Short Term Programmes Admissions

P.G. Diploma in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Intake: 20


Medium of Instruction: English


  1. A Bachelor’s Degree of a minimum 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 requirement of 15 years of formal education) from a recognized university, with minimum aggregate pass class. ‘Pass Class’ in the Bachelor’s Degree pursued by the applicant will be taken for determining his/her eligibility.

The first, second and third year marks of the Bachelor’s Degree examinations (if the degree is of 3 years duration) or first, second, third and fourth year marks of the Bachelor’s Degree examinations (if the degree is of 4 years duration) of all the subjects taken including major/main, minor/subsidiary and languages, etc., must be shown by the candidates in the Application Form. Those marks will be taken into account, while calculating the overall average percentage of marks to determine the marks for Academic Background. In case of candidates with a dual degree (5 years integrated degree after 12th), only the marks of first 3 years will be considered to determine the percentage. Rounding of marks for calculating the overall average percentage of marks is not allowed.

2.  Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor’s Degree examinations by July 4, 2016 are also eligible to apply for the programme. For such candidates admission to the programme will be provisional. In case the examination process for the final year is not over before July 4, 2016, the provisional admissions stands cancelled. If a provisionally admitted candidate fails in the final year examination, the offer of provisional admission automatically stands cancelled. Candidates, whose marks are in grade or grade points, must convert the grade or grade points into marks and write them in the appropriate columns in the Detailed Application Form, to be submitted before appearing for Personal Interview (PI). Otherwise, the application will be treated as incomplete and rejected and the candidate will not be allowed to appear for Personal Interviews.

b) Eligibility, once determined on the basis of the information given by the candidate in the Application , shall be final for the purpose of Personal Interview/Selection. However, in case it is found that the information furnished by a candidate is incorrect or misleading or ineligibility being detected before or after the Interview/Selection/Admission, his/her candidature will be cancelled without giving reasons thereof.

c) Final Year Mark sheet: Candidates who have completed their graduation should send either a copy of the final year mark sheet showing their results or provisional/completion certificate issued by the college/university or degree certificate or any other certificate proving successful completion of graduation.

  1. Age Limit: Candidates must be below the age of 40

  2. Preference would be given to working professionals from rural development sector. Woman candidates are encouraged to apply.






The School of Habitat Studies (referred henceforth as the school) is a pioneering joint initiative of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The initiative is focused on interdisciplinary studies in the arena of habitat studies, cutting across the boundaries of physical, technical, and social sciences.

The school currently has five centres, representing the active research agendas of the school:

(a) Centre for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance, (b) Centre for Urban Planning, Policy and Governance, and (c) Centre for Science, Technology and Society, (d) Center for Disaster management and (e) Center for climate Change and Sustainability Studies. In addition, the school plans to develop two ‘Facilities’, which are envisaged as permanent mechanisms providing knowledge support and knowledge-related services to stakeholders, especially disadvantaged sections in the respective sectors. Urban India Research Observatory (UIRO) is the facility that has started research and training activities in the area of urban reforms. In the near future, there are plans to upscale activities of this facility through external funding. The school is also planning to establish ‘Facility for Regulatory Analysis and Activities’, which would work on independent regulatory agencies mooted in the water and housing sectors.

Courses Offered


At present the school is offering three masters programs, viz. Masters in Urban Policy and Practice, Masters in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, Masters in Disaster Management. From next year (2013-2015), the school is launching two new master-degree programs in Water Policy and Governance and Regulatory Governance. These new programs would be administered by the Center for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance (CWPRG).


Description of the Programme:


The WASH Diploma is being conducted by the School of Rural Development, TISS, Tuljapur Campus in association with the Center for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance (CWPRG), School of Habitat Studies and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)



UNICEF works in more than 190 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. It sponsors a wide range of activities and work with many partners, including families, communities, governments and like-minded organisations. In emergencies it provides urgent relief to communities and nations threatened by disrupted water supplies and disease. Without WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), sustainable development is impossible.

  1. Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)


The water and sanitation sector plays a key role in the human well being and overall development of any society across the globe. It is inherent part of the development agenda for developing countries like India where millions even today lack access to basic water and sanitation services. Achieving universal sanitation i.e. access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation services have been identified as one of the key targets according to the Millennium Development Goals (United Nations). Central Rural Sanitation Programme (CRSP) launched countrywide Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) programme in the year 1999. For effective implementation of the programme the state governments have created special cells/units at state and district level. The primary aim of these institutional arrangements is regular monitoring and supervision of various sanitation programmes. Recently the Government of India has also introduced a Rural Sanitation and Hygiene strategy with the objective to create Nirmal Bharat by 2022 under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.

