SMILE students mobilisation
initiative for learning through exposure - is conceived by a New Delhi-based
non-governmental organisation (NGO), Indo German Social Service Society, about ten years
back. It involves 22 NGOs and Pravah is one of them. On August 25, with CSEs
assistance, Pravah organised a workshop for the collegiate on the issue of rainwater
harvesting (RWH). A CSE staffer introduced the participants to traditions, current
practices and principles of RWH. The day concluded with students expressing a desire to do
RWH in their complexes.
To sensitise the members about rainwater
harvesting (RWH) a meeting was organised by Rotarys Inner Wheel Club (IWC) on August
19. A CSE representative attended as a resource person. The participants were introduced
to the status and nature of the citys water problems. The examples of different
sites with RWH in and around Delhi, cleared several doubts about the potential of RWH. The
response of the participants was overwhelming. Manju Bogra, secretary of IWC, said
"The information provided by CSE has inspired many to take up RWH, with the available
CSEs trains engineers and architects
In a bid to
strengthen the backbone of the construction industry, CSE organised a training workshop
for builders, architects and engineers, on August 13-14. About 24 professionals actively
participated from both government and non-governmental organisations. Specialised training
modules were designed to encourage this group to take up rainwater harvesting (RWH).
CIIs water meet
The Confederation of Indian Industry
(CII), organised a one day seminar-cum-workshop on August 28, to sensitise its members
about the potential of rainwater harvesting (RWH). The participants keenly followed the
presentations given by Delhi Jal Board, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and CSE. During
the question-answer session, CGWB was asked to share its reserves of technical data with
CSE to ensure that sustainable benefits reach the people. At the end of the day, the
participants visited the RWH works undertaken by Paharpur Business Centre, Delhi.
The first session on August 13, focused on the
planning and design aspects of RWH. Dilli-o-Dilli, a presentation made by a CSE
staffer, discussed the effects of neglecting traditional water harvesting practices on
Delhis present water scenario. Following sessions detailed the hydro-geological set
up of the city and different techniques of harnessing rain.
I am incharge of three rainwater
harvesting projects. Earlier, I had some ideas . This workshop has made me confident of
implementing them as well.
Military Engineering Service
Kaul, a leading landscape architect, opened flood gates of ideas by introducing his
innovative works on RWH. As a training exercise, the group then prepared designs for the
sites selected by CSE.
The second day started with an impact evaluation
analysis of the different RWH techniques. A site visit to CSEs model projects -
Jamia Hamdard University and Panchsheel Park Colony was an experience that the group
cherished the most. In the latter half of the day, different RWHlegislations of Delhi were
briefed.Followed by Jeya Kumars presentation. Being a builder from Chennai, Jeya
Kumar gave the group another perspective of doing RWH.The group then collectively
discussed ways to convince their clients to take up RWH.
Continuing with its endeavour CSE announces its
next workshop for the army engineers in October.
For further information:
Eklavya at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Suresh Babu SV at email@example.com
The natural resource management unit of CSE, is
offering a four-week internship programme to the students of architecture and engineering
in rainwater harvesting. No fees is charged and these courses are organised during the
summer and winter breaks of colleges.
During summers this year, CSE
trained four engineering students three (A Agarwal, S Pruthi and B Singh) from
Delhi College of Environmental Engineering and one (Fabrice Arki) from Ecole Nationale des
Travaux, Lyon, France.
In these four weeks, they did a comparative
analysis of the traditional and contemporary water harvesting systems; the nature of water
demand, supply, sources of water, depleting water levels, deteriorating quality amongst
many other aspects. The students visit the sites, where rainwater harvesting systems have
been installed. Later, they designed such systems for the new sites. At the end of the
course, they were given certificates.
To join the course:
Eklavya at firstname.lastname@example.org or
RKSrinivasan at email@example.com