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Master of Arts / Master of Science in (Water Policy and Governance)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Habitat Studies

Centre: Centre for Water Policy and Governance

Intake: 25


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:





Foundation Course


Common Courses (School Level)


Foundational and Open Elective Courses 4

Core Courses









Core Courses


Disciplinary and Skill Electives


Dissertation/Independent Work







Semesterwise Courses:


Course code

Title of the Course











Foundation courses (Module 1 and 2)


HS 01


Introduction to Public Policies:Concepts,Theory and Practice


        HS 02

Introduction to State , Law and Governance


HS 03

Ecosystems, Habitants and Sustainability


HS 04

Basics Of Financial Analysis


HS 05

Research Methods - I


HS 06

Basic Principles of Economics


WPG 01

Development and Water :Issues and Critical Perspectives


WPG 02

Introduction to Hydrology and Water Resources Assessment



HS 07

Socio Cultural Perspectives


HS 08

Research Methods - II


WPG 03

Groundwater Development and Managment in India


WPG 04

Surface Water Resources: Development, Management and Issues


WPG 05

Delivery and Management of Water and Sanitation Services


WPG 06

Field Visits and Exposure Activities



Foundation Elective


open elective


WPG 07

Summer Internship (optional)






 Disciplinary Elective:Choose any ONE course from WPG 08,WPG 09 and HS 09

WPG 08

Elective 1 : Regulation of Water Sector


WPG 09

Elective 2: Water Conflicts and Negotiation


HS 09

Elective 3 : Green Economy and Sustainability


Skill Elective : CHoose any ONE course from HS 10 and HS 11

HS 10

  Elective 4: Macro Data Analysis


HS 11

  Elective 5 : Environmental and Social Impact Assesment (EIA and SIA)

           HS 12

 Introduction to GIS


WPG 10

Legal Perspective on Water


WPG 11

Water Pollution, Water Quality and Health


WPG 12

Independent Work - I : Project/ Dissertation


WPG 13

Contempoary Discourses in Water Sector


First Round of Filedwork for Project/Dissertation between Semester III and Semester IV

First Round of Fieldwork for Project/Dissertation [During Vacations between 3rd and 4th Sem.]  

WPG 14

Winter Institute*


WPG 15

Independent work –II: Project /Dissertation


Note: The Total number of creditts, list of CBCS curses and semester- wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes. Due to current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught across semesters.

* The fees for the filedwork courses (WPG14 and WPG 26) and field - visits (as part of WPG 10, WPG 11,WPG 16)will be collected separately by the school of Habitat Studies.The filed component includes filed visits, a fifteen-days course based on filedwork named as "winter institute", and field workshops.The estimated expenses for this are Rs.8000/- each in Semester I.IIand III, and Rs.2000/- in semester - IV.

Fee Structure:


Components MA./M.Sc. In Water Policy & Governance
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 1,500 0
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0 0 1,500
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 49,000 25,000 38,000 22,500
  Yearly Fees 74,000 60,500
  Total Course Fee 1,34,500
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.