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MBA programme on Disaster Management, a momentous event

The Tribune , Sunday, January 01, 2006
 
Perhaps the single most significant event at GGIS this year was the launch of a two-year MBA programme on Disaster Management which runs on weekends. Interestingly, this much-needed programme caters mostly to professionals, government servants and persons working in the multilateral sector who have taken admission to upgrade their skills.
 
GGIS’s attempt via this programme has been to transform current response-oriented efforts at disaster management to one of prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Further, in an effort to create synergy on this subject, the university has gone in for a thorough and multidisciplinary training to help manage disaster. In addition to the newly created Centre For Disaster Management Studies (CDMS), the university has also involved other schools like the University School of Environment Management, the School of Management Studies, School of Information Technology and the School of Law and Legal Studies. Moreover, the university has placed at the disposal of students participating in this course state-of-the-art facilities like Remote Sensing and GIS Labs, IT labs and communication labs.
 
Vice-Chancellor K.K. Aggarwal informed The Tribune sometime back that, “the Disaster Management course that we have started very recently is the first course of its kind to have been started in India. Disaster Management is a very inter-disciplinary programme and we felt that this is a subject by itself. We felt that many diverse aspects have to be covered under this such as law, communication in the face of disaster, medicine, etc.”
 
Other than disaster-management, researchers at GGIS are making an attempt to push the frontiers of science forward in the sphere of stem cell research. The man behind this work is, Prof. K. Kannan, and his faithful band of students. Kannan and his team’s research centres around what they describe as the ‘mother of all cells,’ Ubiquitin. This group is neckdeep in some major path-breaking research on this molecule and its functions. A brief digression into what Ubiquitin essentially is becomes necessary at this point. Ubiquitin is a protein made of 76 Amino acids and is known for its ‘scavenging functions’. It is known to tag proteins for degradation, processing, trafficking and sorting, all inter-cellular processes. However, Prof Kannan has gone ahead and proved that Ubiquitin is not merely a scavenging protein “but one of the most fundamental molecules which has a role in the life-renewing processes.”
 
Most of the work currently on at GGIS university directed by Kannan has been on this new role that is Ubiquitin’s key function, one of life giving and not mere scavenging.