Earth Day 2015

Earth Day Celebrations 22nd April, 2015

• LIGHTS was mandated by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India to organised the earth day    celebrations in 2015.
Lights selected 11 schools across the Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal to conduct the    programme in both English and Hindi.
Schools were invited for participation/expression of interest wherein with a  positive response these schools  organized indoor and outdoor activities as per the programme given in the    brochure.
 Toolkits were provided to the concerned schools.
Media was invited.
A panel selected the final awardees from the best entries received from the schools.

• Banner
• Brochure
• Info sheet
• Posters
• 200 Poster making sheets
• 200 Slogan making sheets
• The Charter of Pledge
• Draft worth Rs. 2000/- for giving snacks and juices to 200 students of each school.
Painting Competition was organised for primary and secondary categories.
Prizes for the Painting Competition both Junior and Senior students were as follows:
• 1st Prize – 3000/-
• 2nd Prize – 2000/-
• 3rd Prize – 1000/-
• 4 Consolation Prizes of Rs. 500/- each
• DAV Model School, J. M. Sengupta Road, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal.
• Zoom International School, Durgapur, West Bengal
• Carmel convent, Durgapur, West Bengal
• Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya Tenughat, Distt. Bokaro, Tenughat, Jharkhand
• Pitts Modern School, P.O.I.E. Gomia, Bokaro, Jharkhand
• Kasturba Gandhi Awasiye BALIKA VIDHYALAY Sasbera, Gomia, Jharkhand
• Tenughat, Govt M S Tenughat, Petarwar, Bokaro, Jharkhand
• DAV Public School, Tenughat, Bakaro, Jharkhand
• Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya Mana Camp Raipur, Chhattisgarh
• Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Mana Camp, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
• Govt. Higher Secondary School, Mana Camp, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
• DAV Public School, Basanti Colony,Rourkela, Odisha
• Guru Nanak Public School, Rourkela, Odisha
School Student Rank Prize Amount
 V.K.V, NEEPCO, Yozali, Arunachal Pradesh Taba Taya Consolation Rs. 500
 V.K.V, NEEPCO, Yozali, Arunachal Pradesh Amandeep Raj Consolation Rs. 500
 DAV Model School, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal Arijita Roy Consolation Rs. 500
DAV Model School, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal Kautuki Mukherjee Consolation Rs. 500
 DAV Model School, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal Asmita Karmakar Consolation Rs. 500
 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Tenughat, Jharkhand Devanadana D. B. Consolation Rs. 500
 DAV Public School, Rourkela, Odisha Tanmay Puthal 3rd Rs. 1000
 DAV Model School, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal Snigdha Haldar 2nd Rs. 2000
 DAV Model School, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal Arpan Madal 1st Rs. 3000
 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Tenughat, Jharkhand Abhishek Marandi Consolation Rs. 500
 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Tenughat, Jharkhand Anjali Kumari Agrawal Consolation Rs. 500
 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Tenughat, Jharkhand Kajal Kumari Consolation Rs. 500
 Zoom International School, Rourkela, Odisha Satarupa Biswas Consolation Rs. 500
DAV Model School, Durgapur, Burdwan, West Bengal Tamanna Santra 3rd Rs. 1000
DAV Public School, Rourkela, Odisha Ashutosh Mishra 2nd Rs. 2000
 DAV Public School, Rourkela, Odisha Shubham Barik 1st Rs. 3000



    Changes in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Himalaya are challenging our understanding of their consequences and our ability to provide knowledge for decision-makers. There needs to be a greater sense of urgency among decision-makers and awareness by the public regarding the global importance of changes taking place in the polar realms. The countries undertaking research on the polar realms have developed specialized scientific skills that today comprise a shared resource for humankind. This uniqueness alongside the presence of different countries in a geographically hostile terrain makes it geopolitically relevant. Thus, the interface between science and geopolitics of Arctic and Antarctic becomes pertinent

    But, it is critical to anticipate changes in the poles rather than respond to them. This requires sustained observations and improved understanding of local, regional and global processes. These research challenges must be addressed in a coordinated and timely manner. It is essential to build long-term human capacity to support relevant observations and research among scientists, decision-makers and public through education and by adopting shared principles to guide research activities.

