Cuttack: Security Skills Council of India (SSCI) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) recently launched a new course namely Post Graduate Diploma in Fire, Safety and Disaster Management (PGDFSDM) at SSCIís Regional Training Academy at Choudwar, Cuttack. The new course was launched with an impressive parade followed by the inauguration ceremony. Pro Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, KR Srivathsan delivered the inaugural address. Former Chief of Delhi Fire Service SK Dheri and Director SSCI Rituraj Sinha also spoke on the occasion.
The new course would address an important emerging need, of an officer having successfully qualified on an integrated program combining the skills of fire, safety and disaster management in one person. The programme will develop skills and competencies as an officer, where the officer would be able to react to all types of situations/emergencies. Officers trained on this programme will be able to handle any type of emergency/crisis situation. They will get a stipend of Rs. 8,000 per month from the first day of training with assured employment at a salary of minimum Rs. 12,000 per month after completion of training.
The program is a one-year programme of 40 credits with theory and practical with industry exposure, in the ratio of 50:50. The teaching would follow the face to face fully residential model. The program curriculum has been designed by experts from the fire industry, academic faculty of IGNOU and experts of SSCI.
It may be noted that SSCI and IGNOU have collaborated to conduct a number of credit and non-credit programmes in security and allied subjects.