Centre for River Affairs

Centre for River Affairs

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Why CRA?

Rivers are considered as the lifeline of any civilization. It’s not only a geomorphic entity but an important ecological system on which the sustainability of modern society is dependent. In spite of the pivotal role rivers play in sustaining human civilizations, the understanding of large river systems and appreciation of their multidimensional nature is still fragmentary. The anthropogenic activities and its impact, environmental degradation, advancement of modern technologies and shortage of water due to the continuous growth and demand of fresh water poses a serious impact on the world water availability ratio. Through this centre we will try to find out the possible solutions of these various problems and to support the various initiatives taken by the NMCG to protect this valuable resource.

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Five Pillars of CRA
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ACADEMICS
& RESEARCH

INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION

LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT

CAPACITY
BUILDINGS

POLICY
ADVOCACY

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Academic Courses

To produce the best human resources or professionals in the field of River and Water sectors, the Centre for River Affairs (CRA) offers some academic courses in the form of Certificate, PG Diploma & Post Graduate modes in academic collaboration with two UGC and AICTE recognized universities in India.

Courses Offers

Short Term Certificate Courses

  • Integrated Watershed Management
  • Economic and financial evaluation of water infrastructure   
  • Water Auditing and Demand Management 
  • River Sensitive Urban Planning
 
PG Diploma Courses
  • Geoinformatics in Water Resources Management
  • Hydrodynamics & River Geoinformatics 
 

Publications

The role publications either in the form of Research Papers in a reputed journal or  as book format not only help us to find out the new dimensions of of any topic but also supports us in case its further research through proper documentation. CRA possess thorough emphasis on it from the very beginning of its platform.

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Research Projects

Since its inception, CRA emphasizes in doing research works on some relevant issues either in the way of self financing mode or by the Govt or any industrial collaboration. Even the interns join us from the different academic institutions are also being attached with us to do this kind of research activities with CRA of SAIARD. 

Topic of some ongoing and completed projects

Ongoing

  • A study on the shoreline changes of the Eastern Coast of India
  • Sedimentation Risk Assessment and Prediction for Upper Cauvery River Basin Using Artificial Neural Network
  • Bank Erosion and its impact on LULC changes in the lower basin of Kankai Mai River using Geospatial Technologies
  • Flood Risk Modeling of Kerala
  • A geo-spatial prelude on the prospect of groundwater potentiality: future groundwater prospect mapping in Bankura district, West Bengal
  • Flood as natural hazard and it’s management in Kolkata Municipal Corporation
 

Completed

  • Hydro-geological ground water study & hydro-graphic survey work for water availability at Dankuni Coal Complex, West Bengal funded by Coal India Ltd., Projects and Development India Ltd., & SPA GEO Technologies Pvt. Ltd. on 31/03/2020 – 20/07/2020
  • Flood susceptibility mapping using geospatial techniques- A case study of Hyderabad, Telengana District, India
 

Internship Program

CRA offers the internship opportunities for both national and international students through both online and offline mode. Through its RESEARCH INTERNSHIP Program SAIARD is not only support the students to develop their research skills but also giving them the opportunity to publish their research works in some reputed high indexed journals.

 

Outreach/Capacity Building Programs

CRA of SAIARD, first time in the world, has organised the INTERNATIONAL RIVER CONGRESS as its flagship program not only to create awareness about this valuable natural resource but also to project the relevance of this natural object in front of the world. Not only that as a part of the AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV it has started series of lectures and various capacity building programs on various dimensions of river related issues to energies the young mins as well as to promote the various initiatives of Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India in front of the world.

Collaborations

Now a days collaboration is one of the basic integral part for development & progress. Sharing and exchange of ideas and research not only help to the promote the institutional upgradation but also create an atmosphere of development. In this respect, CRA-SAIARD, from its inception, spread its hand to collaborate with various national and international bodies including govt. organisations with a motto to develop a platform of collaborative research and knowledge exchange.

