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A Sociological Study on the Emergence and Growth of Disaster Education in India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Sociology, Silver Jubilee Campus, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (1), Pages 81-85, January,14 (2015)

Abstract

A disaster is an unpredictable disruption of a smooth functioning of the society that causes the widespread human, material, or environmental losses which exceed the ability of the affected society to cope using only its own resources. Owing to having a better preparation against this situation, the government of India in its tenth five year plan implemented a special course (Disaster Education) in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Disaster education refers to the transformation of knowledge and the facilitation of understanding regarding the management of hazards and disasters; specifically, recognition of natural and human-induced hazards and reduction of vulnerability. Although, it has been a decade passed on to this particular education’s incorporation in CBSE, it is found that the majority of the people of India who are living in the village areas remain oblivious about it. Hence, the present study is an attempt to portray the emergence and growth of disaster education and the institutional initiatives taken by the central and local level.

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