Ajmer, India: “Indian education system has cocooned different disciplines in watertight compartments without any interdisciplinary approach to addressing such problems of the environment. This rigid structure needs to be broken to realise the dream of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who envisaged an education system that combined science, society and technology in an organic ecosystem,” observed Prof. M M Salunkhe, Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Rajasthan.
Prof. Salunkhe was addressing the conference “Impact of Climate Change with special emphasis on Desertification” in Ajmer, India. The conference is co-organised by the Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, the Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre (NRSC), Jodhpur and the Ajmer Chapter of ISG and is being held from February 3-5, 2011. It also includes a special session on “Technological Trends in Geomatics.”
In addition, Prof. Salunkhe stated that science policy statements and the setting up of institutions like ICSSR notwithstanding, there are few visionaries like the late Vikram Sarabhai who recognised this need and did something about it. He highlighted the efforts of the Central University of Rajasthan in this regard and requested for collaboration to further the cause of the integration of Science, Society and Technology.
Earlier, in his Presidential address, Dr RR Navalgund, Director, Space Applications Centre and President ISG outlined the activities of the Society and the steps taken by the Society to further the cause of Geomatics through events, awards and special lectures.
The Geomatics Awards for 2010 were awarded in a simple ceremony to Dr S M Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural University, Dindigul for his pioneering work on the application of Geomatics in Geosciences. The award for technology was awarded to Shri D R M Samudraiah, Deputy Director, Sensor Development, Space Applications Centre for his significant contribution in the development of high resolution imagers for earth observation and planetary missions. The best chapter award was given to the Dehradun Chapter of ISG.
The Millennium Lecture for 2011 was delivered by Prof H S Sharma, Former Professor and Head, Department of Geography, University of Rajasthan on the topic of “Role of geomatics in desertification status and vulnerability monitoring”.
Apart from the main theme of desertification there are five other sessions covering water resources, technology, agriculture and forestry, environment and urban planning and infrastructure. More than 150 fifty papers and six invited talks will be presented over the next three days.
Source: Our Correspondent