The department of geography, Patna University will host the 34th Indian geographical congress from November 2-4, 2012. Over 750 delegates from different parts of India and foreign countries, will attend the conference.
The focal theme of the congress is 'Hazards, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development'. Prof Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, head, department of geography, said the International Geographical Union (IGU) general secretary Michael Meadows, who is also professor at Capetown University, South Africa, and Prof RB Singh of Delhi University, only the second Indian to don the all-important position of IGU vice president, would be among a galaxy of researchers and scientists attending the congress.
Singh said, chief minister Nitish Kumar has been requested to inaugurate the congress, which is being held in Bihar after two decades. "As far as PU is concerned, never before has there been any event of this magnitude hosted by any department. It will go a long way in creating the desired academic awakening in the state and give invaluable exposure to budding geographers," he added.
At the congress, which will feature all important geographers and scientists of the country, over 650 research papers would be presented in 42 technical session, including two lead paper sessions. Besides, there will be two memorial lectures - Prof RL Singh memorial lecture, to be delivered by Rana PV Singh of Benaras Hindu University (BHU) and Prof Geddes memorial lecture, to be delivered by AK Dutta.
The session will also feature two panel discussions on the topics that directly concern Bihar. One of them will be on 'flood in Bihar', to be chaired by AK Sinha, vice chairman, Bihar state disaster management authority, and feature Prof LN Ram, LS Rathore of meteorological department and Vyasji, principal secretary, disaster management department.
The second panel discussion will be on 'centre-state relations and regional development', to be chaired by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) VC A Lakshminath. The participants will incide RD Mishra of Allahabad University, Md Qureshi of JNU and Suryakant from Chandigarh.
The decision to hold the conference in Patna had been taken at the general body meeting at the 33rd Indian geographical congress, which concluded at the University of Burdwan, West Bengal on November 13 last year.