Geography in the 21st Century
Aligarh: Surveyor General of India, Dr. Prithvish Nag said that if the geographers have to cope up with the challenges of the twenty first century, they have to change the curriculum, information and communication technology is to be included and geographical enquiry has to concern with the lowest order of data available. He was inaugurating a two-day National Seminar on "Geography in the 21st Century – Issues and Challenges" at Aligarh Muslim University. Dr. Nag said that the developments of the early years of the twenty first century indicate that the discipline of geography has to undergo a rapid change and the area of interest can be put under microscope and multiple details can be analyzed in a digital environment.
AMU Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Naseem Ahmad said that today 55 per cent of the world population is urban, living on 4.5 per cent of the habitable land. Perspectives of geographical space in terms of man and his environment are fast changing, rendering the job of geographers more engaging and challenging.
Noted geographer, Professor M. Shafi said that population; poverty and environmental pollution are the major issues before geographers in the 21-century particularly in the developing countries. He said that the major focus of the geographer however is land degradation – wastelands and their reclamation, micro agro climatic regions and cropping patterns, rural development and rural transformation, poverty and its alleviation. The focus should be on earth and man.
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