Dates: 26th of May to 4th of June, 2021
The School of Water & Waste, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised an online training programme on “Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning” (WSUDP) specially designed for the M.Arch (Urban Regeneration) students of Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi.
The training aimed at mainstreaming decentralized WSUDP through capacity building in planning and management of urban infrastructure with the objective of developing community of practice in WSUDP sector. A total of 27 participants comprising faculty and students of Jamia Millia Islamia, CSE interns and staff members attended the training.
This online training was divided in 2 modules spread over 10 days. Material was uploaded on the online course moodle platform for the participants. Methodology of the course included active learning of total 16 hours; 10 hours of essential reading material on moodle and 6 hours of live virtual sessions. The programme was based on state-of-art teaching – learning tools consisting of interactive sessions, essential and desirable reading materials, presentations, quizzes, documentaries, experiential learning using detailed case studies, online discussions on the forum and working in groups.
Part 1: Context and Significance of WSUDP (26-30 June, 2021), of the online training started with a live virtual Launch Event on 26th of June for setting the context of the training to welcome all the participants. Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, CSE, briefed the background to all the participants showing the need towards a water sensitive design and how it is different from conventional water-management solutions in cities. This module also included an analysis of WSUDP on different intervention scales to execute site level designs.
Part 2: WSUDP Approach and practice (31 May - 04 June, 2021) included the designing and planning of different WSUDP features: SUDS, GI, RWH, Constructed Wetlands. This module provided the participants with key design thumb-rules, O&M and stakeholder engagement strategies, and economics of WSUDP features. The module also presented case studies in support of WSUDP principles and analyse the relevant tools and techniques.
An informative and enlightening guest session by Ar. Vandana Menon, on the topic ‘Challenges in Community participation occurred during setting up a Rainwater harvesting system at a neighbourhood level’ was organized on 31st May, 2021. She has explained the strategy and management of Community challenges while setting up a Rainwater harvesting system at a neighbourhood scale. The session was quite interactive and involving where the participants and the resource person had an interesting discussion on the relevant issues.
The final day was reserved for the DIY group exercise and presentations that was conducted virtually. All the four groups performed exceptionally well & came up with conceptual WSUDP Plan for 4 cities. The training was concluded with a detailed feedback session moderated by Dr Suresh Rohilla, CSE and with reflections on the learnings, way forward and action plans by the participants and Faculty members of JMI.
Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI)