MS by Research in Disaster Management and Risk Reduction

Program kick-started in July 2021

Name of curriculum: Masters (MS-R) in Disaster Management and Risk Reduction

Name of degree: MS-R in DMRR

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Semesters: 4
  • Total Credits: 112
  • Intake: 10 students per year
  • Potential Clientele: fresh graduates from Science, Engineering and Humanities backgrounds, professionals from Industry, NGOs, Govt., corporates (e.g. ITC, TATA, Reliance, etc.), public enterprises (Indian Oil, Oil India Ltd.) etc.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission to [M.S. (R)]:

A Minimum CPI of 6.0 in a 10-point scale or 60% of marks or First Class in B.E/B.Tech/M.Sc or equivalent in any discipline along with a valid GATE score or NET(JRF)/INSPIRE qualified.


B Tech degrees in relevant discipline from an IIT with a minimum CPI of 8.0 or above in which case GATE score is not mandatory.

For Sponsored (Full-Time)/Part-Time/IITG Project-staff category, GATE score or NET/INSPIRE etc. are not required.

Relaxation /Clarification:

Seat reservation for different category will be as per the standard norms. However, in each category [General, SC, ST, OBC(NCL)], 25% seats may be reserved for the part-time, IITG Project Staff and sponsored candidates with an aim to promote interaction of the centre with the industry/commercial and R&D organizations in the region. In case unavailability of the part-time, IITG Project Staff and sponsored candidates due to lack of merit/attendance, the seats will be filled up with the other candidates in the categories.

For admission of SC/ST/PD category students, minimum performance in the qualifying degree may be relaxed from 60% to 55% (6.0 to 5.5).

Sponsored (full-time) candidates seeking admission to a MS(R) programme on the basis of study leave, must submit a “Sponsorship certificate” on a proper letterhead from the appropriate authority in the organization.

Part-time candidates are required to submit a “No Objection Certificate” on a proper letter head from the appropriate authority in the organization clearly stating the following:

• The candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a part-time basis

• That his/her official duties permit him/her to devote sufficient time for studies

• That he/she will not be transferred to any other place during the period of study

• IITG Project Staff candidates are required to submit a “No Objection Certificate” on a proper letter head from the appropriate authority in the organization clearly stating the following:

• The candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a part-time/full-time basis

• That the remaining duration of the project at the time of admission in to the programme shall be at least one year.

Selection of the students will be based on interview.

Total tenure of the programme: The minimum duration of M.S. (R) programmes is 4 semesters (24 months) with maximum tenure of 6 semesters for full time students and 6 semesters (36 months) with maximum tenure of 8 semesters for part time students.

Course work flexibility: Except the seminar courses which are fixed upto the 4th semester one in each semester for both full time and part-time students, the part time category students may be given flexibility to register the theory courses as per their convenience subject to the completion of the theory course work by 4th semester. However, the full time students MUST complete the course work (three theory courses and one lab course) within first two semesters. Both the category of the students may initiate their project work following their registration for the programme as per the advice of the respective supervisors. It is however, suggested to present an open state-of-art seminar on the formulation of the research problem by the students within SIX MONTHS from the date of registration which will be evaluated by a committee (M.S. committee) duly constituted by the respective supervisors and approved by the DOAA. The committee will constantly monitor the progress of the student the way the Doctoral Committee does for the PhD students [The structure and tenure of the committee and other administrative requirements may be prescribed by the institute]. The progress seminar should be given at an interval of every six months from the presentation of state-of-art seminar.

(G) Flexibility on movement from MS(R) to PhD programme

The highly talented and motivated students identified through the M.S. programmes may be allowed to enrol into the PhD programmes of the centre. It may be thus possible for a student to move to a PhD programme in the institute even after completion of the first year in the M.S. (R) programme subject to the recommendation of the respective supervisor(S) and PhD selection committee. However, the candidate must complete the credit requirement for the PhD programme of the institute. The total credit requirement for the movement to the PhD programme may be 52 credits [three theory courses, 18 credits + one lab course, 6 credits + two seminars, 6 credits + credit for the project in the 2nd Semester, 22 credits] with a minimum CGPA of 8.0.

(H) Objective of the M.S. (R) programme

The centre is a multidisciplinary research and academic centre. The main aim of the educational program is to impart advanced knowledge on technical and managerial skills to the professionals to make them equipped with innovative technologies for effective mitigation and management of disasters for the overall benefit of the society. The centre aims to achieve excellence in key areas of education and research at par with international standards. Regional issues especially related to Earthquakes, Climate change, Floods, Cyclones, Fire, Avalanche, Land Slides, Cloud Burst and their early warnings are other focus areas. The programme will help the candidates to build up the understanding on the disaster preparedness, response and recovery, vulnerability assessment, and post disaster management. It will also help in developing innovation and R&D skills in the field of disaster risk reduction. This programme will be ideal for individuals who are from industrial, commercial or government institutions in the areas of disaster risk reduction and management and who wish to undertake R&D and innovation to solve problems in the field and its interlinked areas. Thus, this M.S.(R) programme in the proposed centre may also facilitate the interaction of IITG with industry/Government, corporates and R&D institutes to promote technology or product-oriented research for societal needs. The programme of research may involve a literature study, an experimental or/and numerical/modeling phase, an evolution phase perhaps followed by further theory and experimental studies to finally conclude the study. While, at the same time the investigating faculty members could explore new ideas through the project works of the students and develop solid long term work to be carried forward by the PhD students working in their group and, thus could intensify the research on their topics and promoting advance research in the Centres. The large number of seminar courses being offered in the M.S. (R) programme will rigorously imbibe the students for fast learning in their research field through self-learning process and simultaneously help them to hone the skill on literature survey and technical communications.


Semester I

Code Course Name Course Content L–T-P Credits
DM 501 Core Course -1 (Fundamentals of Disaster Management) View 3-0-0 6
DM 502 Core Course -2 (Socio-Economic and Policy Aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction) View 3-0-0 6
DM xxx Elective-1 (from the common basket) 3-0-0 6
DM xxx Elective – 2 (from the common basket) 3-0-0 6

Semester II

Code Course Name Course Content L–T-P Credits
DM 503 Core Course -3 (Hazards Monitoring and Prediction) View 3-0-0 6
DM 504 Core Course -4 (Research Methodology and Field Visit) View 2-0-2 6
DM XXX Elective – 3 (from the common basket) 3-0-0 6
DM XXX Elective – 4 (from the common basket) 3-0-0 6
DM 697 Project (Phase 1) 0-0-4 6

Semester III

Code Course Name Course Content L–T-P Credits
DM-698 Project (Phase 2) 0-0-30 30

Semester IV

Code Course Name Course Content L–T-P Credits
DM-699 Project (Phase 3) 0-0-30 30