    LIGHTS Research Foundation has been working towards a convergence of these two emergent aspects for seven years now. To begin with, a National Conference was organised in 2011 followed by an International Conclave in 2012 based on this convergence. The 2015 event was conceived as having greater amalgamation of research with ground truthing with the addition of a dialogue on the third pole—the Himalaya.

    The event, named the SaGHAA has over the years gained credibility. Within each forum, scientific and geopolitical, findings are shared and events organised. However, an interface within the two is few and far between in India. Since the tenets that determine the icy realms of Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalaya are based on science, it becomes important to debate issues on a platform where inter-disciplinary issues can be raised.

    The Conference attempts to extend the context of a ‘pristine area devoted to peace and science’ to the Himalaya as well. The inclusion of the Himalaya in the discourse will help build an understanding of issues related to all three poles, especially in the context of tele-connections and climate change.

    Climate change and technological advancement have acted as big contributors in providing greater accessibility to the Arctic, Antarctic and Himalayan region. The rapidly changing polar realms initiate changes that cascade through the global system impacting weather, commerce and ecosystems in the more temperate regions. Linkages across disciplines, scales, and diverse knowledge systems must be addressed in future research activities.

    Political and economic changes in the world order have led to considerable focus on the polar regions. Understanding the vulnerability and resilience of cryospheric environments and societies requires increased international cooperation. Further a pro-active stance of the new regime in the foreign policy and its positive and emphatic presence in the international fora has necessitated relook at our policy. More effective use must be made of local and traditional knowledge, and the dissemination of this knowledge by ensuring appropriate access to research data and results. New markets for these resources and associated activities, including trade, tourism and transportation, will likely emerge faster than the necessary infrastructures on land and sea. Sustainable infrastructure development and innovation to strengthen the resilience of these areas requires a collaborative approach involving scientists, communities, governments, and industry.

    In this context, a consortium of scientists, policy makers and activists need to put together varied notions of research and ideas in order to promote developing views on global environmental and geopolitical governance.

    SaGAA III 2015

    An international conference on Science and Geopolitics of Arctic-Antarctic-Himalaya (SaGAA 2015) was held at India International Centre, New Delhi, India during 29-30 September. Continuing the practice of previous two SaGAA Conferences it again brought together; thoughts, experiences, researches and advocacies on cold regions. Various sessions—Geopolitics of the Polar Region; Global Climate Change: Polar Region and Third Pole; Living and Non-living Resources Potential: marine protected areas and geopolitics; Tourism Industry and the Poles were organised. These sessions not only helped to build better understanding of geopolitics but also brought new researches in front that are being carried around globe to understand dynamics and potential of these regions.

    Eminent scientists included scientists such as Dr. P. S. Goel, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Dr. M. N. Rajeevan, Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha, Dr. R. Krishnan, Dr. Geir Moholdt, Dr. Anil V Kulkarni, Dr. M.R. Bhutyani, Dr. David E. Rheinheimer, Dr. Ravishankar, Dr. Rajan, Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Thórir Ibsen, Marcus Holknekt, Grahame Morton and Sergey A Borovik contributed to the conference. It was an interactive conference with more than 100 cold region enthusiasts attending the Conference.

    SaGAA II 2013

    The International Conference on Science and Geopolitics of Arctic and Antarctic (I- SaGAA 2013) in New Delhi was in continuation to SaGAA National 2011. The International Conference held between March 9 and 11, successfully bounded the session on Geopolitics: UNCLOS and the Global Commons Geopolitics of the Global Realms; Biotechnology: Microbial resources in Polar Regions Dynamics in Polar Marine Biodiversity (Prokaryotes, vertebrates and invertebrates) Information Exchange and Intellectual Property Rights, Resources of the Southern Ocean; Ice Core for Paleo Climate, Southern Ocean and Solar Impact: Sea ice melting, Ice core studies, Southern Ocean Experiments Paleo climate studies; Polar Atmospheric Research: Ozone depletion Meteorological Studies.