However, one of the reasons for poor progress of these programmes is inadequate availability of trained human resources at various levels of operationalisation of TSC programme. Poor capacity building of various stakeholders involved in the process is one of the critical reasons behind poor performance of some of the states in India. Today the available human resource in the WASH sector comprise of government officials, contractual staff working with government organisations, resource persons and experts working with civil society organisations as well as donor organisations, academicians, trainers and freelance consultants. Despite the presence of wide range of experts, the sector has a limited number of practitioners who have a comprehensive understanding of all issues concerning the sector. The practitioners in the programme now increasingly require soft skills such as participatory programming and appreciation aspects related to equity, gender and human rights.

TISS has been engaging with WATSAN sector in variety of ways, viz.,training, capacity building programmes and extension activities in collaboration with central or state government(s) agencies as also with international agencies. It initiated Rural piped water supply schemes in three states, supported by DFID. It was a hosting secretariat for Planning Commission Working Group on Model for Water Regulatory System. It also undertook the Jalswarajya Project in Maharashtra wherein Gram Panchayat’s performance in various sectors including WATSAN was assessed using Community Score Card (CSC) Methodology. Recently, TISS has engaged in a MoU with the Jharkhand State Government’s Jharkhand State Institute of Rural Development to enhance skills and commitment of personnel in WATSAN sector. TISS collaborated with Afro Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) for organising International Workshop cum Training Programme on Rural Drinking Water.

UNICEF, in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Department (WSSD), Government of Maharashtra, conducted a Training Need Assessment of District Sanitation Managers in the year 2010. The comprehensive assessment covered all 104 Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) cell consultants working in the state of Maharashtra. The findings revealed that there is a need to train TSC consultants on almost entire range of technical skills. Other emerging training needs include specific inputs related to motivation, project management, documentation, planning and monitoring. The findings of TNA once again brought to the forefront the need for quality professionals having exposure to both technical and non-technical aspects. In the past UNICEF had actively supported the training programmes in the WASH sector, this led to a realisation that there is need to shift from routine training programmes to process driven education programmes for sustained capacity development. Accordingly, UNICEF initiated discussions with TISS, WSSD and Civil Society Organisations. The findings helped reach consensus that it is difficult to achieve the goals of water and sanitation without creating a fresh cadre of WASH professionals and building commensurate capacities of the in-service officials in terms of skill, knowledge and attitude.

Based on this WASH section Mumbai and TISS jointly developed the curriculum of India’s first course on PG Diploma on WASH. This diploma programme has been designed with the specific intention to fill this crucial gap which inhibits the progress of water and sanitation programmes in India. The broader objective of the course is to develop a cadre of professionals with scientific and social skills to effectively manage WASH sector and its services.


i) Discipline

Candidates admitted to the institute will be under the discipline of the Director and other concerned officers. The Director will have the power to take the disciplinary action including laying of fines, suspensions and/or revocation of registration as a student.


  1. Attendance

Regularity: Every student is normally expected to maintain attendance in the classes as well as field work. Also the fulfillment of required assignment(s) is expected of all students. Any irregularity in this regard or absence without prior permission will affect the evaluation of the student concerned and may entail disciplinary action.

Absence from Class: A student is allowed to sit for examinations provided he/she fulfills the attendance requirements. In exceptional cases and whenever possible with the prior permission of the course teacher/chairperson, CLL, a student may be allowed a maximum absence of 25% of the total periods of class instructions in a semester. In the case of those who exceed 25%, but are within 33%, the Director may do so in consultation with the Chairperson/CLL. This decision would be based on the genuineness of the reasons of absence as considered by them. However, the student should maintain 50% of the attendance in each subject. A student who fails to maintain the minimum attendance requirements in a semester will not be allowed to appear for the examination in that semester. He/she will be permitted only in the next academic year.

Absence from the field work: A student, who is absent for more than two days in the field work for any reason, will have to compensate the days of his/her absence in consultation with the field work instructor concerned with the information to the Field Work Coordinator of CLL

Leave Sanctioning Authorities: Absence in the class up to 7 days will be considered by the chairperson, CLL, and beyond 7 days by the Director on the recommendation of the Chairperson.






Each programme leading to the award of a degree comprises a predefined set of courses of study which may include courses, research study and activities each of which is assigned specific credits value or may be non-credited but compulsory. Each programme is defined by a minimum requirement of total credits to be completed satisfactorily for the purpose of award of degree, within a stipulated minimum and maximum period of study. Courses, dissertation and course-related activities which may be conducted in and off campus spaces, are of the following kinds:


3.1.1 Courses A course is a prescribed content, with a set number of lessons, lectures, etc, in an educational curriculum as approved by the Academic Council of TISS. All programmes consist of compulsory and optional papers offered in each semester. All courses carry credits with clear distribution of hours of teaching. Course credit value may vary from 0to 10. In general one credit refers to 15 hours of instruction and of 30 hours of self study Students have an option of auditing optional courses. However, the norms pertaining to attendance and regularity remain the same for compulsory and audit courses. A course is delivered as a face to face instruction or through prescribed self study with mentoring and/or with online support which will take place over the duration of a semester or in concentrated periods during a contact period or in modular formats. Courses are taught and assessed by or undertaken under the guidance of one or more faculty. Field-based/practical courses are described variously as block field placement, rural practicum, field practicum, practicum, internship undertaken as per pre-defined schedule of activities. Depending on the curriculum structure of each academic programme, the field based experiential learning is credited or non-credited. The norms pertaining to regularity in attendance and fulfilling the requirements of the course are at par with taught courses. A supervisor and field coordinator(s), at particular field sites/ agencies/ organisations, coordinate these sets of activities. The faculty supervisor and/or the field work supervisor conduct the assessments of student performance.


