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JNU – NIDM collaborative transdisciplinary Disaster Research programme released the JNU- NIDM collaborative publications on 9th June, 2016. The release of report was initiated by Shri Kiren Rijiju Hon’ble minister, state for home Affairs and Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative, India. The release of report was marked by the presence of around 100 delegates comprising Prof. M Jagadesh, Vice Chancellor of JNU, Registrar JNU Dr. Pramod, Prof. Satish Chandra Garkoti Rector-II, JNU, Shri. Kamal Kishore Member NDMA, Shri. R.K Jain member NDMA, Gen. Gupta Joint secretary NDMA, Shri. OP Singh DG NDRF, Dr. suman Sharma, Principal LSR, Dr. Kumar Rekha Head of Disaster Management Noida, Minakshi Sinha Reader NICFS, Professors of Miranda House, Kamla Nehru college, Indian council of Medical Research, IIPA, ICMR, DRP core group members Prof. Amita singh DRP PI chairperson CSLG, Prof. Bupinder Zutshi Co PI DRP Director Admissions JNU Professor CSRD, Prof. Milap Puni CSRD, Prof. Mondira Dutta Center for inner Asian Studies, Prof. GVC Naidu Chairperson Southeast Asian Studies, Dr. Nivedita Haran IAS (Retd.) DRP Chief consultant, Dr. Sunita Reddy CSMCH JNU, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Director CIS JNU. The event was also attended by large number of college students and faculty from Miranda House college, Kamla Nehru college, Lady Shri Ram college.

The programme was initiated by laying down the list of activities covered during the year including the take away’s which are gathered during the course of activities and research in disaster and its respective themes of role of institutions and governance, role of technology and communication, livelihood and agriculture and gathering lessons learnt from different state and non-state actors.

The following reports were released during the event which were covered under the ambit of the initiative of disaster research programme.

  1. International Workshop JNU NIDM collaborative programme on Disaster Research:
    The international workshop consists the undertakings of 2nd World congress on Disaster Management, 19th to 22nd November, 2015, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India and Spatial governance development, Planning smart cities and disaster management 17th – 21st November, 2015. The first conference covered multipole sessions which involved approximately one thousand disaster professionals focused on the decrease of complexity of disaster, decrease illiteracy, enhancing equipment of the government, mobilizing the resources, involvement of the community in Disaster risk reduction. The second conference highlighted the specifics of disaster over space and time, significance of technological developments which are used as important tools, to address issues pertaining to the warning systems were deliberated upon in the session. The study on coastal vulnerability from a global perspective was discussed in depth. It was also emphasized that management of natural and manmade disaster should consider local responses through community awareness, which could strengthen risk reduction during disasters. Several presentations were discussed in depth
  1. National Workshop JNU NIDM collaborative programme on Disaster Research: The initiatives covered under umbrella are “Community Resilience and institutional Preparedness”, 30th Jan – 2nd February, 2016, Kolkata, Sundarbans, West Bengal and “Earthquakes and Landslides: Addressing Administrative and Technological challenges in Building Community Resilience, 9th – 12th April, 2016, Imphal, Manipur. The first workshop brought about issues of periodic up-gradation and dissemination of location-based disaster risk information and risk maps obtained from geospatial information technology to build knowledge of government officials at all levels, communities at risk of exposure to disaster, volunteers, and the private sector. This could be attained through sharing experiences, lessons learned, good practices, and training and education on disaster risk reduction. The second initiative in Imphal established some significant findings from the field and the issues were addressed as the need to identify school children as resources for DRR training, strengthening community preparedness, creating awareness and training the builders, mansions for safe building and structures,  creating efficient Government response systems, the need to create employment opportunities for disaster survivors, identifying strategies to decrease financial loss, the importance of animal husbandry must in the National Disaster Management Plan , strengthening livelihood and identifying better strategies to achieve livelihood security, efforts to decrease the rapid rate of shifting/ Jhum cultivation to decrease the rate of landslides and creating road connectivity in the hilly areas to facilitate rescue operations.
  1. Research Report- JNU NIDM collaborative programme on Disaster Research: The sustainability of disaster risk reduction efforts had to be maintained by the involvement of youth by the process of identification of the vulnerabilities in the spaces around their institutions. While Principals of these colleges became the lead administrator, groups of students picked up from interdisciplinary disciplines including the NSS and NCC were placed under a committed teacher/s to visit the field around their college and be trained to address the problem of disaster management. Six Delhi university Colleges were initially a part and colleges like Miranda House, Lady Shri Ram college, Kamla Nehru, center of law and governance JNU. The report contains significant findings from the research conducted by the Prof. Milap Punia CSRD, Prof. Bupinder Zutshi CSRD, Prof. Mondira Dutta SIS.
  1. In House Activities JNU NIDM collaborative programme on Disaster Research: Under the spectrum was covered the launching ceremony & national debate on “exploring social sciences tools in teaching disaster research” ,21st sept, 2015 and the Lecture series undertaken by different experts of disasters. The initiatives were focused towards developing community resilience and enhancing the existing implementations of the given laws and bringing about a reduction in the risks as posed by the different events of disasters.

The initiatives enriched the understanding through collection of findings, facts on vulnerabilities and hence outlaying the bottom up solution of development of sustainable reduction in the loss and damage and reducing vulnerabilities of the communities.