Training on Sustainable Development of Ground Water start at AMU
Aligarh, March 14: The Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with Central Ground Water Board, Northern Region, Lucknow, started a five day TIER-II training program on â€œSustainable Development and Management of Ground Water Resourcesâ€ here today.
While presiding over the inaugural function, AMU Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd) emphasized that there is dire need of conservation and management of water, the scarcity of which is expected to worsen in India as the overall population is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2050. He also informed about the ongoing waste water recycling and reusing Program in AMU Campus.
Brig S Ahmad Ali (Retd), Pro Vice Chancellor, AMU, while highlighting the groundwater situation in India, pointed out that overexploitation of aquifers is a crucial issue. He said that overexploitation has taken place at a higher pace in the fertile area of Ganga plain, including that of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Brig Ali also focused on the changes that occurred in Rajasthan after Commissioning of Indra Gandhi Canal. He stressed on the need for effective management and conservation of groundwater.
Dr YB Kaushik, Regional Director, Central Ground Water Board, Northern Region, Lucknow emphasized on the importance of Ground Water and said that Water is the basis of all life forms, whether human, animal or plants. He informed that it is fundamental for sustaining human life, the ecological balance and for the very future of our planet. Dr Kaushik also appraised about the five day training program.
Mr E Sampat Kumar, Member, Central Ground Water Board briefed about the activities of Central Ground Water Board and also offered sharing of data with the researchers of the University.
Professor Liaqat A K Rao, Chairperson, Department of Geology, while welcoming the guests, said that according to the available data, children in 100 million homes in the country lack water, and one out of every two children are malnourished. He called for the restoration of environmental justice to India so that families can raise their children with dignity. Professor Rao told that providing water to communities is one such way to best ensure that chance.
Dr Rashid Umar conducted the program whereas Dr M Nasir Khan proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Siraj Khan, Scientist, Central Ground Water Board Coordinated the Program.
Thirty Five Participants, including Faculty Members, Research Scholars, M Tech students as well as Engineers from UP Jal Nigam have registered for the Program.