At a time when natural disasters seem to rock the country and a state disaster management department sits on the mandatory formation of task forces for months, its high time students take up the cudgels themselves.
Pupils from BIT-Mesra, one of the prestigious varsities of the state, exactly did that. They set an example during a two-day training programme on disaster management on the cradle premises on August 24 and 25.
Organised by members of Environmental Protection and Awareness Club of BIT-Mesra, the risk reduction programme was held in association with Patna-based All-rounders’ Adventure club.
A senior official of the varsity said the Patna club offered extensive training to the students to fight crisis situation.
As many as 12 mentors, including four girls, coached around 100-odd students.
Highlighting some of the learning, professor in-charge of the cradle Kirti Abhishek said: “Skills like evacuation during Uttarakhand flood-like situation, landslides, earthquakes et al were taught during the sessions.”
Students, on the other hand, displayed courage when their feet did not tremble while they learnt rappelling, monkey crawling, commando net, commando bridge, Burma bridge, ladder bridge and valley crossing.
Extra precautions were taken to ensure safety of all the participants. And, none suffered even a scratch during the two-day training.
“Proper harness was given to each student and all the tasks were first tried and exhibited by the club members to doubly ensure the safety quotient of the tasks. These kinds of activities help students overcome their fears and be prepared for emergency situations,” said president of the cradle’s environmental club Akash Raj.
“BIT-Mesra always promotes these kinds of events. This is the second time that such an activity has been organised on campus, thanks to the club’s initiative,” said Vinay Sharma, dean of students’ welfare.
“We, as an environmental club, always try to go beyond academics and encourage natural activities,” Raj added.