International River Congress


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International River Congress

Anthropological Survey of India, Saltlake, Kolkata

27 - 29 December, 2021

The Congress

“If the Earth is a Mother, then Rivers are her Veins.” Amit Kalantri

Rivers are the lifeline of all civilizations as they provide a plethora of life giving benefits .They have  encouraged human kind to establish major human civilizations and their  cities . Mostly in many countries rivers are worshiped as their sacred mother for they nurture us with life giving fresh water.  As we look from pre-historic times all civilizations were established and flourished near rivers. It had played significant role in agriculture, transport and trade and thereby in the advancement human civilization. Rivers are an element of the hydrological cycle in which water collects via precipitation and its intensity expands as it collects more water from the many tributaries that feeds its drainage system. All rivers initiate from the apex point in an area and thereby flow downstream being born of snow rainwater or underground reserves.

Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us to people and their civilizations. They nourish and refresh us and provide a home to dazzling varieties of fish, wildlife trees and myriad varieties of plants. Be it the Amazon, the Mississippi or our very own indigenous, sacred ever flowing Ganges, every river has a unique identity and a character of its own which flows not just past landscapes, but through our cultures and rituals resonating with a tingling, sensation, vibrating and exciting every cell of the body when we witness its magnificence and grandeur , as it flows .Our minds and souls  begin to  rejoice and rejuvenate ,refreshed and purified and devoid of any fatigue. They are life giving and nourishing life in all its varied forms therefore should be cared for with utmost reverence and affection. But what do we actually do to save the extinction of rivers or to take care of the rivers which needs rejuvenation? How many people actually feel that we should really do something to save our rivers! Even if we think, have we taken any measures? If we have taken any measures, do other people know about that? If they know, do they have any suggestions!!! May be they have, but they don’t know that where to reach out with their ideas!

Considering the significance of rivers and the consequences mankind will experience in near future if negligent now South Asian Institute for Advance Research & Development (SAIARD) is dedicated to the cause of conservation, restoration and protecting our largest ever flowing freshwater sources .The “International River Congress!” is endeavor on our behalf to bring together scientists & stakeholders who actually research for the wellbeing of rivers from all over India. All will come together on a single platform to share, enhance and deliberate with their ideas. It will be a platform where they can discuss and deliberate about River Basin Management, livelihoods of the people who live on the adjoining river banks and floodplains, river economies which promote economic sustenance. This seminar will also be an assembly of manifestos where the stake holders can share their views or the steps they have taken till date for management of river bank erosion, river rejuvenation & riverine ecosystem sustenance this will pave the path for integrated and sustainable planning in future.

This colloquium will be an open stage for all those mindful souls who actually care about the River Sustainability & Development and want to create awareness to protect the rivers. SAIARD is dedicated to the cause and sincerely desires that this convention will help us toraise awareness and save countless numbers of rivers from obliteration.

Think River Differently

  • To discussion on the emerging issues related to the river and its future planning
  • To develop a strategic vision plan regarding river rejuvenation & its adjacent livelihood development
  • To encourage young minds towards river related studies
  • To create a chain of river committees across India for the protection of rivers
  • To review of new challenges related to rivers through round table conference with river scientists.
  • To increase the awareness among people about the river & its relevance

Mode of Conference



Sub Themes

  • Geological & Ecological Entity of Rivers
  • Integrated River Basin Management & Livelihood Development
  • Importance of River Rejuvenation & Its Strategic Management
  • Restoration of Riverine Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
  • River Biodiversity & Its Relevance
  • Wetlands Conservation & Ox-Bow Lakes Management
  • Sustainable Utilization of River Water
  • Hydro-Meteorological Disaster & Resilience 
  • Waste Water Management & Pollution Abatement
  • Emerging Trends in Geospatial Technology for managing River System

Themes of Panel Discussion

River-People Connection : A Changing Paradigm

River Sensitive Urban Planning: Relevance & Practicability

River Governance and Prospect of River System Studies.

