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Are geographers part of the GIS discourse

GIS has effectively entered multiple disciplines of health, education, power etc., areas that have a fair number of geographers conducting research. As far as India is concerned, statistics prove that GIS has not been taken up in a big way, neither by the academia, nor by the market. And as far as geographers are concerned, GIS opportunities are just beginning to emerge. GIS offers a mixed bag of opportunities for assessing the worth of geographers in the market. But in the meantime, instead...


Not religion, geography matters

India’s socio-cultural behaviour is dictated by the region that a community inhabits rather that their religious affinity.


India: Discovering the Desi Dinosaurs

Yes, yes, yes, even India had dinosaurs stomping through its lush forests and open pastures. Forgive us for breaking your pre-conceived notion that the makers of Jurassic Park series owned all dinosaurs, fossilized or otherwise. In the early 1800s European priests and doctors visiting India found ample dinosaur remains strewn about the place. In fact, one such gentleman - a captain, is fondly remembered with the city Sleemanabad (located midway between Allahabad and Jabalpur) dedicated to him....


Geographical Thought: Arabian Seat of Learning

Say 'Arab' to yourself and see what images it invokes - a vast, seemingly unending sea of sand, mirages, a lone bejeweled sheikh rocking back and forth on a leisurely moving camel. Perhaps nothing else would be in sight except a menacing vortex of sand. To the less visual, and better informed it might be, Osama Bin Laden, Talibans, terrorism, militancy, Islamic fundamentalism, jehad and so on. Not all images are pleasant, but then there never was a perfect civilization. The clamour of criticism...

Education | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Place of Geography in School Curriculum

Epistemically, geography is an inclusive subject. It encompasses the entire observable domain of the earth's surface, and is practised as part of science, social science, arts as well as technology in universities worldwide. Unfortunately in India, it is mainly taught as a social science discipline in schools.

Education | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Geospatial Careers: Opportunities and Challenges

The geospatial sector has grown sizeably in the past two decades. But its future seems bleak without enough trained personnel to fill new positions. Geospatial education may need to be revamped with flexibility in curricula design, enhancement of academia-industry interaction, with emphasis on a lifelong learning process to meet this challenge.

Education | VOL. 15, ISSUE 88, January-February 2015

A Career in Land Management

Careers options related to land use, planning and development are enormous. Although a science background may be required in most, there are several courses that do not demand such a background. CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi are among those that accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Education | VOL. 14, ISSUE 87, November-December 2014

A Career in Rural Development

With new emerging areas in the field of rural development, there is immense scope for employment for trained professionals, whether in the government, corporate sector, research organisations, or non-government organisations/voluntary sector.

Education | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

A Historical Perspective of Tropical Cyclone Research

The monitoring, prediction and forecast of tropical cyclones (TCs) over the northern Indian Ocean (NIO) basin goes back 150 years. A historical account of the developments is presented here, along with the present status of early warning systems.

Education | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2013

A Career in Climate Science

Climate Change has become one of the most challenging concerns in the contemporary world. As reported in mid-September this year, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), after analysing climate models has predicted that India is likely to be subjected to extreme rainfalls and discriminate weather conditions in the future. This will pose enhanced danger to vulnerable areas. The areas closer to Himalayan glaciers are cases in point. The emerging challenges and issues to be tackled are being recognised...