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Defence Officers undertake training on Disaster Management at Amity Institute of Disaster Management

Amity Institute of Disaster Management is known for its mammoth efforts to divulge disaster combat techniques amongst the masses by organizing short term, customized training and development programmes. Continuing with this endeavor, Amity Institute of Disaster Management organized a 3 month Certificate programme from April 23, 2007-July 13, 2007 for the officers of Defence Forces and other professionals. The programme was sponsored by Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

The course comprised of two modules covering all aspects of Disaster Management like Introduction & Dimensions of Natural & Anthropogenic Disasters, Principles/Components of Disaster Management, Organizational Structure for Disaster Management, Disaster Management Schemes/SOPs, Natural Disasters and Mitigation Efforts, Flood Control, Drought Management, Cyclones, Avalanches, Mangroves, Land Use Planning, Inter-Linking of Rivers, Role of Union/States, Role of Armed Forces/Other Agencies in Disasters, Important Statutes/ Legal Provisions, IEDs/Bomb Threat Planning, NBC Threat and Safety Measures, Forest Fires, Oil Fires, Crisis in Power Sector, Accidents in Coal Mines, Terrorism and Emergency Management, Case Studies, Field Visits and Dissertation.

On the successful completion of the course, certificates were awarded to the participants by Mr. P.G. Dhar Chakrabarti, IAS, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management and Dr. Ashok Chauhan, Founder President, Amity University

Mr. P.G. Dhar Chakrabarti, IAS, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management and Chief Guest of the occasion lauded the efforts of Amity in taking up on itself such a noble initiative of disseminating information regarding Disaster Management. Sharing the factors contributing to disasters, he said that growing urbanization and erratic changes in climate are making the country vulnerable to disasters. More and more population is moving to cities making them overcrowded, due to global warming Himalayan glaciers are melting at a rapid speed which is the harbinger of a dreadful flood. He further emphasized that Disaster Management is everybody’s business- Government and Non- Government sector. Even Corporate sector, under Corporate Social Responsibility, has taken up cudgels to prevent heavy loss of lives, property and livelihood entailed by disasters. Entire system needs to be geared up in fighting disasters and mitigating them.

Dwelling on the objective of the course, Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President, Amity University remarked that the course is intended to evolve a suitable framework for actions pertaining disaster mitigation in India. There is need to amend, enact & effectively enforce legislations towards safety from disasters like protection of habitations from adverse impacts of disasters, constructing new buildings safe from disasters and retrofitting existing buildings for improving disaster resistance. Outlining the panacea for mitigating the losses caused by disasters, Dr. Chauhan further said that there is a need to change the strategy from ‘post-disaster reactive approach’ to ‘pre-disaster pro-active approach’. Each and every citizen needs to be armed with requisite skills and capabilities adequate enough to effectively deal with the entire cycle of disaster management – prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation.

Lt. General BK Bopanna, Director General, Amity Institute of Disaster Management gave brief layout about the course. He said that the aim of the course is to raise a pool of dedicated professionals who can render their services in the time of crisis. Talking about the uniqueness of the programme, he further said that tremendous interaction with the experts, extensive hands- on experience and guest lectures make the programme all the more useful and informative for the officers.

The officers who undertook the c

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