The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Special Centre for Disaster Research at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
This marks a new beginning in DRM in line with the 10-point agenda for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) given by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) last year.
India is a disaster-prone country and disasters will only grow in intensity and frequency.
DRM education should be integrated into the educational institutions' curriculum to give a fillip to the culture of disaster preparedness.
On the occasion, Shri Rijiju also released the book 'Disaster Law, Emerging Thresholds' by Prof. Amita Singh, first Chairperson of the new Centre.
He also launched the website of the Special Centre for Disaster Research.
The Launch programme was a part of two-day (26th
October) Seminar being organised by JNU on 'Disasters and Community Resilience in the Northeastern States'.
The focus of the new Centre for the first year will be the northeastern states.