Australia and India partner to manage water for scarcity
Wednesday 10 April 2013
India Water Week
In October 2012, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a Water Science and Technology Partnership with India, which is already leading to significant collaboration on one of the most important issues affecting both countries – water scarcity.
eWater signed an agreement today with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi to share Australia’s national hydrological modelling platform, eWater Source. The technology and training package will enable IIT Delhi to become a Centre of Excellence for Source to assist Indian central and state governments develop river basin plans to improve water management.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling said, “The agreement marks a high point in our bilateral cooperation on water resource management. This technology transfer and partnership demonstrates Australia’s scientific excellence and our commitment to sharing expertise to support sustainable development with India.”
eWater CEO, Professor Gary Jones, and IIT Delhi Director, Professor R.K. Shevgaonkar, signed the agreement at a water roundtable on ‘The Road to Water Reform’ at the Australian High Commission.
The Head of Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi, Professor Ashvin Gosain, will head the Centre of Excellence for Source.
“We see a great opportunity to apply Source to the Indian context and to work with government authorities and independent organisations across the country to improve the management of our increasingly scarce and valuable water resources,” he said.
L-R: Prof Ashvin Gosain (IIT Delhi), Prof R.K. Shevgaonkar (Director IIT Delhi) and Prof Gary Jones (CEO eWater) signing the MoU between IIT Delhi and eWater Australia. Australian High Commission New Delhi, 10 April 2013.