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A three day training program on MIKE+ where conducted by the Danish Hydraulic Institute officials, Abhilash Ajaykumar, the Managing Director of DHI-India, Manish Kumar, Senior Water Resource Engineer and James E Samuel, the Assistant Manager in association with SWI, SSET for various groups of people.
On the first day an online webinar was conducted for M.Tech Environmental Engineering students of SSET based on the water distribution system using MIKE Urban+. On the second day back-to-back meetings were conducted with the officials of Kerala Water Authority and Kerala Engineering Research Institute with an upcoming collaboration in their projects. On the third day, training in the water distribution of MIKE+ was conducted for officials from Kerala Engineering Research Institute (KERI), Centre for Water Resources development and management (CWRDM), National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), SSET staff and interns of SWI.
The Winter School by IIT Bombay & SWI for M.Tech EE students on "Participatory Urban Sanitation Planning for Small & Medium Towns" (from 27th Nov to 4th Dec) was conducted at Alapuzha. It's organised for 3rd semester M.Tech students (batch 4) of SSET as well as IIT Bombay. Everyday students do field work in the morning and analysis and compilation of data in the afternoon. The state of the art facilities of Kerala State Coir Machinery Manufacturing Company at Alapuzha has been provided by Government for conducting this Winter School. There used to be a lecture by an expert of national repute on every day evening. The students got the remarkable opportunity to interact with Hon'ble Finance Minister Dr Thomas Issac; Dr Madhavan Chandradathan, Scientific Advisor to Chief Minister of Kerala; Mrs T V Anupama IAS, District Collector Alapuzha; Dr Joy Elamon, Director Kerala Institute of Local Administration; faculty from IIT Bombay, etc. This Winter School was a great exposure for the students & faculty of SSET and IIT Bombay.
A one day technical talk was conducted on the theme ‘Technological Innovations to Solve Water Crisis’ at SSET in association with SWI. The program was inaugurated by the Principal of SSET, Prof. M. Madhavan in the presence of Dr. Sunny George, Director, Water Institute; Dr. P.S. Harikumar Senior Principal Scientist, Water Quality Division, CWRDM, Kozhikode and Dr. Shaju Thomas Head, Division of Environmental Education and Conservation Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences (TIES), Kottayam. Students of B.Tech, M.Tech and SSET faculty attended the session. Dr. P.S. Harikumar delivered a lecture on ‘Sustainable water resources management techniques with case studies’ and Dr. Shaju Thomas delivered a lecture on ‘Importance of water resources management with examples’ followed by an interactive session for the doubt clearances. Both the sessions were very informative for the participants.
On September 26, 2016 a workshop on leak detection and pipe locating were conducted at SSET. Dr. Syed Ibrahim, Honorary Consul of Germany in Kerala & Director, Goethe-Zentrum, Trivandrum inaugurated the workshop conducted at SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, Karukutty, Ernakulam and experts from Sewerin were resource persons. These workshops were an example of an academia-industry joint research initiative, where the participants from various sections of the society like water authority, irrigation department, consultants, technicians, NGOs and students got hands on training in the usage and application of leak detection and pipe locating technologies.
Environment Sustainability wing of TATA Consultancy Services, Infopark in association with SCMS Water Institute, SSET conducted a session on Environmental Sustainability and Green IT at SSET seminar hall on 28th June. Mr Manoj Thomas, Head, Environmental Sustainability for Asia Pacific Region of TCS and Ms Reeja George, Academic Relationship Manager of TCS, addressed our M.Tech Environmental Engineering students. They gave a lecture on the various state of the art aspects of Environmental Sustainability and then grouped the students into five and gave a task each for group activity. Later each of the 5 groups presented their own activity given, which was very impressive and remarkably useful for our students.
IIT Madras in association with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Indo-German Centre for Sustainability and SCMS Water Institute conducted a workshop on advances in biomonitoring and a demonstration of automated biomonitor (Multispecies Freshwater Biomonitor, MFB developed by LimCo International, GmbH, Germany) at IIT Madras on May 2 - 4, 2016. Participants from various sections like students/faculty, scientists, technicians were attended the workshop. Professors from IIT Madras, RWTH Aachen University Germany, IGCS, SWI, Experts from Tamil Nadu PCB, CIBA and M.Tech Environmental Engineering students of SSET were the resource person for the same.The aim of this workshop was to train people in various fields like aquaculture, water works, water and wastewater treatment plants, waste disposals, drinking/bottled water industries, solid sludge waste management and river protection agency; all over India.
