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The Major Thinkers of Geographical Determinism

There have been various schools of thought in the history of geographical thought, and geographical determinism is one such school of thought that deals with the interaction between man and nature. Geographical determinism began with the major initial source of geographical explanation that based its theoretical positions on the notion that human activity was dependent on the physical environment in which it was set. Geographical determinism was a dominant school of thought until the Second World...

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The Major Thinkers of Geographical Possibilism

Geographical possibilism is a school of thought in cultural geography that says that although the natural environment places certain constraints and limitations on human life, culture is determined independently of nature by human social conditions. Geographical possibilism replaced a long legacy of geographical determinism in geographical thought, which held that the natural environment places an all-encompassing influence on human activity, such that all of human life is dependent on the natural...

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Education for all: 2 problems and 3 solutions

From teacher absenteeism resulting in low learning outcomes to installing biometrics in schools and a robust evaluation system, the education for all mandate needs revisiting.

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India’s Public School Education Holding the Fort

Indian school education system has evolved to provide education to nearly three-fourth of the students. The sector has seen the participation of governments

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as the Indian ginseng, is renowned for its medicinal value and considered a true gift of nature. A rejuvenative herb, it promotes energy and vitality and has been used for centuries for its restorative properties to remedy conditions of weakness. This 'White Cherry' improves the body's ability to adapt to various types of stress. It is especially beneficial in disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes and general debility. It is known as Asgandh, Punir and Askandhatilti...

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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...

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Not religion, geography matters

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

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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....

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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.