India, as other South Asian countries, is heading towards freshwater crisis mainly due to improper management and use of water resources and environmental degradation. Depletion and overexploitation of fresh water resources is threatening the very existence of life on earth. There is an urgent need to make society responsible partners in solving the problems related to water – with youth and teachers in young countries of South Asia being an extremely important constituency for this movement.
The stress on human populations and ecosystems from this depleting water situation is further aggravated by a rapidly declining quality – in particular in urban areas. While the challenges on better water management remain huge, the situation on sanitation is much worse. Considering the costs of providing proper sanitation facilities, the state of public finances in most governments and the lack of skill sets available do not allow states to do justice to the sector of sanitation. Further, for protecting valuable drinking water from contamination, one of the key steps is to break the vicious cycle of inadequate water supply and concentrated water pollution through proper collection, treatment and hygienic disposal of sewage. If sewage is eliminated, bacteriological contamination would end and so would water borne diseases, subsequently risk to health may be reduced. Therefore, these two aims- water supply and sanitation- need to be synchronized by planners at policy formulation as well as at operational levels.
These critical issues have been highly debated in various forums and a unanimous understanding among policy makers, designers and implementers was arrived that the need for an inclusive approach towards addressing the problem was required. Thus, in this context, the Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies with the support of USAID is inviting applications for offering scholarships to final year graduate and post graduate students who are interested in showcasing their ingenuity in the field of managing water and sanitation.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria:
Who can Submit?
Terms and Conditions:
Submission of Proposals:
The last date for proposal submission is March 31, 2016 in Microsoft Word in the prescribed format along with a covering letter expressing interest in the proposed area of work and forwarded through a faculty member, who has agreed to be the supervisor and mentor to the applicant.
The chosen students shall be awarded fellowship from July, 2016 onwards.
The proposal should be submitted in electronic copy by the deadline to:
Ranjana Ray Chaudhuri
Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies
10 Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070
Disbursement of Fellowship: