About the Course



It is a basic e-learning course that offers awareness and understanding about natural hazards, helps identify regions with high vulnerability with respect to various hazards (earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, floods, etc.) and specifies district-wise level of damage risks to the existing housing stock. the e-course will be a tool for effective & efficient disaster mitigation & management in the field of architecture, civil engineering, urban & regional planning, housing & infrastructure planning, construction engineering & management and building & materials research.

With its vast territory, large population and diverse geo-climatic conditions, indian sub-continent is exposed to natural catastrophes historically.  natural hazards which can be broadly classified into geophysical hazards (earthquakes, landslides & tsunamis), hydrological hazards (floods), meteorological hazards (cyclones, storm surges), and climatological hazards (thunderstorms) are common occurrence in India. While the vulnerability varies from region to region, a large part of the country is exposed to such natural hazards which often turn into disasters causing significant disruption of socio-economic life of communities leading to loss of life and property.

BMTPC in its endeavour towards disaster mitigation and management has published Vulnerability Atlas of India in 1997, 2006 and 2019. the third edition of the Vulnerability Atlas of India includes hazard maps of earthquakes, wind, cyclones, floods, landslides, thunderstorms and housing vulnerability risk tables based on available latest data from IMD, GSI, SOI, Census, CWC and BIS. The Atlas is unique and a resource material to help in enhancing preparedness of governments and all stakeholders in mitigating natural disasters. the Atlas is a useful tool not only for public but also for urban managers and national and state authorities dealing with disaster mitigation and management.

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, released the third edition of Vulnerability Atlas of India on the occasion of Global Housing Technology Challenge - India (GHTC-India), Construction Technology India 2019 Expo-cum-Conference on 2nd March, 2019 at New Delhi organized by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. Through the atlas;

       The state and union territory governments can identify the districts vulnerable to severe disaster scenario and those with multi-hazard situations requiring priority action in future planning, formulating integrated mitigation policies.

       The disaster manager of the district can easily determine the location and percent of area of the district most susceptible to hazard occurrences, the probable maximum hazard intensities, the type and number of housing units existing in the district and the risk to them from the hazards.

       A householder can use the maps to locate himself in his district boundary and find the intensity of earthquake or wind hazard applicable to his locality. he can also find if his place is prone to floods or storm surge from the sea. From his district table, he can find for himself the level of risk that exists to the type of his own house. He can also find the landslide and thunderstorm incidences in his area.

In order to create disaster resilient society, an urgent need was felt to bring about a massive awareness amongst different key stakeholders who wish to avail themselves with current knowledge of disaster mitigation and preparedness and also who want to keep themselves abreast with the latest knowledge.


The objectives of this e-learning programme are:

       To orient the public and strategic stakeholders about the content and application of the Vulnerability Atlas of India

       To bring about informed safe practices in the field of architecture, civil engineering, construction engineering and management, building and materials research, urban & regional planning and housing & infrastructure planning.

       Use of Vulnerability Atlas of India for design of buildings, towers, structures, etc., and to identify regions with high vulnerability against various hazards, (viz. earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, floods, etc.) for disaster mitigation.


The curriculum covers the concept of vulnerability, and the vulnerability atlas, understanding geological hazards e.g. earthquakes & landslides, vulnerability to wind related hazards, flood hazards, housing vulnerability risk tables and use of the vulnerability atlas.

Target Group   

•   Individuals who wish to keep themselves abreast with knowledge about various hazards, vulnerability & disaster mitigation measures, in order to be better prepared.

•   Students/faculty/practitioners/researchers of urban and regional planning, civil engineering and architecture colleges or any other allied disciplines 

•   Public/private professionals working in the area of housing & infrastructure sector e.g. road, rail, aviation, ports, etc.

•   Defence/central armed police forces involved in civil engineering projects

•   Officials of national/state disaster management authorities

•   Central/state/local government officials

•   Members of consulting organisations

•   Members of civil society organisations

Expected Outcome

•   Basic understanding of vulnerability

•   About vulnerability atlas of india

•   Identify and relate to various natural hazards

•   Find the seismic zone of an area

•   Relate with msk intensity zone ii (msk vi or less), zone iii (msk vii), zone iv (msk viii) & zone v (msk ix or more)

•   Find the wind velocity of an area

•   Find whether an area is flood prone

•   Understand probable maximum precipitation

•   Understanding landslides, thunderstorms, tsunamis

•   Find seismic zone, wind velocity and flood proneness of an area and probable storm surge heights

•   Identify cyclone prone districts and other related data such as cyclonic storms and severe cyclonic storms,

•   Assess the damage risk level of your house as per district table of your area


       Admission to the e-course shall be online only.

       Applicants need to apply for the e-course by depositing course fee and filling up the application form.

  The fee is Rs.1000 per participant (Rs.500 for students) (one-time, non-refundable). Payments to be made using bank transfer/NEFT/RTGS only.

     After submission of duly filled-in online form, an email will be generated to applicant regarding successful submission of application form.

       After verification of the details and course fee by administrator, an email will be sent to applicant containing user id and machine generated password.

       Applicant is advised to change the password immediately.

Bank details for payment of course fee through NEFT/RTGS:

Account name


Name of bank

Canara Bank

Branch address

Parliament Street branch, New Delhi

Type of account


Account no.


Bank IFSC code


Submit the fee Bank transfer/NEFT/RTGS and note the following fee payment details before proceeding further for registration:

bank name :                                      utr no. :

payment date :                                 amount paid : 


The e-course will help individuals to comprehend and move at their own pace. there are no restrictions on duration of the course. there will be multiple choice questions (MCQ) based self-assessment after each module.  In case an individual is not able to score satisfactorily in a particular module, applicant is encouraged to re-read the module and go through self-assessment again. At the end of the course, there will be final examination which will again be MCQ based. An applicant will get maximum 3 attempts to complete the final examination. If an applicant fails after 3 attempts, applicant will have to go through the course again from the beginning. On successful completion of the course, a self-generated digital certificate will be awarded to the applicant.

Course Material

The basic course material has been extracted from the Vulnerability Atlas of India and BMTPC’s other published documents. also, the websites of international and national organizations working in the areas of disaster mitigation and management along with NDMA, NIDM, BIS standards, etc. have been referred. The course has been designed and prepared by BMTPC jointly with SPA New Delhi and SEEDS India who works in the areas of disaster relief and rehabilitation, environment sustainability, education, skilling, etc.