Master builders in India have now acquired knowledge on retrofitting buildings to make them more resistant to earthquakes. Last year, ten public school buildings across the states of Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat in India were modified to better withstand seismic activity. In the process, local builders were trained in construction practices that would withstand the impact of earthquakes.
The Training and Capacity-Building Programme on Seismic Strengthening for Master and Local Builders, is run by the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Society (SEEDS), a New Delhi based NGO, and supported by Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University.Public schools were chosen to demonstrate this knowledge as the safety of their students is high priority. One public school selected for this programme was “Taraben Kanya Shala” in Patan Gujarat with 450 students and 13 teachersAside from the training provided to a core group of master builders, training handbooks will also be produced, so that the knowledge may be extended and shared with more builders in different states across India.