06-DEC-2016: The Department of Economics, Aligarh Muslim University under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) scheme of Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), recently held the inaugural session of the 'Interdisciplinary Course on Rural Planning and Management: Application of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS)' at the Arts Faculty Lounge. This programme will be conducted by National and International faculties.
This 14 days long course, which is scheduled to conclude on December 18, 2016 has attracted participants from all over the country.
While attending the programme as the Chief Guest, Dr Mrs Pankaj Mittal, Additional Secretary, UGC pointed out that the motive of the programme is to empower people in AMU as well as participants from various parts of the Country.
She congratulated course coordinator Dr Dastgir Alam for initiating the programme, while quoting Dr Zakir Hussain, 'you need passion to start any institution and a new thing.'
Dr Mittal also spoke about her efforts in empowering rural community through innovative approach in Haryana. She added that this course will bring a paradigm shift in rural management and planning process.
Delivering the presidential address, Mr Sudhakar Panda, Director, Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar said that that since there are rural areas in the country in need of quality of education, health, hygiene, electricity and access to drinking water among other necessities; Remote sensing and Geographical Information System will be extremely helpful for working for the welfare of these areas.
Mr Panda also pointed out that AMU is taking a lead to initiate courses like these for the benefit of stakeholders associated with rural planning and management.
Dr Khushnood Ali, Head, Research Division, African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) delivered the inaugural address. During the address, Dr Ali stated that the population is increasing leaps and bounds and it has become a huge challenge and in the situation, there is a need for better utilization of resources.
Dr Ali further said that this course will contribute enormously to achieve larger goals of transforming rural economy, promoting micro enterprises, achieving income equity and gender equality.
On the occasion, Dr Dastgir Alam, Course Coordinator said that this skill enhancement course has a target to train the participants for rural planning and management by using scientific knowledge and tools.
He also highlighted that since the secondary data related to monitoring corps, agriculture, soil, resource assessment, optimal utilization of resources and forecasting suffer from many discrepancies; the use of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) will provide accurate information.
Professor Shamim Ahmad Ansari, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences delivered the welcome address. Prof Noman Ahmad conducted the program, while Dr Shaukat Haseen facilitated the guests.
Prof Nighat Ahmad, Chairperson, Department of Economics proposed the vote of thanks.
Related Picturesguests present at the inaugural session