An integrated model for effective participation of the State Universities in Disaster Management.
Avhan aims to reduce or avoid the potential losses from hazards, assure prompt and appropriate assistance to victims of disasters, and achieve rapid and effective recovery.
“Chancellor‟s Brigade” Comprising of about 1000 + NSS Volunteers is built out of one platoon (15 boys 10 girls) along with 2 Programme Officers (one male and one Female) from each district to be trained to accept the challenges of natural and manmade disasters, playing complementary role to the Government machinery.
Following are the general areas of basic training imparted in 10 days camp every year in the month of May in one of the Universities identified as host for the year:
Inventory and stock management.
Purchase of consumable, perishable and durable commodities/equipments.
Finance management – costing, accounting, etc.
Liaison with authorities and NGO‟s.
Prevention of theft during disaster
Report writing and reporting
Capacity building for awareness training to the community.
Disposal of Dead bodies.
Study of vulnerable areas in Maharashtra and case studies.
Transit camp management
Use of Social Media
Diagnosis and routine medication
Hygiene and sanitation
Cardiac massage and mouth to mouth respiration
Introduction to medical instruments and gadgets
Introduction to operation theatre and sterilization procedures
Introduction to basic medical laboratory testing
Administration of drugs
Education of masses to face disaster
Stretcher operations and mobilization technique
Distribution and air drops of foods
Rehabilitations and establishing transit camps
Climbing and mountaineering skills
Equipment and instruments handling.
Accidents (Road and Rail)
In the form of Army attachment camp or at an establishment of Home Guards / Civil Defence
During the 12 days camp of Phase-I training, 3 NSS Volunteers will be selected from every district showing excellence in the areas of administration, operations and medical each. They shall be trained in the respective areas further in Phase-II to develop specialized skills enabling each one of them to lead a section of 10 cadets from the respective district contingent of 25 Volunteers. Phase-II training being specialized training will be conducted at 3 different places simultaneously preferably during Diwali vacation for 10 days. A platoon comprising of one leader from each district shall undergo Phase-II specialized training in administration at a place like YASHADA, Pune or in any of the Departments of Management Studies
Management Institutes in the Universities. Similarly, specialized training in medical will be imparted to a platoon comprising of one cadet from each of the districts either in Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik or an establishment of Army / Navy / Air force hospital. A third platoon of cadets representing each district will undergo Phase-II specialized training in operations.
Cadets showing extra ordinary performance in Phase-II training will be encouraged to undergo training in specialized skills preferably during Christmas vacation at Army / Navy / Air force establishments as also at medical colleges of MUHS and YASHADA / Management Institutes.
NSS Volunteers and Programme Officers who have undergone Phase-I training in the previous year shall be invited to undergo refresher training every year for at least 3 days at the host University conducting Phase-I training.
The NSS Volunteers who have undergone at least Phase-I training shall conduct awareness campaigns, demonstrations and mock trials in the colleges and the community at large within their districts in collaboration with NSS Volunteers and other students with a view to prepare the community mentally and psychologically to face the disaster situation with right spirit and proper actions minimizing damage.
Short films and spot advertisements could be prepared with the help of Mass Media students and the Disaster Management Cell, Government of Maharashtra for awareness of masses since the first responder is the common man present at the spot who should react properly. This would not only curtail the occurrence of man- made disasters but will also bring down the causality, if disaster occurs.
Training Programme Organized So Far
2007 : Shivaji University, Kolhapur
2008 : Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek, Dist.-Nagpur
2009 : Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad
2010 : University of Mumbai, Mumbai
2011 : Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Solapur University, Solapur
2012 : Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
2013 : Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded
2014 : Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur
2015 : S.N.D.T. Women's University, Mumbai
2016 : Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
2017 : Shivaji University, Kolhapur
2018 : Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad
2019 : Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded
2020 : Not Organized due to Covid Pandemic Condition
2021 : Not Organized due to Covid Pandemic Condition
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