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1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Bridge course for wastewater treatment plant technician (in collaboration with KAM Foundation) (27 June – 14 July, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with KAM Foundation, conducted a RPL certificate training for operators of decentralized wastewater treatment plants. The training was of 80 hours duration based on the curriculum specified by sector council of green jobs and NSDC. This training was organized at Bahiroba Nala STP, Pune from 27 June – 14 July, 2022. A total of 30 participants attended this training.


Glimpse of the training of treatment plant operators at Pune)

Glimpse of the training of treatment plant operators at Haridwar)

2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Bridge course for wastewater treatment plant technician (in collaboration with KAM Foundation) (01-18 July, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with KAM Foundation, conducted a RPL certificate training for operators of decentralized wastewater treatment plants. The training was of 80 hours duration based on the curriculum specified by sector council of green jobs and NSDC. This training was organized at Jagjeetpur STP, Haridwar from 01 – 18 July, 2022. A total of 31 participants attended this training.

3. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Bridge course for wastewater treatment plant technician (in collaboration with KAM Foundation) (21 July - 12 August, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with KAM Foundation, conducted a RPL certificate training for operators of decentralized wastewater treatment plants at Mundhwa STP, Pune. The training was of 80 hours duration based on the curriculum specified by sector council of green jobs and NSDC. A total of 37 participants attended this training.


Glimpse of the training of treatment plant operators at Mundhwa)

Glimpse of the practical sessions of SEP Training

4. Training of Master Trainers on Sewer Entry Professional (SEP) (04 – 08 July, 2022):

In collaboration with Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO) and Urban Management Center (UMC) at the Odisha Water Academy, WASH Institute conducted this training for potential master trainers from local NGOs. During these five days training program participants learnt through hands-on demonstration on proper use of PPEs and other tools, standard operating procedures for health & safety. Participants were also acquainted with the qualities and skills for trainers. Comprehensive package to assess the knowledge (both theoretical and practical) of participants was developed and used in the training program. These master trainers will further impart training to the sanitation workers at the ground level. A total of 24 participants attended this training.

5. Workshop on Designing and Delivering Effective WASH Trainings (11 – 15 July, 2022):

WASH Institute with the support of Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST), Canada have conducted a 5-day workshop on Designing and Delivering Effective WASH trainings. The event was conducted between 11-15th July 2022, at Kodaikanal-Tamil Nadu. The workshop was attended by 24 participants from various training institutions namely; WASH Institute, CSE, NIUA, EY (OWA), UKATI (Govt. training institute Uttarakhand), NSATI (Govt. training institute West Bengal), RCUES (Govt. training institute, Uttar Pradesh), S. M. Sehgal Foundation and CDD Society. During the training, participants created lesson plans (training materials) for various topics related to FSSM and Wastewater management. The workshop also created a platform for participants from discuss how such participatory methods could be incorporated in the existing and proposed training streams carried out their respective institutions.


Glimpse of the Worskhop on WASH Trainings, Kodaikanal

Glimpse of the training on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & CWBP

6. Training of ULB Officials on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan (CWBP) (in collaboration with ESCI) (25-27 July, 2022):

The key focus areas of this training included a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, including how to estimate used water and septage in the city, practical sessions on preparing City Water Balance Plan, and inclusive sanitation strategies. The participants went on a field-level visit to a nearby co-treatment facility. A total of 61 participants attended this training.

7. Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Kollam (27 July, 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 first training was conducted in Kollam on 27 July, 2022. WASH Institute handled a session on water and usedwater situation and technological options for the AMRUT cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. A total of 65 participants attended this workshop.


Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Kollam

Glimpse of the CSAP Training in Lucknow

8. Training for UP-Jal Nigam on City Sanitation Action Plan under SBM-U 2.0 – Batch 3 (28-30 July, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with RCUES, Lucknow conducted a training for the government officials of UP-Jal Nigam on the need to understand the intricacies of SBM-U 2.0 guidelines and details on submission of the City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP). 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, and inclusive sanitation. A total of 27 participants attended this training.

9. Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Kozhikode (30 July, 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 second training was conducted in Kozhikode on 30 July, 2022. WASH Institute handled a session on water and usedwater situation and technological options for the AMRUT cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. A total of 62 participants attended this workshop.


Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Kozhikode

Glimpse of the CSAP Training in Lucknow

10. Training for UP-Jal Nigam on City Sanitation Action Plan under SBM-U 2.0 – Batch 4 (01- 03 August, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with RCUES, Lucknow conducted a training for the government officials of UP-Jal Nigam on the need to understand the intricacies of SBM-U 2.0 guidelines and details on submission of the City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP). 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, and inclusive sanitation. A total of 29 participants attended this training.

11. Training for Desludging Operators, Chennai (in collaboration with KAM Foundation) – Batch 1 (02 – 03 August, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with KAM Foundation conducted two days training for desludging operators of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) in Chennai. The training created awareness on safety and occupational risk related to their desludging roles, educate them on mitigation mechanisms - such as use of engineering controls (gas testing, barricade, machine), and PPE kit. The training also gave a practical demonstration on how to use machines for desludging/sewer cleaning/silt removal and blockage removal in sewer lines. PPE kits were also distributed to all the 30 participants as part of this training.


Glimpse of the Desludging operators training, Chennai (Batch 1)

Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Kochi

12. Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Kochi (03 August, 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 third training was conducted in Kochi on 03 August, 2022. WASH Institute handled a session on water and usedwater situation and technological options for the AMRUT cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. A total of 43 participants attended this workshop.

13. Training for Desludging Operators, Chennai (in collaboration with KAM Foundation) – Batch 2 (04 – 05 August, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with KAM Foundation conducted two days training for desludging operators of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) in Chennai. The training created awareness on safety and occupational risk related to their desludging roles, educate them on mitigation mechanisms - such as use of engineering controls (gas testing, barricade, machine), and PPE kit. The training also gave a practical demonstration on how to use machines for desludging/sewer cleaning/silt removal and blockage removal in sewer lines. PPE kits were also distributed to all the 30 participants as part of this training.


Glimpse of the Desludging operator training, Chennai (Batch 2)

Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Guruvayur & Thrissur

14. Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Guruvayur & Thrissur (05 August, 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, two trainings were conducted in Guruvayur and Thrissur on 05 August, 2022. WASH Institute handled a session on water and used water situation and technological options for the AMRUT cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. A total of 81 participants attended this workshop.

15. Advanced Training on Detailed Project Report (DPR) Preparation under SBM-U 2.0 for Suchitwa Mission, Kerala (10–11 & 19 August, 2022):

As part of developing Detailed Project Report (DPR) under the second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (2.0), Suchitwa Mission - Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala plans to create a resource pool in the state who can associate with ULBs in providing assistance for DPR preparation, train and handhold the ULB officials and to ensure that ULBs are preparing quality DPRs. This resource team needs to be well aware in terms of knowledge and skill-sets with regard to DPRs. In this regard, WASH Institute in collaboration with Suchitwa Mission conducted a 3-days Advanced Training on Detailed Project Report (DPR) Preparation under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (2.0) for the Government Officials of Kerala during 10-11 August, 2022 & a follow-up session on 19 August, 2022 at Trivandrum. About 32 participants have attended this training.


Glimpse of the advanced training on DPR preparation, Trivandrum

Glimpse of the training for City Managers, Jharkhand (Batch 1)

16. Training of City Managers on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan, Jharkhand (in collaboration with ESCI) – Batch 1 (22 – 24 August, 2022):

In collaboration with Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI), a training on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan was held for the City Managers of Jharkhand. The key focus areas of this training included a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, including how to estimate used water and septage in the city, practical sessions on preparing City Water Balance Plan, and inclusive sanitation strategies. A total of 52 participants attended this training.

