The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) was constituted under an Act of Parliament with a vision to play the role of a premier institute for capacity development in India and the region.
The efforts in this direction that began with the formation of the National Centre for Disaster Management (NCDM) in 1995 gained impetus with its redesignation as the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) for training and capacity development. Under the Disaster Management Act 2005, NIDM has been assigned nodal responsibilities for human resource development, capacity building, training, research, documentation and policy advocacy in the field of disaster management. To be a premier Institute of Excellence for training and research on disaster risk mitigation and management in India and to be recognized as one of the leading Institutions at the International level in the field. To strive relentlessly towards making a disaster free India by developing and promoting a culture of prevention and preparedness at all levels.
To build a national hub to share and learn and to create a critical mass of institutions, trainers and trained professionals. To undertake quality research covering both natural and human induced disasters, with a multi-hazard approach To work as a National Resource Center for the central and state governments in the country through effective knowledge management and sharing of best practices
To professionalise disaster risk reduction and emergency management in India and other neighboring countries by developing an independent cadre of professionally trained emergency and mitigation managers. To promote formal training and education for disaster management in India and in the region To build working partnerships with the Government, universities, NGOs, corporate bodies and other national and international Institutes of eminence. To link learning and action by building a synergy between institutions and professionals in the sector. Union Home Minister is the President of the Institute and Vice Chairman of the NDMA is its Vice President.
Besides the Institute body comprises of 42 Members, which include Secretaries of various nodal Ministries and Departments of Government of India and State Governments and heads of national levels scientific, research and technical organizations, besides eminent scholars, scientists and practitioners. The Institute has a Governing Body of 16 members chaired by Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority. Union Home Secretary is the Vice Chairman of the Governing Body of the Institute. The Institute has five Divisions besides a Training Cell. Executive Director of the Institute who is also the Member Secretary of the Institute and its Governing Body runs the day to day administration of the Institute.