Population Dynamism and Resource Utilization published
Aligarh: Professor Farasat Ali Siddiqui, Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University recently got three volumes of his book, â€˜Population Dynamism and Resource Utilizationâ€™ published by the Academic Publications, New Delhi.
The three-volume book is on the scope of population dynamism and resource utilization in geography. The book attempts to give the readers a veritable kaleidoscope of studies in population and its nexus with resource utilization and development by applying a range of methodologies and techniques.
Prof Siddiqui said that the spectrum of topic of the book and the tools and techniques are representative to provide the reader with a sense of the richness and depth of these fields.
He added, â€œTrifurcated into volumes on population composition and development, urban growth, health and development and geo-informatics and resource dynamics; these volumes will make the readers understand dramatic population growth during the twentieth century.
Prof Siddiqui pointed out that with the growing population in the world between 1960 and 2000, India too saw a rapid population growth in this period. He said that during this period Indiaâ€™s population shot up to 1.04 billion from 448 million. He also pointed out that Indiaâ€™s population reached 1.21 billion in 2010.
â€œThese volumes also have details on the population growth rate of 1.4 percent in India in comparison to 0.7 percent of China,â€ said Prof Siddiqui adding that the differential between India and China will result in India surpassing China in population size in less than 20 years.
He informed that the book also has a focus on the review of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2007-2012) which shows the consequences of population dynamics.
In the book, the author points out that if population is an important resource for development, it is also a major source of environmental degradation exceeding the threshold limits of the support systems. The book states that the relationship between the multiplying population and life support systems can be stabilized.
The author further states that a major concern of population explosion is the deteriorating gender balance.
â€œThe sex ratio has turned unfavourable towards young females as well as among adults, but favourable towards elderly females,â€ said Prof Siddiqui.
He added that Indiaâ€™s population is distributed across 35 states and its size and growth rate vary widely as the population in four states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh is high leading to regional and social disparity.
The three volumes of the book have chapters with contributions from various scholars emphasizing on â€˜adverse effect of population growth in the some statesâ€™, â€˜uneven distribution of population due to physical and cultural reasonsâ€™, â€˜the degree of concentration of population giving highly variable densities to different parts of the worldâ€™, â€˜population and food balance capabilityâ€™, â€˜to utilize land resources for their advantageâ€™ and â€˜female education scenario in terms of populationâ€™ along with other major topics.