PAST EVENTS

THE GEO-TRAVERSE

Sunday,  31st December 2017 

The 31st of Dec 2018. Early morning saw a motley group of excited school children climbing a hill and collecting white stones (minerals).  Their first introduction to the wonderful world of rocks and minerals. – a ‘very hands on’   input into some basics of Earth Sciences – Interior of the earth, Types of rocks and the physical world.

After initial briefing and instructions, CERG volunteers lead the students up hill to a land excavation/hill cutting site where the young students collected different types rocks and minerals for their personal collection. Here they were given a brief on how formation of hills, rocks and minerals takes place.

Led by the young enthusiastic volunteers of “Geosciences for All” initiative of CERG, the morning climb and the activity following the sandwiches and cakes break was learning with fun.

The kids were instructed on how to use clay to model the earth’s interior.  With a focus on creative and fun learning, the method of teaching used here involved use of modelling clays of different colors to construct a model of the Earth demonstrating interior layers of the Earth—Core, Mantle & Crust. Deeply engrossed, the students had no difficulty in understanding the Earth’s interior and its processes.

Later, guided by the volunteers, the young children got to model some of the physical characteristics of the earth – the seven continents, five oceans and major mountain ranges of the world.  

Very pleased and proud of their minerals, rock samples and clay models, the students were thrilled. They evidently enjoyed the unique learning experience.

All good things come to an end. Come mid-day and it was time for the parents to pick up their children. But, not without the kids asking for more. 

Learning can indeed be fun is what we in turn learnt in the process!

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HARVESTING THE HEAVENS

Saturday, 25th November 2017 

Interactive Talk & Discussion – The need to do Rain Water Harvesting in Pune.

by Shri Shashank Deshpande, Hydro-geologist and Hydrologist on Saturday, 25th November 2017 at the B.V. Rao Memorial Hall, Patrakar Bhavan, Navi Peth, Pune 411030

After a very successful Geoweek 2017, we hosted reputed Hydro-geologist and Hydrologist, Shri Shashank Deshpande.  In his talk titled – Do we need to do Rain Water Harvesting in Pune. Commencing with some generalities of the rock type and statistics of water usage in Pune, Shri Deshpande outlined the geohydrological characteristics of Pune and its peripheral areas. 

He further mentioned that scientific studies show that there are about 6 elementary watersheds and 23 mini-water sheds in Pune region and most of the places that have ground water level at less than 10 metres. These are potential areas for ground water recharge during the monsoons.  However, it is these areas which have good ability to percolate water, are getting concretised due to rapid urbanisation and increase in construction activity. 

In his talk and discussion, he stressed on the importance of why every individual should be aware of the need to take measures for artificial recharge of ground water. Further, he discussed some simple measures which every individual / societies can take up for Rain water harvesting and suggested various kinds of filtration techniques that can be used.

During the discussion, he touched upon ground water quality and belied the myth that the water is not potable.  He indicated that the ground water quality in Pune is reasonably good and most of it has a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) of 300-600 mg/l, which is acceptable.  Only a few areas have the TDS above 600 mg/l which is not acceptable. 

The talk was followed by a Q & A session and a discussion with the audience.  Prof. S. Rajaguru, reputed archaeologist and former Director of Deccan College and Mr. Bhaskar Bhusari, former Dy. Director General of Geological Survey of India also contributed to the discussions

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THE GEOWEEK 2017

OCT 9TH TO 14TH, 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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