1st Floor, Geology Building (Curzon Hall Campus), University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
The department of Disaster Science & Management at The University of Dhaka was established in 2012 with an aim to promote symbiosis of scientific knowledge & indigenous practices to materialize the paradigm shift of international disaster management in Bangladesh. University of Dhaka, one of the top 100 universities in Asia, is the oldest and largest university in Bangladesh. It has nearly 33,000 students and 1800 faculty members. The main purpose of the University is to create new areas of knowledge and disseminate this knowledge for the grater welfare of society. The Department of Disaster Science and Management under the faculty of Earth & Environmental Sciences is one of the emerging departments of this university.
Bangladesh is one of the disaster prone countries of the world and it faces several types of hazards every year. Despite the relentless progress in poverty reduction and balanced economic growth for a decade, development of the country remains in face of severe threats from natural disasters. According to conservative estimations of UNISDR, annually 14 percent of GDP of Bangladesh gets exposed to disasters. The country has suffered an annual loss of 1.8% of the GDP due to natural disasters. The economic loss from disasters, as the research findings of Asian Development Bank (ADB) has demonstrated, will rise to 2% of GDP by 2050 and 9% by the end of this century. Therefore it is a matter of utmost concern of adopting and applying science and technology based programs for disaster management of Bangladesh.
The curriculum of the department has been formulated, modified and updated in light with the global paradigm shift of disaster management as well as the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction, SDGs of 2015 onwards and recommendations of the COPs. Developing scientific understanding of disasters requires intensive practical work at laboratory. A great deal of this effort depends on the use of cutting edge technology, machineries and equipment etc. to name a few of the numerous tools. DSM is trying to enrich its research capacities and learning environment through developing hi-tech lab facilities. Besides, faculties & students have been continuously engaging themselves with national and international agencies of disaster management who are working at the field level. DSM has signed MoU with several renowned universities, research institutions, NGOs, think tanks and public sector agencies who are bringing the scientific knowledge at the doorstep of people in the bottom.
The ultimate target of the department is to contribute the generation of knowledge for protecting GDP loss from disasters so that it helps ushering a new era of sustainable development in Bangladesh. We always welcome and accept new ideas, exercise freedom of thought and promote the sharing of knowledge in this arena. There is no doubt to confess that “learning promotes resilience”.
University of Dhaka Team Members
Prof. Dr. A S M Maksud Kamal
Professor Dr. Maksud Kamal is the founder chairman of the Department of Disaster Science and Management (DSM) and the Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Dhaka.
Dr. Kamal received his Ph.D on Engineering Geology from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Since then he has remained intensively engaged with classroom teaching, academic research and developed expertise over multiple sectors by consultation and professional service work.
He worked as urban risk reduction specialist and Earthquake & Tsunami Preparedness expert in United Nation Development program (UNDP) and Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP), initiated by Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Government of Bangladesh. He is also member of National Committee for the Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness Expert Group and SAARC Disaster Management Council. He also worked as a scientific officer in Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organizations (SPARRSO).
Presently, Dr. Kamal is the president of the Bangladesh Society of Geoinformatics and General Secretary of the Geological Society of Bangladesh. Moreover, he is the elected General Secretary of Dhaka University Teacher's Association (DUTA).
Md. Shakhawat Hossain
Mr. Md. Shakhawat Hossain is an assistant professor in the Department of Disaster Science and Management at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. After successfully completing B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from the Department of Geology, Dhaka University, he joined the department of Disaster Science and Management as Lecturer in 2013. Prior to joining the academia, he worked at BAPEX as an Assistant Manager and carried out geophysical exploration in Bangladesh. Mr. Hossain also worked as a research assistant in the project on Seismic hazard assessment of Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet city corporation area of Bangladesh” of CDMP under MoFDM, GoB in 2009.
His research interest includes areas on seismic risk reduction for sustainable development by integrating geophysical and geotechnical investigations, geohazard and coastal vulnerability assessment, GIS and RS.
Mr. Hossain has research publications in national and international journals. He is trying to form an earthquake risk reduction lab in his newly established department
S. M. Kamrul Hassan
Mr. S. M. Kamrul Hassan currently holds the position of lecturer at the Department of Disaster Science & Management, University of Dhaka. Mr. Kamrul, a graduate of Development Studies, particularly focuses his research on disaster damage and loss assessment in the context of Bangladesh. His research interest includes areas like, but not limited to, community resilience, inequality & poverty, gender equity, sustainable development, disaster risk finance, disaster governance etc. to name a few.
Currently, Mr. Kamrul is taking courses in the undergraduate batches of the department and closely working with the experts in the field of disaster-related research from the perspectives of social science. He aspires to pursue a higher degree in this track and plans to develop expertise in disaster management of Bangladesh.
In addition to academic work, he has been engaged with several youth organizations of Bangladesh and proved himself as an active social worker. He loves to work in charity & social welfare programs. Reading books and watching movies are his hobbies. He also plans to develop documentaries focusing on the community resilience of Bangladesh by using indigenous knowledge.
Mr. Md. Selim is working as a Lecturer in the Department of Disaster Science & Management. He Completed his graduation from Institute of Information Technology in Software Engineering. Mr. Selim is interested in providing IT based solution to the community level people.
Earlier Mr. Selim completed B.Sc in Software Engineering at the same institute with research titling “A Genetic Algorithm for Design Migration from Structured to Object Oriented Paradigm”. Mr. Selim completed his internship during January-June 2013 at Binary Quest Limited, Bangladesh, where he worked on diagnostic equipment with host computer communication (socket programming), C#, Microsoft dotNET framework, etc.
His are of interest is optimization, simulation, data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence, GIS, etc