Seminar on Disaster Mitigation concludes at KU

Srinagar: Vice-Chancellor of University of Kashmir Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi on Saturday underscored the importance of disaster mitigation strategies and training people at grassroots for minimizing human and material losses during disasters.


Speaking at valedictory session of week-long Seminar-cum-Workshop “Disaster Mitigation: Approaches and Strategies”, organized by Department of Geography and Regional Development, Prof Andrabi said: “Though we cannot stop natural disasters, we can certainly minimize their impact by training people at various levels with set skills and educate them on how to manage and coordinate with other agencies when a disaster strikes.”


Prof Andrabi said teaching disaster management strategies and techniques must not remain confined to classrooms alone, but need to be spread across the society.

Prof Talat Ahmad, former KU VC and incumbent VC of Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi, said “disaster management has assumed huge significance throughout the world today due to rapid and extreme climatic changes and it is not only for the scientists and researchers to find solutions but economists, engineers, policy makers and administrators also have to play their role vis-à-vis mitigation measures and policy-making.”


Prof. Tasawoor A. Kanth, Seminar Convener, said he was hopeful that the deliberations would be beneficial to all and help us realize the role of stakeholders in disaster mitigation. Prof. M. Sultan Bhat, Organizing Secretary, highlighted the importance of disaster mitigation and emphasized need for community-oriented disaster management systems.

Later both Vice-Chancellors distributed certificates amongst participants of the workshop.


Eminent Professors and scientists including Prof. Chandan Ghosh, NIDM, New Delhi, Prof. S.R.Kumar, NIH, Patna, Prof. Malay Mukul, IIT, Mumbai, Prof. A.P.Dimri, JNU, New Delhi, T.K. Panwar, Shimla delivered lectures and conducted interactive sessions during the week-long programme.


Prof. Ishtiaq A. Mayer, Co-Convener, presented formal vote of thanks while Dr. Pervez Ahmed, Co-Organizing Secretary conducted the proceedings.

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