Disaster Research Training and Management Centre
Disaster Research Training and Management Centre (DRTMC) was set up in May 1989. The Centre provides an interdisciplinary forum for (i) conducting scientific research and professional training in the field of disaster management, (ii) disseminating knowledge through published materials and seminars, (iii) assisting the government to develop disaster- related curriculum and manpower and (iv) extending professional service to policy makers, particularly to those who are dealing with disaster management in Bangladesh. A Management Council comprising 25 members from within and outside the university bears the overall responsibility for the management of the Centre.
One of the major functions of the centre is to maintain a current inventory of disaster situations, the needs created in such areas, the nature, magnitude and effectiveness of assistance delivery and the longer term rehabilitation and reconstruction requirements of affected areas.
The centre designed and implemented a series of short extension courses and training, seminars dealing with various aspects of disaster forecasting and early warning systems, disaster mitigation and management and long term reconstruction and rehabilitation strategies. Such courses help government personnel response and non-governmental agencies involved in disaster assistance. The center also helps in developing appropriate communication strategies for village level self-help hazard mitigation activities, and also developing close interaction with non-governmental agencies active in disaster, prone areas.
Besides providing grants for research scholars, the Centre provides financial support to the students of Dhaka University for doing research mostly on disaster related topics.
DRTMC publishes a newsletter named Duryogbarta half yearly, containing research based articles.