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Three districts selected for UNDP-sponsored pilot scheme

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Disaster management techniques broad based

Be alive to challenges: J.Radhakrishnan, Assistant Country Director and Head, Disaster Management, United Nations Development Programme, India, handing over the degree certificate to a student at the graduation day of SASTRA University in Kumbakonam on Sunday. — Photo:M.Srinath
Be alive to challenges: J.Radhakrishnan, Assistant Country Director and Head, Disaster Management, United Nations Development Programme, India, handing over the degree certificate to a student at the graduation day of SASTRA University in Kumbakonam on Sunday. — Photo:M.Srinath

Disaster management techniques is now broad based and schemes have been designed, taking into account prevention and mitigation said J.Radhakrishnan, Assistant Country Director, Disaster Management, United Nations Development Programme, India, here on Sunday.

Central and State governments in association with UNDP were implementing the schemes on a pilot basis in India. The schemes encompassing all aspects of disaster-prevention, forecast, mitigation and relief started taking shape after Tsunami struck India in 2004. The Central government has passed the Disaster Management Act in 2005. “Disaster management is not just confined to providing relief, but preventive measures such as planting of trees along coastline are being taken up ,” Mr.Radhakrishnan said.

Nagapattinam, Udhagamandalam and Thiruvallur districts have been chosen for implementing the schemes on a pilot basis. With respect to urban areas, Tiruchi and Madurai cities have been selected for the pilot project.

Earlier, delivering the graduation day address at SASTRA University here, Mr.Radhakrishnan said intelligence alone is not enough to achieve success.

In the information age, using the available information to ones ability is essential. "Information is pouring in through the net. It is for students to make use of it," he said.

. Failure is not the end of life "One has to keep attempting; I passed my IAS only in the third attempt," Mr.Radhakrishnan said, stressing on the importance of hard work and dedication.

Those who entered colleges were lucky as only 35 per cent of the students in India come to the level of higher education, he said. He cited the example of Abraham Lincoln who became President of America after many failures .

He said that his tenure as Collector of Thanjavur was a turning point in his life. He could see the response of local communities to disasters like Kumbakonam school fire accident and Tsunami in Nagapattinam district where also he served as Collector. "I visited Natham village near Kumbakonam today (Sunday) and saw the children who survived the school fire accident. " He appreciated SASTRA University for providing free education to two children, who survived the fire accident.

Mr.Radhakrishnan conferred degrees on 507 candidates. About 43 candidates received their M.Phil degrees, 79 students received M.Sc and B.Sc degree was conferred on 341 and 44 received B.Ed degrees.

The management gave away Rs.1000 each for first rank holders and Rs.500 for second rank holders as a token of appreciation. R.Sethuraman, Vice-chancellor of SASTRA University, S.Swaminathan, Dean, sponsored research, participated.

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