Aligarh: “There is a need for the construction of earthquake resistant buildings as various natural as well as man-made hazards have become a common occurrence” said Prof Tariq Mansoor while presiding over the inaugural session of the online short term course on “Disaster Management and its Mitigation”.
The two-day online course has been organised by the Department of Civil Engineering, Z H College of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-III).
Prof Mansoor said the country is currently facing the Corona Pandemic and the financial crisis due to it; therefore experts need to disseminate scientific knowledge through online digital mode.
Earlier, in his opening remark, Prof Abdul Baqi, Chairperson and Coordinator of the Short Term Course, highlighted the achievements of the Department. He said the disaster management is the need of hour and the department will be in the forefront to provide solutions and consultancy in the area of earthquake resistance design and testing of the structures.
Prof M M Sufyan Beg, Principal, Z H College of Engineering & Technology, highlighted the achievements of the college and congratulated the Department of Civil Engineering for being in the forefront of organizing such important courses. He also said India has been traditionally vulnerable to disasters on the account of its unique geo-climatic conditions. Floods, drought, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides have been recurrent phenomena, therefore, disaster risk reduction measures are required to build a more disaster resilient society.
Prof Pervez Mustajab, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, said disasters are an acute threat to the global development. He further said that given these circumstances, global efforts on disaster risk reduction are needed and all the relevant stake holders have to ensure that the disasters do not derail sustainable development and poverty alleviations.
Prof Rehan A Khan, coordinator of the programme introduced the theme of the course.
Dr Parvez Mahmood Khan, Director, Prof. M N Farooqui Computer Center, AMU, was the Technical Coordinator. Organizing secretary of the workshop Dr Rizwan A Khan proposed the vote of thanks.
Mr Zaid Mohammad and Mr M Moinul Haq were the co-organising secretaries of the programme.