Department Of Geography

Curriculum Vitae

 

Name : B. R. Thakur

Address for correspondence : Department of Geography, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Phone : 9418065518; 7876743913(mobile)  

Email : brthakur53[at]gmail.com

Research Interests  :  Tribal studies, Socio-economic Issues, Regional development and Geospatial technologies

1. Educational Qualifications

  •  Post Graduate Diploma in GIS & Remote Sensing with ‘A’ grade and distinction in Project report from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Department of Space, GOI, Dehradun in 2005.
  • Ph. D. Geography with specialization in Socio- Economic Studies from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra in 2006.
  • M.Phil Geography with A’ grade and distinction in Dissertation from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra in 2000.
  • M. Sc Geography with First division from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra in 1999.

2. Awards and Fellowships Received

Awarded a Centrally Administered Doctoral Fellowship for PhD by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

Conferred upon Prof. N.P.Aiyyar Young Geographers Award-2008 for the Best Research Work at 30th Indian Geography Congress on December 19-21, 2008 held at University of Allahabad under the aegis of National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI.) 

Awarded a Global Scholar Exchange Programme by Bath Spa University(BSU), United Kingdom for developing mutual research and teaching relationships with HPU(India) for a period of 3weeks (31-10-2014 to 19-11-2014). 

3. Research Projects Awarded and Handled: 06

Sr. No.

Title of the Project

& Details of Award

Name of the Funding Agency

Duration

Remarks

1.

Socio-Economic Development of Scheduled Tribes of Himachal Pradesh Since Inception of Tribal Sub-Plan (1974) vide Memo No. F.No.RP 02/0026/2007 RP/ dated 27-11-2007.

Indian Council of Social Science Research (Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India, New Delhi.

24 Months

Major Research Project of Rs. 13.57 Lacs.

The project report has been accepted and approved by funding agency.

2.

Characterization and Prioritization of Giri River Watershed: An Integrated Approach vide Memo No. F.No.39-13/2010 (SR) dated 23-10-2010.

University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

3 Years

Major Research Project of Rs. 7.69 Lacs.

The project report has been submitted and approved by the funding agency.

 

3.

Regional Imbalances in level of Infrastructural Development in Non-Tribal Areas of Himachal Pradesh- Problems and Prospects vide Memo No. F.No.2-114/2010-RP  dated 25-01-2011.

Indian Council of Social Science Research (Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India, New Delhi.

18 Months

Major Research Project of Rs. 6.82 Lacs.

The project report has been submitted and approved by the funding agency. 

4.

Dynamics and Spatial pattern of Infrastructural Development in India (1971-2011) vide Memo No. F.No 02/83/2014-15/RPR dated 04/04/2014.

Indian Council of Social Science Research (Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India, New Delhi.

12 Months

Major Research Project of Rs. 5.00 Lacs.

 The project repot has been accepted and appreciated.

5.

Reconstruction of Geographic Space and Socio-economic Life of Erstwhile Princely Chamba State: A Study in Historical Geography vide F.No.1-94/2015-ICHR (GIA-III) RP dated 22nd August, 2016.

Indian Council of Historical Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

24 Months

Rs. 4.50 Lacs

The project repot has been accepted and approved by ICHR.

6.

Impact of Pradhanmantri Gramin Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) on Rural Development in Churah Tehsil, District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh under IMPRESS Scheme vide letter no IMPRESS/P2330/121/2018-19/ICSSR dated March 11, 2019.

Indian Council of Social Science Research (Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India, New Delhi.

2 Years

Rs. 10.00 Lacs

Project work is in progress.

 

 

4. Research Publications: 50

Recent Publications of Last Five years till May 2021

  • 1. Prioritization of Micro watersheds in Giri Catchment for Conservation and Planning (Dhan Dev Sharma and B.R. Thakur). Transactions of Institute of Indian Geographers (ISSN: 0970-9851) Vol.38, No.2, 2016. 
  • 2. Prioritization of Giri Catchment: An Integrated Approach (B.R. Thakur and Dhan Dev Sharma) Annals of the National Association of Geographers, India Vol.36, No.2, 2016 (ISSN: 0970-972X).
  • 3.  Prioritization of Micro watersheds for Soil conservation in Giri Catchment (Dhan Dev Sharma and B.R. Thakur). Punjab Geographer (ISSN: 0973-3485) Vol.12, 2016. 
  • 4. Trends and Patterns of Road Infrastructure in India, 1971-2011 (B.R. Thakur and Sandeep Kumar).  Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (ISSN: 2321-8819) Vol.5, No.1, 2017.
  • 5. Revisiting Tribal Development in India: A Synoptic Review (Khyal Chand and B.R. Thakur). Himalayan Journal of Contemporary Research (ISSN: 2319-3174) Vol.VI, No.1, 2017.
  • 6. Spatial Variations in Transport Infrastructure and Urban Development in Non- Tribal Region of Himachal Pradesh. (Ram Lal and B.R. Thakur). In Sustainable Smart Cities in India: Challenges and Future Perspectives by Poonam Sharma and Swati Rajput (ISBN-978-3-319-47145-7(ebook) Springer, International Publishing AG, 2017.
  • 7. Regional Disparities in Cropping Pattern, Production and Yield of Major Crops in Northwest Indian Region (Monika Manta and B.R. Thakur).  Himalayan Journal of Contemporary Research (ISSN: 2319-3174) Vol.VI, No.1, 2019.
  • 8. Levels of Regional Disparities in Socio-Economic Development in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand States (Nem Raj, B.R. Thakur and Puran Chand).  Panjab Geographer (ISSN: 0973-3485) Vol. XV, 2019.
  • 9. Availability of Banking Facilities in India: A Geographical Analysis (Sandeep Kumar and B.R. Thakur). Journal of Social Sciences (Print: ISSN 0971-8923 Online: ISSN 2456-6756) Vol LXII (1-3): 1-16 (2020).
  • 10. Spatial and Temporal Variations in Educational Attainment in India: 1991-2011 (Diksha Kumari, B.R. Thakur and Rajan Bhandari).  Panjab Geographer (ISSN: 0973-3485) Vol. XVI, 2020.  
  • 11. Spatial Inequalities in Social Development Among Northwest Indian States (Nem Raj and B.R. Thakur). Journal of Human Ecology (Print: ISSN 0970-9274 Online: ISSN 2456-6608) Vol. LXXII (1-3):1-12 (2020).
  • 12. Infrastructural development in Churah Tehsil of Himachal Pradesh-A village level analysis (Sanjeev Kumar and B.R. Thakur). Transactions (ISSN: 0970-9851) Vol. XXXXII (2), 2020.

