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State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs, Bhubaneswar - Batch 3 (03-06 April, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB), Odisha Water Academy (OWA) and Ernst & Young (EY) conducted a four-day State-level training for Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs located across Odisha, in Bhubaneswar during 03-06 April, 2023. Through this training, the participants will be able to build their understanding on 1) the basic of Laboratory Management, 2) Sampling methods, 3) Analysis of 9 Septage/Faecal sludge parameters 4) Calibration of instruments 5) Preparation of reagents and solutions 6) Safety at Laboratory 7) Record keeping and documentation protocols. A total of 14 participants attended this training.

State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons
State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons

State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs, Bhubaneswar - Batch 4 (01-04 May 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB), Odisha Water Academy (OWA) and Ernst & Young (EY) conducted a four-days State-level training for Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs located across Odisha, in Bhubaneswar during 01-04 May, 2023. Through this training, the participants will be able to build their understanding on 1) The basics of Laboratory Management, 2) Sampling methods, 3) Analysis of 9 Septage/Faecal sludge parameters 4) Calibration of instruments 5) Preparation of reagents and solutions 6) Safety at Laboratory 7) Record keeping and documentation protocols. A total of 15 participants attended this training.

Orientation Training on Faecal Sludge & Septage Management Implementation for LSGD Engineers, Kerala (04-05 May, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) and Suchitwa Mission, Local Self Government Department (LSGD), Government of Kerala conducted a two-day orientation training for LSGD Engineers under SBM (U) 2.0, at Thrissur during 04-05 May, 2023. The topics that were covered during this training include 1) Regulations, Planning & Project formulation of Used water management & FSSM; 2) Orientation of FSSM value chain components and implementation; and 3) Best practices and IEC for FSSM implementation. An FSTP site visit was also part of the training, which provided the participants with exposure to the technology and O&M aspects of the FSSM. A total of 56 participants including Assistant Engineers & Executive Engineers, attended this training.

Orientation Training on Faecal Sludge & Septage Management Implementation for LSGD Engineers, Kerala
Glimpse of the Orientation training on SBM2.0 – Batch 2, Uttarakhand

State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs, Bhubaneswar - Batch 5 (15-18 May, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB), Odisha Water Academy (OWA), and Ernst & Young (EY) conducted a four-days State-level training for Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs located across Odisha, in Bhubaneswar during 15-18 May, 2023. Through this training, the participants will be able to build their understanding on 1) the basics of Laboratory Management, 2) Sampling methods, 3) Analysis of 9 Septage/Faecal sludge parameters 4) Calibration of instruments 5) Preparation of reagents and solutions 6) Safety at Laboratory 7) Record keeping and documentation protocols. A total of 15 participants attended this training.

Three-day workshop to finalize the City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP) under SBM 2.0, Uttarakhand (22- 24 May, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Centre for Good Governance, Uttarakhand conducted the 3- days workshop to finalize the City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP) under Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 operational guidelines. The key objective of the workshop is to handhold the representative from Urban Local Body and Jal Sansthan in preparing the CSAP for their respective towns. 21 ULBs participated in the program, and we were able to develop 19 CSAPs from Uttarakhand. A case study was developed on Satpuli, a town in Uttarakhand, highlighting the issues that hilly towns face with regard to FSSM. The study is attached in Annexure 2.

Three-day workshop to finalize the City Sanitation Action Plan
Awareness Workshop of Power Finance Corporation Ltd. Employees on Cleanliness, New Delhi (25 May, 2023):

Awareness Workshop of Power Finance Corporation Ltd. Employees on Cleanliness, New Delhi (25 May, 2023):

WASH Institute conducted an awareness workshop for Power Finance Corporation Ltd. employees on cleanliness under Swachatha Pakhwada. The key objective of this workshop is to raise awareness among employees of PFC Ltd. on the importance of cleanliness in the workplace and to provide them with practical tips and strategies for maintaining a clean and healthy work environment. Around 25 employees joined the training program physically and some of the participants joined virtually.

