The Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar will build Indias first online database of fire incidents nationwide,which can be accessed by public. This is part of the institutes recently-signed agreement with Underwriters Laboratories (UL),an international safety accreditation organisation based in Illinois,US.
The database will be developed by students of the institute with the assistance of and in consultation with UL,the Delhi and Maharashtra fire departments,said Professor Urjit A Yajnik,Dean of Student Activities,IIT-Gn.
Once the method for collection of the data is finalised and the portals structure is in place,it will be made public. Not only fire departments but general public can also enter in it the details of the fire incidents in their vicinities.
The website will then be used by fire departments to not just keep track of such accidents across the country,but as a performance log to see how well we are tackling issues related to fire. Then we can evolve ways of preventing fire, Yajnik said.
At present,a competition among various teams has been initiated on the IIT campus. The best teams will then be forwarded to UL for funding and developing the database.
These student-teams will then travel to Illinois and work at ULs facilities,meet the staff of the United States Fire Administration,which already has developed such a nationwide database.
Besides,IIT-Gn students will work with UL to develop fire safety standards,clothing and equipment for fire department personnel in India.
One of the major issues UL works with is,in fact,fire safety material it tests these products and accredits them.
IIT-Gn is the one of the eight new IITs that will set-up a stall at the pan-IIT 2009 Global Conference to be held in Chicago between October 9 and 11.
The director of the institute,Sudhir K Jain,will travel to Chicago this week for the meet,which happens twice every year.