Water Science and Policy | Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory

P G Diploma in Water Science and Policy

The PG Diploma Programme will be a one year programme, with students completing 2 semesters of course work (Semesters 1 and 2 or Semesters 2 and 3 or Semester 1 and 3).

Key Information

Department 
Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)
School 
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
Contact 
Mr. Prashant Shishodia
waterprog@snu.edu.in
Total Credits
24
Core Credits 
24

Course work will be common for the M.Sc., the PG Diploma, and the Certificate programmes. They are designed in a modular format, each subject/theme covered in one module of four weeks.

Semester One—Basic Concepts: Multi-disciplinary introduction to the water cycle, organised around rivers, aquifers, watersheds, lakes & wetlands, ecosystem services and the historical, social, legal and institutional aspects of water.

Semester Two—Problems and Applications: A critical assessment of programs and policies on water in India since In¬dependence, covering large dams, groundwater extraction, watershed development, flood management, drinking water and sanitation, urban and industrial water, legal & institutional aspects of water in India, water conflicts, climate change and SDGs.

Semester Three—21st Century Solutions in Water: Students will move into the field to learn how India’s best water practitioners have evolved innovative, sustainable and equitable approaches to managing water across the country. Stu-dents will choose courses from a range of options, including traditional water harvesting & watershed management, par¬ticipatory irrigation management, participatory groundwater management, rural drinking water & sanitation, sustainable non-chemical agriculture and water quality, nutrition & health.

Semester Four—Dissertation: The dissertation will be a mandatory part of the two-year post-graduate program. The dis-sertation will generally be field-based, with each student hosted at one of the field partners who are a part of the faculty. 

The PG Diploma Program will be a one year program, with students completing 2 semesters of course work (Semesters 1 and 2 or Semesters 2 and 3 or Semester 1 and 3).

The coursework is intense and multi-disciplinary. Support will be available for students requesting additional reading or analytical skills in the physical, natural or social science components of the coursework.