Practical Training on GIS Application on LWM, Thrissur (23-26 May, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) organized a 4-day classroom training on GIS applications in Liquid Waste Management. The aim of the training was to provide hands-on training on the use of spatial analysis tools and techniques to analyze and visualize data related to Used Water Management and Faecal sludge management. The overall objective of the training was to facilitate the understanding of the use of GIS in Liquid waste management planning among the participants. Practical demonstrations like performing topography analysis through catchment mapping, understanding the emptying and transportation of FS planning using GIS, and STP site suitability for STP and FSTP among others were used. A total of 25 participants from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu participated in the training.

Practical Training on GIS Application on LWM, Thrissur (23-26 May, 2023)
Advanced training on Biosolids for Government officials, Uttar Pradesh - Batch 1 (05-06 June, 2023):

Advanced training on Biosolids for Government officials, Uttar Pradesh - Batch 1 (05-06 June, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with RCUES, Lucknow, conducted a two-day capacity-building training on Biosolids for the Government officials of Uttar Pradesh. The training was conducted during 05-06 June, 2023. The training aimed to sensitize the officials on the importance of Biosolids, regulatory framework, quality controls in biosolids, existing international standards and framework, potential uses of biosolids, revenue generation, and roles & responsibilities of officials in biosolid management. A total of 27 participants attended the training, which included Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers, and Sanitary Food Inspectors (SFIs).

Advanced training on Biosolids for Government officials, Uttar Pradesh – Batch 2 (07-08 June, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with RCUES, Lucknow, conducted a two-day capacity-building training on Biosolids for the Government officials of Uttar Pradesh. The training was conducted during 07-08 June, 2023. The training aimed to sensitize the officials on the importance of Biosolids, regulatory framework, quality controls in biosolids, existing international standards and framework, potential uses of biosolids, revenue generation, and roles & responsibilities of officials in biosolid management. A total of 24 participants attended the training, which included Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers, and Sanitary Food Inspectors (SFIs).

Advanced training on Biosolids for Government officials, Uttar Pradesh – Batch 2
Orientation training on Liquid Waste Management, Kerala

Orientation training on Liquid Waste Management, Kerala – Batch 1 (14-15 June, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with AMRUT State Mission Management Unit (SMMU), Trivandrum, and Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur conducted a two-day orientation training on Liquid Waste Management for the ULB officials of Kerala. The training aimed to orient the officials on the importance of liquid waste management, basics of fecal sludge and septage management (FSSM), challenges and solutions associated with the implementation of FSSM. A total of 25 participants attended the training, which included Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Urban Infrastructure cum Water Expert and Health Inspectors. A field visit to Madakkathara FSTP was also part of this training, to showcase the participants in the implementation challenges of managing FSM on the ground.

Orientation training on Community WASH Promotion, New Delhi (21- 23 June, 2023)

WASH Institute in collaboration with S M Sehgal Foundation, New Delhi, and Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Canada conducted a three-day orientation program on Community WASH promotion for the NGO across the country. The role of the Community WASH Promoter is important for the successful implementation of any water, sanitation, or hygiene (WASH) initiative. Through this training, participants learned a clear understanding of the best practices for supporting community members in changing their WASH behaviors. The training helped the participants to motivate community members to practice effective WASH behaviors and the importance of the impact of WASH on life and livelihood. A total of 24 participants attended the training from Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Maharashtra.

Orientation training on Community WASH Promotion, New Delhi
 State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons

State Level Training of Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs, Bhubaneswar - Batch 6 (26-29 June, 2023):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Odisha Water Supply & Sewerage Board (OWSSB), Odisha Water Academy (OWA), and Ernst & Young (EY) conducted a four-days State-level training for Technical Resource Persons (Lab Technicians) of SeTPs located across Odisha, in Bhubaneswar during 26-29 June, 2023. Through this training, the participants will be able to build their understanding on 1) the basics of Laboratory Management, 2) Sampling methods, 3) Analysis of 9 Septage/Faecal sludge parameters 4) Calibration of instruments 5) Preparation of reagents and solutions 6) Safety at Laboratory 7) Record keeping and documentation protocols. A total of 15 participants attended this training.




