A disaster management course is being planned to exclusively train Defence personnel in the field of Disaster Management in India. But it took several natural disasters like the tsunami, the Gujarat and Kashmir quakes and the Orissa cyclone for educationists to awaken and form a curriculum and put the course in motion. The nine-month diploma in Disaster Management, the first of its kind announced at the second convocation ceremony of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (IP) in Delhi on Wednesday, 28th December will exclusively cater to the training of the defence personnel. The diploma, scheduled to begin from April 2006, is pegged at Rs 25,000 and the first batch will have 60 students. The Defence Ministry will sponsor a major chunk of the fees for their candidates.
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