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IIT-G to promote research to mitigate extreme events losses

Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) will promote research in mitigating losses due to extreme events such as terrorism, nuclear disasters, cyclones and earthquakes, and fire engineering.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2009 21:53 IST

Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-G) will promote research in mitigating losses due to extreme events such as terrorism, nuclear disasters, cyclones and earthquakes, and fire engineering.

The IIT-G also plans to develop a Centre for Technology relevant to Indian social settings, an official of the institute said on Wednesday.

"We will develop IIT-G as an umbrella centre for research in extreme events such as terrorism, nuclear disasters, cyclones, earthquakes and fires where event possibility is low but impact is very high. Also we intend to create a centre of relevant technologies here," Director IIT-G Prof S K Jain told PTI.

The idea is to bring researchers working on disaster management under one umbrella and provide them requisite infrastructure to conduct world-class research here, he said.

The Centre for Research in Extreme Events will develop technology to mitigate losses during outbreak of fires, nuclear disasters, cyclones or earthquakes, and serve as a platform for researchers to share their views on various facets of extreme conditions, Jain said.

Ways to mitigate losses during such events through innovative building designs and finding right mix of building materials to withstand such conditions will be key focus areas of the research, Jain said.