Orientation Training on SBM 2.0 for ULB Officials, Uttarakhand – Batch 2 (29-31 December, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Centre for Good Governance, Nainital conducted three-day classroom training for the ULB officials of Uttarakhand from 29- 31 December, 2022. The key participants include government officials from Uttarakhand Jal Nigam who are involved in the planning and implementation of SBM 2.0 guidelines. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on SBM 2.0 guidelines with focus on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management. including how to estimate used water and Fecal Sludge in the city, practical sessions on preparing City Sanitation Action Plan, inclusive sanitation etc. A total of 20 participants attended this training.

Workshop on District FSM Plan, Kochi (27-28 December, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Suchitwa Mission organized a Workshop on District FSM plan during 27-28 December, 2022. The participants include District coordinators, Technical consultants, and Program officers. The training covered topics such as the Application of GIS to find suitable locations for FSTP constructions, how to use GIS in clustering of panchayats, data extraction techniques, and using GIS to prepare the district FSM plan. A total of 51 participants attended this training.


Glimpse of the Workshop on District FSM Plan, Kochi

Glimpse of the Orientation training on SBM2.0 – Batch 1, Uttarakhand

Orientation Training on SBM 2.0 for ULB Officials, Uttarakhand – Batch 1 (26-28 December, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Centre for Good Governance, Nainital conducted three-day classroom training for the ULB officials of Uttarakhand from 26- 28 December, 2022. The key participants include government officials from Uttarakhand Jal Nigam who are involved in the planning and implementation of SBM 2.0 guidelines. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on SBM 2.0 guidelines with focus on Used Water Management, FSM. including how to estimate used water and FS in the city, practical sessions on preparing CSAP, inclusive sanitation, etc. A total of 21 participants attended this training.

Orientation Training on Management of SBM (ODF Plus), Srinagar (20-23 December, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Institute of Management, Public Administration & Rural Development (IMPARD) conducted a 4-day orientation training program on management of SBM (ODF Plus). The program was conducted between 20 and 23 December, 2022 at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir and attended by 19 participants from rural and urban local bodies of the State. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on SBM 2.0 guidelines with focus on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management including how to estimate used water and Fecal Sludge, practical sessions on preparing City Sanitation Action Plan, inclusive sanitation etc. Participants were acquainted with effective management of solid waste in their areas. A field exposure visit to relevant pilot project sites within the state was also arranged for the participants.


Glimpse of the Orientation training on SBM (ODF Plus), Srinagar

Glimpse of the AMRUT 2.0 Training – Batch 4, West Bengal

Training Programme on AMRUT 2.0 for ULB Engineers, West Bengal – Batch 4 (14-16 December, 2022):

WASH Institute supports NSATI in conducting AMRUT 2.0 training programs for ULBs Engineers in West Bengal. The fourth batch training was held during 14-16 December, 2022. The participants include Sub- Assistant Engineers, Technical Assistant, Assistant Engineer, and Nodal Persons mainly responsible for planning and implementing the AMRUT guidelines and preparation of the CWBP. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, estimation exercises for used water and septage in the city. A total of 29 participants attended this training.

State Level Workshop on Fecal Sludge & Liquid Waste Management Strategy for Sikkim, Gangtok (14 December, 2022):

The Rural Development Department, in collaboration with Water Sanitation & Hygiene Institute, organized a State-level workshop on Fecal Sludge and Liquid Waste Management Strategy for the State of Sikkim on Dec-14, 2022 at Forest Secretariate, Gangtok Sikkim. The objective of the workshop was to provide all the key stakeholders with a deeper understanding of Fecal Sludge and Liquid Waste Management covering technical, financial, management and citizen’s participation aspects. The workshop included brief presentations from various govt officials who presented the current scenario and challenges being faced across the spectrum of waste management. This was followed by sessions from sector experts, practitioners, researchers and consultants giving the latest know-how on the sector and also cross-share their experiences from working with different states across India and abroad. The workshop was attended by 72 participants from across the State.


