1000 teachers of Chandigarh imparted training in disaster management

Y.S.Rana | April 07, 2019 12:06 PM

CHANDIGARH: One thousand teachers of government, private and public schools of Chandigarh have been imparted training in disaster management. The Department of Education and Regional Institute of English (RIE) jointly held 10 (three-day) workshops on disaster management for school teacher under the National School Safety Programme from October last.

Rubinderjit S Brar, Director, Higher Education, Chandigarh, said that the department has a target to impart such training to 6000 teachers.  He further revealed that the department would also provide such training to all school managements.

The 3-day workshop focuses on disaster response, recovery and capacity building. Coping strategies for emergencies such as first aid; evacuation; psychological care and survival skills are being taught, says he. Mr Brar further revealed that trainees could also enroll themselves in RIE created groups in Google Classroom. It was a forum to distribute materials related to disaster management such as Websites, handouts, videos, films etc,

 Soon the department will release a ‘Disaster Preparedness Newsletter’ consisting of details about the training, photo gallery,  important WebSites and emergency helpline numbers in Chandigarh.  

 Bikram Rana, SLO, Chandigarh NSS Cell, said that these workshops were being held by the 7th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force, Bathinda supported by deputy commissioner office disaster management and experts from the education department in the field. Mr Rana also revealed that the effort of the education department received rousing response and testimonials of the participants.

 Mukhtar Hussain a teacher from Kargil, J and K came to RIE for some other purpose fascinated by the training has shown his willingness to undergo such training. He was provided 3-day training.  “It is quite good and beneficial. I learn a lot about pre and post precautions and preventive measures disaster management and all praises for providing him such an opportunity,” says he.

 A.S Virk, chief administrative officer, Chitkara School, said that training should be mandatory for all government employees and it should be reflected in the annual performance reports.

The central funds for disaster management are released in instalments after physical and financial progress reports. There is separate budget for union territories (UTs) and made in demand grants of the Ministry Home Affairs

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