3.1.2 Research Study

Described variously as Dissertation, Project, Research Project, involve research work to be undertaken individually by a student under the guidance of a faculty member or members.  The duration of research study often spans more than one semester and is credited variously by the different academic programmes depending on the weight given to this in the curriculum structure


3.1.3 Additional Activities

In addition to academic exercise referred to in 3.1.1 & 3.1.2, other academic activities such as rural camp, study tours, workshops and other non-credited compulsory activities are prescribed by various programmes. All of the above types of activities mentioned in 3.1.1, 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 will be referred together as courses of study.


3.1.4 Assessment Unit

Each course of study, credited or non-credited, taught or field related, or research study, will be assessed through the following assessment unit types with prescribed weightages, as per a pre-defined schedule, which is provided at the commencement of a semester.  These may involve individual or group work: Assignments which are held in the course of the semester, conducted as individual or group assessments. Class presentations - individual or group which are held during the semester. Reflective journals or field diaries Reports or dissertations or productions Faculty assessment of class participation or field work, or process aspects of field work or dissertation/research. Written tests (open book, closed book, take home) conducted during or at the end of the semester Viva/oral test or examination Observation by faculty/supervisor Non-credited compulsory requirements of programmes require certificates of participation/completion and also include evaluative components, which may be mentioned in testimonials. No course has only one type of evaluation instrument. Each course has at least an assignment and end semester examination. The end semester examination weightage will not exceed 60% of the course. - In general the total number of assessment units will not exceed the number of credits of the course. For e.g. a two credit course is assessed by two units of assessment an assignment and an examination or two assignments or two tests. A student has to attempt each mode of assessment independently. Non-submission of assignment will be treated as failed in the course and student will be given supplementary for that course after completion of all modes of assessment In case of failure in two or more courses in a semester, the student shall not be allowed to proceed to the next semester and will have to drop studies for the academic year and rejoin the same semester in the next academic year.


Grading Scheme A ten point grading scheme consisting of letter grades and corresponding quantitative grade points (GP) from 0-10 are used for grading all assessment units/courses of a programme (Refer Section 3.1.5, Chapter 3 Rules and Guidelines of Bachelors Degree Programme Prospectus, Table annexed). The following is the scheme of letter grades, equivalent grade point and qualitative description of the same.


Letter Grade

Level of Performance / Competence

Grade Point Range


Outstanding performance-demonstrating high level mastery and ability to apply concepts to new situtations

9.0 - 10.0


Excellent-demonstrating mastery of all learning or assessment situations

8.0 - 8.9


Very good-demonstrating mastery of most learning or assessment situations.

7.0 - 7.9


Good-demonstrating thorough competence in most situations.

6.0 - 6.9


Moderate-showing reasonably acceptable competence in some situations, minimal competence in others

5.0 - 5.9


Average competence-demonstrating minimal competence in most situations, while showing considerable capacity for improvement in others

4.0 - 4.9


Below Average Competence-Not passing, but still showing some capacity for improvement or development

3.0 -3.9


Unsatisfactory Competence-Below satisfaction level performance marked by lack of engagement or inability to apply concepts.

2.0 - 2.9


Highly Unsatisfactory competence-Complete lack of engagement and comprehension; also frequent absence

1.0 - 1.9


Unacceptable-Non-comletion of assignments or blank responses in a test or blank answer sheets

0 - 0.9 The grade point of a course is computed by taking the weighted average of the grade point received on each assessment unit and rounding off to one decimal point. A student must receive a minimum grade of C+ equivalent to 4 points, to be considered pass in a given course

3.1.6 Programme Completion/Credit Requirements Fulfillment The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is computed as the credit-weighted average over all courses undertaken over previous and current semesters, of all credits accumulated until that assessment period. The CGPA is reported to one place of decimal and is also reported at the end of each semester on the semester grade card. A student must maintain a CGPA of 4 (equivalent to C+) in each semester, in order to remain in the programme. After completion of the first semester, a student may temporarily withdraw from the programme, through a written application and with adequate reasons for the same. Under any circumstances a student must complete all requirements and accumulate all requisite credits of a particular programme within five years from the date of admission into the programme. A student must satisfactorily complete all compulsory requirements, and accumulate the requisite credits of a particular programme in order to become eligible for the degree. The programme requirements include credited and non-credited activities. A student must receive a CGPA of 4 points (equivalent to C+) to be considered to have completed the programme successfully.

