16 July, 2024

Regional Centre

Academics Initiatives


The Certificate programme of Water Harvesting and Management has been jointly developed in collaboration with School of Agriculture, as per the recent initiative of the University for offering Need Based Academic Programmes. 

Over the years with consistent increase in population, growing urbanization and industrialization, increasing demand for agriculture produce, has led to phenomenal increase in demand for water. This has also resulted in over exploitation of limited surface as well as ground water resources, and as a consequence constantly and continuously depleting ground water table. The situation in urban areas is even more serious. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for not only conservation of water resources but also its argumentation through effective strategies and management, particularly in view of ever rising demand of water from various competing sectors. Rainwater harvesting essentially means collection and storage of the rainwater from rooftop or from a surface catchments for future use. This takes care of the cities ever-growing requirement for water, increases soil moisture level thereby enhancing urban greenery, increase in the ground water table through artificial recharge and also improves of quality of ground water. Town planners and civic authorities all over the country have introduced bylaws for encouraging rainwater harvesting.


Despite various initiatives including legislative measures, very little rainfall is conserved and harvested. There is a tremendous possibility for harnessing the rainwater for augmenting the existing water resources. This calls for an immediate requirement of generating mass awareness and dissemination of skills through trained human resources, about rain water harvesting techniques and management for the optimal use of harvested water by all concerned. This programme would especially be useful for those living in water scarce and also drought prone areas. 

Main Objectives

  • To sensitize and educate learners on augmentation & utilization of water resources.
  • To impart necessary skills and expertise to understand water harvesting techniques.
  • To enable learners to act as trainers and organizers at household and community levels for efficient water management in terms of its usage and also for water conservation.


Programme Structure
The Certificate Programme consists of four courses of 4 credits each - three theory course and one practical course:

  • Introduction to Water Harvesting.
  • Basics of Hydrology.
  • Water Harvesting, Conservation and Utilization.
  • Practical Training at Water Harvesting Agency.

*1 credit = 30 hours of students study time


Eligibility Requirements

  • 10th pass
  • Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU


Programme Fee


  • Rs. 1,600.00



  • Minimum 6 months and maximum 2 years.


Medium of Instruction

  • English and followed by Hindi and regional languages.


Job Opportunities:
Certificate holders will be fully equipped to serve various Government and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) dealing with water harvesting projects, Urban Housing Boards, Private Real Estate Builders, Soil Conservation Departments and Ground Water Boards as Water Harvesting Assistants.


For further information, kindly contact:

Dr. Sanjeev Pandey,
Programme Coordinator (CWHM)
& Regional DirectorIGNOU Regional Centre, Delhi-2,
Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Rajghat
New Delhi - 110 002
Phone: 011-23392375-77
Fax : 011-23392375
E-mail: ignourcd2@rediffmail.com




Director, School of Agriculture
Block - G-1, Academic Complex
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi
New Delhi-110 068 (INDIA)
Phone - 91-011-29533167
E-mail: soa@ignou.ac.in




Mukesh Kumar
Programme Co-Coordinator (CWHM)School of Agriculture Block - G-2, Academic Complex
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi
New Delhi-110 068 (INDIA)
Phone 91-11-29533166
Telefax: 91-11-29533167
E-mail: soa@ignou.ac.in