The Andhra Pradesh government paid an immense tribute to beloved former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam through a series of announcements and upcoming projects in the state.
After the sudden demise of ‘The Missile Man’ last month, both the houses of the AP legislature observed a two-minute silence in his memory at the start of the assembly session on Monday. Further Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced naming the upcoming IIT in Ongole after the former President.
The move aims to inspire young minds by citing Dr. Kalam’s services to the nation. For promoting exceptional talent in the state, Naidu also announced naming ‘Pratibha Pruskar’ after Kalam. To souvenir Kalam’s memories, he also declared installing his statue in Nagarjuna University.
Naidu said, “When Dr. Kalam passed away, the state government rather than declaring a holiday asked all employees to work for an extra hour to honour Kalam’s wish.” Recently authorities in Delhi renamed Aurangzeb Road to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Marg to pay tribute to the late visionary scientist.
The Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati, Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi and Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru have collaborated to develop a climate change vulnerability assessment for the Indian Himalayan region using a common framework, it was announced on Thursday.
The assessment exercise is unique because for the first time all 12 Himalayan states have used a common framework resulting in the production of comparable state-level and within state, district-level vulnerability maps.
Such comparable vulnerability assessments are useful for the governments, implementers, decision makers, funding agencies and development experts to gain a common understanding on vulnerability, enabling them to assess which state is more vulnerable, what has made them vulnerable and how they might address these vulnerabilities.
The framework and the results were presented here at a national workshop on ‘Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for States and the Union Territories Using a Common Framework’ organised by IIT-Guwahati and IIT-Mandi with support from IISc Bengaluru, the Department of Science and Technology and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The 12 states are Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, hilly districts of West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
Highlighting impact of the project, Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said: “The adaptation to climate change is a collaborative effort between appropriate use of technology, a vision that produces policies, a change at ground level and engaging the local communities.”
“These vulnerability maps will play a crucial role in this effort.”
Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director IIT-Mandi, said: “Being situated in the Himalayan region, IIT-Mandi is proud to be a part of this vulnerability assessment exercise and a leader in technology in this region.”
Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy Tamara Mona said: “Switzerland, like India, has a long experience in facing the potential opportunities and risks. Swiss national policy for climate change adaptation has been complemented by local government strategies, based on detailed and locally anchored risks assessment, maps and preparedness, plans and actions.” (IANS)