Workshop on Higher Education in Disaster Management: Opportunities & Challenges


Date: Feb. 10, 2017

Venue: National Institute of Disaster Management, 5B, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, M.G. Road, NewDelhi – 110002

Co-organized by National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi and The International Emergency Management Society - India Chapter

Supported by The Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai


Disasters are increasing in intensity and number and may even become worse due to climate change, living in the coastal (sea and river) areas, and haphazard urbanization. Disasters inflict deaths and disabilities, affect people, disrupt businesses and gains of long-term development in a short time. World Bank has estimated that on an average direct losses from disasters go up to two percent of Indian GDP and 12% of government revenue per year. OCHA asserts that seven rupees in disaster response are saved by investing each rupee in disaster preparedness.


We need professionals educated in disaster management for preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Higher education in the context of proposed Workshop includes long-term education programs, which are six-months or more duration. However, training programs of less than six-month duration are excluded. In future, more disaster managers in government, business and industry, and non-profit will come to the job with higher education in disaster management. This is the first Workshop in India focusing on Higher Education in Disaster Management.

Objective of Workshop

The objective of the Workshop is to explore the opportunities and challenges involved in higher education in disaster management globally in general and particularly in India.

The focus of the Workshop is on:

  • Higher education opportunities in disaster management at certificate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral level,
  • History and growth of disaster management higher education,
  • Face-to-face, distance, online, and blended higher education courses,
  • Quality considerations and accreditation,
  • Research in disaster management,
  • Opportunities in disaster management as a career, and
  • Challenges of employment.

Who Should Attend?

The Workshop will provide an opportunity to bring together policy makers, disaster management administrators, higher education administrators, researchers, academicians, corporate social responsibility executives, business continuity professionals, non-profit representatives, students, parents, and others who are interested in disaster management to learn about the opportunities and challenges of higher education in disaster management, peer-learning, and networking to make India and the world disaster resilient.

Paper Submission

Papers related to the focus areas of the Workshop and registration are invited: by January 30, 2017

Papers with abstract and four keywords need to be between 750 to 1,250 words, excluding tables, figures, annex, and references, in Arial 12 font, 1.5 spacing, A4 size paper with 2.5 cm margin all around. Papers should have title and author or authors name, affiliation, contact details (email address and cell phone number), and address. Papers need to be submitted (which implies registration) by using MS Office Word to: Dr. Ritu Raj at with a copy to Dr. Kailash Gupta, at

Preliminary Program and Updating

Preliminary Program with invited speakers and accepted papers will be put up on the website and website of co-organizer NIDM and supporters listed below. The Preliminary Program will be updated intermittently. Paper presenter(s) are requested to check the website regarding acceptance of their paper.


A delegate (without paper presentation) may also register by sending an email to above addresses by January 30, 2017. The email need to contain name, gender, qualification, occupation, affiliation, email address, mobile phone number, and address. Delegate whose registration is accepted will be informed intermittently.

The Workshop venue has limited capacity. Therefore, please send your papers and registration (without paper presentation) as early as possible. Papers and registration will be accepted based on the relevance of the paper, relating to the focus of the Workshop, prospective participants profile, early registration, diversity of the participants, and other criteria. The organizers reserve the right to change or cancel the program, reject acceptance of paper and registration even after acceptance, depending on the exigencies of the evolving situation. There is no registration fee. All participants have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Help in booking may be provided at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) Hostel, subject to availability.

Publication of Papers

The papers submitted to and presented at the workshop will be published in TIEMS Special Issue Newsletter and also published in TIEMS Library on TIEMS web-site, Selected papers will be considered for publication in The Indian Journal of Social Work, the flagship publication of Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Workshop Venue

The Workshop will be held at NIDM, 5B, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, M.G. Road, New Delhi – 110002. Popularly known as ITO area, which is in downtown.

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission and registration to, with copy to January 30, 2017

Workshop time, day, and date: 10:00 to 17:00 Hrs., Friday, February 10, 2017


Workshop Secretariat is located at:

The Institute of Engineers (India)
Rajasthan State Centre Gandhi Nagar, Tonk Road, Jaipur.302015
Telephone: +91 141 270 0413 / 270 6327

Chairperson: Praveen Jain +91 992 909 8862

The office hours are from 14:00 to 20:00 Hrs., Monday to Saturday Workshop

Secretariat is functioning from Jan. 11 and will close on Feb. 20, 2017

For further details please contact:

Dr. Ritu Raj
Research Associate
National Institute of Disaster Management, (Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India)
5B, IIPA Campus, I.P. Estate, M.G. Road, New Delhi – 110002
Tel.: +91 11 2372 5517,

Dr. Kailash Gupta
Honorary Managing Trustee
The International Emergency Management Society - India Chapter
C 56 Opp. TPS, Shastri Nagar, Jaipur 302 016
Tel.: +91 941 404 7890, +91 141 228 1888,

Workshop Co-Organizers

National Institute of Disaster Management

NIDM came into being under section 42 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, by re- designating National Centre for Disaster Management of Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, which has been working since 1995. NIDM has been assigned nodal responsibilities for human resource development, capacity building, training, higher education, documentation, research, and policy advocacy in the field of disaster management. NIDM is performing a crucial role in bringing disaster risk reduction to the forefront of the national agenda. NIDM has a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working in various aspects of disaster management. The vision of NIDM is to create a disaster resilient India by building the capacity at all levels for disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.