3.1.7 Extra Credits and Audits A student can opt to credit additional courses, over and above those prescribed for a programme. For all such credited courses, a student will be required to complete all the assessment units as prescribed. Extra credits will also be recorded on the grade card, and indicated as extra credits Extra credits will not be considered for the purpose of determining CGPA, etc. Extra credits earned in a given semester will not be converted to regular credits at a later stage. A student can opt to audit additional courses over and above those prescribed for a programme. For all audited courses, the course title and 'audit' will be indicated in the grade sheet. The norms of regularity of attendance remain the same even if the course is being audited.

3.1.8 Attendance Every student is expected to maintain regularity and 100% attendance for all programme requirements: classroom/theory courses, field practicum, field trips, internships, etc. A minimum of 75% attendance is required for all taught courses.

3.18.3 In the case of internships and field practicum, the maximum days of absence, which can be condoned, is less than 10% of the total practicum period specified by each programme. Absences for more than two days from field site must be compensated in toto, and undertaken in consultation with the field coordinator/supervisor. The week schedule and holiday schedules of the field site will be observed for the period of field work. Absences for medical or other exigent reasons have to be taken with permission through a leave application submitted to the Programme Coordinator. For full-time, on-campus courses, leave upto 7 days may be granted by the Programme Coordinator. Leave above 7 days, may be granted in consultation with the Chairperson/Dean. In no case can this exceed 25%. Students who have less than 75% attendance in not more than two courses will be declared as 'failed' and will be required to appear for the supplementary examinations whenever it is conducted. Students who have less than75% attendance in more than 2 courses will be required to repeat the semester the following year. Students who are absent for more than 2 courses after the prescribed limit 25% will have to repeat the semester in the following academic year.

3.1.9 Registration (in programmes where applicable) Students are required to register for optional courses/specializations offered in subsequent semester by submitting the Course Registration Form to the respective School Secretariats at the end of each semester. Programmes that have all compulsory courses in a particular semester may not call for course registrations. The School Secretariats will confirm the registrations for courses after scrutiny such as size of class, timetable constraints, fulfillment of eligibility requirements, etc.

3.1.10 Credit Requirements Fulfillment The grade earned by a given course will be credited to the student only if he/she has the

requisite attendance. Students with less than the required attendance will be considered as failed and will be

assigned a zero grade point in the course, even if assignments have been submitted and

tests have been taken. Students will have to repeat the course in a future semester. Any course may be assessed by a variety of assessment units. All assignments must be completed and submitted as per the predefined schedule. Assignments that are submitted after the prescribed limit decided by each programme (i.e.

after the Assignment Due Date, but before an Assignment Closure Date), may be assessed

and a penalty of lowering of grade by 1.00 point may be applied. No assignment submissions are permitted beyond the assignment closure date, as

prescribed by each programme. Student will be given '0' grade and the assignment will be

considered submitted as supplementary. A student must receive a minimum grade of C+ equivalent to 4 points, to be considered

pass in a given course. A student who receives a grade below C+ is expected to improve

the grade by appearing for the improvement exam.

3.1.11 Dissertations/Theses/Self Study Courses/Research Reports/Field Reports Dissertations/theses, etc. are carried out in phases and are assessed through process and

product evaluation. Bound copies of the Research Project/Dissertation Report, duly signed by the Research

Guide, should be submitted to the Secretariat of the respective School/Centre on the

scheduled date. Late submissions, which are within the extra time given for valid reasons (sanctioned by the

Dean on recommendation of the Guide), will be treated as appearing for the supplementary

examination in the requirement of Research Project/Dissertation, or subject to a penalty

lowering of grade similar to the rule for courses.


3.1.12 Supplementary and Improvement Supplementary and Improvement assessment will be announced along with the declaration

of semester results. Students will apply for supplementary, if they have failed in a given course, or if they have

had to miss examination for any valid reason (sanctioned by the Dean on recommendation

of the Programme Coordinator), or for improvement if they wish to improve their grades. The supplementary/improvement assessment will be conducted as per a prescribed

schedule involving submission of assignments or examination as prescribed for each

course. In the case of improvement, the better grade will be considered. If the student fails to complete a course satisfactorily through supplementary, then the

student will be required to register for Supplementary-2 as per the schedule announced. If the student fails to complete the course satisfactorily through Supplementary-2, then

he/she will be declared as failed in the course and will be required to complete the course in

a future semester, along with the requisite attendance, etc. For all courses completed through supplementary mode, an 'S' will appear on the grade

card, next to the grade. For all courses, where grade is improved through improvement

assessment, an 'I' will appear on the grade card next to the grade. For all courses completed

through Supplementary-2 mode, an S2 will appear on the grade card next to the grade. Grades received through supplementary/improvement mode will not be considered for

award of prizes and other mentions of academic achievement of the institute. Students failing in more than 2 course will be deemed failed in that semester and will be

required to repeat the semester in the next academic year. Grades received through Supplementary/Improvement mode will not be considered for



