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SPPU signs MoU with major institutes to open water management, sanitation MTech, MSc courses

Online courses on Faecal Sludge Management will begin from the first week of November, while offline courses will be availble from next year onwards

pune Updated: Oct 31, 2017 17:19 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Vice-chancellor of SPPU, Nitin Karmalkar.
Vice-chancellor of SPPU, Nitin Karmalkar. (HT Photo)

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has signed an agreement with IHE Delft Institute of Water Education of the Netherlands and Unity Knowledge. Through the memorandum of understanding (MoU) SPPU will now offer various MTech and MSc courses in water management and sanitation. 

“In India, we face multiple challenges related to the water and sanitation sector. Not only is the availability of clean water challenging, but also its management and quality are issues. In urban and rural areas alike, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities need major improvements. For these improvements to take place, knowledge about science and engineering needs to spread faster. That is why SPPU has collaborated with the world’s best institute in these fields, IHE Delft and Unity Knowledge. This MoU will bring in a range of short courses as well as research opportunities and an international quality laboratory testing facility,” Karmalkar said

The online courses on Faecal Sludge Management will begin from the first week of November, while offline courses will be availble from next year onwards.

“This collaboration will be highly fruitful to India as an international centre for water and sanitation will be available in Pune. This capacity-building effort will contribute to better environmental practices, cutting-edge technologies and research will also indirectly contribute to reducing environmental damage. It will also empower the future of water in India and bring whole new technologies and research opportunities to India,” Karmalkar added.

The announcement for the MoU was made by the SPPU vice-chancellor Dr Nitin Karmalkar, on Monday, in the presence of Dr Eddy Moors, rector of IHE Delft and Dr Nemanja Trifunovic, deputy head of environmental engineering and water technologies. Founder of Unity Knowledge, Anagha Pathak, and chairman and managing director of Unity Consultants, Mahesh Pathak, were also present.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 20:42 IST