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India Young Water Professional Program launched

Source: PIB

The first edition of the India Young Water Professional Program was launched virtually on 29 Nov 2021 in the presence of Mr. Manpreet Vohra, Indian High Commissioner to Australia, Barry O’ Farrell, Australian High Commissioner to India and Ms. Debashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary, DOWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti. More than 100 participants joined the launch of India Young Water Professional Program. This program has been taken up under National Hydrology Project, a Central Scheme of DOWR, and RD & GR and supported by the Australian Water Partnership. 

This program is unique and different from typical capacity building and training programs. It is focused on an Engaged Training and Learning Model. About 70% of the program is focused on project based learning through Situation Understanding and Improvement Projects (SUIP). The program focuses on gender equality and diversity, because sustainable water management can only benefit from the views and skills of all members of society. A total of 20 participants have been selected for the first edition of this program (10 men and 10 women) from central and state implementing agencies of the National Hydrology Project.  

Speaking on the occasion, India High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra said that water is a key priority area of collaboration between India and Australia and both countries are working actively on this front. He said that the Young Water Professional Program is a significant milestone in the India Australia relationship and will go a long way in institutional strengthening and capacity building. 

Australian High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell said that both India and Australia have common water challenges and issues and there is a lot to learn from each other.

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