Pune : Soon, selected students from city colleges will be at the forefront tackling disastrous situations, like natural calamities, floods, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and major road accidents.
As many as 100 students, who are part of National Service Scheme (NSS) across colleges affiliated to University of Pune, recently underwent extensive training along with another 2,000 students from across the state at Nagpur University.
The hands-on training was given to the students from the various colleges by the professional trainers of National Disastrous Response Force.
As per the information given by the Director of Board of Students Welfare, Dr Pandit Shelke, since there are three districts like Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar, which come under University of Pune, and some 100 students were chosen from each college and sent to Nagpur. Speaking about the objective of the initiative called ‘Avvhan’ (Challenge), he said that the state govern ment wants to empower students with professional training on disaster management and enable them to handle any situation.
There were students represented from each district and after this extensive training, students will be now go back to their own district and train other students to make a big force.
“The information of these trained students will be given to the district authorities like Collectorate and and Municipal Commissioner’s office so that if there is any untoward incident in the city, these students will be summoned to handle the situation along with civic authorities,” he said. At the end of the training sessions, students from the varsity bagged the best team award from the NDRF.