AUSTRALIA INDIA WATER CENTER (AIWC) Launched water issues and challenges of India and Australia share many common...

The water issues and challenges of India and Australia share many common elements, including natural extremes of floods and droughts, increasing competition for water between urban, peri-urban and rural sectors and increased threats to water security from climate change. There are also pressures due to the over-exploitation and water quality degradation of surface and groundwater resources. The recent joint declaration at the virtual summit of the Prime Ministers of Australia and India, in June 2020 stated that “Water security is a critical challenge for both countries, and it was jointly decided to deepen policy and technical cooperation on mutually agreed activities to improve water management and sustainable economic development.” With this in view, a number of universities, research organisations and business partners from Australia and India have committed to establish the Australia India Water Centre (AIWC).
The scope of the AIWC include develop longer-term collaboration in water research, capacity building and knowledge and technology transfer, particularly focusing on water and food security, safe drinking water supplies, river health, water-energy-food nexus, water for liveable cities and other related aspects of mutual benefits to Australia and India. The AIWC will in particular focus on the following aspects:
The development of tools and techniques to tackle future water and food security challenges including improved management of groundwater, rivers, springs, stormwater and coastal reservoirs;
• Establishment of a joint Masters level program in transdisciplinary water resources management;
• Capacity building/training programs for government department staff, policy makers, NGOs and industry personnel; and
• Promotion of transdisciplinary research and training approach in research and training/educational program; and
• Promotion of water expertise of the Centre partners which expands engagement and networking internationally.
MOU Institutions from Australia and India include
1. Western Sydney University (lead);
2. Deakin University;
3. Flinders University;
4. Queensland University of Technology;
5. The University of Melbourne;
6. University of New South Wales;
7. The University of Western Australia;
8. University of Wollongong;
9. Department of Environment and Water, Government of South Australia;
1. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (Lead);
2. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi;
3. G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar; 4. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore;
5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur;
6. India Institute of Technology, Roorkee;
7. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad;
8. Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur; 9. National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee;
10. National Institute of Technology, Surathkal;
11. SV National Institute of Technology, Surat;
12. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore;
13. Institute of Rural Management Anand;
14. Indian Institute of Information Technology, Dharwad;
15. JSS Science and Technology University, Mysuru,
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