Regional Structure, Processes and Patterns of Development: A Case Study of Chota Nagpur Region

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  • Author :Savita Sinha
  • Year of Publication :1987
  • ISBN: :9788170220435
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 213
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Geography

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About the Book :

The present study investigates the inherent weaknesses underlying the imbalanced and sporadic development of the Chotanagpur region which is rather astonishing considering its vast mineral and forest wealth on the one hand and huge investment in industries on the other. Using the block level data, the regional structure has been evaluated in terms of its resource base, natural and human, and processes and patterns of industrialization, urbanization and functional organization of settlements to identify the potentialities and problems of the region at the micro level. The study provides an understanding of the spatial patterns and processes that have led to low level of development. It reinforces the hypothesis that the region whose economy is organized around nodes external to them tends to remain under develop. One of the important findings of this study is that in the absence of forward and backward linkages of economic activities the Chotanagpur region as well as Bihar have tended to remain under developed. Hence, the need to provide for forward linkages to the activities of the regional having backward linkages of basic and heavy industries rooted to mineral and forest wealth of the region. The findings of the study would be valuable in preparing a comprehensive development strategy of the region. The study is of interest to social scientists and planners in formulating regional development strategy appropriate to the region in particular and to the State of Bihar in general.

About Author :

Savita Sinha is Reader in Geography in the Department of Education in Social Sciences and Humanities, National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi. She obtained her Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Geography from Patna University and Bhagalpur University respectively. She also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London during 1972-74. She joined Department of Geography, Patna University as a Lecturer in 1974. After a year, she came to NCERT, where she has been actively involved in the planning and development of geography curriculum, text books and other reading materials to serve as models for schools. She has also been associated with the teacher training programmes in geography. She has specialised in the field of geographic education and also has keen interest in regional development and planning as well as environmental education. She has several books and articles to her credit which have been published in India and abroad. She has been involved in a number of UNESCO Projects in the area of environmental education. Some of these have been completed and published by UNESCO.