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

Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
Ms. Deepa Hazrati
Total Credits
Core Credits 

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 Independence, 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. Students will choose courses from a range of options, including traditional water harvesting & watershed management, participatory 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 aspect of the two-year post-graduate programme. The dissertation will generally be field-based. The students can be hosted at one of the field partners who are a part of the faculty, or in other organizations. The thesis topic can be based on any of the concepts or problems covered in Semesters 1 and 2, or the themes studied in Semester 3.

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 Cetificate Programs will include any one of the 8 modules offered in Semester 1 or 2 or any one of the 5 courses offered in Semester 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.