About Us

Launching the SEEDS Learning Academy – an initiative based on 24 years of on-ground experience

SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) is a not-for-profit organisation working on building resilient communities through innovation in Asia. Founded in 1994, the promotion of a learning culture has been embedded in its work. As part of its larger reconstruction, risk reduction and school safety initiatives, SEEDS has developed and delivered a number of learning and skill building programmes in India, and across the region. Safer construction techniques have been a key feature. These have also explored varied aspects of disaster management – from phases of the disaster cycle to social accountability and compliance with humanitarian standards; from housing and urban disaster risk reduction to school and hospital safety; from livelihood protection to mainstreaming DRR and CCA into development.

Bringing this vast experience and knowledge together, comes the SEEDS learning academy. Leveraging a blended learning approach of digital media, traditional classroom methods and hands-on experience, it helps stakeholders hone their skills. The Academy offers one courses this year.

Objectives of SEEDS Learning Academy

  • To build systematised knowledge, skills and expertise in disaster management field practitioners based on their tacit knowledge and practical wisdom gained from experience
  • To develop a cadre of expert disaster management professionals whose knowledge and skills will be useful for deployment across the sector

Gain a solid theoretical foundation backed by practical hands-on knowledge – from practitioners to practitioners

  • Get comprehensive, practice-based knowledge and rounded perspective
  • Hone areas of interest and build capacity to deliver solutions to diverse stakeholders
  • Learn to develop more elaborate and practical frameworks
  • Build an experience base in areas of interest backed by field experience
  • Gain clarity on the path to committed professional consolidation and growth
  • Learn how to effectively engage with communities and assist them for greater preparedness and resilience
  • Get tested and certified on skills developed

Who Should Participate

  • Emergency response managers
  • Disaster risk reduction practitioners
  • Government (national, state, district, city and local) officers with disaster management in their mandate
  • Planners from local government and city authorities
  • INGO, NGO and CSR professionals dealing with disasters as part of their work profile
  • Engineers, architects and construction managers
  • University and school principals, teachers, managers, service providers, students and parents
  • Hospital administrators, doctors, nurses, emergency health responders
  • Social work practitioners


The course methodology uses a blended learning approach. It comprises a mix of online readings, tutorials, discussion groups and query responses, besides a live hands-on component. Run by experienced practitioners, the online discussions and hands-on workshops will provide opportunities for cross-learning.

The course will include objective type questions based on the modules to test reasoning ability; and a project assignment at the end of the course.

On completion of a course, each successful participant will be awarded a certificate from SEEDS Learning Academy.

Upcoming Courses


On successful completion, the participants will be able to understand various types of ‘natural’ hazards and manmade disaster risks, their causes and consequences. Stress is laid on various stakeholders, their roles and responsibilities in tackling disaster risks. Stakeholders include community self-help groups, community-based organisations, voluntary organizations, Government (national, state, district, local bodies), academia, corporate sector, International and national agencies, and networks.

Cost per Course

The Fee for each course is INR 15,000/- (Rupees Fifteen thousand only) including cost of participation in the workshop..

The first course “SLA 01: Basics of Disaster Management” must be undertaken as a foundation before enrolling in any other SLA courses.

At the end of this online course, a three-day workshop will be organised in Delhi. Travel and accommodation would have to be borne by the participants. Participation in this workshop is mandatory for all trainees.

Course Duration

Each course will run over two months, and readings can be done as per your schedule over this time. An estimated seven hours per week would be need to be dedicated to the learning. Towards the end of the programme, there will be a three-day hands-on workshop at a convenient location.


Registration for the following courses is now open.

SLA 01: Basics of Disaster Management in tackling them

SLA 02: Disaster Response in reconstruction

SLA 03: Disaster preparedness and risk reduction

Please click on to fill the enrolment form.

Courses to be launched in
2019 and 2020

SLA 02:

SLA 03:

SLA 04:
School and Family Disaster Safety

SLA 05:
Disaster risk governance, advocacy and Implementation of global frameworks (SFDRR, SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement, WHS, Urban Agenda)

SLA 06:
Accountability and Compliance with Humanitarian standards for NGOs

SLA 07:
Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)

SLA 08:
Incorporating disaster resilience in (i) Building reconstruction and ii) Design and construction of new buildings: A training for engineers and architects, construction supervisors, masons and other construction workers (including carpenters and plumbers)

SLA 09:
Urban disaster risk reduction

SLA 10:
Mainstreaming DRR and CCA into development plans and programmes (National, Rural and City)

SLA 11:
Preparation and implementation of hospital disaster management plans focused on emergency health services

SLA 12:
Principles of disaster reporting for journalists

SLA 13:
Disaster and climate resilient livelihoods

Learning Facilitators

Prof. VK Sharma

Prof. Sharma is Senior Professor, Disaster Management, at the Indian Institute of Public..

Dr. Manu Gupta

Dr. Manu Gupta is the co-founder of SEEDS. His 24 years of experience in..

Dr. Anshu Sharma

Dr. Anshu Sharma is a co-founder of SEEDS. He has worked in..

Dr. R. Kuberan

A PhD in Civil Engineering, Dr Kuberan has over thirty years...

Mr. Loy Rego

With extensive experience in India, South & South East Asia...

Mr. Mihir Joshi

Mihir Joshi has 16 years of experience in the field...

Mr. Yezdani Rahman

Rahman is a trained emergency responder with field experience of...

Ms. Shalini Jain

Shalini has more than 19 years of experience in the development sector...

Mr. Parag Talankar

Parag is a social science specialist with over 12 years of...

Contact Us

Head office:

Adress: SEEDS 15-A, Institutional Area,
Sector –IV, R.K.Puram, New Delhi -110022
Ph: 011 -26174272

Website: www.seedsindia.org

E-mail: enroll@sla-edu.com


Bank transfers are as follows:

Bank Address:
Axis Bank ,K-12, Green Park Main New Delhi - 110016
Bank Account Number: 015010200028121
Account Holder Name: Seeds Technical Services Pvt. Ltd
IFSC Code: UTIB0000015