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IIIT Hyderabad and NDMA develops methodology to check structural safety for Earthquakes


New Delhi :
International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have developed a methodology to check structural safety for Earthquakes.

Wake of earthquake risks –
The Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) Primer methodology provides better insight into structural safety in the wake of earthquake risks and would serve as a pioneering document to screen various kinds of buildings for their structural stability and to assess and estimate the possible damage during an earthquake.

Structural status of buildings before and after the earthquake –
India has about 30.5 crore buildings categorised into 30 typologies. About 82 percent of the population lives in the quake-prone zones, which is geographically 56 percent of India. The RVS Primer methodology enables testing on a mass scale. Structural status of buildings before and after the earthquake will provide an effective checkpoint for government institutions, industries, private organisations and local bodies against the threats posed by earthquakes, says of IIIT-H, who heads the Project team.

12 districts in Himachal Pradesh using this methodology –
During their Research, The team studied the structural strength of 20,000 buildings in (considering the earthquake in January 2001 causing massive destruction and damaging 3.4 lakh buildings) and 10,000 buildings in all the 12 districts in Himachal Pradesh using this methodology.

Compliance with design standards –
Professor Pradeep said, “Focused earthquake risk mitigation activities such as the construction of buildings, compliance with design standards, and assessment and retrofitting of existing buildings can significantly reduce risk due to potential earthquake hazards”. He says this massive exercise of assessing the strength of buildings can be carried out simultaneously with the census. He says this methodology would serve as one key parameter for the banks too, in deciding whether to fund a project or not.

RVS Primer will assist in more mitigation –
Disaster management hitherto followed a relief-centric approach. The new RVS Primer will assist in more mitigation– and preparedness–centric approach with a continued focus on response, which is proactive, holistic and integrated as per the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

JAB decides to conduct JEE Main Exam in more regional languages

New Delhi :
Joint Admission Board (JAB) of JEE (Main) has decided to conduct the JEE (Main) examination in more regional languages of India. “This reform is done under New National Education Policy 2020. The examination will also be conducted in regional languages where entry to State Engineering Colleges is decided based on an examination (conducted in regional language). State language of States who admit students based on the JEE(Main) will also be included under this.”, said the Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’.

Top-scoring countries in PISA examination –
He further added, “This decision has far-reaching implications as Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji has pointed out that top-scoring countries in PISA examination use mother tongue as a medium of instruction. The decision of JAB will help students comprehend questions better & score higher.”

JEE Conducted in regional languages –
Hence, this will gonna be beneficial for the students who wants to appear in JEE Mains as it will now be conducted in regional languages. This will be fulfilling the vision of NEP 2020 which is indeed a reform to older ways and education policies.

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