The inaugural edition of the Prof Jai Krishna Memorial Lecture was organized online by the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. The lecture was delivered by Dr Pramod K. Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India and Sasakawa Laureate for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Special Representative to UN Secretary-General and Head, UNDRR, Mami Mizutori also shared her thoughts. BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairperson, BoG, IIT Roorkee, Dr RK Bhandari and Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Pramod K. Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India and Sasakawa Laureate for Disaster Risk Reduction said, “I am honored to present the first inaugural lecture of Prof Jai Krishna Lecture Series. Prof Jai Krishna was a pioneer in earthquake engineering and a man of extraordinary talent. He laid the foundation of modern earthquake engineering and established the Indian National Academy of Engineering that has stood the test of time.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to learn from the traditional practice of disaster risk management and its relevance in the 21st century. The resolve of Indians to bounce back from events that have caused a lot of human suffering and economic and environmental impact is inspiring.”

He emphasized the need for repurposing capacities from multiple disciplines even research, a calibrated approach to scaling clinical management capacities.

Mami Mizutori, Special Representative to UN Secretary-General and Head, UNDRR said, “I would like to congratulate IIT Roorkee for this initiative. Late Prof Jai Krishna was a giant of earthquake engineering. There is a need to put people at the centre of the narrative as disaster management is not a technical but political issue. Political leaders need to be involved in it as disasters lead to massive human suffering.”