Changing Role of River Stakeholders in River Management


Special Memorial lectures & Awards

Prof. Subhash Ranjan Basu

Former Professor  & Head, Dept. of Geography,

University of Calcutta & Renowned River Scientist

Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh

Renowned Ecologist & Wetland Conservationist

Participation Opportunities

Paper Presentation

Authors are requested to submit their original research papers to enrich our congress

Poster Presentation

Submit your research paper in a poster format and present it in front of the global audience

Full Paper Publication

Publish your full paper in an edited book volume with a proper ISBN Number 

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Nominate yourself to win the most prestigious awards  by the hands of some eminent personalities.


The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to the funding organisations to publicise themselves by sponsorsing the Conference and support us


Please share a short video of river awareness program organise by your institution within  30 Nov, 2021 in the given mail id

Selected organisations will be awarded at IRC in presence of some honourable dignitaries.


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Registration Fees

For Academicians: 1500/- (INR) / 20$

For Officials/Corporate: 2000/- (INR) / 30$

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Chief Guest

Hon'ble Guest

Hon'ble Guest

Special Guest

Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt. of India

His Lordship Hon’ble Justice B. Amit Sthalekar

Judicial Member
National Green Tribunal
Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata

Shri, Saibal Dasgupta
Hon’ble Expert Member
National Green Tribunal
Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata


Hon’ble Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata

Hon'ble Dignitaries

Sh. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra,IAS

Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India

Sh. Hitesh Vaidya

Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Govt of India

Dr Tapati Banerjee

Director, National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation, Govt of India

Dr. S. Bandyopadhyay

DDGM, India Meteorological Department, Kolkata, Govt of India

Dr. Prakash Chauhan

Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Govt of India

Dr. Kalyan Rudra

Chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board, Govt. of West Bengal

Sh. R. Agarwal

Executive Director- Finance, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India

Dr. D. P. Duari

Director, M. P. Birla Planetarium, Kolkata

Dr. S.P. Aggarwal

Director, North-Eastern Space Application Centre, Govt of India

Dr. Gouri Basu 

Director,  Anthropological Survey of India, Govt. of India

Dr. Badri Narayan Kar

Addl. Director, ILGUS & State Mission Director, AMRUT, Govt of W.B

Sh. D.P. Mathuria

Executive Director- Tech., National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India

Prof. Ashis Sarkar

Retd. Professor, Presidency University, W.B.

Prof. S. Sharmin

Professor, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prof. C. Guneratne

Professor, Open University of Sri lanka, Sri Lanka

Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed

Associate Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr. Bharat Dahiya

Director, Research Center for Sustainable Development and Innovation, School of Global Studies Thammasat University, Thailand

Prof. R. B. Kayastha

Professor, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Prof. Joe Ravetz

Professor, University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Bimal Kar

Professor, Guwahati University, Assam

Prof. A. R. Siddiqui

Professor, Allahabad University, U.P.

Prof. Sunil Kr. De

Professor, North-Eastern Hilly University, Shillong

Dr. Debajit Datta

Asst. Professor, Jadavpur University, W.B.

Prof. B. W. Pandey

Professor, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University

Greetings Messages from


Dr. Ratna De Nag

Hon’ble Minister-in- Charge

Dept. of Environment and Dept. of Science & Technology & Bio-Technology, Govt. of West Bengal


Concept & Patron

Dr. Biswajit Roy Chowdhury

The Founder Chairman, SAIARD & IIGST


 Organising Secretary

Mr. Arindam Ray

Director – Academic Affairs, SAIARD


Joint Secretaries

Dr. Toshendra Dwivedi

Secretary General, SCWI, SAIARD


Dr. Shankar Dayal

Director, Centre for Disaster Management & Planning, SAIARD


Secretary Finance

Mr. A. Talukdar, CA


Executive Members

Mr. Sourav Kundu, Sr. Project Advisor, SAIARD

Ms. Antara Kundu, Project Executive, SAIARD

Mr. Sudip Dey Project Assistance, SAIARD

Mr. S. Gulzar, Faculty, SAIARD

Mrs. M. Barman, Faculty, SAIARD

Mr. Arnab Chatterjee, Sr. Official & PRO, SAIARD

Mr. Manas Hudait, Faculty & Training DirectorIIGST- SAIARD  

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