KISS Deemed to be University, India, and Jagannath University, Bangladesh, jointly organized an invited lecture on ‘Demographic Pressure Impacting Agriculture Resource Management: Contemporary Global Situation’ on 30th May 2022. This lecture was organized as a part of the MoU signed between both the Universities on 8th March 2022. The essential purpose of this MoU is to enable academic and allied cooperation, joint research and publications, students and staff exchange programmes, research facilities, infrastructure, and potential research opportunities. Faculty members and research scholars from the Universities attended this Distinguished Invited Lecture.

Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU, presented a brief profile of KISS and KISS-DU and shared the various programmes being offered from K.G. to Ph.D. Further, he extended an invitation to KISS to the delegation from Jagannath University to initiate the Exchange Programmes as mentioned in the MoU to make it functional.

In his presentation, the distinguished invited speaker, Professor A.H.M Zehadul Karim, Department of Anthropology, Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh,talked about how recent interdisciplinary research on the environment and natural resource management has found a positive correlation between insurmountable population growth with that of unsustainable use of the finite resources. Professor Karim’s presentation was rich with statistical data and ethnographic examples. Further, he also opined that we must keep our population at an optimum level if we want to secure food for everyone. Sharing his concern on the unavaliabiility of food, he said that planting food and cereals requires 12% of the total land, which does not seem to cover the subsistence of a huge incumbent population of this earth. He observed that due to excessive demographic pressure, the farmers worldwide have moved on to mechanized cultivation. Professor Karim concluded that with an increase in population in the coming years, the environmental pressure would be on the Third World nations, including food crises and economic suffering.

The session was followed by a question and answer session, and Dr. Disha Bhatt, Assistant Professor, KISS-DU, proposed a Vote of Thanks.