The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) University in India has partnered with The Coca-Cola Foundation to launch the Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies.

Dr. Leena Srivastava, vice chancellor of TERI University and Asim Parekh, vice president, technical and supply chain for Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, launched the program at TERI's Vasant Kunj campus in New Delhi.

The National Water Policy issued in 2012 by India's Ministry of Water Resources highlights several key areas of resource and capability scarcity in the water resource management, including a lack of adequate trained personnel for scientific planning and the absence of a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to water-related problems. Additionally, public agencies responsible for making water-related decisions rarely consult with stakeholders, often resulting in poor and unreliable service.

Coca-Cola and TERI University came together to set up an academic department to build knowledge and capacity in water-related issues. The Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies will examine water issues in an interdisciplinary framework, bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions towards a better, holistic approach to water management.

The program aims to develop a globally competitive class of young water management professionals; to scientifically manage water resources in the country with the help of research, development and new technologies; and to build capability for various stakeholders who can influence policy and implement research effectively. 

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Dr. Leena Srivastava and Asim Parekh launch the Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies in New Delhi.

“India needs to urgently build the capacity to conserve, manage and efficiently utilize all of its available water resources, including in the most remote parts of the country and across boundaries," says Dr. Leena Srivastava. "Policies, regulatory frameworks, financial mechanisms, access and equity issues all have to be aligned to urgently reduce our water vulnerabilities while enhancing our food and energy security. The Coca-Cola Department will strive to respond fully to these needs." 

Water is central not only to The Coca-Cola Company's business, but to the communities it serves, says  Parekh. 

We believe that through this partnership with TERI University, we can contribute to the creation of human resource capital in the area of water management as well as help in research and development on water management," he added. "This partnership brings together the Golden Triangle of government, business and civil society with Academia and we hope that this department will lead in the field of water governance."

The department will serve as a center for integrative and inclusive knowledge creation using an interdisciplinary approach to address complex water sustainability issues. Students can apply to either an MTech or an MSc two-year, full-time degree program in Water Science and Governance.

In addition to the two-year, full-time course, candidates will also have the option of registering for a one-year PG Diploma program or a six-month certificate program in either MTech or MSc. Applications for these programs are now open.

Core courses will cover water law and policy, water quality monitoring and assessment, and water and sustainability science. Depending on the candidate’s area of study and degree type, specified courses will cover applied hydrology, industrial pollution control, water audit and demand management, wetland conservation and management, integrated watershed and river basin management.

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