The International Emergency Management Society - India Chapter

TIEMS started in 1993 is registered in Brussels as an international, independent, and not-for-profit voluntary organization of disaster and emergency management professionals ( TIEMS has international network of experts that is valuable for exchanging expertise and experience, and can ensure that culturally appropriate best solutions for disaster management would be used. TIEMS organizes workshops, conferences, and conducts research. TIEMS Newsletter with about 100 pages of contemporary disaster management news, developments, research, events, and incidents is issued three times a year and sent to about 100,000 people around the world. TIEMS has 13 chapters in different countries and regions of the world, including TIEMS–India Chapter, which was registered on April 9, 2015, under the Rajasthan Public Trust Act, 1959. TIEMS-IC proactively and pro bono got Jaipur selected as one of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation, is disaster management partner of world’s largest free Jaipur Literature Festival, and designed and conducted an elective disaster management course for the first time in the fifty year history of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2014-15.

Workshop Supporters

The Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM) was established in 2006 consolidating over 60 years of TISS experience in disaster response. The JTCDM pioneered disaster higher education in India. It is now a School with vision to emerge as a trans-disciplinary academic entity engaged in disaster studies offering quality educational programs, research and extension services. The School seeks to influence disaster discourse, policy and practice through critical thinking based on values of social and environmental justice and equity. It proposes to house The Centre for Disasters and Development, The Centre for Disaster Management, and the Centre for Geo-informatics. The School offers doctoral and masters' programs in disaster management, along with several diploma and certificate programs. All courses are built on synergies between the natural, technological and social sciences and engagements emphasize holistic, people-centered and participatory approaches to disaster management.

Ashoka Innovators for Public

Ashoka is the largest association of social entrepreneurs with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems and a platform for the growing global network of people dedicated to creating an Everyone A Changemaker™ world. Ashoka has changed the framework of the citizen sector, by introducing the notion that there is nothing more powerful than a bold, new idea in the hands of an exceptional entrepreneur. It pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and created opportunities for social entrepreneurs around the world to connect, collaborate, and provide value to one another, multiplying the capacity of each social entrepreneur to improve more lives and to change the world. Since its founding over 36 years ago, Ashoka has selected and supported a fellowship of over 3,500 leading social entrepreneurs worldwide, building a global network spread in more than 70 countries.

The Institution of Engineers (India), Rajasthan State Centre

The Institution of Engineers (India) was established in 1920 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1935. IEI is the largest multi-disciplinary professional body that encompasses 15 engineering disciplines and gives engineers a global platform to share professional interest. IEI provides a vast array of technical, professional and supporting services including R & D to the government, industries, academia and the engineering fraternity, operating from 105 centers located across the country. Successful completion of Section A & B examinations in different engineering disciplines conducts by IEI is considered equivalent to bachelor’s degree in engineering. IEI has 0.7 million members. Rajasthan State Center located at Jaipur, has about 24,000 members of which about 6,000 are corporate members. It has been conducting a large number of technical activities.

Integrated Volunteers Network

Integrated Volunteers Network (IVN) is the network of India volunteers and voluntary organizations, who are committed to help and save the nation with their voluntary efforts to ensure building resilience through voluntarism. IVN secures two human hours of contribution per volunteer per week and 100 human hours per volunteer per year, to save and help the environment in complementing resilient growth of the nation. IVN aims to strategize and plan for developing integrated sustainable development models for communities/villages by factoring global frameworks including Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 and Sustainable Development Goals to local actions. IVN has a mixed group of volunteers in terms of sectoral experience, geographical presence, cast, age, gender, and culture, who are connected with digital platform for cross-cultural learning and sharing of good practices across India to generate a spirit of brotherhood, peace, and harmony.

Center for Development and Disaster Management Support Services

CDDMASS is a not-for-profit company registered under Section 25 of Company Act, 1956. CDMASS is working in strategic gap areas of social development, disaster management, public systems management, and sustainable business practices. CDDMASS work includes district disaster management plans and community resilience strategy for state governments. CDDMASS provides qualitative technical support and strategic management input in the social development and humanitarian sectors with the vision of “to see different pillars of society harnessing their potential to help communities overcome challenges to lead a life with dignity.” The organization aims to bridge the gap between strategy and reality. The organization besides it’s in house core group of experts also has wide Network of Associates that consists of persons of eminence well known both nationally and internationally drawn from various areas of development.

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