Message from Director  on Training at NERIWALM

The North Eastern Regional Institute of Water and Land Management (NERIWALM) is a premier Institute of NE Region established in the year 1989-90 at Dolabari, Tezpur (Assam) by the North Eastern Council (NEC), Ministry of DONER as an autonomous Registered Society under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Recently, the Institute has been transferred to the Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India (w.e.f. April, 2012) in pursuance of a policy decision taken by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in October, 2006 while reviewing the role of Ministry of DONER and NEC. Thus it has attained the status of a national institute with regional mandate.

The uniqueness of the Institute lies on its catering the need of all the NE states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura including Sikkim for capacity building in the field of water and land management for irrigation and land development. Its sphere of activities normally cover the professionals working in the Departments of irrigation/water resources, agriculture & horticulture, soil & water conservation, rural development etc., NGOs/WUAs and farmers. Up-gradation of their knowledge, skill and capacity is the aspiration of NERIWALM's training, seminar/workshop etc. To keep the faculties updated and to be relevant, NERIWALM also carries on research projects and studies from time to time on issues and problems pertaining to water and land resource management in the region. These render NERIWALM a peerless character in academic institution arena and shaped it as a knowledge center in the field of water and land management to contribute in sustaining higher agricultural productivity in the North Eastern Region of India through capacity building activities.

The NERIWALM has an administrative building encompassing two well-equipped classrooms, a Conference hall, Faculty blocks etc. It has a well-furnished 46-seater Trainee's Hostel. A 4-suite Guest House is presently offering facilities of accommodating guests and resource persons. To facilitate the different capacity building programmes, research and project works, the Institute has a modern Computational Laboratory with Remote Sensing & GIS facilities and other infra-structures like Water and Soil Testing Laboratory, Irrigation Laboratory, Library, Agro-meteorology station, Research farm etc.
The Institute conducts both in-campus-training programmes by using the facilities available in the campus and also off-campus training programmes. The training modules are finalized as per the recommendations of a Board of Studies (BOS) having its members of renowned academicians, scientists and officials of North Eastern Region. The schedule of the training as reflected in the Training Calendar also normally prepared in due consultation with the representatives of different clientele departments meet in a Regional Training Forum (RTF) constituted for the purpose.
During this current year, training programmes will be conducted for various subjects related to water and land management. Considering the need and aspiration of the target group as well as feasibility to cover all the clientele states of NE region, most of the training programmes have been structured on short-term basis. Major thrust areas of the training programmes are, Irrigation water Management including Command Area Development, Watershed Management, Irrigation Water Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Rain Water Harvesting, Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM), Bio-resource Engineering and other suitable agricultural techniques/methodologies of agriculture like System of Rice Intensification (SRI), Crop Planning and Cropping System Management, Multiple cropping system, Use of organic fertilizers etc. During each of the training programmes a Lecture Note Compendium, as a ready reference of the training materials, is being handed out the participants. It has also a long standing vision to be fulfilled by preparing the training materials/lecture notes and other relevant scientific and technical materials in all the vernacular languages being practiced in the NE region.
Being an autonomous body, the NERIWALM requires sponsorship for training and other capacity building activities and there are many central sector schemes being implemented in the NE States, which has a component of training with funding provision. Institute also conduct time to time training programmes sponsored by some organization suiting to their project activities. Therefore, NERIWALM welcomes request to conduct training courses on sponsorship basis. We feel proud to inform that NERIWALM had successfully conducted training programmes on Farming System Management for Flood Prone Areas for farmers of Dhemaji (Assam) under the National Agricultural Innovative Project (NAIP), ICAR, Farmers' Clubs of CRS, India Chapter of Lakhimpur, Dhubri and Dibrugarh districts of Assam, training on Drainage for the tea planters of Assam organized by Tea Research Association, Tocklai etc. Necessary financial support also received from the Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) wing of Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India for organizing National and Regional Level Training programmes for field level functionaries and farmers. The Institute also planning to organize training programme in collaboration with reputed and like minded organizations. The Institute may also be approached for conducting training/seminar/workshop etc. for hiring its well-equipped utility infrastructures by organizations/departments working for North Eastern Region.
The Training Calendar for the year 2012-13 includes both in-campus and off-campus programmes (Table1). Efforts are being made to conduct off-campus programmes in all districts of each of the NE states. Few new training courses have also been proposed to be conducted (Table 2) after the course contents are finalized in the next meeting of the Board of Studies of NERIWALM. The collaborative and sponsored training/special category training, seminar/conferences etc. have been proposed at Table 3. However, few more courses can be decided later on after receipt of request by concerned department of the State Governments of North Easter Region of India or other sponsors.

(P K Bordoloi)

NB: MoWR entered into an MoU with the DONER Ministry & NEC on 1-June-2012 by which NERIWALM is taken over by the MoWR,GOI wef 1.April-2012




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