D. WATER RESOURCES INSTITUTIONS CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT
Component D aims to build capacity for knowledge-based water resources management. It would support establishment of water resources knowledge centers, professional development, project management and operations.
Water Resource Knowledge Centres
This sub-component will support the establishment or strengthening of ‘centers of excellence’ in order to develop expertise and a pool of experts and to ensure that the knowledge, tools and innovations developed under the project are applied to improved water resources management. It is expected that these centers, co-located where possible with the water data centers under Component A, will include: (i) a flood forecasting center at CWC; (ii) a groundwater modelling center at CGWB; (iii) an IWRM hub at NIH; (iv) a Hard Rock Center in Andhra Pradesh; (v) a North East Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management; and (vi) irrigation management centers at selected state-run Water and Land Management Institutes (WALMIs). There will be provision for collaborating with international institutes, including twinning arrangements, and with national and international academia//research centers, with support to research and internships.
This sub-component will aim at increasing the numbers of specialists in key water management disciplines where skills are currently lacking, both within government and in related professional organizations and institutes. Disciplines targeted include hydrologists, water resources modelers and river basin-based planners and managers. The sub-component will support development and customization of short and long term courses both in research and academic centers, and professional training and networking amongst water professionals, and will facilitate knowledge management and exchange as well as communications. Training will cover the use of the models and tools developed under the project, and there will be interactive training of community groups in local water management. The project will develop partnerships with national and international institutes, establish communities of practice, internships and visiting expert programs, launch training and workshops for knowledge exchange and professional networking, and facilitate hackathons to develop innovative water applications.
This sub-component will support management and facilitation of project activities at national and sub-national levels through a National Project Management Unit (NPMU), central project management units (CPMUs), river basin project management units (RBPMUs) and state project management units (SPMUs), including technical assistance, activity management, procurement, financial management, safeguards, training, communications, and monitoring, learning and evaluation. The support for professional manpower (like procurement, MIS, Financial, safeguard, social and environmental etc) , IT and other infrastructure, vehicles, travel, stationary, telephone internet, electricity and other such expenditure would be supported through this sub-component.
This sub-component would also support incremental man power, hiring of experts for modeling, GIS activities, field monitoring and IT support, etc. The support would also be provided to hire data entry operators, office assistants etc under this sub-component.