Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (STP) Admissions

P.G. Diploma in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Location: Tuljapur

School: School of Rural Development

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. a) Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor’s Degree examinations by June 10, 2019 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 June 10, 2019, 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 30 on date 01/06/2019

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




Notification for (2020-21) admission (Adv schedule/website display) Last week of December , 2019
 Last date for receipt of filled application forms ONLINE  To be announced shortly
List of shortlisted candidates to be called for the Written Test will be displayed on the Institute website  --

Issue of call letter for Written Test for the shortlisted candidates- (through email only. List will also be displayed on


Date of Written Test & Personal Interview (Tuljapur Campus)

Note: Only shortlisted candidate based on written test will be called for interview


Announcement of Selected Candidates (List will be displayed on


Verification of documents and payments of fees: Selected candidate must have sent their scanned copies of fees challan, all the documents to However, admission will be provisional till verification of original certificates.


Announcement of First Waitlist on TISS website (List will also be displayed on


Verification of documents and payments of fees :Selected candidates must have sent their scanned copies of fees, challan, all the documents to However, admission will be provisional till verification of original certificates is completed.


Verification of Original documents at TISS-Tuljapur Campus      (From 10.15 am. to 05.45 pm.)

Note: It is mandatory for the selected candidate to produce original documents for the verification failing which offer of the admission will get cancelled


Commencement of Programme at TISS, Tuljapur Campus



Note: Student on the basis of passing in first semester, payment of fees and fulfillment of other institutional required criteria will be admitted in the next semester. Students will be required to seek admission in each semester.

Selection Proceure:

1. Shortlisted candidates from the online applications of students will be provided with four topics via email and students are expected to prepare a presentation on any one of the given topics.

2. On the date on written examinations students are expected to get their presentation in ppt/pdf format.

3. Students will be evaluated based on their performance in Multiple Choice Questions, Essay, Interview, Presentation.

Description of the Programme:

The WASH Diploma is being conducted by the School of Rural Development, TISS, Tuljapur and is supported by 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 supports 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 and sanitation services 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. It is an inherent part of the development agenda for developing countries like India where universal access to water and sanitation services have been a challenge. Achieving universal WASH services i.e. access to safe drinking water and sanitation services have been identified as one of the key targets according to the Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations). In sanitation, the Government of India had implemented the Central Rural Sanitation Programme (CRSP) from 1986, the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) programme from 1999, and the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan in 2012. The primary aim of these programmes was to accelerate the access to sanitation services in rural India. Progress under these programmes was modest. In 2014, the Government of India launched Swachh Bharat Mission, aimed at eliminating open defecation and cleaning up our villages and towns by October 2019

In water supply, the government had implemented for rural areas, the Accelerated Rural Water Supply programme (ARWSP), the sector reforms project, Swajal Dhara, and the National Rural Drinking Water programme (NRDWP). One of the reasons for limited success of the earlier sanitation and water programmes, was the inadequate availability of trained human resources to implement their operationalization. Poor capacity of various stakeholders involved in the process was one of the critical reasons behind poor performance of the programmes in some of the states in India. The available human resource in the WASH sector generally comprises 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. Often there was excessive focus on technical issues. The sector has a limited number of practitioners who have a comprehensive understanding of all issues concerning the sector. Especially under the SBM, there is a specific focus on sustainable behaviour change, and the practitioners now increasingly require soft skills such as participatory programming and appreciation aspects related to equity, gender and human rights that impact sanitation. There is therefore a need for trained HR with such skills who can support the SBM programme and the efforts to sustain the gains. Similarly, water supply involves engaging with GPs and communities for implementing and operating schemes.

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 had earlier 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 of the erstwhile 104 Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) cell consultants working in the state of Maharashtra. The findings revealed that there was a need to train sanitation 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, and 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 and this 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. Since 2017, this course is supported by UNICEF at the national level. The course content is being extensively revised in 2019. It now includes inputs on all the recent aspects in the WASH sector including on the Swachh Bharat Mission and the new Drinking water programmes.

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 multiple levels.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

 Semester-wise Breakup of Credits*


Semesterwise Courses:


Semester I Course Credits

Basic Sciences - Module I

Unit 1: 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


Social Sciences - Module I

Unit 1: Gender, Equity and Human Rights

Unit 2: Communication for Leadership

  Total Semester I 10
 Semester 2      

Basic Sciences - Module II

Unit 1: Ecology and Enviroment

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

Unit 4: Communication for Leadership

  Total Semester II 10
 Semester III

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: Governance 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

  Fieldwork base Dissertation 6
  Total Credit 36

*"The distribution of credits across semesters and Semester pattern is subject to change"

Fee Structure:



FEES Sem I      Sem II Sem III       
Admission Fee 1000 0 0
Tuition Fee 10000 10000 10000
Examination Fee 500 500 500
Field Work Fee (Not Reimbursable) 1500 1500 2000
Certificate Fee 0 0 200
Convocation Charges 0 0 1800
ID Card Charges 300 0 0
Medical Insurance Premium 1500 0 0
Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 2500 0 0
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 11000 11000 10000
Hostel Charges 10000 10000 10000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers
17300 12000 14500
Total Fees for Hostellers
38300 33000 34500
Grand Total   105800  


Please note that the fees are subject to change and revision.