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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-99

Disaster management as part of curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate courses: The Symbiosis model

Integrated Disaster Management Program, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Vijay Deshpande
Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS), A Constituent of Symbiosis International University (SIU), Senapati Bapat Road, Pune - 411 004, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.93197

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From times immemorial disasters in some form or the other have been regularly visiting humankind and humans have been trying to manage these upheavals. Noah's arch is the first such endeavor. The United Nations declared 1990-1999 as International Decade for Disaster Reduction. The Indian Government passed the Disaster Management Act 2005. As a consequence of the Act, the National Disaster Management Authority was setup. All states were given the guide lines for disaster risk reduction. The objective of this article is to get a clearer picture of what various states, educational authorities and international bodies have done and what Symbiosis International University (SIU) has done so far. Inputs from various States of the Indian Union and neighboring countries were studied. The moot question that figured all the time was "Is there a conscious effort to include Disaster Management in the curricula of various courses at the college and university level" and what are the achievements. It was seen that the Central Board for Secondary Education with support from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Human Resource Development and United Nations Development Project have incorporated DM, as part of its frontline curriculum. Most of the Universities in the disaster prone states have enunciated policies for including DM in the curriculum, but palpable results are still awaited. In the SIU, DM has been incorporated in the curriculum and is mandatory for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


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