As per International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), it has been observed that over 5 million people were killed or affected in the last 10 years and a huge amount of economic losses occurred due to the natural disaster. The exponential increase in economic losses associated with natural hazards in the developing countries poses a major obstacle to development.
The statistics for the last 30 years clearly show that Asia is the most disaster-afflicted region in the world, accounting for about 90% of all those affected by disasters, and more than 50% of the total fatalities and economic losses.
Shridhar University Pilani celebrated the 44th Engineers Day by organizing a talk to the students and faculty in the lecture theatre of the university. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof BR Natarajan welcomed the invited expert for the occasion Prof Rajiv Gupta who is presently Dean of Engineering Services Division at Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani to trigger the celebrations with a novel e lamp lighting. Prof Natarajan spoke on the life history of Sir Visvesvaraya and gave an overview of the theme for this year celebrations.
Prof Rajiv Gupta starting with the World Health Organization – WHO definition of disaster gave both the global aspects as well as the Indian scenario on disaster mitigation. For engineering preparedness, he laid particular emphasis on application of technology including GIS, GPS etc for facing the challenges. Using various maps, Prof Rajiv highlighted the various disaster prone zones in India based on earthquake, flood, drought and cyclone occurrences.
After an interesting question answer session, Prof Natarajan thanked Prof Rajiv and gave a memento on behalf of Shridhar University for accepting the invitation to enlighten the proceedings.
For more details about Shridhar University Pilani see http://www.shridharuniversity.ac.in
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About Shridhar University: An initiative of the Sarvhit Trust, Shridhar University Pilani has been established under Section 2(f) of UGC Act 1956 incorporated by Government of Rajasthan vide Ordinance No. 3 of 2009 and the same ratified by the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly vide Act No. 4 of 2010 as The SHRIDHAR UNIVERSITY ACT BIGODNA, JHUNJHUNU. Further, Vide letter F.No 8-3/2010(CPP-