Glimpse of the State Level Workshop on FS & LWM Strategy, Sikkim

Glimpse of the AMRUT 2.0 Training – Batch 3, West Bengal

Training Programme on AMRUT 2.0 for ULB Engineers, West Bengal – Batch 3 (07-09 December, 2022):

WASH Institute supports NSATI in conducting AMRUT 2.0 training programs for ULBs Engineers in West Bengal. The third batch training was held during 07-09 December, 2022. The participants include Sub- Assistant Engineers, Technical Assistant, Assistant Engineer, and Nodal Persons mainly responsible for planning and implementing the AMRUT guidelines and preparation of the CWBP. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Faecal Sludge Management, estimation exercises for used water and septage in the city. A total of 23 participants attended this training.

Workshop on Pollution Abatement in the stretches of Periyar River for Local Self Government Department (LSGD) Institutions, Ernakulam (25 November, 2022):

Suchitwa Mission in collaboration with UNICEF and WASH Institute organized a one-day workshop for the government officials of Local Self Government Departments (LSGDs). The participants of the workshop were from local bodies located on the drainage basin of Periyar river and from the districts of Thrissur, Ernakulum and Idukki. The objective of the workshop is: i) to empower the LSDGs and local bodies to create an implementable action plan to manage their Liquid waste and fecal sludge ii) to understand the challenges for implementing the actions for pollution abatement in Periyar River. This workshop was held in Ernakulum on 25 November, 2022, with officials from Government of Kerala, Joint Directors and District Heads of allied departments. More than 200 officials participated in this workshop including Secretary, LSDG Engineers and VEO/Health officers.


Glimpse of the Pollution Abatement Workshop, Ernakulam
Glimpse of the AMRUT 2.0 Training – Batch 2, West Bengal
Glimpse of the AMRUT 2.0 Training – Batch 2, West Bengal

Training Programme on AMRUT 2.0 for ULB Engineers, West Bengal – Batch 2 (23-25 November, 2022):

WASH Institute supports NSATI in conducting AMRUT 2.0 training programs for ULBs Engineers in West Bengal. The second batch training was held during 23-25 November, 2022. The participants include Sub-Assistant Engineers, Technical Assistant, Assistant Engineer, and Nodal Persons mainly responsible for planning and implementing the AMRUT guidelines and preparation of the CWBP. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, estimation exercises for used water and septage in the city. A total of 25 participants attended this training.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Bridge course for wastewater treatment plant technician (in collaboration with KAM foundation) (15-22 November, 2022):

An RPL bridge course for wastewater treatment plant technician course was conducted during 15-22 November, 2022 at Bopodi STP, Pune to enhance the skills of STP operators. This training was of 80 hours based on the curriculum specified by the Sector Council of Green Jobs (SCGJ) and NSDC.


Glimpse of the Certificate bridge RPL course, Nagpur

ToT on Delivering Effective WASH Training (17 – 19 November, 2022):

A ToT on “Delivering Effective WASH training” was conducted at Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon from Nov 17- 19, 2022. The training was conducted as a tri- party collaboration between CAWST, Sehgal Foundation and WASH Institute. In total 13 participants were trained from different partner organization across the country on the Stages of adult learning, overcoming barriers to participation by creating Safe Learning Environment, Presentation skills, and Preparing lesson Plans. All the participants were from civil society organization working in Sanitation and delivering trainings. Post the trainings, participants have expressed improved confidence in delivering engaging trainings.

SBM 2.0 Capacity Building Workshop on Used Water Management, Bengaluru (16 – 18 November, 2022):

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), and Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka organized a national wide three-day workshop on Used Water Management. WASH Institute supported in organizing this workshop. The objective of the workshop was to provide States with a deeper understanding of Used Water Management covering technical, financial, management and citizen’s participation aspects. The workshop was attended by 122 government officials from across 27 states. Participants were SBM mission directors, Chief Engineers and other senior officials, who are key stakeholders in wastewater management.


