From the current academic session of 2015-16, the prestigious educational institute Jamia Milia Islamia is going to start a diploma course in disaster management. It was made public by a statement issued by the university. The course initiated by the university would be available for attainment by all the students in the university studying in any of the streams.
Keeping in light of the recent disastrous earthquake that hit both Nepal and some parts of India quite bad, the university has also proposed to develop a model corridor in the Himalayas. This corridor would be used as a practical training site for the students who could come to know in depth about the various natural disasters such as landslides, avalanches, cloud-bursts, floods and many others. These calamities have exceeded in the past decade due to the enormous change in the climate all over the world and are affecting the lives of many.
According to the Vice Chancellor of Jamia, Talat Ahmad, who himself holds a position of an eminent earth scientist has said that there should be a group of scientists who should come together to study the affected areas of Nepal and its neighboring regions in India, so that they can carry a scientific study of the calamity and set future plans to prevent or make adjustments for the same for the time to come. Following the Kedarnath Disaster where cloud bursts and massive flood took toll of many lives, a group of earth scientists led by Ahmad had done extensive research in the Western Himalayas. The research was conducted by Map the Neighborhood in Uttarakhand (MANU) in accordance with the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. He has urged the central government to carry a similar study to undergo the reasons and analysis of the recent earthquake in Nepal.