Frequently Asked Questions

The Water Science and Policy Programme is a pioneering effort to understand water in a way that breaks down the hard divides between the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. In this way, it would be an exciting option for students from any of these streams, not only those interested in working in the water sector but also those who may be looking for a degree in Development Studies or Development Practice. This is because this Programme is structured in a way that provides students with not only an in-depth understanding of theoretical issues in development, but also insight into the processes of policy and programme formulation in a key sector like water, culminating in an intensive immersion in the field, where India’s best water practitioners will be their teachers.

Science, Humanities and Engeneering Graduates.

Stakeholders from the Government, Civil Society and Industry.

The main aim of this programme is to create a critical mass of water professionals with a historically and socially contextualised, multi-disciplinary perspective and understanding of water, who can help carry forward India’s on-going paradigm shift in water management.

This is why the programme has been built on a modular structure, flexible enough to allow stakeholders from the government, civil society, industry and others to opt for selective courses from within the programme, leading to the award of certificates and diplomas. There are array of options available in terms of both topics and duration – truly an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in the water sector.

As described in the table below, SNU will award:

  • 2-year MSc in Water Science and Policy
  • 1-year Advanced Diploma in Water Science and Policy (2 options; Semesters 1&2 or Semesters 2&3)
  • 16-week Diploma in Water Science and Policy (3 options; Semester 1 or 2 or 3)
  • 8-week Advanced Certificate in Water Science and Policy (6 options; Semester 1A or 1B or 2A or 2B or 3A or 3B)
  • 4-week Certificate in Water Science and Policy (13 options; any one module in Semesters 1 or 2 or 3)

 

Year 1

Year 2

AWARDS

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

 

M.Sc. (2 years)

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Diploma in Water Science and Policy (1 year)

 

 

 

 

Advanced Diploma in Water Science and Policy (1 year)

 

 

 

Diploma in Water Science and Policy (16 weeks)

 

 

 

 

Diploma in Water Science and Policy (16 weeks)

 

 

 

 

Diploma in Water Science and Policy (16 weeks)

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Certificate in Water Science and Policy (8 weeks)

Semester 1A or Semester 1B

 

 

 

Advanced Certificate in Water Science and Policy (8 weeks)

 

Semester 2A or Semester 2B

 

 

 

Advanced Certificate in Water Science and Policy (8 weeks)

 

 

Semester 3A or Semester 3B

 

Certificate in Water Science and Policy (4 weeks)

Water Cycle + River Systems

OR

Watersheds + Aquifers

OR

Lakes & Wetlands + Ecosystem Services of Water

OR

Social, Institutional and Legal Dimensions of Water

 

 

 

Certificate in Water Science and Policy (4 weeks)

 

Experience of Large Dams

OR

India’s Groundwater Resources and Problems

OR

Urban and Industrial Water + Climate Change

OR

Issues in India’s Water Policy + Discrimination, Exclusion and Conflict over Water

 

 

Certificate in Water Science and Policy (4 weeks)

 

 

Any 1 of 5 modules in Semester 3

 

Faculty who has the best expertise and practical experience in the water sector, within India and globally, will teach the courses. Ten core faculty members in C-PACT and SHSS, along with School of Engineering Sciences in SNU, along with select national and internationally reputed experts will teach parts of the course.

View the prospectus the see the full list - http://snu.edu.in/centers/c-pact-wsp-prospectus-2017-18.aspx

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 programmes 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, with each student hosted at one of the field partners who are a part of the faculty. The subjects of Semester 3 will form the basis of selecting a dissertation topic.

Rs 2,42,000 (which includes 75% tuition waiver)

Rs 1,33,000 (which includes 75% tuition waiver)

Rs 1,91,000 (all inclusive – no tuition waiver for courses less than a year)

A large number of scholarships will be available for MSc, PG Diploma and Diploma students. This is over and above the tuition waiver mentioned earlier.

The SNU Water Science and Policy programme is open to candidates within India and abroad. For the M.Sc. programme, the PG Diploma programme, and the Diploma and Certificate courses, the minimum qualification required is a B.Sc/ BA /B.Tech. or equivalent under-graduate degree.

After the screening of applications, based on the minimum qualifications, and the application materials (see below), all eligible candidates will be invited to an interview to be held in SNU campus in July 2017. International candidates will be interviewed over skype.

Applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application fees of Rs. 1,200 (One Thousand Two Hundred Only) by credit/debit card or Demand Draft drawn in favor of Shiv Nadar University payable at NOIDA.

·        Fill all the mandatory fields

·        Choose one option – the M.Sc. Programme OR the PG Diploma Programme

Online upload of the following documents is required:

·        Passport size color photograph

·        Current CV

·        All Mark sheets/Degree Certificates (10th  Standard onwards)

·        Standardized Examination certificate- CSIR, UGC, GATE etc. (If applicable)

·        A Statement of Purpose (1500 words maximum)– stating why you are interested in this Programme, your strengths as a student for this multi-disciplinary programme, what you expect to gain from it it and your future career plans.

·        The application fee can be paid online or a Demand Draft can be sent to University.

·        Fill all the mandatory fields

·        Choose one option – the Diploma Programme

     (specifying the desired semester) or the Certificate Programme (specifying the Module selected)

·          Online upload of following document is required

·          Passport size color photograph

·          Current CV

·          All Mark sheets/Degree Certificates (10th  Standard onwards)

·          Standardized Examination certificate- CSIR, UGC, GATE etc. (If applicable)

·          A Statement of Purpose (1500 words maximum)– stating why you are interested in this Programme, your strengths as a student for this multi-disciplinary Programme, what you expect to gain from it and your future career plans

·          All the applicants to the M.Sc., PG Diploma, Diploma and Certificate courses must send the hard copy of the application to SNU.