Disaster Management as a Compulsory Subject

Disaster Management

Odisha Govt has decided to teach “Environmental Studies and Disaster Management” as a compulsory subject during the first year in all the colleges.

Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo @dr_arunsahoo, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Higher Education, Govt. of Odisha twitted last Friday and informed “As per Cabinet decision on 29.05.21 and direction of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha State Higher Education Council has prepared a new course “Environmental Studies and Disaster Management” for +3 1st year Arts, Science and Commerce students from this year as Compulsory Subject.

Dr. Sahool informed that the course was developed based on the Cabinet’s decision in May 2021 and under the direction of Hon’ble Chief Minister, and Odisha State Higher Education Council.

We think that this is a very good decision as in the past Odisha has faced severe cyclones. How can we forget the year 1999 when a super cyclone ravaged parts of Odisha, taking the lives of more than 10,000 people? And recently on 26th May Cyclone Yaas hit the state, however, because of their preparedness was successful in containing the damage.


  • Disaster Management: It can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, response, and recovery to lessen the impact of disasters. (Credit: ifrc.org)

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Disaster (Scrabble Score: 9): a sudden accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life (Oxford Dictionary)

Environment (Scrabble Score: 16): The sum of all the things that exist around some organism or the process and the condition those things create. The environment may refer to the weather and ecosystem in which some animal lives, or, perhaps, the temperature and humidity (or even the placement of things in the vicinity of an item of interest). (Credit: sciencenewsforstudents.org)

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