The Geoweek 2017
What an event? The Geoweek 2017… The week passed by just as it came… some said a week was too long… others felt it was over reaching. On the retrospect, I believe that it was just right… plenty of different activities, multiple venues, day long events. All in all it was a great week… well planned and brilliantly executed by none other than the young volunteers… the ‘Geoweek team’ and now the ‘Geo family’. Yes, we did make a big bang…
An idea which was long in our minds getting translated in to reality by the untiring efforts of the young brigade. Each one taking ownership, and most importantly each one working to their strengths and with excellent team work.
The event held from 9th – 14th October 2017 by CERG in association with Fergusson College, Pune. With the theme ‘Geoscience for all’ the event focused on demystifying earth science for people from all walks of life including young students from different schools and colleges across Pune. The 6-day event included an exhibition, art & essay contests, talks, workshop and film screenings all revolving around the topic of geoscience.
The event was inaugurated and flagged off by Prof. Nitin Karmalkar, Vice Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University, Prof. Ravi Pardeshi, Principal, Fergusson College Pune and Prof. R. Shankar, Chair, International Geoscience Education Organization. The inauguration was also graced by renowned quaternary geo–archaeologist Prof. Sharad Narhar Rajaguru. The inauguration was followed by a talk on ‘Paleo-Climates’ by Prof. R. Shankar. Geoscience enthusiasts, professors, students, media representatives and general public were all part of the inauguration function.
The Exhibition organized during the first two days i.e. 9th & 10th October showcased the role of Earth Science in day to day life of a common man. On display were some unique and rare geological rock & mineral samples, maps, educational posters on topics like Deccan traps, Geological marvels of India, the Story of oil.
The highlight of the exhibition was the display of selected entries to the ‘Art Contest’ by student participants from different schools. The best of the artwork were awarded medals.
A workshop on basics of QGIS software for post-graduate students was conducted on the 12th and 13th October. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Kuldeep Kurte and Sh. Abhishek Potnis of CSRE, IIT, Mumbai.
Every evening during the 6 days of the event various educational films were screened on subjects like Earth, energy, volcanoes, atmosphere, glaciers and formation of continents.
The final day proceedings were graced by chief guest Prof. N. J. Pawar, Former Vice Chancellor of Shivaji University Kolhapur and Guests of honor Prof. Sharad Narhar Rajaguru & Prof. Ravindrasinh Pardeshi. Prof. Rajaguru delivered an informative talk titled ‘Prehistoric environment of Mula–Mutha rivers’ the final day. Awards were presented to the prize-winning entries of the Art Competition.
Geoweek 2017 would not have been possible without the enthusiastic participation by the youngsters and most importantly the continuous and whole-hearted support by Fergusson College.
The Geo-week is the first of the series of initiatives under the overall theme ‘Geosciences for All’ theme. Many more events are planned. Do visit this website regularly for updates on our forthcoming activities.
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