    Some of the senior scientists present were Dr. P S Goel, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Dr. S.W.A. Naqvi, Prof. S. K. Tandon, Prof. John Turner, Dr. Timo Koivurova, Dr. Victor Smetacek, Dr. John P. Bowman, Prof. Nalan Koc, Prof. John M. Reynolds, Dr. George John, Dr. S. Shivaji, Dr. B. Meenakumari, Dr. S. Rajan, Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Rasik Ravindra and more attended apart from representatives from all the countries such as United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Australia, Norway and Chile. The participation of about 100 scientists was observed in the Conference. Marvelously remarkable was that the number of participants remained the same from the first day to the last day marking the riveting nature of the proceedings.

    SaGAA I 2011

    The first National Conference on Science and Geopolitics or Arctic and Antarctic was held between January 14 and 15. The sessions saw the gathering of eminent scientists such as Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Dr. Ajit Tyagi, Dr. N.C. Mehrotra, Dr. Anil K. Gupta, Dr Rasik Ravindra, Dr. S. Shivaji, Dr. V.M. Tiwari, Dr. T. Meloth, Dr. Subba Rao, S. K. Mehta and many more. Dr S.K. Das and Dr Ravindran and Dr. M.Sudhakar also attended the proceedings. It was an extremely successful event which paved the way for the following Conferences on the subject.

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Integrating Geospatial Technologies in Higher Education Curriculum

Integrating Geospatial Technologies in Higher Education Curriculum

India has experienced a substantial growth in geospatial technologies over the last few decades and the resultant job market but this expansion is currently limited primarily to the information technology sector, with marginal presence of subjects such as geography. However, geographical information system (GIS) has begun to considerably influence research techniques, communication and collaborations. The geo-spatial market is extremely dynamic with three main drivers—geospatial data, geospatial technologies and geospatial applications.

The demand for learning GIS has grown exponentially, especially to make urban and rural amenities more technology driven. Analysis of data sets for natural resources like coal, hydrocarbons, methane gas, new energy resources on one side and insights into socio-economic attributes of gender, health, population, poverty levels, renewable energy, disaster management and environmental policies on the other side

The development and use of GIS and related technologies is thus urgently required to be integrated into various courses and programmes at universities beyond the present domain. It is well understood that the science of information technology has increased rapidly and therefore, a cohesive body of experts is needed who can assist educators develop a curriculum for GIS programmes for various other courses. This is pivotal for the success of our current education policy as scientific temperament is an important part of its policy, which only GIS, being a scientific tool, can enable. Taking into account the dynamic nature of education, GIS is a new age development that is still an unchartered territory. It needs to be mastered as it can enable satisfactory enhancement in the quality of research in a number of disciplines. There is no doubt that a large number of geospatial opportunities are available in India, even as there are rapid changes in the skill level requirements. Updating curricula and incorporating new disciplines in the fold of GIS to keep pace with the changes in the job market is the need of the hour. Job oriented ‘hands-on’ practical skills will provide a unique insight into hitherto unexplored disciplines, making it more wholesome.

The Initiative

The strength of GIS is its ability to create distinct map layers for varied information and then to combine them in the desired manner. Each layer consists of geographical or spatial data linked to descriptive or tabular information. Most people think GIS is all about mapping data. But governments, businesses and users are attracted to GIS because of the sheer power of spatial analysis. More recently, GIS has leapfrogged onto desktop computing to find applications in every conceivable area of business activity. And it is here that the logic of GIS is impeccable, given that competitive advantage is ultimately about delivering the right product or service to the right place at the right time.

GIS is currently being extensively used to lower costs and improve software and hardware components in the fields of real estate, public health, crime mapping, national defence, natural resources, climatology, landscape architecture, archaeology, regional and community planning, transportation and logistics. GIS is also diverging into location-based services, which allows GPS-enabled mobile devices to display their location in relation to fixed object or mobile objects, or to relay their position back to a central server for display or other processing.

LIGHTS Research Foundation has been working towards creating such awareness and training related to GIS for over eight years now. Working extensively with teachers, professors and curriculum, LIGHTS has acquired indepth understanding of the needs of the academic community. The not-for- profit outfit undertook GIS seminars, workshops and trainings over multiple days in seven cities—Delhi NCR, Dehradun, Ajmer, Nagpur, Mysore, Tirupathi and Guwhati. Foraging into GIS for multiple subjects will enable the scientific and non-scientific disciplines to interact on a single platform expanding the scope of geospatial technologies.