3.1.13 Re-evaluation A student, who desires to have a re-evaluation of his/her answer papers, research project, or field work/ internship performance, shall be required to apply for re-evaluation within 10 working days after the declaration of results of the semester, by paying the requisite fees. Re-evaluation means verification of grades and/or reassessment of answer papers, research project, assignments, field work/internship performance. Re-evaluation Procedure

(i) A Committee, with the power to co-opt, shall be constituted by the Dean of the School/Chairperson of Independent Centre to consider the requests for re-evaluation of grades in courses/research project/field work/internship.

(ii) The Re-evaluation Committee will ordinarily invite a member of the faculty of the Institute to reevaluate, unless it decides for some reason, to invite an outsider. The re-evaluator, however, will not be a member of the re-evaluation committee and he/she will not be a member of the Centre to which either the student or his/her examiner belongs to.

(iii) The Committee appointed for considering the requests for re-evaluation in theory courses/research project/field work/internship, will meet to appoint examiners based on the expertise required for requests for re-evaluation in the specific courses or the area of research/field work/internship.

(iv) Courses: Re-evaluation in courses will be:

(a) written examinations conducted by the Institute at the end of the semester,

(b) written assignments in lieu of examinations, and/or

(c) written assignments utilised as a part of internal evaluation, in addition to the examination. The concerned faculty member, who taught the course and assessed the student, will submit a note along with the grade sheet and answer book/assignments, with a view to enlighten the re-evaluator on the course content and the emphasis given by him/her, while teaching the course, and the broad criteria followed in the assessment. The answer book of the highest, lowest and average grades shall accompany the re-evaluation answer book.


(v) Research Project: In the case of research project, only the final research study will be re-evaluated by a subject expert, internal or external to the Institute. The student's grade will not be revealed to the re-examiner.


(vi) Field Work/Internship: In case of field work/internship, the re-examiner will review the following:

a) Field work/internship recording of the student.

b) Field work/internship diary of the student.

c) Records of supervisory conferences submitted by the student.

d) Supervisory diary maintained by the supervisor.

e) Mid-term and final evaluation form maintained by student and the supervisor.


The re-examiner will meet the student concerned and get a verbal report as regards the work he/she has done. The re-examiner may also ask questions so as to assess the student's field work/internship knowledge, skills and attitudes. The re-examiner will also meet the supervisor and get a verbal report about the student's performance. The re-examiner will meet the student and the supervisor at a joint meeting, if necessary. When a student is placed for field work/internship in an agency, where the social worker/ senior administrator of the agency directly supervises the student's field work/internship, there is generally a faculty member who is in charge of the student's placement. In such a case, the re-examiner may meet the supervisor and the faculty member who is in charge of the student together. The re-examiner may also meet others concerned, such as the School's Field Work/Internship Coordinator. A student who has applied for the re-evaluation of grade points in a particular course/research project or field work/internship will be first shown the verified grade point. If the student is satisfied with the verified grade point, and gives in writing that he/she is not interested in re-evaluation, no re-evaluation will be done. A student, who applies for re-evaluation of Semester IV course(s) after the degree has been awarded, should return the degree certificates and the grade card. The re-evaluation will be completed within 6 months. The re-evaluation procedure will be completed within a timeframe that facilitates the possibility of the student opting for an improvement/supplementary exam. A student can opt for improvement examination after the declaration of re-evaluation results, if the grade is not up to the satisfaction. In case, the student attempts to re-evaluate a failed grade and is declared failed in revaluation, then the student is expected to appear for supplementary exam. Grades of Semester IV, which are subsequently re-evaluated after the Convocation will not

be considered for any prize in which the relevant degree is conferred even if the student tops

the class/field work. However a certificate will be issued. Re-evaluated grades of I to III

Semesters are considered for the award of prizes, etc, of the Institute


3.1.14 Pursuit of Unfair Means If a student is found copying/cheating/plagiarising in any assessment unit, he/she will be

deemed to have failed in the course and will be required to appear for supplementary

evaluation. If the same student is found copying/cheating/plagiarising in an assessment unit in any

other following semester/s, he/she will be deemed to have withdrawn from the

programme. If a student is found copying/cheating/plagiarising in a research project, he/she will be

deemed to have failed in the research project and will be required either to do a research in

another area with the guidance of the Guide, or opt for additional courses in lieu of

research project, in the next academic year. If a student is found reporting falsely in the field work/internship recordings, he/she will be

deemed to have failed in the field work/internship and will be required to repeat the field

work/internship in another field work/internship agency in the next academic year in

consultation with the Dean/Chairperson and the field work/internship supervisor.

