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Centre for Disaster Management

Napaam, Tezpur - 784 028, Sonitpur, Assam





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The state Assam is situated in the North-Eastern region of India, longitude 880 25/ to 960 East and latitude 240 50/ to 280 North, covering an area of 78,438 sq km. The population of Assam is approximately 26,655,528 as per 2001 census, with density 340 per sq km. Assam is surrounded by Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. 

The state consists of two major valleys, Brahmaputra valley and Barak valley, divided by Karbi and Cachar hills. Assam comprises of 27 districts  

Tinsukia Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Sonitpur, Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Marigaon, Darrang, Kamrup Rural, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, North Cachar Hills, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Kamrup Metropolitan, Baksa, Odalguri and Chirang.

Major sources of revenue of Assam are tourism, tea and oil based industries. Agriculture is the prime livelihood option for majority of population. Known for its abundance of natural resources, the state is also equally prone to different natural hazards due to its geographical location, heavy rainfall, complex topography and drainage system. Carrying capacity of main outlet of the state, Brahmaputra River, has been decreasing day by day due to heavy sediment transport from upper catchment areas. Now it is one of the major concerns of the state, because this has been directly contributing the unceasing flood problem of Assam and lateral expansion of Brahmaputra and its tributaries.


The Centre for Disaster Management of Tezpur University, Sonitpur, Assam was established in 1997 with the objectives to conduct trainings, conferences and workshops; teach courses in diploma programme; conduct case studies and research; prepare documentation etc.  Till 2002, the centre had been receiving fund from NDM division of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India under a central sector scheme. The scheme of NDM has subsequently been transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India during 2002. At present the centre is working under School of Management Sciences of Tezpur University and receiving fund from Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India through National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi.

The centre has been conducting Training Programmes on different aspects of Disaster Management either independently or in association with other organizations. The centre has also been providing technical supports to other organizations to conduct training programmes and other activities on Disaster Management.

During 23 - 26 April, 1998 the centre organized an International Conference on Disaster Management. It was attended by high level state and central government officials; academicians, researchers and senior management professionals from 13 different countries. The proceedings of the conference is published by the Tezpur University in book form.

The staff of the centre are being nominated by the university time to time for advance trainings in India and abroad. The Centre for Disaster Management is also engaged in teaching a course on Disaster Management in the Post-Graduate Diploma Programme on Tourism Management of Tezpur University.

Two reports on   "Flood Hydrogeomorphology and Flood Hazard of 1998 : A case study of Sonitpur District, Assam, India" and  "Flood Hazard, Flood Damage and Disaster Risk Assessment of Sonitpur District, Assam, India" were prepared by the Centre and submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and cooperation, Govt. of India. 

The centre published a research article on Risk Assessment of Sonitpur District, Assam with Special Reference to Jia Bharali River in the Jharkhand Journal of Development and Management Studies during 2008 ? 09.

A meeting of river experts from IIT, Roorkee; IIT, Guwahati and other organizations was convened during 26 - 28 August, 2007 for short and long time protective measures of disastrous flood and bank line erosion of Jia Bharali river. Based on recommendations of the experts a project of Rs. 23 crores has been prepared by the Water Resources Department of Govt of Assam in collaboration with the centre and submitted to MHRD, Govt. of India and UGC.

The Centre for Disaster Management in association with Dept. of Environmental Science, Tezpur University and North East Network, Guwahati organised a one day workshop on Ecosystem Approach to Address Natural Resource Management in the Rural Context on 21st February, 2009.

The Centre for Disaster Management in association with Civil Defense Department of Sonitpur District has been conducting Awareness Programmes and Mock Drill on Disaster Response at different places of Sonitpur District.

Tezpur University published a Handbook on Disaster Management, compiled by the Centre for Disaster Management