The Rajiv Gandhi University’s (RGU) department of geography in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday conducted an international webinar on the topic ‘Global Health Crisis and Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19: A Geographical Perspective’.
In all 522 participants, including students, researchers, academicians, administrators and scientists from all over India and those from Africa and South Korea participated in the webinar.
The webinar which aimed at assessing the global impact of COVID-19 on societies, economies and healthcare saw Dr Pragya Tiwari Gupta, associate professor of Ethiopian Civil Services University, Ethiopia address the problems of migrants and their contribution in the socio-economic development of urban areas.
Prof V C Jha, former vice-chancellor of T M Bhagalpur University spoke on how digital technology is playing an important role in tracking, detecting and mapping Covid-19.
Prof R B Singh, former head of department (Geography), University of Delhi dwelt at length on the spread of viral diseases like Ebola, SARs and COVID-19 in the geographical perspective whereas Prof K N Singh, vice-chancellor, Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Open University, Prayagraj focused on the spatial analysis of COVID-19.
Singh also spoke of the regional approach that could be adopted for spatial resource evaluation and how the agriculture potential can be improved by integrated resource management.
RGU vice-chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha emphasized on how geographical boundaries are shrinking and the need to discuss the problems in different dimensions.
RGU’s registrar in-charge Prof Tomo Riba, pro vice-chancellor Prof Amitava Mitra, Prof Kiran Kumari and associate professor Dr T R Sora also spoke.
Meanwhile, a two-day webinar on ‘Recent Trends in Artificial Intelligence’ also got underway at the University on Thursday.
The webinar is being organized by the RGU’s department of electronic & communication and computer science & engineering.