Glimpse of the UWM Workshop, Bengaluru

Glimpse of the AMRUT 2.0 Training – Batch 1, West Bengal

Training Programme on AMRUT 2.0 for ULB Engineers, West Bengal – Batch 1 (09-11 November, 2022):

WASH Institute supports NSATI in conducting AMRUT 2.0 training programs for ULBs Engineers in West Bengal. The first batch training held during 09-11 November, 2022. The participants include Sub- Assistant Engineers, Technical Assistant, Assistant Engineer, and Nodal Persons mainly responsible for planning and implementing the AMRUT guidelines and preparation of the CWBP. The key focus areas of the training include a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, estimation exercises for used water and septage in the city. A total of 31 participants attended this training.

Training of Trainers (ToT) on NSDC courses for Wastewater and Fecal sludge treatment plant operations (12 – 21 October, 2022):

WASH Institute is now an NSDC-affiliated training centre for wastewater and fecal sludge management. In our journey to achieve this, we realized there is a dearth of trainers who can conduct training for operators and helpers of STPs and FSTPs. To address this gap, WASH Institute collaborated with Sector Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) to develop a pool of trainers across the country. A total of 29 participants attending this training. The Training of Trainers (ToT) program will create a pool of certified trainers as per the NSDC and SCGJ that would leverage the institution’s capacity in the following domains, such as Wastewater Treatment plant technician, and Fecal Sludge treatment plant O&M technician.


Glimpse of the Training of Trainers (ToT) program

Glimpse of the Desludging operators training – Batch 2, Raipur

Training of Desludging operators on health and safety, Raipur – Batch 2 (14-15 October, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with UNICEF conducted a training for the desludging operators in Raipur during 14-15 October, 2022. In this training, participants were taught the following topics; a) Acts, rules related to their occupation and safety, b) safety, PPE, c) working in hazardous conditions and how to mitigate risks, d) SOP for desludging, e) Government schemes and welfare programs, which apply to these workers. Demonstration of PPE donning and doffing and desludging was carried out. A total of 60 participants attended this training.

Training of Sanitary Inspectors on AMRUT 2.0, Madhya Pradesh (13-15 October, 2022):

Three days of training for Sanitation Inspectors from Madhya Pradesh was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Good Governance, Uttarakhand, from Oct 13- 15, 2022. Participants learned about the AMRUT 2.0 operational guideline and terminologies in wastewater & FSM. Sanitary Inspectors learned to calculate the quantity of septage and wastewater. During the training, participants were acquainted with the city water balance plan (CWBP) and how they can support the preparation of CWBP. 21 Sanitary Inspectors from Madhya Pradesh participated in it.


Glimpse of the Sanitary Inspectors training, Madhya Pradesh

Glimpse of the Desludging operators training – Batch 1, Raipur

Training of Desludging operators on health and safety, Raipur – Batch 1 (12-13 October, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with UNICEF conducted a training for the desludging operators in Raipur during 12-13 October, 2022. In this training, participants were taught the following topics; a) Acts, rules related to their occupation and safety, b) safety, PPE, c) working in hazardous conditions and how to mitigate risks, d) SOP for desludging, e) Government schemes and welfare programs, which apply to these workers. Demonstration of PPE donning and doffing and desludging was carried out. A total of 40 participants attended this training.

Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Alappuzha (07 October, 2022):

WASH Institute in coordination with AMRUT-KERALA SMMU conducted a series of workshops on Liquid Waste Management (LWM) strategies to create awareness and sensitize the Elected Representatives of nine AMRUT cities of Kerala from 27 July to 07 October, 2022. As part of this workshop series, the last orientation workshop was held in Alappuzha on 07 October, 2022 with 52 participants from the ULB. In these trainings, WASH Institute gave a session on water and used water situation and technological options for these nine cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. An FSTP model has also been displayed for the participants to know the components of an FSTP and its functioning.


Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Alappuzha

Short Term Training Program on Wastewater Treatment Plant Technicians (22 February-24 April, 2023):

A new batch has been rolled out on 22 February 2023 in the three months Short Term Training (STT) course for Wastewater treatment plant technicians at Geewa School of Environmental Management for 20 Students by the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme Kerala (ASAP). The STT course covered the following broad activities in detail: Operating the Wastewater Treatment Plant; Monitoring and Maintaining Wastewater Treatment Plant and Work Safety at the Wastewater treatment plant. A total of 15 participants completed this course.

Short Term Training Program on Wastewater Treatment Plant Technicians
Post Graduate Diploma in Water & Wastewater Quality Management and Non-sewered Sanitation

Post Graduate Diploma in Water & Wastewater Quality Management and Non-sewered Sanitation (October, 2022 – October, 2023):

The second batch (2022-23) students completed 15 days of internship at different organizations including Greenlink Analytical and Research Laboratory [India] Private Limited, Coimbatore, Amman Dairy Products Pvt. Ltd., Dindigul and Excellence Laboratory, Madurai, respectively, during April-May 2023. For the admissions of the upcoming (third) batch, promotion and marketing of the courses was done in and around Dindigul, Madurai, and Trichy regions.

Post Graduate Diploma in Water & Wastewater Quality Management and Non-sewered Sanitation (October, 2022 – October, 2023):

One Year PG Diploma in Water and Wastewater Quality Management (PGD-WWQM) course got officially approved by Madurai Kamaraj University on 16 August, 2022. The second batch (2022-23) students went for an exposure field training at Palani Municipality during 10-21 October, 2022. The first batch (2021-22) students did an internship during 31 October – 30 November, 2022. A field expert from Bangalore held a guest lecture at the WASH Academy on water stress, water distribution network, freshwater ecology and river basins for the second batch of PGD-WWQM during 04-05 November, 2022. The students of both the batches went for a field visit to Madurai STP, Aavin Treatment Unit and a slaughter house in Madurai, and Viralipatti Water Treatment Plant, during 27-28 December, 2022.


Glimpse of the PGD-WWQM Field Visit, Madurai

Glimpse of the STT course, WASH Academy

Short-Term Training (STT) course on FSTP O&M Technician, Dindigul (01 November, 2022 – 31 January, 2023):

This three months Short-Term Training (STT) course on FSTP O&M Technician commenced from 01 November, 2022. A total of 14 students are enrolled in the first batch. The students went for a field visit to Madurai STP and Viralipatti Water Treatment Plant, during 27-28 December, 2022. A water and sanitation expert from Coimbatore held a guest lecture during 12-16 December, 2022 on O&M of FSTP and STP.

Dinamalar Vazhikatti Educational Expo, Dindigul (15-16 April, 2023)::

Dinamalar Vazhikatti Educational Expo, Dindigul (15-16 April, 2023):

WASH Institute has participated in two days Dinamalar Vazhikatti Educational Expo organised by Dinamalar Newspaper at PVK Mahal in Dindigul during 15-16 April, 2023.This expo helped to showcase the various courses conducted at WASH Institute such as Post Graduate Diploma in Water and Waste Water Quality Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Non Sewered Sanitation to the common public and students. Moreover, WASH Institute faculty distributed flyers that contains details about our courses to all the participants. We briefed them about the eligibility for the courses, the facilities, and trainings provided to the students, various employment opportunities relevant to the courses etc. This expo overall provided the greatest opportunity in creating awareness among the public about the courses, trainings provided, placement opportunities etc. This expo was a step forward to improve the admission numbers for the courses.