Collaborative Organisations

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Outreach Programs

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Team CRA

Dr. Satiprasad Sahoo, Assistant Professor at International Institute of Geospatial Science and Technology (IIGST) of SAIARD & specialist in Geoinformatics and Water Resource Engineering, has completed his Ph.D. from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He has a wide experience in project handling as a full time Project Officer in IIT Kharagpur and Vassar Labs in Hyderabad as Water Resource Engineer He has 25 research publications in some reputed hi-Indexed international journals and 90.4% average citations per year.

Er. Subrata Halder, WRI&DD, Govt. of W.B.  [Senior Advisor]

For being Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, Masters in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering) from Jadavpur University, and Masters of Technology (Hydrology) from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Er. Subrata Halder has been working as an Executive Engineer (Agri-Irrigation) in State Water Investigation Directorate (SWID) under Water Resources Investigation & Development Department (WRI&DD), Government of West Bengal. He has professional experience of more than 24 years in the field of Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Irrigation, and Geospatial Technology applications in Water Resources Management. He provided commendable services towards advanced water resources investigation, planning, and management in the State of West Bengal during his tenure as the Nodal Officer of National Hydrology Project (NHP), West Bengal (Ground Water). He is a visiting professional at the Administrative Training Institute, Govt. of West Bengal. At present, he is performing as the Chairman of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Kolkata Chapter and also as a Life/Fellow Member of various professional bodies, viz. IAH, IWRS, ISCA, ISH, ISRS, ISEC, IAH (UK), IAHS (UK), ISDS (Japan), and ISPRS (Australia). He had been honoured with prestigious National Awards like BHARAT GOURAV AWARD and BEST CITIZENS OF INDIA AWARD in 2016; BHARAT RATNA DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM EXCELLENCE AWARD and RASHTRIYA GOURAV AWARD in 2017, DR. SARVEPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and AQUA FOUNDATION’S EXCELLENCE AWARD in 2020. 

Mr. R. R. Mishra, IAS, Ex DG, NMCG, Min. of Jal Shakti, GOI [Visiting Professor]

Mr. Mishra, former Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti,, Govt of India, heads India’s National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), a flagship initiative launched by the Indian government with projects worth USD 3.73 Billion for effective abatement of pollution, conservation, and rejuvenation of the River Ganges and its tributaries. A big advocate of cross-sectoral coordination, he has been largely responsible for shaping the softer approaches for river management in the basin, in addition to the traditional engineering solutions. An officer of the prestigious Indian Administrative Services, Mr. Mishra has held top management positions in India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; and the former Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation giving him the unique advantage of multi-perspective understanding of river management from a governance point of view. 

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River Library

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CRA invites the scientists, research scholars, academicians to deposit their original research publications (related to the field of River/Water) to enrich our River Library for the upcoming scholars of this field.

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Upcoming Book

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Prof. S.R. Basu Memorial Award

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SAIARD on behalf of its Centre for River Affairs (CRA) has started a memorial award in the name of Prof. Subhash Ranjan Basu, a renowned River Scientist and former Professor and Head, Department of Geography, University of Calcutta, in admiration and recognition of his contribution in the field of river science. Throughout his life he has devoted himself to work on various aspects of river and published numerous research papers on it.

We are privilege to honour him through this memorial award. Considering the contribution of future researchers working on river and its various dimensions, each year, this award will be provided to them on the platform of SAIARD’s International River Congress

International Consortium of River Affairs (ICRA) is a voluntary platform under the Centre for River Affairs (CRA) of SAIARD. It has been formed with a vision to promote the idea i.e. Rivers for All and We have to Think River Differently as well as to engage the power of some river intellectuals throughout the world in one unified platform.

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Notifications

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Notification: CRA-SAIARD/IP/01/22

Centre for River Affairs (CRA), SAIARD
welcomes to the Students and Research Scholars from any reputed academic institutes 
to participate in its Research Internship
Program
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Min. Eligibility: Graduate with basic knowledge in GIS & Remote Sensing

Duration of Internship: 2 – 3 Months

Mode of Internship: Online/Offline

Available Seats: 10

Certificate: Certificate will be issued on behalf of SAIARD after successful completion of his or her internship.

Last Date of Application: 28 Aug, 2022

Click here to Apply
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