A very critical and strategical area, Disaster or Emergency management deals with the organizational management processes under any emergency situation, natural or man made, that can affect the working or property of an organization and create a disaster. The branch involves the planning and use of resources and structure of the organization in such a way that can protect the staff, the economy, or the ethics of the establishment in the best possible way.
Various educational programs have been formed under this category, like, M.A. or M.Sc in Disaster Management, Certificate Program, PG Diploma Program, M.Phil and PhD. in Disaster Management. You can apply for the course after finishing your graduation, from any stream, though there are different cut offs for eligibility in different colleges.
There are online as well as regular courses available for this subject. The various entrance exams conducted by different colleges, offering the course are,
- NIDM, National Institute of Disaster management,
- TISS, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
- IGNOU, Indira Gandhi National Open University,
- DMI, Disaster Management Institute.
The students must possess a zest for social welfare, good communication skills, affective thinking and analytical skills. The entrance is followed by a personal interview round as well. For entrance you should study General Knowledge books, popular and current disaster news, strategical analysis and reasoning.
The future prospects of Disaster management are in both, professional as well as academic spheres. You can go for a PhD. And go into teaching area, or you can work for national, international sectors, who work for disaster relief programs. Various sectors that provide jobs in this area are, aviation, medicine,law, drought management departments, fire departments, insurance, mining, chemicals and petroleum industries. Engineers can work for designing fire and quake resistant buildings. There are also organizations who work globally, like, UNESCO, United Nations, Red Cross, World Bank.