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                                                                                   Date:-May 29, 2018                                                                              

                                                                                  Jyaistha 8, 1940


              The Governor of Goa, Dr(Smt). Mridula Sinha expressed confidence that Regional Science will evolve as a strong discipline to trains young minds in accepting and solving developmental challenges.


Dr. Sinha was speaking at the 12th World Congress of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and 49th Annual Conference of Regional Science Association, India celebrating 50 years of Regional Science in India organized by Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and Town and Country Planning Department of India in association with Town and Country Planning Department Government of Goa and BITS-PILANI Goa hat BITS.K.K.BIRLA Goa campus today.


           Stressing that Regional Science as a discipline, concerns the careful and patient study of social problems with regional or spatial dimensions, employing diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research, the Governor informed that the Government of India has proposed to establish 18 new Schools of Planning and Agriculture in the Country, hoping that there will be one in Goa too.


She appealed to all those involved in this initiative to ensure that these institutions constantly shape talent and thinking of the young minds to facilitate a sustainable spatial transformation of India.


            Dr. Sinha said Regional Science emerged as a discipline in the 1950’s when some economist collectively were dissatisfied with  the low level analysis of regional economics and felt necessary to elevate its standards. Late Prof. Walter Israd along with his fellow researchers and supporters vehemently promoted the science and objective analysis of regional economics and regional development in different parts of the world, she added.


              She said, “The importance and power of spatial thinking as a skill set is being realized and is being taken seriously by policy makers, academic establishments and the industry. Spatial thinking isn’t really something new neither did it evolve after the introduction of computers and data visualizations. The ability to think spatial was something very important right from the evaluation of human civilization”.


           Important of Spatial Information and Technology is increasing in Modern world. Satellite images bring daily weather reports and provide farmers with information for precision agriculture. The capability of remote sensing data has already been demonstrated to delineate the features like land use, soil, geology, etc., on regular basis, Dr. Sinha pointed.


            Dr. Budy Resosudarmo, President of RSAI, ANU, Australia; Dr. G. Raghurama, Director, BITS, Goa; Dr. Chitta Ranjan Pathak, Secretary, RSA India; Dr. Lakshmi Sivaramakrishnan, Convener, RSA India; Dr. Debasis Patnaik, Convener, BITS Goa; Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of Economic Advisory Council  to the Prime Minister of India were among those prominent persons present on the occasion.


             Dr. Sinha released the NATMO Atlas, Map of Goa and Town Map of Panaji presented by Dr. Tapati Benerjee, Director, NATMO.


             Dr. S.T. Puttaraju, Chief Town Planner (LU) Government of Goa welcomed the gathering while Dr. Sumana Bandyopadhyay, President of RSA India and Chairperson, Local Organizing Committee, 12th WCRSAI proposed the vote of thanks.  The function was compered by Shri Alan Pinto.