitising, removal of errors and generating thematic maps by linking the attribute data with spatial data. He also demonstrated the final layout of the map by adding major components of the thematic map like scale, legend, graticules etc.
In the concluding session at the end, he interacted with students, solved the queries and also emphasised upon the growing importance of GIS in today's world.