01-SEP-2016: Professor Nizamuddin Khan recently delivered a lecture on 'Socio Economic Transformation in Urban-Rural interface area in North India' in a session at the International Geographical Union for participation in 33rd International Geographical Congress held at Beijing, China.
Prof Khan delivered the lecture during a technical session on 'Land System Dynamics and Regional Sustainable Development' in the Conference.
During the lecture, Prof Khan highlighted that Urban-rural interface zone is a transitional area passing towards urban character in rural space.
He added that the mobility and modification in economic structures, shifting from agricultural economy to manufacturing and service sectors are the salient character of this zone.
"The region witnessed diversification and commercialization of farming system with value added products like vegetables, fruits and dairy, besides spatial movement of industries, institutions, urban facilities and residential and business complexes from urban core location to uncommon periphery in the region," said Prof Khan.
Prof Khan also shared his observation on a drastic change in socio economic character of interface region especially in urban rural interface of Aligarh city.
He pointed out that the land ownership or the farmers with land holding s declined in their number at fast rate during last decades due to sale of land to property dealers at rather high price.
"Non- farm activities and livelihoods increased especially in the form of self developed enterprise like street retailing, services like mechanics, tailoring, grinding, policing and household small handicraft processing activities, " further said Prof Khan.
He pointed out that the Urban-Rural interface area of Aligarh city is at the forefront of social economic and built environment change and is disproportionally important in terms of population, economic growth and as arena of social change.
"Rural to urban land conversion occurring in this area over the last decades resulted in significant environmental implications," said Prof Khan adding that the rapid population and economic growth, low capacity and fragmented local government will further result in significant stress in terms of delivery of social and environmental services, transportation infrastructures etc.
"However, if the migration to these regions exceeds employment creation, hyper urbanization will occur with its associated human sufferings and destabilizing impacts," further pointed out Prof Khan.
Prof Khan, who is associated with the Aligarh Muslim University's Department of Geography has guided seven PhDs and completed six major research projects and is currently working on a project on which a grant of Rs 10 lakhs has been sanctioned by the ICSSR, New Delhi.
In the ICSSR sanctioned grant project, Prof Khan will explore the role of integrated crop livestock farming system in generation of livelihood and sustainability of poor farmers in Bulandshahr district.
Prof Khan has so far published nine books and 90 research papers. He has also visited over a dozen countries for paper presentations.