North Eastern Regional Institute of Water and Land Management
(NERIWALM), Tezpur

An Institute under the Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation,
Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt. of India

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Capacity building activity is considered to be a long-term, continuing process, in which all stakeholders like ministries, local authorities, non-governmental organizations and water user groups, professional associations, academics and others participate. Capacity building encompasses human resource development which is an essential part of development. It involves process that focuses on enhancing the skills, knowledge and social capabilities available to individuals and social system in order to achieve growth, equalize opportunities, reduce poverty and enhance people’s livelihood. It is based on the concept that education and training lie at the heart of development efforts and that without human resource development most development interventions will be ineffective. Training is a means for overall enhancement of performance in terms of knowledge and skills of an individual. NERIWALM has been organizing different capacity building programmes on water and land resources management of which training is one of the main activities. NERIWALM has proved its existence as a Regional Centre of Training in water and land management in NE Region of the country. It has been conducting short and medium term training programmes on different aspects and issues of water and land management relevant for the region.

NERIWALM is taking necessary action not only to expand its activities to national and international level but also undertaking long term courses in the form of academic courses on water resources management. Capacity Building programmes and Training in NERIWALM shall go a long way in improving and enhancing the performance of the organization, in general and shall help in ensuring up gradation of knowledge and skills of all the stakeholders thereby making a considerable contribution in overall development of Water and Land Resources in the NE Region in particular.

Module of training courses are cover aspects starting from policy to related technology and practicing methodologies/processes through theoretical and practical teaching so that the trainees build confidence and gain capability on the particular subject matter. It is expected that, later on, these trainees can be utilized as trainer to other stakeholder thereby minimizing the gap of reaching technology or skills to mass.

In-campus and Off-campus training:

Programmes are organized in its campus at Dolabari, Tezpur (Assam) utilizing the well equipped infrastructural facilities like class rooms, laboratories, conference rooms, library and research farm etc. These programmes are termed as In-campus programme. Faculty members and other technical staff of NERIWALM also moving around in the eight states of NE region to conduct Off-campus programmes in different locations utilizing infrastructural facilities of the State Departments, KVKs, Universities etc. Recently it has signed a MoU with NEHARI, Brahmaputra Board for organizing programmes utilizing the infrastructural facilities located at North Guwahati.

Collaboration in Training programmes:

Training programmes are also being conducted in collaboration with organizations like, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Agricultural Universities of the NE Regions (Assam Agricultural University, Central Agricultural University), water related central sector organizations like, Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board, National Institute of Hydrology, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology ( NIELT), Govt. of India, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), industries like Jain Irrigation System Ltd., Silpaulind and State Departments like Water Resources/Irrigation, Agriculture and Horticulture etc.

Sponsored Programmes:

NERIWALM tries to obtain sponsorship for organizing training programmes from other Ministries, Departments and organizations like North Eastern Council, Agricultural Skill Development Council, ICAR, ATMA etc. which enables the Institute to generate revenue or income.

In Plant Training for Students and unemployed youths (self-financed):

  • Students of B Tech and M Tech of the disciplines of Soil and Water Engineering, Soil Conservation Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Civil Engineering etc. are being given as “In Plant Training” of one month , bi-weekly and one week duration as a part of project works/internship to fulfill their degree courses.
  • Hands on training for Analysis of Environmental Parameters- Water Quality Analysis/Soil quality and Interpretation for students and unemployed youth is also imparted in the form of self financed training. These programmes are self financed and students are to pay a nominal registration fees as per the Guidelines.
  • Basic Computer Course for unemployed youth in the form of self-financed training is also incorporated in the training calendar of 2018-19.

Since its transfer to the Ministry of Water Resources during April, 2012, number of training programmes conducted by NERIWALM has been increased. As per the approved EFC under HRD & CB scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR, Govt. of India. NERIWALM is to conduct different types of training programmes for different target groups during 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 as indicated in Table1. Number of persons to be trained in each of the years i.e., 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 is presented in Table2.

Table 1: Year wise number of programmes for different categories of stakeholders

Table 1: Year wise number of programmes for different categories of stakeholders
Types of programs Target groups 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
One week Training programmes Officers 05 05 05
Three days training programmes Officers 12 12 15
Farmers 07 08 10
WUAs 06 06 06
NGOs/ SHGs 03 03 03
One day training Farmers 06 06 06
WUAs 06 08 08
ToT (One week) Farmers 02 03 03
WUAs 02 03 03
NGOs 02 02 02
Total of Training 51 56 61
Seminar, Workshop, Conferences Officers 02 02 02
WUAs 02 02 02
Grand Total 55 60 65

Table 2: Year wise numbers of persons to be trained

Table 2: Year wise numbers of persons to be trained
Years Number of Training etc. Number of persons to be trained
2017-18 55 1650
2018-19 60 1800
2019-20 65 1950