The objectives of this seminar are manifold.

  • To bring together curriculum experts, practitioners and industry personnel to enable them to incorporate geospatial techniques in a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • To build a roadmap for inclusion of scientific temperament as per the educational policy in varied curriculum.
  • To qualitatively enhance research in higher education by integrating GIS in varied curricula.
  • To help build skill and manpower in the nation
  • To create a network to confer and exchange notes on curricula integration in the inter-disciplinary scenario.

Expected Outcomes

The Conference will engage about 100 participants from varied fields and will be involving over 20 experts from the field of GIS. It will attempt to create a vast network of academicians working in the field to draw upon when the integration of GIS into various disciplines through curriculum development commences. A sample curriculum would also be devised by experts as a part of the two day deliberations for any one non-GIS integrated subject as a part of the deliverables of the Conference.

LIGHTS will act as a catalyst between the higher education professionals, scientific research centres and the industry to forge a new era of learning.

Chief Guest

(tentative) Dr. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Electronics & Information Technology, New Delhi

Guest of Honour

Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary, MoES, Govt. of India

Keynote Address

Sh. Rajesh C Mathur, Vice-Chairman, ESRI India

Programme Chair

(tentative) Prof. Rajat Moona

Special Speakers

Dr. Prithvish Nag Vice Chancellor, MG Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi; Fmr Surveyor General, Survey of India
Dr. Bhoop Singh, Head NRDMS, NSDI and NATMO, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi
Dr. V K Dadhwal, Director, NRSA, Hyderabad
Dr. Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India
Dr. Saibal Dasgupta, Director General, Forest Survey of India
Dr. Gautam Misra, Director, SAC, Ahmedabad (tentative)
Dr. M Anji Reddy, Directorate of Research and Development, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, JNTU, Hyderabad
Dr. P S Roy, Former Director, CSSTEAP and IIRS, Dehradun
Dr. D Sarkar, Former Director, NBSSLUP
Dr. P K Champati Ray, Group Head Geosciences & Disaster Management Studies, IIRS, Dehradun
Dr. M S Nathawat, Professor, IGNOU Dr. Subhan Khan, Fmr Chief Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS
Prof. B S Mipun, Professor, Geography Department, NEHU
Dr. J R Sharma, Brahma Prakash Professor, RRSC (W), Jodhpur
Sh. S Sridhar, President and CEO, NIIT GIS (tentative)
Dr. G P Obi Reddy, Sr Scientist & In- charge, GIS Section,NBSS&LUP, Nagpur


Day 1

Session 1: Understanding attribute and spatial information systems

  • Limitation of statistics
  • Working with multiple aspects
  • New derivatives and knowledge creation

Session 2: Applications of spatial data

  • Business opportunities and services
  • Career opportunities and need to diversity
  • Areas of new development

Day 2

Session 3: Information convergence

  • GIS and grassroot outreach
  • Change in special perspectives
  • 3D data mapping

Session 4: New Course content

How curriculum can support

  • Basic of GIS
  • Basic of remote sensing
  • Basic of GPS
  • Basic of mapping


Data Users Dehradun

Data User’s Training/Workshop for Senior Secondary Teachers of DEHRADUN (25-27 July, 2010)



Shri B. Bhattacharjee, Member, National Disaster, Management Authority Shri B. Bhattacharjee addressed all by saying on some issues such as: • Data on disaster management is important in GDP growth and development of the nation.
• He said that our country is the worst disaster prone area in the world.
• Again he mentioned that we cannot stop natural disasters but we can manage disasters by adopting right measures.
• According to him, there are many concerned issues which are not given priorities yet.
• Metaphorically he said that the first wicket to fall is communication at the time of the disaster. He felt that the warning systems in India are still in infancy stage hence, we need an advanced forecasting system. He urged the gathering to try to see those gaps and contribute at their level to fill those gaps.
• He emphasized that steps must be taken to develop capacity-building of community in general and young generation in particular.
• He made an appeal to the gathering to help NDMA to prevent damages caused by disasters.
Dr. M. Sudhakar, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Shri. Major General Manoj Tayal, Additional Surveyor General, Survey of India.
• Dr.B.Bhattacharjee, Member, National Disaster Management Authority.
• Dr.M.Sudhakar, Advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences
• Shri.Manoj Tayal, Addl Surveyor General, Survey of India
• Dr.Saraswati Raju, Professor, CSRD, JNU.
• Dr.A.K.Mahajan, Scientist, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun.
• Dr.Piyoosh Rautela, Executive Director, Disaster Mitigation and Management Center.
• Dr.S.Srinivasan, Medical Practitioner, Apollo, Delhi.
• Dr.Saibal Dasgupta, Chief Conservator & CEO, Biotechnology Council MP, Madhya Pradesh.
• Dr.S.K.Jain, Professor, IIT, Roorkee.
• Dr.A.K.Bhatia, Regional Director,Central Ground Water Board,Dehradun
• Shri.Surjeet Singh Khaira, Teacher, Welham Boys School, Dehradun.
• Shri.Anil Kumar Sinha, Co-Chairman & Founder, Global Forum for Disaster Reduction.
• Dr.A.K.Biyani, DBS College, Dehradun.
• Mrs.Rashim Bhargava, Vice Principal, Army School, Roorkee.
• Dr.P.L.N.Raju, Scientist, Indian institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun.
• Dr.Sarfaraz Alam, associate Professor, BHU, Varanasi.
• Shri.I.S.Das, Director, Petroleum Conservation Research Association.
• Dr.M.N.Joshi, DBS College, Dehradun.
• Dr.N.Prasad
• Dr.K.D.Gupta, director, Institute of Applied System and Rural Development.
• Shri.A.K.Tyagi, Chief Project Officer, Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Authority
• Shri.Arvind Kumar, General Manager, Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited.
• Shri.Lokesh Jain, fellow and Area Convenor, Renewable Energy Technology Application, TERI, New Delhi
• Ms.Sulagna Chattopadhyay, president LIGHTS: Editor, Geography n You.
No. of teachers trained: 100 No. of students-50
• 1 No. of Folder
• 1 No. of Notepad – Complementary from “G’nY”
• 1 No. of Reynolds Pen
• Itinerary of “National Level Data Users’ Seminar”
• Handbook along with the Feedback Forms
• UREDA Brochure on “Uttarakhand Akhyaya Urja Vikas Abhikaran”
• NDMA Brochure on “Envisioning a Safer and Disaster Resilient India”
• CGWB Brochure on “Rainwater Harvesting and Recharge Urban Areas”
• “Maps in Everyday Life”- A book by DST, Govt. of India, New Delhi
• CGWB Brochure on “Water Conservation”
• Catalogue of NATMO
GIS with Specific Disaster Related Data Sets- Dr. P.L.N. Raju.
• Data on Disaster management Management with special reference to Seismicity- Dr. A.K. Mahajan.
• Uttarakhand: Seismic Vulnerability of Hill Township.
• Adolescent Health data with special reference to Girl Child- Dr. S. Srinivasan.
• Data on Gender related issues and Classroom Methodologies- Dr. S. Raju.
• Forestry Database in India- Dr. Saibal dasgupta.
• Hydrologic Data and Water Resource Management- Dr. S.K. Jain.
• Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management of Uttarakhand State- Dr.A.K.Bhatia.
• Trees of Doon- Shri.Surjeet Singh Khaira.
• Understanding Disaster through Data: Special Mention of Disaster Preparedness in Educational and other Training Institutes - Shri. Anil Kumar Sinha.
• Disaster Management – A Critique- Dr. A. K.Biyani.
• Disaster Management in Schools- Mrs. Rashmi Bhargava.
• Data Usage Curriculum with Special Reference to Geography - Dr. Sarfaraz Alam.
• Energy Conservation in Schools- Paper of Shri.I.S. Das was presented on his behalf by Ms.Bijayashree Satpathy.
• Importance of Non-Numerical Data in Earth Sciences - Prof. M.N. Joshi.
• An Overview on Renewable Energy- Dr. N. Prasad.
• Jatropha Curcas: A Viable Source of Alternate Energy- Dr.K.D.Gupta.
• Renewable Energy Potential & Programmes in the State of Uttarakhand- Shri.Tyagi.
• Hydro Power in Uttarakhand- Dr.Arvind Kumar.
• The Renewable Energy Potential of India - Special reference to Uttarakhand- Dr.Lokesh Jain.
• Wind Power- with special reference to Jaiselmer- Ms.Sulagna Chattopadhyay.

