National Seminar on “GANGA BASIN: Physical and Cultural issues
on 16-17 March 2012 at M.G. KASHI VIDYAPITH, Varanasi.
Organised by : The Geographical Society of India and M.G. Kashi VIdyapith, Varanasi in collaboration with Prof. S. P. Chatterjee Memorial Foundation.

Seminar Report

A national seminar on “Ganga Basin : Physical and Cultural Issues” was held at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi during March 16-17, 2012.

The seminar was organized by the Geographical Society of India and Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith in collaboration with Professor S. P. Chatterjee Memorial Foundation. The bulk of the expenses incurred for the seminar was borne by M. G. Kashi Vidyapith. A sum of Rs.46,936/- was also sanctioned by the society towards the seminar. The arduous efforts put by the concerned persons of the Geographical Society of India and M. G. Kashi Vidyapith made the seminar a grand success. For the dissemination of the activities of the Society, the organization of the seminar of its kind outside Kolkata was indeed a new experience.

The inaugural session of the seminar started at 4.00 p.m. on 16th March 2012 at Committee Hall, Central Library, M. G. Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi. Welcome address was offered by Prof. Ram Mohan Pathak. Mr. Rajendra Singh popularly known as “Water-Man” addressed the gathering as Chief Guest. Dr. Sanjay, the Organizing Secretary spoke about the seminar. Presidential address was delivered by Dr. Prithvish Nag, Vice-Chancellor, M. G. Kashi Vidyapith. Prof. Sudeepta Adhikari reached the podium at 5.30 p.m. to deliver Professor N. K. Bose Memorial Lecture for this year. It is worth to note that the Geographical Society of India organizes this sort of memorial lecture annually. Prof. Adhikari’s lecture was followed by Panel Discussion on “Physical and Cultural Issues of Ganga Basin”. Dinner was served at 9 p.m.

Next day’s proceedings started at 10 a.m. Altogether 12 (twelve) research papers were presented during the Technical Sessions ending at 12:30 p.m. Questions whatever raised were answered by the speakers. Thereafter Prof. K. N. Prudhvi Raju delivered Professor S. P. Chatterjee Memorial Lecture. After lunch-break Valedictory Session started at 2.30 p.m. Sri Nikhilesh Das, among others spoke about relevance and success of the seminar as Chief Guest. Sri M. M. Pal, Honorary Treasurer of the Geographical Society of India, observed with eagerness all the happenings right from inauguration to the valedictory session of the seminar and the vote of thanks which he offered at the end was a mere reflection of his keen observation.

The photographs (Nos. 1,2,3 & 4) are put in the “Gallery” area of the website.


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