School: School of Habitat Studies
Centre: Centre for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance
a) Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.
b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.
c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 10, 2017 are eligible to apply to all the programme.
Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2017. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.
The Centre for Water Policy, Regulation, and Governance (or CWPRG) (hereafter referred to as the Centre) is a path-breaking initiative of the School of Habitat Studies. This initiative is focused on facilitating interdisciplinary studies, teaching, training, and outreach activities in the field of governance of the water sector in general, and in particular, various policy instruments employed for governance. The Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Water Policy and Governance) (or MWPG) (hereafter referred to as the programme), developed and administered by the Centre, is aimed at preparing policy-professionals with a comprehensive understanding of factors, processes, practices and instruments that determine the outcome of efforts to govern the water sector. It begins by laying conceptual and theoretical foundations required for the interdisciplinary and comprehensive training of water policy professionals. Further, efforts are made to introduce students to diverse perspectives on the governance of the water sector by introducing them to debates on critically important, and often contentious, themes such as water security and sustainability, water-poverty, and the trade-off between equity and efficiency. In order to facilitate this, the programme provides an introduction to the historical evolution of development and management of water resources, as well as that of governance and institutional reforms in different sub-sectors of the water sector. Responding to the need for building professional capabilities, the programme provides significant space for courses imparting various research and professional skills and knowledge related to methods. These include some of the advanced skills such as systems thinking, GIS, financial and regulatory analysis. The programme provides students with exposure to the ground and field realities of the water sector in India.The programme ensures:• A balanced and comprehensive understanding of conceptual and theoretical debates around major themes that are of concerns in the policy or academic circles in the water sector.• Multidisciplinary nature of courses that bring together concepts, theories, perspectives, skills, and methods from social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, law, and other fields.• Engagement with practitioners and experts in the field.• Focus on self-learning and application of learning to existing challenges in the water sector and governance, accompanied by close monitoring, guidance, and hand-holding by a team of in-house faculty and practitioners. Admission to the programme is open for students coming from diverse backgrounds but mainly from two categories: (a) Professional training such as engineering, law, agriculture, management, public-health, or finance, and (b) academic training in social sciences such as economics, political sciences, and geography. Working professionals in early stages of their career are encouraged to apply.Recent institutional reforms in India and the subcontinent have seen emergence of a diverse range of agencies working in the policy and governance aspects of the water sector. This has led to an unmet demand for trained water policy professionals from diverse organisations such as research institutes, government and quasigovernment agencies, non-governmental organisations, bi-lateral and multi-lateral bodies, consultancy firms, infrastructure companies from the private sector, and credit- rating agencies. Together, these agencies have created a reliable platform for prospective students of this programme to launch their professional careers.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Field Visit and Exposure Activities
Independent Work on Project/Dissertation
Title of the Course
Institute-level Foundation Courses [Common to all Masters Degree Programs]
Philosophy of Research
Courses Specific to Water Policy and Governance
Introduction to Public Policies: Concepts, Theory and Practice [RG 1]
Introduction to Indian Legislative, Legal and Administrative System [RG 2]
Development and Water: Issues and Critical Perspectives
Scientific Aspects of Water Sector-I
Basics of Financial Analysis [RG 4]
Research Methods – I [HP 2]
Economics for Water Sector
Scientific Aspects of Water Sector: II
Legal Perspectives on Water Sector
Delivery and Management of Water and Sanitation Services
Surface Water Resources: Development, Management and Issues
Research Methods – II [UPG 6]
Project Management [UPG 31]
Field Visits and Exposure Activities
Summer Internship (optional)
Groundwater Development and Management in India
Water Pollution, Water Quality, and Health
Water and Equity
Regulation of Water Sector [RG 22]
Issues in Financing Urban Water Projects
Water Conflicts and Negotiation
Independent work – I : Project/Dissertation
Research Design: Theory and Practicum [RG 23]
Introduction to GIS [HP 18]
Analysis of Macro Data [HP 19]
Contemporary Discourses in Water Sector
Independent work –II: Project /Dissertation
#: This implies that these courses would be possibly taught together with the other programmes, especially with Masters in Urban Policy and Governance
@: This implies this course will be, partly or fully, shared with the Masters Programme on Regulatory Governance and possibly taught together.
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