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India’s future water leaders eager to partner with AWWA

Young water professionals in India, seeking to enrich their technical and practical skills, have established a new AWWA student chapter at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.

Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeThe Institute (pictured right), located at the foot of the Himalayas in the Haridwar district of the state of Uttarakhand, has been in existence for more than 170 years. As the oldest technical institution in India, it offers internationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, applied science, architecture and planning.

The student chapter was launched in June 2020 through the collaborative efforts of representatives from AWWA India and IIT Roorkee, including Dr. Arun Kumar (pictured below), a professor in the Institute’s Hydro and Renewable Energy Department and an AWWA member. Kumar presented at AWWA India’s 2019 conference and exhibition.

Dr. Arun Kumar“IIT Roorkee has played a vital role in providing technical manpower and know-how for water-related projects since its beginning, and it has excellent facilities for research and consultancy in all aspects, including water resource planning, development and management,” Kumar said.

Kirti Goyal, the new chapter’s president and a research scholar in Hydro and Renewable Energy, said their mission is to provide a platform for young water professionals to share technical ideas and research prospects related to water and wastewater through activities such as guest lectures, contests, webinars and seminars.

Kirti Goyal“We look forward to partnering with AWWA India by partnering on water-related events, working on live field projects and contributing our articles to AWWA publications,” added Goyal (pictured right). “We are eager for any opportunity that comes our way and helps to develop our technical, leadership and organizational skills.”

With more than 12 members already registered with the chapter (pictured below), Goyal noted that the multi-billion dollar water sector in India is gaining momentum.
IIT Roorkee student chapter members
“India is the world’s second-largest water consumer, and there is an exponentially increasing demand due to population growth, agricultural use, environmental degradation and economic industrial development,” she added. “Government spending on water infrastructure is increasing annually and public-private partnerships are being promoted to set up more water and wastewater treatment plants. There is a healthy demand for setting up water reuse and desalination plants.”
(Photos courtesy of IIT Roorkee)