Certificate in Water Harvesting and Management (CWHM)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Certificate in Water Harvesting and Management (CWHM)

Minimum Duration: 6 Months
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 2,400
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Maximum Age: No bar


  • 10th pass (or)
  • Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU.
Programme overview
This programme has been developed in collaboration with the IGNOU Regional Centre, Delhi-2.
About the Programme:
Over the years with consistent increase in population, growing urbanization and industrialization, increasing demand for agriculture produce, has led to phenomenal increase in demand for water.  This has also resulted in over exploitation of limited surface as well as ground water resources, and as a consequence consistently and continuously depleting ground water table.  The situation in urban areas is even more serious. Accordingly, there is an urgent need for not only conservation of water resources but also its augmentation through effective strategies and management, particularly in view of ever rising demand for water from various competing sectors. Rainwater harvesting essentially means collection and storage of the rainwater from rooftop or from a surface catchments for future use. This takes care of the ever growing requirement for water, increases soil moisture level thereby enhancing urban greenery, rise in the ground water table through artificial recharge and also improves quality of ground water. Town planners and civic authorities all over the country have introduced by-laws for encouraging rainwater harvesting. Despite various initiatives including legislative measures, very little rainfall is conserved and harvested.  There is a tremendous possibility for harnessing the rainwater for augmenting the existing water resources. This calls for generating mass awareness and dissemination of knowledge and skills with regard to rain water harvesting techniques and management for the optimal use of harvested water through trained human resource. This programme would especially be useful for those living in water scarce and drought prone areas.
The programme aims at:
  • sensitizing and educating learners on augmentation and utilization of water resources;
  • imparting knowledge, skills and expertise to understand water harvesting techniques;   
  • enabling learners to act as trainers and organizers at household and community levels for efficient water management in terms of its usage and also for water conservation.


Course Code
Title of the Course
Introduction to Water Harvesting
Basics of Hydrology
Water Harvesting, Conservation
Practical Training at Water Harvesting Agency


CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 ONR-001  Introduction to Water Harvesting  2
 ONR-002  Basics of Hydrology  4
 ONR-003  Water Harvesting, Conservation and Utilisation  6
 ONRL-001  Practical Training at Water Harvesting Agency  4
Fee Concession:
The fee concession is available to the following category of students:
  • All the candidates from the rural areas shall be entitled for 50% fee concession subject to the production of domicile certificates.
  • The urban students below poverty line may also be given 50% fee concession subject to production of income certificate
Medium of Instruction:
  •   English
  •   Hindi
 Target Group:
  •    Residents of urban and rural areas particularly youth, housewives
  •    Social workers, volunteers working with NGOs
  •    Government functionaries dealing with Water Harvesting projects.
Job Opportunities:
Certificate holders will be fully equipped to serve various Government and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) dealing with water harvesting projects, Urban Housing Boards, Private Real Estate Builders, Soil Conservation Departments and Government Water Boards as Water Harvesting Assistants.
Counselling sessions:
The programme has one course for practical. The participation in the practical session is an integral part of the programme. 75% attendance in the practical counselling session is compulsory to appear in the practical examinations. The counselling sessions are held at the study centres (usually during weekends) according to the schedule drawn by the programme-in-charge. The details of the study centre can be obtained from the IGNOU website or concerned regional centres.
Additional Information:
The additional information about the programme and the admission details are available at IGNOU website – www.ignou.ac.in and our Regional Centres. Additional information about this programme may also be obtained from School of Agriculture.
For further information, kindly contact:
Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29572971
The Director,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29533167
Tele Fax: +91-011-29533167
Dr Sanjeev Pandey,
Regional Director Delhi-2 &
Programme Coordinator,
IGNOU Regional Centre
Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti,
Rajghat, New Delhi - 110 002
Phone: +91-011-23392376/77


E-mail: [email protected]
Regional Centres: