November 26, 2019
November 26, 2019
Dean’s Geographical Society in collaboration with Department of Geography celebrated GIS day on 26th November, 2019. “Gala De Carte”, a very compelling event was held in this regard which included informative seminars by guest speakers from various renowned organizations and also a dazzling cake cutting ceremony.
The event was commenced with the recitation of The Holy Quran and a few verses from The Holy Bible. This was followed by the opening remarks from Mr. Kashif Shafiq, Chairperson of Geography Department. He welcomed the enthusiastic participants and guest speakers to Gala De Carte’19 and reinforced on the fact that GIS day is celebrated to appreciate the ongoing efforts done for the promotion of GIS in Pakistan and all around the world. He also explained that the main theme of the event was uniquely situated to articulate the application of geospatial technologies in managing natural resources, land use, and environmental systems.
The first guest speaker of the event was the Key Note speaker, Mr. Derk Bakker. He is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Environmental Sciences at FCCU.
He talked about the use of high-resolution imagery in broad acre cropping in his speech and discussed NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) and image resolutions. The second spokesperson was Ms. Beenish Fatima, Additional Secretary (Schools). She was also the Chief Guest of the event. She delivered her speech about the smog controversy and depicted the perceptions that were formed around the smog. She also explained the preventive measures for smog. Among them, was climate smart rice cultivation and in-farm residue management.
The next speaker was Mr. Saeed Ahmed, Section Officer Livestock and Dairy Development. He said that technology has become like oxygen to run our day to day affairs and everything has been digitalized now. He also discussed the cotton crops acreage. His speech was followed by an enthralling cake cutting ceremony which was enjoyed by all the participants and guest speakers. A light tea was served along with some refreshments as well. Mr. Kashif Shafique honored the Chief Guest, Ms. Beenish Fatima, and Mr. Saeed Ahmed with a souvenir.
Mr. Irfan Aslam, Deputy Chief Manager at SUPARCO, discussed the role and uses of Remote sensing in his presentation. Firstly, he gave a brief introduction of SUPARCO and then talked about Pakistan’s Technology Evolution Satellite, PakTES – 1A’s development and launch and finally about PakTES – 1A’s Imagery. He also showed a very informative video on the story of PakTES -1A’s journey. The next speaker was Dr. Syed Amer Mehmood who also happened to be a Formanite. He did his intermediate from FC College in 1987 and went abroad to complete his PhD. He felt immense pleasure in addressing this seminar today. He mainly discussed the demographics of Asian countries with high flood damage which showed Pakistan and India cannot afford floods. After that, lunch was served to all the guests in the honor of this great day being celebrated.
The sixth speaker of the day was Mr. Muneeb Amir, PhD scholar of Space Science Department at The Punjab University. The topic of his discussion was his MPhil thesis on the susceptibility index of boulders in flood plain using geo-spatial techniques. After him, Ms. Faiza Sarwar, from The Punjab University discussed smog which is completely an environmental phenomenon. She explained what it is and informed students about how Dr. Henry Antoine Des Voeux was the first one to come up with the word smog in 1905 in his article. She also told about primary and secondary pollutants and types and effects of smog.
The last speaker of the day was Mr. Imdad Hussain, Assistant Professor and a member of Centre of Public Policy and Governance at FCCU. His session was very interactive and he also read a Punjabi poem on tree and its connection with humans. According to him, in order to fight against deforestation, we need to revive our relationship with nature on an individual level.
The entire session was concluded with an ending note by Dean of Social Sciences, Mr. Sikander Hayat. He expressed his gratitude to all the honorable guest speakers for joining the Dean’s Geographical Society in their celebration of GIS Day. After that, shields and certificates were distributed among guest speakers and the members of the DGS society and later, a group photo was taken in order to mark this day and event as a great success.
All in all, Gala De Carte was an interactive session in which participants got an amazing opportunity to discuss their queries with professionals from concerned fields. They also got new and useful information regarding Geography which would be handy for them when they enter the practical world as geostationary industry.