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 and regional planning, housing and infrastructure planning and disaster management.
  • 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.

General Information 

  • Applicants can register and log on to the e-course from anywhere at any time.
  • Course does not require any face to face discussion or physical appearance in the examination.
  • Course is beneficial for those who are not able to attend physically or do not have sufficient time to attend programmes in training centres.
  • 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.

There will be six contact programmes for enrolled applicants who have successfully completed the e-course in one year, (one at SPA, New Delhi and five other at designated incubation centres of GHTC-India at IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee & NEIST Jorhat/CBRI Roorkee), during which certificate will be delivered in a programme. Candidates will have option to choose any place suiting their convenience. 


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