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The intricacy of efficient water resources management presents numerous challenges to water resources practitioners, particularly engineers, in developing innovative solutions. Over the last six decades, the Department of Water Resources Development and Management (WRD&M) at IIT Roorkee, formerly known as the Water Resources Development Training Centre, has consistently excelled in training young water professionals. Globally acclaimed, the department has earned a reputation for imparting knowledge and education to scientists and professionals, particularly from Asia, Africa, and other developing countries. Its alumni, dispersed worldwide, continue to excel while contributing to the society.

The Department offers three distinguished Postgraduate programs: Water Resources Development (WRD), catering to Civil/Electrical/Mechanical Engineers, and Irrigation Water Management (IWM), tailored for Civil/Agricultural Engineers/Agricultural Scientists, and Drinking Water and Sanitation (DWS) for Civil/Environmental/Mechanical/Agricultural/Chemical Engineers/B.Arch and Planning. The 24-month curriculum encompasses comprehensive lectures, hands-on practical sessions, educational tours, and the completion of project reports and dissertations. These Master of Technology (M. Tech) programs stand out for their unique credit-based coursework structure, ensuring a robust foundation in the respective fields. Additionally, three 12-month diploma programs mirror the content of the Post Graduate programs, excluding dissertations. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in ongoing program updates, incorporating cutting-edge subjects like Machine Learning, Remote Sensing & GIS, Cropping System Modeling, On-farm Water Management, Climate Change impacts, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Water Resources, etc., enhancing the contemporary relevance of our offerings.

The Department excels in specialized faculties, boasting extensive experience in planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining multi-purpose water resources projects. Committed to advancing knowledge, faculty members conduct rigorous research. Our state-of-the-art teaching approach integrates practical and theoretical concepts, fostering a comprehensive learning experience. Renowned as a center of excellence in Water Resources Structure Design, Irrigation Planning and Management, Flood Control, Irrigation and Drainage, and Hydropower Development, the Department actively engages in research, consultancy, and several outreach activities. Also, the Department runs a registered office (headquarters) of the Indian Water Resources Society, founded in 1980, which has 7408 individual members, 335 Fellows, and 48 institutional members at present.

I believe that the courses offered by the Department of WRD&M will serve to produce qualified human resources and conduct research in critical subject areas to meet the demands of Afro-Asian countries, including India, thereby promoting the society's sustainable development goals.

I look forward to welcoming all the prospective candidates to the department.

Dr. Thanga Raj Chelliah

Professor of Hydro-Electric Systems and
Head, Department of Water Resources Development and Management IIT Roorkee
Email: head@wr.iitr.ac.in