3.1.15 Award of Degree Students who have successfully completed their programme of study will be admitted to the

degree only at the Annual Convocation. Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, the Academic Council may, on the

recommendation of the Director, by a resolution passed with the concurrence of not less

than two-thirds of the members voting, withhold for such a period as they may deem fit,

conferment of any degree to any successful candidate at an examination of the Institute, for

reasons, which, in their opinion, justify such withholding, e.g., unruly or disorderly conduct,

or violence on the Institute campuses, or conviction for an offence involving violence or

moral turpitude.

3.2.1 Types of Unfair Means Cases

If, during the course of an examination, any candidate is found doing any of the following acts, he/she shall be deemed to have used unfair means at the examination. Having in possession papers, books, notes or any other material or information relevant to the examination in the paper concerned; Giving or receiving assistance of any kind or attempting to do so; Copying/cheating in examinations, assignments and the field work reports/project

reports; Writing question(s) and/or answer(s) on any material other than the answer book given

by the Hall Supervisor for writing the answers; Tearing off the answer book, supplementary answer books, etc., or a part thereof; Contacting/talking or trying to contact/talk with any other person during the

examination time; Using or attempting to use any other undesirable method or means in connection with the

examinations, e.g., using abusive language in the answer book, disclosing identity in answer

book; Smuggling in/out an answer book/question paper; Impersonation; Running away with the answer book; and Any other act amounting to serious misconduct.

3.2.2 Penalties If a student is found copying/cheating in an examination, he/she will be deemed to have failed in the course and will be required to appear for supplementary examination. If the same student is found copying/cheating in an examination in any other following semester/s, he/ she will be deemed to have withdrawn from the programme. If a student is found copying/cheating in a research project, he/she will be deemed to have failed in the research project and will be required either to do a research in another area with the guidance of the Guide or opt for three additional courses in lieu of research project, in the next academic year, depending upon the class timetables. If a student is found copying/cheating in the assignment having less than 50% weightage, the student will be given supplementary to that portion of the assignment. If the weightage of that part of assignment is 50% or more in which the student is caught copying/cheating, the entire assignment of the course will be cancelled and new assignment will be given as supplementary. If a student is found reporting falsely in the field work/internship recordings, he/she will be deemed to have failed in the field work/internship and will be required to repeat the field work/internship in another field work/internship agency in the next academic year in consultation with the Head of the Department and the field work/internship supervisor.



3.3.1 Introduction Ragging in any form is strictly prohibited, within the Institute premises or any part of the Institute system, as well as on public transport. Meaning: Display of noisy, disorderly conduct, teasing, excitement by rough or rude treatment or handling, indulging in rowdy, undisciplined activities which cause or is likely to cause annoyance, undue hardship, physical or psychological harm or raise apprehension or fear in a fresher(or in any student), or asking the students to do any act or perform something which such a student will not do in the ordinary course and which causes him/her shame or embarrassment or danger to his/her life. Causing, inducing, compelling or forcing a student, whether by way of a practical joke or otherwise, to do any act which detracts from human dignity or violates his/her person or exposes him/her to ridicule or forbear from doing any lawful act, by intimidating, wrongfully restraining, wrongfully confining, or injuring him/her or by using criminal force to him/her or by holding out to him/her any threat of such intimidation, wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement, injury or the use of criminal force.

3.3.2 Punishments

The following shall be the punishments for those who are found guilty of participation in or abetment of ragging. The quantum of punishment shall, naturally, depend upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Disciplinary Committee or the court of law.

i) Cancellation of admission.

ii) Suspension from attending classes.

iii) Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits.

iv) Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation process.

v) Withholding results.

vi)Debarring from representing the Institute in any national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.

vii) Suspension/expulsion from the hostel.

viii) Rustication from the Institute for periods varying from 1-4 semesters.

ix) Expulsion from the Institute and consequent debarring from admission to any other Institute.

x) Fine up to Rs. 25,000/-.

xi) Rigorous imprisonment up to three years by a court of law.

While the first 10 types of punishment can be awarded by the appropriate authority of the Institute itself, the last punishment can be awarded only by a court of law.




The Governing Board, on the recommendation of the Academic Council of the Institute, by a resolution passed with the concurrence of not less than two-thirds of the members voting, can withdraw any degree, conferred by the Institute.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

This is designed as a Full time Diploma programme of 36 credits spread over a year in a tri- semester format. The science-based courses are spread over all the semesters. WASH activities are to a large extent multidisciplinary. Therefore while studying water & sanitation, basic knowledge about other relevant disciplines will establish a good foundation for understanding and implementing WASH activities. The breakup of the credits by subjects is given below.

Semester-wise Breakup of Credits*



Semester wise credits




Basic Sciences















Gender, Research, Communication, Project Management




Field Work




Total credits in each semester




*The distribution of credits across semesters is subject to change

Semesterwise Courses:


Course Title



















Basic Sciences – Module I

Unit1: Mathematics

Unit 2: Physics and Chemistry

Unit 3: Civil Construction





Sanitation - Module I

Unit 1: Introduction to Sanitation

Unit 2: Management of Human Excreta




Health - Module I

Unit 1: Health, environment and Development

Unit 2: Health Sciences




Water - Module I

Unit 1: Participatory Appraisal

Unit 2: General introduction to water

Unit 3: Assessment of available resources-drinking water sources, infrastructure and gaps

Unit 4: Assessment of Demand

Unit 5: Facility Design and implementation (2 day workshop)







Social Sciences - Module I

Unit 1: Gender, Equity and Human Rights Unit Unit 2: Communication for Leadership




Total Credits















Basic Sciences - Module II

Unit 1: Ecology and Environment

Unit 2: Hydrology and Geology




Sanitation- Module II

Unit 3: Solid Waste Management

Unit 4: Liquid Waste Management




Health - Module II

Unit 3: Water and sanitation related Diseases



Water - Module II

Unit 6: Sustainability of Resources and Sources

Unit 7: Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance

Unit 8: Operation and Maintenance of Schemes





Social Sciences - Module II

Unit 3: Basic Statistics

Unit4: Communication for Leadership (2 day workshop)




Total Credits




Course Title
















Sanitation- Module III

Unit 5: School and Anganwadi Sanitation

Unit 6: Institutional Sanitation

Unit 7: Entrepreneurship Development





Health- Module III

Unit 4: Hygiene: Personal and Domestic

Unit 5: Government Policies, Schemes and Programs on Health




Water - Module III

Unit 9: System sustainability

Unit 10: Best Practices




Social Sciences - Module III

Unit 5: Project Management

Unit 6: Communication for Leadership (3 day workshop)




Fieldwork and Dissertation

30 days field work based on dissertation



Total Credits



Course Outline



The activities associated with WASH are largely multidisciplinary in nature. From the point of view of operationalisation of the programme it is essential for the WASH professional to be acquainted with role of basic sciences associated with the sector. This is the key objective behind integrating a course on Basic Sciences in this diploma programme. The course will cover various units like physics, mathematics, chemistry, ecology and environment, hydrology and geology and an introduction to technical aspects of civil construction.

Learning Objectives: Basic Sciences

  • To develop understanding about basic sciences related to water and sanitation.

  • To understand the relevance of basic sciences in water and sanitation sector.

  • To gain knowledge about application of basic sciences in water and sanitation sector.




This course will specifically focus on the Sanitation component of the diploma program. It will enable students to develop conceptual clarity about environmental sanitation and the important role it plays in achieving human well being. The course is spread over seven credit units which will range from the basics of sanitation to institutional and community approaches towards sanitation. The course will focus on management of human excreta, solid and liquid waste, while also focusing on the importance of sanitation at institutional level through specific studies about school and Anganwadi sanitation. A unit on Entrepreneurship development will address the opportunities and avenues in the field of sanitation as a career through understanding of basic concepts behind commercialisation of sanitation sector and business opportunities in the sector.

Learning Objectives: Sanitation

  • To develop understanding about various dimensions of sanitation

  • To understand the basic components of sanitation and their technical dimensions in details.

  • To build an understanding about possibilities of harnessing the economic gains by commercializing different sanitation activities.




The course helps the students to identify water as an essential commodity of life. The course starts by introducing the water science by understanding the various natural processes which affect water availability, water resources capacities and ultimately estimation of total available water for various anthropogenic purposes like domestic, industrial, agricultural, recreational etc. Course like Assessment of Demands focuses on the need to integrate various demands while planning a scheme or a project within the context of various constitutional provisions, present policies and priorities at National and State Level. Due to limited nature of the resource like water, it is essential to understand the various dynamics and interplay concerning the sustainability of the system within which the resource is available. The course will not only emphasise on water quantity but equal weightage will be given to the issue of water quality and its monitoring and surveillance.

Learning Objectives: Water

  • Conceptual clarity on the quantity and quality aspects

  • Understanding of the sustainability of the water resources along with drinking water sources

  • Capacities in using different social and technical tools in preparing the water safety and security plans, O & M plans and their implementation

  • An understanding of social dynamics of access and control over the resources

  • To understand different management options

  • To encourage participation of women marginalised groups.





The core objective behind a progressive water and sanitation sector is the one which is closely associated and strives for the positive health of the human beings in the society they inhabit. With this background, this course focuses particularly on the various aspects of public health right from understanding the concept of human well being, the role of environment and the various factors which influence the general health of the human beings. For a further clarity, a unit is dedicated towards the understanding of the physiological and functional aspects of human body and the impacts of poor water quality and sanitation services on the body. Human settlements which receive poor drinking water and have improper sanitation services are vulnerable to various water borne diseases as well as diseases arising due to unhygienic conditions prevalent in the surrounding environment. The unit on Water and Sanitation related diseases focuses on developing understanding on the development, spread and preventive mechanisms of such diseases. It also focuses on WASH related epidemiology.

