Himanta inaugurates disaster management and research center at IIT Guwahati
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech at the 2020 IIT Guwahati convocation, asked the institute to create this Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction which will help the Northeastern States to manage effectively various natural and industrial disasters.
The new facility was inaugurated during the seventh edition of the prestigious quadrennial “International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics” (ICRAGEE) held from July 12 to 15, 2021.
The conference focused on geohazard risk mapping, building disaster resilient infrastructure and promoting collaborations between universities and practitioners working on geohazard issues.
During his inaugural address, Sarma said, “The Center for Disaster Management and Research is dedicated to the people of Assam and the entire Northeast. I congratulate Professor TG Sitharam and the founding director of this new center, Professor Sudip Mitra for such rapid implementation of PM’s vision and for launching the academic programs with all vigor.
Congratulating IIT Guwahati and its director, Prof. TG Sitharam, the CM noted that the development of a network of universities to work on disaster issues is one of the important objectives of the Prime Minister’s 10-point program. Narendra Modi on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Addressing the international conference “ICRAGEE”, Prof. TG Sitharam said: “The conference focused on the objectives of the government’s program on disaster risk reduction. The government has pushed to mainstream disaster risk reduction into public spending, especially infrastructure development, which has been the top priority since the prime minister unveiled his 10-point agenda on disaster risk reduction .
The initiative is for the development of the long overdue North East India. Many infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, bridges and airports have been undertaken and also completed, which has connected the northeastern states with the rest of India like never before. With the northeastern states among the most disaster prone, it is essential to ensure the reduction of infrastructure losses due to disasters, including extreme weather events.
In addition, Professor Sitharam also inaugurated an international webinar on “The Paradigm Shift in Disaster Risk Reduction: The Role of Academics, Research, Innovation and Policy”, co-hosted by the newly inaugurated CDMR , IIT Guwahati and Indo-Japan Lab, Keio University, Japan.
He called on the CDMR and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASMDA) to work closely for the development of Assam and to network with various institutions present in the North East region. (NER) to address disaster risk reduction issues, as this requires a joint effort. .
Professor Sudip Mitra, Director of CDMR, IIT Guwahati, welcomed the dignitaries and participants and highlighted the areas of focus of the new center, the interdisciplinary strength of the faculty and the vision of this new center. Professor Rajib Shaw from Keio University, Japan, delivered the thematic speech.
Internationally renowned experts from FAO Dhaka, JAC Trust, UK; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan; National Institute for Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi; Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Guwahati gave guest lectures at this event. Over 400 participants have registered for this webinar.