NEW DELHI: A special centre for disaster research at JNUwas inaugurated by minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju .
The new centre has collaborated with three DU colleges—Lady Shri Ram, Kamala Nehru and Miranda House— in an attempt to train the youth by sharing disaster-related research.
Addressing the gathering at the two-day workshop, Rijiju said he loved coming to JNU for academic events and “not for what television debates are about”. “We cannot be left behind as we face such high numbers of natural and man-made disasters. We have to go to the grassroots level and sensitise people,” he said., adding that a proposed amendment on disaster management is under way and it will be produced in the coming session.
JNU professor Amita Singh said, “The centre will have a trans-disciplinary approach to disaster management research and will synchronise the boundaries of social science into natural science”. Acting chairman of UGC VS Chauhan said that “without a proper set-up, disaster management is difficult”. The disaster centre’s website was also launched at the event.