Mission Director, USAID/ India visits to Cuttack, Odisha (April 27, 2023):

WASH Institute with the support of the Government of Odisha facilitated the visit of Ms. Veena Reddy, Mission Director, USAID India in Cuttack on April 27, 2023. Ms. Reddy visited the Septage Treatment Plant (SeTP) and Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to interact with the Self-Help Group (SHG), sanitation workers, and government officials. Shri Subhash Singh, Mayor Cuttack; Ms. Additional Commissioner Cuttack, Ms. Suryabarti Majhi, Deputy Project Engineer from Odisha Water Supply Sewerage Board (OWSSB) were also present on the occasion. Ms. Reddy interacted with the transgender Bahuchar Mata Self Help Group (SHG) to learn how they get the opportunity, their role, and the impact they feel after joining the program. She also interacted with sanitation workers to understand the benefits they have received from the Garima scheme and how their lives have been impacted through the scheme. She recognized the state government's efforts in creating the community-led approach. Members of the post-interaction group show them around the SeTP sites and help her understand its functioning.

Mission Director, USAID/ India visits to Cuttack, Odisha (April 27, 2023):
Training cum workshop for Sanitation Workers' rights, occupational safety and dignity - Urban Local Body Directorate, Lucknow (19 May, 2023):

Training cum workshop for Sanitation Workers' rights, occupational safety and dignity - Urban Local Body Directorate, Lucknow (19 May, 2023):

One day training of safai karmis (people engaged in sewer and septic tank cleaning) on the processes and challenges in sewer/ septic tank cleaning & repairs, and solutions to the current challenges including current regulations/ guidelines/ standard operating procedures & government schemes for rights of sanitation workers, was held during 19 May, 2023 at Lucknow. WASH Institute provided a training on technical content and capacity building for resource persons. A total of 200 participants including Safai Mitras, City Health Officers, Chief Medical Officers, Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers and Sanitary Inspectors attended the training. During the training, the directorate also felicitated seven safaimitras for their work performance.

IIT Palakkad team visit to WASH Academy, Dindigul (06 June, 2023):

The Technology Innovation Foundation of IIT Palakkad team comprising Anuradha Shankar – CEO, Praveen G – Project Manager (GSCOE), and Jude Arul Kumar – Training Officer, visited the WASH Academy campus in Dindigul on 06 June, 2023. The purpose of this visit was to interact with WASH Institute’s staff and discuss collaboration between WASH Institute and IIT Palakkad with respect to trainings and other action points. Upon reaching the campus, they were shown and explained about the facilities at the campus such as the sanitation park, and ERSU model which included a demonstration of Mobile Septage Treatment Unit (MTU). Post the demonstration of the visit, action points were discussed for collaboration between the two teams. As part of this visit, the delegates also planted tree saplings at the campus, with their name boards displayed next to the saplings.

IIT Palakkad team visit to WASH Academy, Dindigul (06 June, 2023):
National Consultative Workshop on FS & UWM, Raipur (15-16 June, 2023):

National Consultative Workshop on FS & UWM, Raipur (15-16 June, 2023):

WASH Institute participated in the two-day national workshop on FSM and used water management held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh during 15-16 June, 2023. WASH institute presented the skill development of STPs and FSTPs operators towards operations & maintenance of the treatment infrastructure. Over 95 Govt. officials from 21 states participated in the event. An exhibition of technology options for FSM and used water management was inaugurated by Sh. Shiv Kumar Dahariya, Hon. State Minister Urban Development, Govt of Chhattisgarh. WASH Institute also exhibited MTU (Mobile Treatment Unit) technology in the event, where the participants were keen on implementing this technology in their states.

Consultative Workshop on Liquid Waste Management, Kerala (26-27 June, 2023):

Suchitwa Mission, Government of Kerala organized a consultative workshop on liquid waste management from 26th-27th June 2023, at the Suchitwa Mission Conference Hall located in the Annexe Office, Trivandrum. WASH Institute staff attended this workshop to discuss and understand on the training needs of the ULBs on liquid waste management across the State. A total of around 12 participants attended this workshop, which included WASH Institute and Suchitwa Mission staff and ULB engineers, respectively. Based on the points discussed during this workshop, a training calendar and plan will be strategized and implemented in the State, with respect to capacity building of the government officials.

