Pune: MIT-WPU School of Management observed World Water Day to deliberate upon the burning issues of ‘Water Crisis’ and ‘Water Management’ in association with The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), USA, India Office on 22nd March 2021.
The theme of the event was ‘Valuing the Water’ which hold utmost relevance in the current times. This two-hour event was hosted on Cisco WebEx and was graced by renowned keynote speakers. The deliberation included topics like the impending water crisis, the importance of water conservation, water management, government of India’s role in water security, achievements of Jal Shakti Ministry and the role of youth and communities in saving water etc.
The event started with the tradition of playing the World Peace Prayer followed by Dr. Prof. P. Srinivas Subbarao address, the Dean & Director of MIT-WPU School of Management who emphasized the importance of water and welcomed all the guest speakers.
Dr. N.T. Rao, the Vice-Chancellor of MIT-WPU justly mentioned that water should be considered as a treasure with the students and being management students, he motivated them to take initiatives to save water.
The event was bestowed on with the presence of the keynote speaker Col. (Retd.) Shashikant Dalvi, Leader at The Climate Reality Project who spoke on the topic “World Water Day and Role of the Youth”. He has been doing inspiring work in Rain Water Harvesting. He shared his experience and invited the youth to join him in making water management part of every household.
Ms. Elsie Gabriel, Coordinator Oceans Climate Reality Project India & Ambassador for India Ocean Global International, shared her experiences and addressed the students on “Ocean Conservation & Mitigation in Small Island Nations”. She encouraged the youth and students to participate in cleaning the water bodies and sea-beach cleaning.
Mr. Shivam Singh, National Coordinator for Youth; Climate Reality Project threw light on ‘Youth Engagement on Water’ and spoke about how he is acting as a bridge between different generations. The final panelist, Mr. Kamala Kanta Dash, the Director of Climate and Sustainability Centre, Sri Sri University, Odisha, shared the initiatives taken by the government of India in saving water and addressed the students and faculty on the topic “Valuing Water: A review of the Ministry of Jal Shakti”. He highlighted the immediate measures that are required to be taken by the government to ensure water security.
The participants found the exchange of ideas an enriching experience. The deliberations and questions and answer session saw several students asking questions for guidance on best to minimize water footprints in the personal, family and community lives. Dr. Pallavi, Asst. Prof was the anchor of the session and Dr. Vinita Kale offered the formal vote of thanks.