Integration of GIS and Disaster Risk Reduction for a Resilient and Sustainable Community

Integral Unversity Event

Integral University in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, set the stage for an exciting and impactful journey with the commencement of a unique training-cum-workshop on "Integration of GIS and Disaster Risk Reduction for a Resilient and Sustainable Community." This collaborative initiative between the Department of Environmental Science at Integral University and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) Uttar Pradesh kicked off on November 29, 2023, heralding a seven-day international training-cum-workshop extravaganza in hybrid mode.
The inaugural session was nothing short of spectacular, graced by luminaries that added flair and wisdom to the occasion. Lt. Gen. Ravindra Pratap Sahi, the Vice Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (UPSDMA), adorned the event with his presence and delivered an inaugural address that emphasised the pivotal role of environmental consciousness in crafting resilient disaster management strategies for a sustainable future.
Adding to the prestigious lineup was Major General Rajan Kochhar, the Vice Chairman of the National Council of News and Broadcasting and an International Strategic Affairs and Defence Expert. His insightful address during the event's inauguration elevated the occasion, setting the tone for the days ahead.
Brigadier P K Singh, a seasoned consultant at the Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority, brought his wealth of experience to the forefront, stressing the importance of a proactive approach to environmental crises. The event also featured Mr. Shoeb Iqbal, Additional SP and Deputy Commandant of the State Disaster Response Force, who showcased the commendable work being done on the ground and announced an upcoming MoU signing between SDRF and Integral University on December 5th, 2023.
Adding a touch of appreciation from afar, Prof. (Dr.) Anil Gupta, Head of Division, International Cooperation, Director of Projects at the National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, sent a video expressing gratitude to Integral University for organizing such impactful programs during these critical times of increasing disasters.
As the week unfolds, it's not just about GIS and disaster risk reduction; it's a journey towards resilience and sustainability, peppered with insightful addresses, interactive sessions, and a dynamic display of equipment by the SDRF jawans. Integral University, with its commitment to proactive learning, continues to create ripples of positive change in the realm of disaster management.
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Here's to a workshop designed on Stress Management on 28th November by Faculty of Education which was organized for a one-day Capacity Building Workshop on "Stress Management" under the aegis of United Nations Academic Impact Principle-4. The principle-4 was "A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of Higher Education". The workshop was a blend of a theoretical framework as well as hands-on activities to manage "Stress". The resource person for the workshop was Dr. Parul Prasad, Assistant Professor, Career Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Lucknow. The workshop was absolutely amazing and covered all the practical aspects of stress management. We learned how to calculate our own stress levels explored different techniques to deal with stress, and most importantly, discovered how to cope with stress on an individual level.
During the session, all participants engaged in the practice of Progressive Muscle Relaxation Techniques. The process commenced by deliberately tensing and subsequently relaxing the muscles, beginning with the toes and gradually ascending to the neck and head. This was conducted in a serene environment, devoid of any interruptions. The primary emphasis was on the gradual tension and subsequent release of each muscle group. Additionally, participants incorporated a Breathing Exercise, wherein participants familiarised themselves with the calming effects of slow inhalation and exhalation while focusing on the breath. It was truly a remarkable experience!
To sum up, it's to realize that the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another!