The summit, jointly organised by the SCMS Water Institute and Kochi Corporation, in association with German Water Partnership (GWP), focused on conservation and management of water sources. Panel discussions were held on topics including protection of local water sources – sustainable solutions for municipal waste water and storm water management, monitoring domestic water supply quality – challenges for urban and rural areas, industrial water and waste water treatment. The members of GWP, a consortium of 350 German organisations, have decided to collaborate with CSWTM with the objective of resolving water related problems in the State by adapting German technologies to the Kerala situation. Dr G.P.C. Nayar, chairman of SCMS Group, Honorable Mr Jorn Rhode, Consul General of Germany in Bengaluru, Shri. K M Chandrasekhar IAS (Retd), Vice Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board, Mayor Tony Chammany, Ms Christine Von Lonski, Director of GWP, and Prof M. Madhavan, Principal of SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, attended the inaugural function.
SCMS Water Institute at SCMS School of Engineering & Technology, Karukutty, Ernakulam enjoys a MoU with SEWERIN GmbH for the training and skill development in the usage of leak detection sensors for monitoring water distribution networks. SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, Karukutty, Ernakulam in collaboration with SEWERIN, GmbH, Germany, a pioneer in leak detection has conducted a training workshop on October 18, 2015 at our main campus to train M.Tech Environmental Engineering students of SSET and donated the state of the art technology sensors to SCMS Water Institute for the mentioned purpose. Hon: Vice Chancellor of KTU was kind enough to accept these equipments from SEWERIN GmbH on behalf of SCMS Water Institute.
SCMS Water Institute in association with Central Ground Water Board conducted a five day training programme on Sustainable Development and Management of Ground Water in our main campus on May 25-29, 2015. M.Tech Environmental engineering students of SSET, officials from irrigation department and academicians from various institutions participated in the workshop. Scientists from Central Ground Water Board Kerala region, Trivandrum, officials from state ground water board were the resource persons. Lectures on topics : issues of Ground water management in Kerala, occurrence and movement of ground water, role of geophysics in groundwater exploration, role of climate change and global warming in ground water where taught in the workshop.
SCMS Water Institute in association with SCMS School of Business conducted a two day National Workshop on Water Management and Audit in our main campus on 25-26 February, 2015. This event was supported under "Building Capacities for Consultancy Development & Knowledge Management with Partner Institution (KMPI)" Programme of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC), DSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
The 2nd Indo-German Water Partnership (GWP) Summit was organized by SCMS Water Institute association with Kochi Municipal Corporation. The event was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri. Oomen Chandy on 6th October 2014 at Cochin. The one-day conference involved panel discussions on industry-academia partnership on solving water issues by leveraging technological advantages in both countries. Protection of local water bodies, monitoring of domestic water supply quality and industrial water and waste water treatment were also discussed during the sessions. The German water experts shared their presentations and held discussions and seminars to impart more knowledge about German approaches to the challenges of sustainable water management. They also discussed the challenges and opportunities of the Indian water sector, paying special attention to sustainable water resource management. The GWP is an association of German Industries, Academicians and Technology Institutions that are engaged in providing technology solutions for water and waste water management.
SWI and Environmental Engineering in association with Cochin Municipal Corporation organized a two day training programme on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) for small project during 21- 22 February, 2014 at SCMS Cochin School of Business, first of its kind in the state. A total of 74 participants from various section of the society including charted accountants, high court advocates, university professors, NGOs, students etc. participated in this event. The training covered assessment of positive and negative environmental impacts of every developmental projects and formulation of technically and economically feasible mitigation measures. A systematic training module for conducting EIA was developed by SWI and EE. This training module is in the process of getting published as a standard manual for conducting EIA of small projects.
SWI provided training on water quality analysis to 15 women selected by the panchayat. These women are now in a position to analyze six basic drinking water quality parameters. They are expected to carry out the analysis of water from the drinking water sources within the panchayat at periodic intervals.
SWI gave both theoretical and hands-on training on point recharging of wells to 30 participants of Koratty panchayat. They were grouped into a “Water Brigade” by the panchayat. These trainees are capable of disseminating the idea of roof top rainwater harvesting to the interested persons in the panchayat.