Sunday, June 05, 2011

Careers in Disaster Management
When a tsunami or any other calamity strikes, these job profiles help save the day. Also, expert advice from Prof Andharia, TISS.
DISASTER management is a strategy to avoid, reduce, manage and overcome any type of catastrophic event that threatens human lives. It is done by identifying potential disasters, man-made or natural, and by creating contingency plans and procedures to be initiated when and if disaster erupts.

Know your domain: A Master's course in disaster management offers a mix of thematic and issue-based courses that deal with aspects such as relationships between environment, livelihood and disasters.

They also include the skills essential for intervention in disasters, as well as their prevention. The programme builds up a multi-disciplinary knowledge base. Students develop expertise in areas such as logistics and supply chain management, public health, information and communication and peace, which are useful in the long run.

Be eligible: The Master's programme needs a Bachelor's degree in any discipline, and correspondence certificate courses need Class 12. Working professionals are eligible for short and long-term courses. An MBA requires at least a year of work experience.
Coastal Area Disaster
Mitigation Efforts (CADME)
Job prospects: There are employment opportunities in government and non-government organisations, as well as consultancy companies. You can also consider a career in research, training and teaching.
For instance, you could work in institutions such as Delhi Disaster Management Authority, State Institute of Disaster Management, Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Research Centre, JTCDM, SVARAJ in Doddaballapur, Kerala and international NGOs like the Red Cross. Large industrial establishments also maintain disaster management cells.

Where to study: "The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) provides short-term courses ranging from one to five days. These programmes are  mainly meant for government officials at mid and senior levels," says Colonel Prabod Pathak of NIDM. "We have  web-based e-learning courses of four and six weeks, in collaboration with The World Bank, Washington," he adds.

The Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management offers a Master's course. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi offers an MBA in Disaster Management. Training is also imparted by The Disaster Management Institute, Madhya Pradesh, All India Disaster Management Institute and Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, among others.
Select courses in Disaster Management
Course fee (Rs)
Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, TISS,Mumbai
MA/ M.Sc in Disaster Management
Bachelor's degree in any discipline
2.33 lakhs (including hostel fees)
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU)
MBA in Disaster
Graduates, students with Master's degree and work experience are preferred
1.6 lakhs

Entry level salaries: They range from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 1 lakh depending on  the sector and job profile. Delhi Disaster Management Authority, a public sector enterprise, for instance, offers a junior executive assistant a consolidated salary of Rs. 20,000.

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