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What is Disaster Management?

Disaster management is the art or process of dealing with natural and manmade disasters. It is to be prepared to tackle the situation in order to lessen the impact of natural calamities and wars, terrorism and emergency situations. Disaster management teaches us to be quick in responding to the problem at hand and recover above the disaster as soon as one can.

Skills Required 

  • Work under pressure
  • Utilisation of resources
  • Quick response
  • Planning and managing
  • Understanding and assessment
  • Communication
  • Initiative
  • Co-operation
  • Adaptability
  • Concern for others

What are the Entrance Exams to be undertaken to get admission in Disaster Management course?

  • NIDM Entrance Exam
  • TISS Entrance Exam
  • IGNOU Entrance exam

Where to Study?

  • Top Indian institues:
  • Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics, Pune
  • National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi
  • Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management (JTCDM), Mumbai
  • CEIT- IGNOU Community College, Srinagar
  • Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal
  • Top International Institutes:
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison: Disaster Management Centre (Wisconsin, USA)
  • University of Copenhagen (Denmark, Europe)
  • Conventry University (London, UK)
  • Bournemouth University (London, UK)
  • Kingston University (London, UK)

Courses and Eligibility

Certificate in Disaster Management
Duration – Six months

Eligibility – Open to students who have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination.

MA/MSC in Disaster Management

Duration – One year

Eligibility – Open to students who have passed graduation examination in any stream

Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management
Duration – One year
Eligibility – Open to students who have passed graduation examination in any stream

M.Phil in Disaster Management
Duration – One year
Eligibility – Open to students who have passed graduation examination in any stream

Job Profile

A personal can look at these various job profiles after completing his/her disaster management course

  • Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
  • Disaster Preparedness Specialist
  • Emergency Management Program Specialist
  • Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director)
  • Emergency Planner
  • Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist
  • Emergency Response Team Leader
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Emergency Services Program Coordinator
  • Hazard Mitigation Officer, etc.


Employment Opportunities

There are ample opportunities for employment in the disaster management sector as manforce is always needed to fight sudden situations. One can work in the following areas:

  • National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • SAARC Disaster Management Centre, NIDM Building, New Delhi.
  • National Disaster Management Authority, Near Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
  • Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi.
  • India Meteorological Department, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.
  • Centre of Disaster Management, HCMRIPA, JLN Marg, Jaipur.
  • Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), Gurgaon.
  • Ambedkar Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh.
  • Shri Krishna Institute of Public Administration, Ranchi.
  • G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Nainital, Uttarakhand.
  • Disaster Management Centre, Bhopal.
  • Disaster Mitigation Institute, Ahmedabad.
  • Centre for Disaster Management, Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Dwarka

Person with great experience can earn upto 1,50,000 per month. 

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