Data Users Delhi

Data User’s Training/Workshop for Senior Secondary Teachers of DELHI (27 April, 2009)

Dr. Siva Kumar addressed all by saying on some issues such as:
  • Use of Remote sensing for preparing maps
  • He also shared the experiment that has been undertaken with drop out village children in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan on capacity building which was successful.
  • Dr. R. Sivakumar, Head, Natural Resource Data Management System (DST).
  • Dr. P. Nag, Director, National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organization.
  • Dr. Saibal Dasgupta, Chief Conservator, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Shri Inderjeet Mittal, Master Trainer and Director, Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • Shri C. Chakravorty, Joint Director, Census.
  • Shri J.P. Sharma, Head, National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
  • Dr. Suracharita Sen, Assistant Professor, JNU.
  • Prof. (Dr.) Saraswati Raju, CSRD, JNU (Co-organizer).
No. of teachers trained: 50
  • 1Bag
  • 1 Pen
  • 1 Folder
  • 1 Note pad
  • Printed study material
  • Feedback Form
  • Conveyance Form
  • Participatory Certificates
1. Training Presentations:
• Spatial Data and Maps Innovation in Mapping- Dr. P. Nag
• Application of Remote Sensing and GIS for Land Use Planning- Dr.J.P.Sharma.
• Census Methodology and Range of Data Collection- Dr.C. Chakravorty.
• Data Use and Teaching Methodology- Shri Inderjeet Mittal.
• Application of GIS and Remote Sensing- Dr. Sucharita Sen.
2. Seminars / Papers presented:
• Forestry data in India- Dr. Saibal Dasgupta.
• Engendering Data in India- Prof. Raju.

Data Users Ajmer

Data User’s Training/Workshop for Senior Secondary Teachers of AJMER (17-19 April, 2011)


Dr. M. Sudhakar, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr. Sudhakar touched upon several issues in his key note address to the participants. Such as: • Environmentalism in Hindu mythology. Its significance as stated in the Vedas, the Vedanta’s, the Puranas, the Upanishads, the Dharmashastras and other scholarly works.
• He talked of the significance of Guru through all our shastras and why we should look up to our gurus.
• He spoke of the wind and solar energy sector in Rajasthan.
• Dr. Sudhakar ended his talk by saying about the data usage by teachers in classroom teaching for the welfare of mankind. Data in its various forms and usage was a gift of the 21st century.
• Dr. M Sudhakar, Advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences. • Dr. P. Nag, Director National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organization, Chairman, Capacity Building Committee, Natural Resources Data Management System (DST). • Shri Suresh Kumar, Deputy Director, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. • Dr. Smita Sengupta, Professor, IIT Mumbai. • Dr. K. B. Rath, Principal, Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer, Rajasthan.Dr. S. Palria, Prof. Department of Environmental Studies, Maharishi Dayanand University, Ajmer, Rajasthan. • Dr. N. Prasad, Treasurer, LIGHTS.
• Smt. Shreya Dalwadi, Architect-Town Planner, Vadodra, Gujarat.
• Smt. Alice Garg, Founder Secretary, Bal Rashmi Society, Jaipur.
• Dr. S. Srinivasan, Medical Practitioner, Apollo, New Delhi.
• Dr. K.B. Garg, Professor (Emeritus), Department of Physics, Rajasthan University.
• Prof. (Dr.) Saraswati Raju, CSRD, JNU, New Delhi.
• Mrs. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, President, LIGHTS; Editor, Geography n You.
No. of teachers trained- 55
No. of students/others- 40
• 1 Bag
• 1 Folder
• 1 Pen
• Itinerary of “National Level Data Users’ Seminar”.
• Handbook I- GIS and GPS
• Handbook II- Disaster Management and Issues related to Women and Children.
• Handbook III- Renewable Energy
• DVD comprising- 1. GIS manual, 2. QGIS programme, 3. The 3 handbooks, 4. A mapping book published by DST.
• Akshay Urja, G n Y and Bhugol Aur Aap Magazines.
• Calendars
• Feedback Forms
• Participation Certificates duly signed by Chairman, Capacity Building Committee, NRDMS, DST, Govt. of India
• Relieving Certificate duly signed by the Convenor.
• GIS Lab Work- Dr. Smita Sengupta & Dr. S. Palria. • Popularization of Mapping, Remote Sensing & GIS- Dr. P. Nag. • GPS Training at Pushkar with Dr. S. Palria, Dr. S. Raju and Mrs. Sulagna Chattopadhyay. • GIS Training- Dr. Smita Sengupta.
• Social Statistics in India- Shri. S.Suresh Kumar
• Renewable Energy in India- Dr. N.Prasad presented the paper of Dr.N.P.Singh.
• Self-Sufficiency through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient building designs- Smt. Shreya Dalwadi.
• Renewable Energy Experiences from Rural Rajasthan- Smt. Alice Garg.
• Solar Power in India- Prof. K.B.Garg.
• Energy, Environment and Development: Socio-Economic Study of Wind Power in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan- Mrs. S.Chattopadhyay.
• Adolescents Health data with special reference to the Girl Child- Dr.S.Srinivasan, Ministry of Women and Child Development