Learning objectives

  • To increase the basic knowledge and level of understanding about position of health in development process.

  • To orient the students on the inter-relationship between development, health and environment, and on issues in health promotion. To understand the significance of selection of appropriate technologies for health & sanitation promotion. To understand the sustainability aspect during selection.

  • Orient the students on health, its relation to water and sanitation, basic facts and figures; statistics of health.

  • Introduce them to the basics of health sciences and diseases related to sanitation, water, environment and health.

  • Learning the basic human anatomy and physiology.





Lack of soft skills and appreciation for aspects related to equity, gender and human rights has been an important limiting factor for progress of water and sanitation programmes in the country. The social science component of the programme focuses on four major courses which are spread over the semesters.

  • Gender, Equity and Human Rights

  • Basic Statistics (Social Statistics)

  • Project Management

  • Communication for Leadership and Sustainable Change




This course introduces the students to understand gender as one of important basis for social stratification that creates differential access to household, community and social resource to men and women. Gender embedded within other social stratifiers like caste, class, ethnicity cumulatively operates to produce social inequalities, vulnerability, marginalisation and exclusion. Property relations, social interactions and cultural practices mediate various forms of inequalities,which impinge on social institutions, markets, state, law, planning and policy making. The course attempts to uncover the aspects of gender and equip the students with the understanding of the principles of equity and human rights, and skills in using gender analytical frameworks to be able to actively intervene in WASH programmes.

Learning Objectives: Gender, Equity and human rights

  • Conceptual clarity on gender, equity and human rights,

  • An understanding of human rights and being cognisant of factoring in the same while working with people

  • An understanding of prevailing situation in terms of gender disparities and exclusion

  • Capacities in using gender analytical frameworks at various stages of programs




This course provides an understanding of quantitative methods and key concepts in statistics that enable students their utility in statistics. Statistical techniques provide tools for students of social sciences to systematically collect and analyse quantitative data in order to understand social realities and try to answer questions based on numerical data. The course in statistics aims to introduce the basic concepts and tools of statistical data collection and analysis. It also introduces students to basic computer packages like Excel and SPSS that facilitates data storage and analysis.

Learning Objectives: Basic Statistics

  • To introduce students to basic quantitative methods used in social sciences

  • To introduce students to the basic concepts in statistics and statistical data analyses

  • To enable students to use computer applications in quantitative data analysis

  • Capacities in using gender analytical frameworks at various stages of programs




Project management is an important activity for all the projects which vary in content and scope. This course gives a comprehensive overview of the project planning procedure. The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic project management skills and techniques and develop knowledge on the application of those skills to diverse projects, for successful project management. The course presents the foundation needed to efficiently manage projects.

Learning Objectives: Project Management

  • Comprehensive overview of the project planning procedure

  • Introduce students to basic project management skills and techniques

  • Develop knowledge on the application of these skills to diverse projects




This course is a non credit course and will be conducted in the form of workshops. The aim of this course is to build the capacity of officials to have a nuanced understanding of the broad dimensions of the problems people face; the potential of using communication to inform, empower and influence health — conscious behaviour in communities and to critically access how communication has been used for water and sanitation issues. This course will enable students to approach the WASH programme from the perspective of making a transformative and sustainable change in the lives of people and to ensure inclusion and participation to build ‘ownership’ of WASH programmes by the people.


Learning Objectives: Communication for Leadership and Sustainable Change

  • Sustainable difference in the communities they work

  • Acquire basic knowledge about communication strategies and tools to strengthen WASH programmes and deliver results

  • Ensure community participation, informed consent. Ownership and adoption of WASH interventions.

  • Use communication materials to facilitate social and individual behaviour change for community’s well being with regard to water and sanitation.

Career Opportunities


After completion of this course, the candidates can be placed in government organisations, semi-government, non-governmental organisations, research organisations, policy-advocacy groups working the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. They can become part of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and National Rural Drinking water programme functional at state, district and block level.


Course Development Expert Team


The course development expert team comprised of officials and professionals from following organisations:

  1. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

  2. UNICEF, Mumbai

  3. Nirmal Gram Nirman Kendra, Nashik

  4. Appa Patwardhan Safai Wa Paryavaran Tantraniketan, Dehu, Pune

  5. Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra

Fee Structure:








Admission Fee




Tuition Fee




Exam Fee




Identity Card




Certificate Fee




Field Work Fee (Not Reimbursable)




Hostel Charges




Dining Hall Advance




Library Fees




Institute Day




Student Support Development




Library Deposit (Refundable)




Medical Insurance Premium




Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of leaving the programme on submission of No Dues Certificate)




Convocation Charges








Grand Total



*Please see the next page. Please note that the fees are subject to change and revision.