Roorkee: Department of Water Resources Development and Management, IIT Roorkee conducted a one-day workshop on “Drinking Water and Sanitation: Current Situation and Future Challenges”. The chief guest for the inaugural program was Vini Mahajan, IAS, Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India.
Under the Swacch Bharat Mission phase-2 in 2019, the honourable Prime Minister announced the “Jal Jeevan Mission” under which every household in the country should have tap water, said Vini Mahajan, IAS, Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India.
“More than 50 percent of the rural households have received rural water connection so far and it is expected to achieve the task of ‘Har Ghar Jal (Water to every household)’ by 2024”, she added.
Moreover, she said that it is a matter of great pleasure that IIT Roorkee has introduced a new M Tech program on Drinking Water and Sanitation being Introduced by IIT Roorkee is remarkable progress in the WASH sector.
Professor V P. Singh, Distinguished Professor, WRD and M Department, and Regents Professor, Texas A and M University also addressed the inaugural function.
While addressing the gathering Professor Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director of IIT Roorkee said, “This workshop is a curtain-raiser for the newly introduced MTECH program on Drinking Water and Sanitation by the Department of Water Resources Development and Management, IIT Roorkee”.
Further, he discussed multidisciplinary aspects of Safe drinking Water, Sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in-depth that covers the sustainable development goal of the United Nations program.
On the contrary, Professor Ashish Pandey, Head, Department of WRD&M, IIT Roorkee addressed the guest while welcoming them. He informed that the MTech.program in Drinking Water and Sanitation has been developed to address the challenges in drinking water and sanitation faced by the Afro-Asian countries, including India, in the water sector.
Professor Basant Yadav, WRD&M Department, IIT Roorkee gave the final vote of thanks.