A trans-disciplinary teaching, research and training programme on ‘Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Resilience against Climate Change Hazards’ brings together a collaboration of seven centres within JNU and six major institutions both public and private from outside JNU. The university is the most appropriate institution to initiate such a programme as it nurtures an energetic and motivated team of young scholars coming to the university for research and career building from every part of this diverse country. JNU is the only university in the country which nurtures such an ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity unparalleled in its commitment to the larger goals of humanity and environmental well being.
Its primary objective is to bridge the gap between policy makers and the recipients of policies by taking classroom research to communities and neglected regions. It has 5 major features:
- Is designed to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities in disaster mitigation activities.
- Is expected to create better governance in disaster management so that local communities become more resilient.
- Is an effort in legal literacy on environmental laws for land, water, forest and air in the pre-disaster phase, on international humanitarian laws dealing with rescue, disability support, medical care and trafficking during disasters and finally on rehabilitation, compensation and administrative accountability in the post disaster phase.