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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address at the convocation of IIT Guwahati in 2000, requested the Institute to set up a Disaster Management and Risk Management Center which would help the North Eastern States to effectively manage various natural and industrial disasters.
The new facility was inaugurated at the 7th edition of the prestigious Quartet International Conference on ICRG on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics held between 12 and 15 July 2021.
The conference focused on enhancing cooperation between universities and practitioners working on earthquake risk mapping, building disaster prevention infrastructure and working on issues related to earthquake risk.
In his inaugural address, Sarma said, “The Disaster Management and Research Center is dedicated to the people of Assam and the entire North East. I congratulate Professor TG Sitharam and Professor Sudip Mitra, the founder of this new center, for implementing the Prime Minister’s vision so soon and for launching the academic programs with full emphasis. ”
Congratulating IIT Guwahati and its Director Professor TG Sitharam, the CM noted that building a network of universities to work on disaster-related issues is one of the key objectives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 10-point agenda on disaster risk reduction.
Addressing the International Conference on ICRG, Professor TG Sitharam said, “The conference focused on the government’s agenda goals for disaster risk reduction. The government has been pushing for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in public spending, especially in infrastructure development, since the Prime Minister unveiled his ten-point agenda on disaster risk reduction, which has been a top priority ever since. ”
This initiative was for the development of North-East India which was long overdue. Many infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, bridges and airports have been undertaken and completed which connected the northeastern states with the eastern states of India before the northeastern states were most at risk of disasters, including extreme climatic events. It is very important to make sure.
Professor Sitharam inaugurated an international webinar entitled ‘Shift Example of Disaster Risk Reduction: The Role of Academics, Research, Innovation and Policy’, jointly organized by the newly launched CDMR, IIT Guwahati and Indo-Japan Lab, Keiu University, Japan. .
He requested the CDMR and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASMDA) to cooperate closely for the development of Assam and to build a network with various organizations present in the North East Region (NER) to address the problem of disaster risk reduction as it requires a joint effort.
Sudip Mitra, Head Professor, IIT Guwahati, CDMR, welcomed the dignitaries and participants and highlighted the strengths of the new center, the strength of the interdisciplinary faculty and the vision of this new center. Professor Rajeev Sha Theme from Keiyo University in Japan delivered the keynote address.
FAO Dhaka Dhaka, JAC Trust, UK’s internationally acclaimed expert; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan; National Disaster Management Institute (NIDM), New Delhi; The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), Guwahati gave an invited speech at the event. More than 400 participants registered for the delivered webinar.