Career focus: Disaster Mangement

None | ByMonica Sood, New Delhi
Jun 12, 2006 01:40 PM IST

Disaster management is one career that is picking up pace and importance in our country.

India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Almost all parts of our country experience natural disasters in the form of drought, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and so on.

With an increase in the perception towards spreading a culture of prevention in the disaster management scenario, considerable emphasis is being given to research and development (R&D) activities. 

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These institutes offer courses in Disaster Mangement:

• Guru Gobind Singh  

   Indraprastha University, Delhi

• Centre for Disaster 

   Management, Pune

• PRT Institute of Postgraduate

   Environmental Education, Bhopal

• National Civil Defence 

   College, Nagpur

• Sikkim Manipal University of

   Health, Medical and Technological

   Sciences, Tadong

These activities are coordinated by different ministries and organisations. No wonder then, that disaster management is one career that is picking up pace and importance in our country.

The tsunami and annual floods remind us that we can lessen the damage of lives if only we are technically sound and prepared for the calamities. A masters course in disaster management builds trained manpower in the areas of emergency planning, risk assessment, community development, humanitarian aid, capacity building and also enhances the skills of professionals in the field.

The course of disaster management focuses on traditional post disaster response to a structured skill based learning to deal with the whole cycle of disaster management prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation. Specialisation is the key to success in this field.

With the government as well as international organisations recognising the need to have trained personnel, disaster management has a strong future and myriad choices and scope.

If you have the burning desire to aid the millions who face natural calamities each changing season, if you wish to be a part of the team that saves countless lives before and after calamity strikes, then disaster management is your calling.

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