From next year, you can gear up to make a real contribution to mitigating disasters in the city. If all goes according to plan, you can enroll for the post graduate diploma course in disaster management to be launched by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in collaboration with the University of Mumbai from next year.
The course would be conducted in the City Institute of Disaster Management being built by the civic body in Parel. The institute would be the first-of-its-kind in the country dedicated completely for the study of disaster management.
The civic body is set to take up the last leg of construction work of the structure after the monsoons. “Construction is in the finishing phase. Once the structure is ready, courses can begin from next year,” said SS Shinde, joint municipal commissioner (disaster management).
However, the civic body is yet to get a final approval from the Mumbai University’s (MU) academic council to start the course.
Naresh Chandra, pro-vice-chancellor of the university said, “I am not aware of the status of the proposal at present. I need a couple of days to check it with the vice-chancellor. Any proposal is first scrutinised by the board of studies and then by the vice-chancellor before being placed in the academic council meeting”.
“The course structure and content is ready. Once the requisite approval is received, we can begin the admission process,” said a senior official from the BMC’s disaster management cell.
The BMC has also decided to set up a back-up disaster control room on the ground floor of the institute in an effort to augment the disaster preparedness of the city.
“Construction of the disaster control room would be taken up in the final phase of construction of the building. The aim is to have a back-up for the existing control room in the BMC headquarters,” said the official. “It can also be a model control centre where training can be given to personnel and the know-how of the functioning of an emergency operation centre can be imparted.”