Consultative Workshop on Liquid Waste Management, Kerala (26-27 June, 2023):
1st IWA Non-Sewered Sanitation Conference 2023

1st IWA Non-Sewered Sanitation Conference 2023

Dr. Akanksha Verma’s (Training Coordinator-Capacity Building, WASH Institute) paper on “E-Learning Management System (LMS) for capacity building in FSSM and UWM in India” got selected for the 1st IWA Non-Sewered Sanitation Conference 2023, which will be held on 15th - 18th October 2023, in Johannesburg. This paper explores the rising skill and capacity gap among stakeholders and the need for innovative initiatives which would cater to their knowledge enhancement. To bridge the knowledge gap, WASH Institute in collaboration with USAID conducted a series of capacity-building trainings in FSSM/ UWM across India on the LMS platform. The purpose of this platform is to deliver effective content and facilitate long-term engagement with the participants. This paper exhibits the importance of e-learning platforms in the post-covid era, a conscious and environment-friendly approach to knowledge acquisition.

Devanahalli FSTP visit for Suchitwa Mission, Kerala (21-22 October, 2022):

With support from UNICEF, WASH Institute organized an exposure visit to Devanahalli FSTP for the District Panchayat President, elected representatives from the Kasaragod district in Kerala, State team of Suchitwa Mission. The visit was organized for two days, 21-22 October 2022, and the participants also visited the DEWATS system at the CDD campus to learn about the operation and maintenance of FSTP. This visit will be a milestone in constructing rural FSTPs in Kerala. More such visits will also be planned for the participants from other districts. A total of 30 participants attended this event. This exposure visit was planned and conceptualized under the USAID skill development program.


Glimpse of the Devanahalli FSTP visit

Glimpse of the Varanasi Exposure visit – Batch 1

Exposure visit of ULB officials, Uttar Pradesh – Batch 1 (02-03 December, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with RCUES Lucknow, organized an exposure visit in two batches for the engineers from UP Jal Nigam and EOs from various ULBs of Uttar Pradesh. The first batch consisted of 22 participants. The overall objective of this exposure visit was to exchange ideas and experience regarding challenges in implementation of Sewage Treatment and infrastructure development related to STPs such as Interception and Diversion, Faecal Sludge Management services at town/city-scale, and potential of decentralized management facilities for human waste for small ULBs. The officials observed the operations of the Deenapur STP, I&D structure at Assi Main Sewage Pumping Station, and Chunar FSTP (10 KLD) during their visit.

Exposure visit of ULB officials, Uttar Pradesh – Batch 2 (05-06 December, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with RCUES Lucknow, organized an exposure visit in two batches for the engineers from UP Jal Nigam and EOs from various ULBs of Uttar Pradesh. The second batch consisted of 30 participants. The overall objective of this exposure visit was to exchange ideas and experience regarding challenges in implementation of Sewage Treatment and infrastructure development related to STPs such as Interception and Diversion, Faecal Sludge Management services at town/city-scale, and potential of decentralized management facilities for human waste for small ULBs. The officials observed the operations of the Deenapur STP, I&D structure at Assi Main Sewage Pumping Station, and Chunar FSTP (10 KLD) during their visit.


Glimpse of the Varanasi Exposure visit – Batch 2

Partnership with Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), Kerala (10 October, 2022):

WASH Institute executed an agreement with Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) on 10 October, 2022 to roll out the ‘Wastewater Treatment Plant Technician’ (NSQF level-4) course at the Community Skill Park (CSP) in Pandikkad. The 200-hour duration course has been curated to enable trainees to operate, monitor, and maintain the work safety of wastewater treatment plants, thus, making them employable. It will be offered to students who have cleared 12th standard or ITI, by a training partner appointed by ASAP Kerala, and with funding support from WASH Institute.


Glimpse of the ASAP, Kerala Partnership

Glimpse of the TBC, New Delhi Partnership

Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), New Delhi (13 December, 2022):

WASH Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), New Delhi on 13 December, 2022. This collaboration is made to develop e-learning modules for Training and Certification of sanitation workers, and capacity building of key stakeholders in water and sanitation sector.