Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested IIT Guwahati to establish the centre to help north-eastern states manage natural disasters
A Centre for Disaster Management and Research (CDMR) was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, recently.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated the facility in the presence of R.K. Bhandari, former director, Central Building Research Institute (CBRI); T.G. Sitharam, director, IIT Guwahati; IIT Guwahati faculty, researchers, and many national and international experts from around the world.
The inauguration was part of the seventh edition of the quadrennial International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (ICRAGEE).
The conference focussed on mapping geo-hazard risks, creating disaster- resilient infrastructure and fostering collaborations among universities and practitioners working on geo-hazards-related issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address at the 2020 convocation of IIT Guwahati, had requested the institute to set up the Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction to help the north-eastern states effectively manage various natural and industrial disasters.
“The Centre for Disaster Management and Research is dedicated to the people of Assam and the entire north-east. I congratulate professor T.G. Sitharam and the founding head of this new centre, professor Sudip Mitra, for such a quick implementation of the PM’s vision and initiating the academic programmes with full vigour,” chief minister Sarma said.
“Developing a network of universities to work on disaster issues is one of the important goals of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 10-point agenda on disaster risk reduction,” Sarma said.
Addressing the conference, IIT Guwahati director T.G. Sitharam said: “The conference focused on goals of the government’s agenda on disaster risk reduction. The government has been pushing for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in public expenditure, particularly in infrastructure development which has been the top priority ever since the Prime Minister unveiled his 10-point agenda on disaster risk reduction.”
An International webinar on Paradigm Shift in Disaster Risk Reduction: Role of Academics, Research, Innovation and Policies, jointly organised by the newly inaugurated CDMR, IIT Guwahati, and Indo-Japan Lab, Keio University, Japan,as also inaugurated on the occasion.
Sitharam requested the CDMR and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASMDA) to collaborate closely for the development of Assam and build networks with various institutions in the north-eastern region to address the issues of disaster risk reduction as this needs a joint effort.
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