Old Age Rehabilitation Scheme

Old Age Rehabilitation Scheme

Propose to help old / retired people to lead a protected and better life after retirement by way of arranging employment (those who are fit to work) and other facilities like medicine, housing, recreation, social security etc.

Resident Welfare Associations of different housing societies in Delhi and Kolkata have been approached to hold camps to address old age, medical and other problems.

LIGHTS has already given employment to Shri M N Sharma, a retired officer and who is now 67 years of age.

Girl Child Scholarship Scheme

Girl Child Scholarship Scheme

LIGHTS provide scholarships to needy girl-children to prevent them from leaving school due to poor income of parents so that they can attain a minimum educational standard. Such a programme has already been initiated in the government schools of Bihar.

Miss Khushboo, a student of class X receiving scholarship from Smt. Sumitra Devi of Mahabir Singh Smarak Nyas, Madhubani. Father of the girl Shri Kamal Prasad Kunwar and Shri Mohan Singh, clerk of the School looking on. Scholarship @ 200/- Per month. She received the scholarship for 2 years from April 2006 to March 2008, till she appeared for the X Board and cleared it with 78 per cent marks.

Safia Khatun, a bright but poor girl from West Bengal had left studies after VIII in 2006 and came to Delhi with her parents. She started working as house-maid. LIGHTS chose her as a test case to support. She was admitted to National Institute of Open Schooling for X from the year 2008 to appear for her exams in 2009. The entire admission cost was borne by LIGHTS. She opted to drop out of the programme in 2009 to be married.

Miss Ranju Kumari, of Class IX (Scholarship for the year 2006-07) receiving scholarship from the Principal of the school in presence of Smt. Sumitra Devi of Mahavir Singh Smarak Nyas. Scholarship @ 200/- Per month. She received the scholarship for 2 years from April 2008 to March 2010, till she appeared for X Board.


International SaGAAH III 2015



International Conference on SCIENCE & GEOPOLITICS OF ARCTIC – ANTARCTIC – HIMALAYA (29 to 30 SEPTEMBER, 2015) at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. D P S Seth, Former Secretary, BSNL, Member TRAI
Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar Professor to ESSO, MoES
Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Dr. M Sudhakar, Advisor, MoES and Director CMLRE
Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, Editor and Co-Founder, Geography and You
Dr. P S Goel, Former Secretary, MoES
Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, NCAOR
Dr Wakdikar, Advisor, MoES
Dr K J Ramesh, Advisor, MoES
Dr Swati Basu, Advisor, MoES


