PUNE: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be starting its first integrated post graduation (PG) course on water and sanitation under Environmental Science Department at the varsity from the next academic year. This will be the first such course dedicated to water education in India.
SPPU has signed a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands and Unity Knowledge to start Masters in Science (MSc) and Master in Technology (M Tech) courses at the varsity.
Unity Knowledge, having expertise in the area of water and sanitation have formulated the syllabus which will consist of 60 subjects.
“Scarcity of water is a serious issue in urban India. Low rainfall, less water storage, improper water distribution, water scarcity, etc are the many dynamic consequences of water here. Not only is the availability of clean water challenging but also its management and quality. In urban and rural areas alike, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities need major improvements. For these improvements to take place the knowledge about its science and engineering needs to be spread in masses faster. Moreover, there is less manpower in this field so we would like to create learned manpower in this area,” said Vice-Chancellor of SPPU, Nitin Karmalkar.
“These courses will consist of a thorough study on rainfall, climate change, water elementary content, quality assessment of water, water maintenance and distribution, so that we can define progressive and immediate results on these problems,” said Anagha Pathak, Founder Director of Unity Knowledge.
Speaking about the water-related woes faced by mankind Eddy Moors, Rector of IHE Delft said, “The economic forum has recognised water as the third major issue in the list of problems. There is a need to have a holistic approach towards water-related problems. We need to create new technologies and mechanism that can be implemented to improve quality of life of living beings on earth.”
ABOUT THE PG COURSE
- The integrated postgraduation course has been designed for two years which is bifurcated into 18 months of a theory-based syllabus and six months of a project-based syllabus.
- The first online course of faecal sludge is likely to start in the second week of November at SPPU.
- Students from any Bachelor of Science course and engineering course are eligible to take admission in this curriculum.
- The university will build international quality laboratory testing facilities and install a waste water management system.