On the Auspicious Occasion of the XVII Annual Conference and National Seminar
                  The Association of Geographers, Bihar & Jharkhand December the 19th and the 20th 2015
                                                                 Department of  Geography
                                               B.N. Mandal University, Madhepura, Bihar, India

Respected chairman, honorable guests, dignitaries, senior professors, colleagues, friends and students!

It is really a matter of prestige and privilege for me to present once again the General Secretary's Report of the Association of Geographers, Bihar and Jharkhand on the occasion of the seventeenth annual conference and the National Seminar before this august gathering. It is a matter of great satisfaction that this gathering comprises people not only from nooks and corners of the States of Bihar and Jharkhand but also from different parts of the country and not only from the fraternity of geography but also from several other branches of knowledge.

Friends! our academic activities have been very relavant for the last sixteen years. We have visited almost all parts of our states right from Bettiah in the northwest corner of Bihar to Chaibasa located in the south-east part of Jharkhand and from Ara and Chapra in the west to Bhagalpur in the east.The journey, was started from Patna on the 25th of April, 1999 and it has been continuing through hosting annual conference at places, like, Muzaffarpur, Bodh Gaya, Chapra, Bhagalpur, Hazaribag, Ara, Bettiah, Patna, Bodh Gaya, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Chapra Ranchi and Chaibasa successively. This year we have assembled at Madhepura or almost in the north-east part of the state of Bihar.

This association has created an environment whereby scholars, teachers, researchers and students of geography of our two states have not only come into close contact with each other but it has also created a very conducive atmosphere for research and teaching. It has encouraged the young geographers to engage themselves in research by creating a sense of competition among them by introducing Young Geographers' Award. Formerly it was known as R.B. Mandal Young Geographers' Award but now it is known as Prof. R. Gauntia Young Geographers Award. We have also started honoring our teachers and the fatherly scholars of our states, who had laid solid foundation of teaching and research by dint of their vision and labour during their life time and even after their departure from this world they have been inspiring and guiding us through their inspiring work. In their memory and honor we use to organize memorial lectures. The memorial lectures are regularly delivered by distinguished scholars. The association has also created an atmosphere of research and teaching in the educational institutions by organizing seminars and publishing research papers in `The Geographical Perspective'.    More....