  • Welcome Address: Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar Professor to ESSO, MoES
  • Special Address Note: Dr. W Selvamurthy, Former Chief Controller R&D for Life Sciences (LS) and International Cooperation (IC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and currently President, Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation (ASTIF)
  • Guest of Honour Address: Dr. P S Goel, Former Secretary, MoES
  • Chief Guest Address: Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary to the government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Keynote Address: Dr. M N Rajeevan, Secretary to the government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Vote of Thanks: Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, President, LIGHTS, Research Foundation, Convener SaGAA III 2015
  • The Arctic Experience and the Third Pole: A Perspective from Iceland - H.E. Thórir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland
  • India’s Polar Challenge: Geopolitics and Challenging 21st Century Science Diplomacy - Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University
  • Laws of the Seas and UNCLOS - Dr. M Sudhakar, Director, CMLRE
  • India and Annex VI to the Madrid Protocol: Some Preliminary Thoughts - Dr. Luther M Rangreji, Associate Professor, Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS), South Asian University.
  • Arctic: A Paradox and Antithesis - Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
  • Thoughts on Priority Research in the Context of the Indian Antarctic Programme - Dr. P. C. Pandey, Professor Earth, Ocean & Climate Sciences, IIT Bhubneshwar
  • Abrupt Climate Shifts Over the Past 10,000+ years: An Arctic Antarctic-Asian imbroglio? - Dr S. Rajan, Fmr Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa
  • The IITM Earth System Model for Investigating Long-term Climate Variability and Change - Dr. R Krishnan Scientist G, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
  • Remote Sensing of Glacier Changes at the Three Poles—how much ice are we losing and why? - Dr. Geir Moholdt Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway
  • Short Term Climate Prediction of Polar Sea-Ice with a Coupled Model - Dr. A K Mitra, Scientist-F, NCMRWF, Noida
  • Effects of Global Climate Change on Polar Glaciers - Dr. Ashit Kumar Swain, Geologist, Geological survey of India
  • Himalayan Cryosphere and Climate Change - Dr. Anil V Kulkarni, Divecha Center for Climate Change, Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Combatting Climate Change in Himalaya Perspective- Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies - Dr M. R. Bhutyani, Director, DTRL, DRDO
  • Response of Glaciers to Climate Factors in the Himalayan during last 10000 years - Dr. Milap Sharma, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Himalayan Cryosphere and its Role in Defining Indian Weather - Dr. A. P. Dimri, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Monitoring the Status of Snow and Glaciers of the Himalaya - Dr. Ajai, Group Director, MWRG, Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad
  • Changes in Climate and Snow Cover over Western Himalaya - Dr. Harendra Negi, Scientist-’E’, Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment, DRDO, Chandigarh
  • Himalayan Hydropower: Challenges, Uncertainties, and Threats to Sustainable Development - Dr. David E. Rheinheimer, Fulbright Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Shrinkage of Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak Glaciers in the Recent Past - Dr. H. C. Nainwal, Professor and Head at Department of Geology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand
  • New Zealand and Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica - H. E. Mr. Grahame Morton, New Zealand High Commissioner
  • Potential and Prospects of Krill Utilisation - Dr. C. N. Ravi Shankar, Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin
  • Fishery Resources of Antarctica - Conservation & Management. A Geopolitical Perspective - Dr. V. N. Sanjeevan, Former Director, The Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Cochin, Kerela
  • Distribution of Deep Sea Trawl Resources from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India and Prospects of Exploring Untapped Deep Sea Resources from Central, Southern Indian Ocean and Antarctica seas - Dr. U. Sreedhar, Principal Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries (CIFT), Cochin
  • Cold Water Fisheries in Himalayan - Dr. Debajit Sarma, Principal Scientist (Fish & Fisheries Science), ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • Technologies for Exploration and Harvesting of Ocean Resources - Dr. G. A. Ramadass, Principal Scientist, NIOT, Chennai
  • Implications of Tourism in Pursuance of Annex vi - An Environmental Perspective - Dr. Anoop Tiwari, Scientist D, Department of Polar Environment, NCAOR
  • A Concept note: Heat Island Transformation and Tourism in the Three Pole - Prof. Manju Mohan, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • Should India Encourage Tourism in Antarctica? - Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Pannikar Professor at ESSO, MoES
  • Anthropogenic activities and Environmental contamination in Antarctic regions - Ms. Tanu Jindal, Director, Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety and Management, Amity Centre for Antarctic Research and Studies
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, New Delhi
National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Cochin
Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi
Amity University, Noida
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin
Royal Norwegian Embassy in India, New Delhi
National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Thiruvananthapuram
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad
CN Technologies, New Delhi
Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries, Bhimtal
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun
National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai
Intech Infosys, Chandigarh
Geological Survey of India (GSI)
Norinco, Chennai
Society of Cryospheric Science, Chandigarh