Diploma in Watershed Management (DWM)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Diploma in Watershed Management (DWM)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 4 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 12,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


  • 10+2 Senior Secondary Pass Outs (or)
  • Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU
  • 10th pass may enroll simultaneously for the BPP and Diploma programme.  
Programme overview
Unprecedented population pressure and increase in demand of scarce land, water and biological resources and increasing degradation of these resources are adversely affecting the stability and resilience of our ecosystems and the environment leading to wastelands. Wasteland development is of great significance to realize the full potential of the available land resource and avert its further degradation. Watershed development holds the key to confront these problems. The government is implementing watershed development programmes through the Programme Implementation Agencies (PIAs) which are not fully equipped with the technically trained personnels in different aspects of watershed development/ management. There is an urgent need of qualified persons, well versed in various aspects of watershed management including project processing, review, monitoring and evaluation. This will lead to qualitative transformation of important activities in watershed projects.
The Diploma Programme in Watershed Management aims at developing competent human resource in the field of Watershed Development/Management. It intends to impart basic knowledge and skills for water harvesting, conservation and utilization, soil erosion and its management, integrated farming systems including crop husbandry, animal husbandry, agro-forestry, fish farming,  funding, monitoring, evaluation and capacity building of watershed programmes besides extension and communication skills for long term socio-economic development of the society. It will provide the basic understanding of various activities undertaken during the development of watershed programmes. The programme also intends to address the workforce requirement of the watershed management and focus on upgrading the knowledge and skills of existing personnel in the watershed development.
This programme is developed in collaboration with the Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.
The basic objective of the diploma programme is capacity building and developing human resource in different aspects of watershed management for overall socio-economic development of rainfed regions faced with low agricultural productivity and economic deprivation. However, the specific objectives of the programme are as under: 
  •  Introduce the principles of the watershed management approach and  the value of working at a watershed;
  •  Generate awareness about the importance of sustainable development and maintenance of natural resources;
  •  Delineate different techniques for accessing and predicting physical, chemical and socio-economic conditions within a watershed including water quality;
  •  Mobilization and capacity building of rural youth, women and landless;
  •  Develop skills for development of small scale irrigation and water supply structures for human being and livestock through water and soil conservation strategies;     and
  •  Develop human resource in watershed development and management.
Course Code
Title of the course
Fundamental of Watershed Management
4 (2+2)
Elements of Hydrology
4 (2+2)
Soil and Water Conservation
4 (2+2)
Rainfed Farming
4 (2+2)
Livestock and Pasture Management
4 (2+2)
Horticulture and Agro-Forestry System
4 (2+2)
Funding, Monitoring, Evaluation and Capacity Building
4 (2+2)
Project Formulation
4 (0+4)
(Numbers in brackets indicate the credits for Theory and Practical)
CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 BNRI-101  Fundamental of Watershed Management  4
 BNRI-102  Elements of Hydrology  4
 BNRI-103  Soil and Water Conservation  4
 BNRI-104  Rainfed Farming  4
 BNRI-105  Livestock and Pasture Management  4
 BNRI-106  Horticulture and Agro-Forestry System  4
 BNRI-107  Funding, Monitoring, Evaluation and Capacity Building  4
 BNRP-108  Project Formulation  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
Job Opportunities:
The Diploma holders may be able to serve different organizations like Government and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) dealing with watershed projects, Urban Housing Boards, Private Real Estate Builders, Soil Conservation Departments and Ground Water Boards as Soil Conservation  and Agriculture/ Horticulture Inspectors, Agro-forestry Surveyors, Water Harvesting Technicians/ Supervisors, Livestock Assistants. There is an ample scope for setting up Self Entrepreneurship Units.
Counselling sessions:
The programme has practical component and equal weightage has been given to theory and practical components. 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 and term end 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 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:


Dr. Mukesh Kumar,
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


Regional Centres: