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School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University has been awarded by the Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST) Programme of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. (For details visit Web: http://dst.gov.in/scientific-programme/fist-07.pdf )

Prof. Arunabha Majumder has been awarded the Emeritus Fellowship by AICTE on the basis of proposal submitted by the School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University has been approached by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India, National River Conservation Directorate for undertaking an evaluation of DPRs for projects related to National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA)/National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).

School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University has been identified for Key Resource Centre (KRC) in the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India for conducting training courses and regional workshops for the year 2010-11 of the Ministry.

Any other highlights

Prof. Dr. Asis Mazumdar represented India in the Tsukuba Asian Seminar on “Agricultural Education under the auspices of UNESCO” (Theme: Present situation of the utilization & conservation of water resources from the global-regional points of view) on 07th -13th November, 2006 at Tsukuba University, Japan.

Prof. Dr. Asis Mazumdar participated in a Collaborative Research Programme with the Sciences and Techniques for Civil Engineering, Ph.D. School “Leonardo da Vinci”, the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pisa, Via Gabba 22, 56126, Pisa-Italy during the period from 26th September – 24th October, 2007.

A Joint RESEARCH AGREEMENT was signed between the Sciences and Techniques for Civil Engineering, Ph.D. School “Leonardo da Vinci”, the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pisa, Via Gabba 22, 56126, Pisa-Italy, represented by Prof. Stefano Pagliara and the School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, represented by Prof. Asis Mazumdar. However, this will come in force only after it will be approved by the Competent Authority of the University. The aim of this agreement is to establish the conditions for the development of a common research project.

Prof. Dr. Asis Mazumdar participated in the research programme on “Research Issues for Riverine Bank Stability Analysis in the 21st Century” along with Prof. Thanos Papanicolaou, Chairman of the ASCE Sedimentation Committee, Prof. Subhasish Dey, IIT Kharagpur, India and Prof. Massimo Rinaldi, University of Florence, Italy in the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, The University of Iowa, USA for the period from 3rd July to 28th July, 2006.

School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University organized one day regional workshop on “National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA) in Land Degradation for India” on 19th May, 2006 at Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University in collaboration with The Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi.

Keynote address delivered by Prof. Dr. Asis Mazumdar in the Inaugural Session of the Short Term Training Course on “Soil and Land Resource Inventory for Integrated Watershed Management” on 4th September, 2006 organized by the All India Soil and Land Use Survey, Kolkata Regional Centre under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India.
Development of alternative sources of drinking water in the arsenic-affected areas of West Bengal: As there are several major hindrances to the installation and smooth running of large projects in this area, the School has attempted to develop some small, economical treatment units, easy to install and operate, for the supply of safe drinking water in the villages at micro-level. The running and maintenance of these units can easily be undertaken by the villagers themselves. Water from reasonably clean local ponds can be made free from harmful bacteria and other contaminants by the horizontal roughening process followed by flow through a bed of activated charcoal.

17th June is celebrated as the World Environment Day to Combat Desertification every year to draw every one’s attention that desertification can only be tackled by ensuring community participation and co-operation at all levels. The theme of the year 2007 is “Desertification and Climate Change – One Global Challenge”. This day is celebrated by the School of Water Resources Engineering, Jadavpur University in collaboration with the Regional Centre, National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board, Jadavpur University every year. This day was celebrated in 2007 at Shirsi village, near Chandra, Sadar Block, West Medinipur. Under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP, JU) Services to Community Scheme. A Rainwater harvesting Unit has been constructed to capture and store the surface running water and rain water with the help of community participation which would serve the village people during drought period and to convert nearby areas to multiple-cropping as well as using the facilities for pisciculture. On 17th June, 2007 the unit was handed over to the villagers, who will be finally using the Structure and will be responsible for regular monitoring and equitable benefit distribution.

Prof. (Dr.) Asis Mazumdar has been elected Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology.

Prof. (Dr.) Asis Mazumdar has been felicitated by the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) recognizing the invaluable contribution made by him as an academician in the field of Plumbing and Building services. The felicitation plaque has been conferred on 2nd October, 2010 in the 14th IPA Conference at Kolkata.

Prof. (Dr.) Asis Mazumdar has been invited by the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir, acted as an expert member of the high power Committee constituted for the Rejuvenation and Development of Wuler Lake in Kashmir.

Prof. (Dr.) Asis Mazumdar has become the expert of the Working Group on Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment who participated in the preparation of “Climate Change & India: A 4 x 4 Assessment (A sectoral and regional analysis for 2030s) published by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India in November, 2010.

Prof. (Dr.) Asis Mazumdar has been entrusted by the National River Conservation Directorate under Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India for evaluation of DPRs for Projects sponsored by National Ganga River Basin Authority related to National River Conservation Plan.

Dr. Debasri Roy – Biographical data was selected by the research editors of Asia/ Pacific Who’s Who (Publisher Rifacimento International, New Delhi, India) for inclusion in the volume of the aforementioned biographical directory for the year 2010.