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Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, professor selected for Netaji award

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's statue installed at India Gate in New Delhi, to mark his 125th birth anniversary. (PTI)Premium
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's statue installed at India Gate in New Delhi, to mark his 125th birth anniversary. (PTI)

  • For their excellent work in Disaster Management, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management and Professor Vinod Sharma have been selected for the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2022
  • The award is announced every year on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday announced that the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management and professor Vinod Sharma have been selected for the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2022 for their work in Disaster Management.

While the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management has been selected in the institutional category and professor Sharma in the individual category. The award is announced every year on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

They will be conferred with the award, along with the awardees of the year 2019, 2020 and 2021, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the investiture ceremony, to be held this evening to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) made the announcement informing that the award for the two categories has been chosen among 243 valid nominations received from institutions and individuals.

To recognize and honour the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organizations in India in the field of disaster management, the government of India has instituted an annual award known as Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.

The award carries a cash prize of 51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and 5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.

For the award this year, the MHA said, nominations were solicited from July 1, 2021, onwards. The award scheme for the year 2022 was given wide publicity through print, electronic and social media.

"For the year 2022, (i) Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (in the Institutional category) and (ii) Professor Vinod Sharma (in the Individual category) have been selected for the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for their excellent work in Disaster Management," said the MHA.

Established in 2012, the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) has been working to enhance the disaster risk reduction (DRR) capacity of Gujarat. Through a series of strategically designed capacity building programs, GIDM has trained more than 12,000 professionals on diverse issues concerning multi-hazard risk management and reduction during the pandemic.

Some recent key initiatives include the development of a user-friendly Gujarat Fire Safety Compliance Portal, and the development of a Mobile App Technology-based Advanced COVID-19 Syndromic Surveillance (ACSyS) system to complement the COVID-19 surveillance efforts of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project.

However, a senior professor at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and Vice-Chairman of the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Vinod Sharma was the founder coordinator of the National Centre of Disaster Management, now known as the National Institute of Disaster Management.

He has worked tirelessly towards bringing disaster risk reduction (DRR) to the forefront of the national agenda.

His pioneering work in DRR in India gave him international recognition and he is a resource person to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) and all Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs) for disaster management.

As Vice Chairman of the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, he has made Sikkim a model State in implementing DRR, whilst initiating panchayat level preparedness plans, linking climate change and DRR. (ANI)

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