 

5. Research Guidance

  •  M.Phil Level: 17
  •  PhD Level: Theses Awarded (04) and Submitted (01)

6. Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Refresher Courses and Training Programmes Organized

  • 1. Organized 8th APG National Conference on “Spatial Planning, Development and   Environment Sustainability: Challenges and Strategies” from 27-28 October, 2007 at Institute for Spatial Planning and Environment Research, India, Panchkula, Haryana.
  • 2. Organized 12th APG National Conference on “Mountain Environment and Natural Resource Management from 08-09 October, 2011 at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.
  • 3.  Organized a National Seminar on “Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Development: Present Needs and Our Common Future”  from 29-30 March, 2014 at Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddi, Solan in collaboration with Youth for Sustainable Development, a Society, Shimla.
  • 4. Coordinated UGC Refresher Course in Environmental Science (RC-275) from 28th April, 2014 to 17th May, 2014 at UGC Academic Staff College, HP University, Shimla.
  • 5. Co-organized a National Seminar on “Environmental Degradation and Natural Resource Management in Western Himalayas” from 20-21 February, 2015 at Department of Geography, Government College, Nalagarh, Solan (HP). 
  • 6. Coordinated Subject Expert Advisory Committee Meeting funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India on the Preparation of Glossary of Geography (English-Hindi) from 18th May to 21st   May, 2015 at Institute for Spatial Planning and Environment Research (ISPER), Panchkula, Haryana.
  • 7. Organized One Day State Level Seminar on “Geoinformatics-The Most Effective Solutions” on 30th June, 2015 at Department of Geography, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.
  • 8. Coordinated UGC Refresher Course in Environmental Science- Inter-Disciplinary (RC-292) from 14th September, 2015 to 03rd October, 2015 at UGC Human Resource Development Centre, HP Universiy, Shimla.
  • 9. Coordinated 21 Days Training programme on “Geospatial Technologies” equivalent to Refresher Course from 08th to 28th November, 2016 under Natural Resources Data Management Systems (NRDMS) programme funded by Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India at HP University, Shimla. 
  • 10. Coordinated UGC Refresher Course on Research Methodology in Social Sciences (Interdisciplinary) from 04th September, 2017 to 23rd September, 2017 at UGC Human Resource Centre, HP University, Shimla.
  • 11. Coordinated Dr. Saminderjeet Singh Young Geographer Award Competition -2018 in 19th APG Meet and International Conference on “Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Environment” held on 2-3 November, 2018 at Khalsa College, Patiala, Punjab.   
  • 12. Coordinated 2-week Refresher Course on Geography and Geology (RC-311) w.e.f. 20.05.2019 to 01.06.2019 for University and College Teachers at UGC Human Resource Development Centre, HP University, Shimla. 
  • 13. Coordinated 21 working days NRDMS-DST, Government of India sponsored Summer School on Geospatial Technologies (Level-I) equivalent to Refresher Course w.e.f. 18.06.2019 to 08.07.2019 for University and College Teachers at HP University, Shimla.
  • 14. Organised a National Seminar jointly organized by Department of History (ICDEOL) HP University & Thakur Jagdev Chand Samriti Shodh Sansthan Hamirpur on “Revisiting The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: A Blot in Indian History” held at HPU on  24th - 25th September, 2019.
  • 15. Organised a National Webinar under the aegis of Department of Geography, HP University on “Contemporary Issues in Geography” held at Zoom Platform on 18th June, 2020.
  • 16. Coordinated Dr. Saminderjeet Singh Young Geographer Award Competition -2019 in 19th APG Meet and National Conference on “Ecological Sustainability, Regional Development & Geo-spatial Technology” held on 9-10 November, 2019 at Government College, Hisar Haryana.
  • 17. Coordinated 2-week Refresher Course on Earth Sciences w.e.f. 14.12.2020 to 26.12.2020 for University and College Teachers at UGC Human Resource Development Centre, HP University, Shimla. 

7. Workshops/ Training Programmes/ Seminars/ Conferences/ Refresher Courses etc attended and participated = 25

 8. Invited Lectures Delivered on different academic Platforms: About 70

9. Paper Presented in Seminars and Conferences: More than 50

10. Software Skills

  •  Image Processing & GIS Softwares: ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine  and ILWIS
  •  Package: M S Office
Last Updated:23-06-2021