17. Training of ULB Officials on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan, Madhya Pradesh (in collaboration with Centre for Good Governance) (22 – 24 August, 2022):

In collaboration with Centre for Good Governance, a training on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan was held for the ULB Officials of Madhya Pradesh. The key focus areas of this training included a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, including how to estimate used water and septage in the city, practical sessions on preparing City Water Balance Plan, and inclusive sanitation strategies. A total of 18 participants attended this training.


Glimpse of the training for ULB Officials, Madhya Pradesh

Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Palakkad

18. Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Palakkad (23 August, 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, sixth training was conducted in Palakkad on 23 August, 2022. WASH Institute handled a session on water and used water situation and technological options for the AMRUT cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. A total of 30 participants attended this workshop.

19. Workshop on Technologies & Implementation of Septage/Sewerage Projects (in collaboration with AMRUT – Kerala State Mission Management Unit), Kannur (24 August, 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, seventh training was conducted in Kannur on 24 August, 2022. WASH Institute handled a session on water and used water situation and technological options for the AMRUT cities to address the issues of sanitation in their respective locations. A total of 53 participants attended this workshop.


Glimpse of the AMRUT Kerala Workshop in Kannur

Glimpse of the training for City Managers, Jharkhand (Batch 2)

20. Training of City Managers on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan, Jharkhand (in collaboration with ESCI) – Batch 2 (25 – 27 August, 2022):

In collaboration with Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI), a training on AMRUT 2.0 Guidelines & City Water Balance Plan was held for the City Managers of Jharkhand. The key focus areas of this training included a detailed discussion on AMRUT guidelines with a focus on reforms suggested for AMRUT 2.0, orientation on Used Water Management, Fecal Sludge Management, including how to estimate used water and septage in the city, practical sessions on preparing City Water Balance Plan, and inclusive sanitation strategies. A total of 61 participants attended this training.

21. Training on Preparation of CSAP for ULB Officials, Jharkhand (01-03 September, 2022):

A three-days training program for ULB representatives was conducted from 01-03 September, 2022 to support the state government in finalizing and submission of City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP) under SBM-U (2.0) to the Ministry. During these three days participants learned about the CSAP annexure 3 A& B from SBM 2.0 and completed it during the training. Real time feedback was also provided to them. A total of 43 participants attended this training.


Glimpse of the training for ULB Officials, Jharkhand

Glimpse of the training of treatment plant operators at Tanajiwadi)

22. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Bridge course for wastewater treatment plant technician (in collaboration with KAM Foundation) (08 - 21 September, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with KAM Foundation, conducted a RPL certificate training for operators of decentralized wastewater treatment plants at Tanajiwadi STP, Pune. The training was of 80 hours duration based on the curriculum specified by sector council of green jobs and NSDC. A total of 29 participants attended this training.

23. Training of Sanitary Inspectors, Food Inspectors & Health Supervisors, Saharanpur – UP (12-15 September, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Nagar Nigam Saharanpur conducted 2-days training in two batches for the various cadre of workforce including Chief Sanitary and Food Inspectors, Sanitary and Food Inspectors and Health Supervisors, in two batches. The training aimed to equip the workforce with adequate knowledge and hands-on experience on various topics like hazard identification, importance of PPE, understanding of the first-aid and resuscitation measures in case of any emergency for sanitation worker while cleaning the septic tank or sewer cleaning. Post this training this cadre is expected to guide the sanitation workers on these safety measures. A total of 70 participants attended this training.


Glimpse of the training for Sanitary and Food Inspectors & Health Supervisors, Saharanpur - UP

Glimpse of the workshop on CSAP for ULB Officials, Jharkhand

24. Workshop to finalize CSAP for ULB Officials, Jharkhand (14 & 21 September, 2022):

One-day workshop of the ULB officials from Jharkhand to finalize City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP) was held on 14 September, 2022. Participants who attended the training on preparation of CSAP from 01-03 September, 2022 were divided into two batches and requested to come with CSAP (Annex 3A and 3B). During the workshop, feedback to the CSAP was shared and the corrections were made on real-time basis. All the participating ULBs will submit the finalized CSAP to the state government for further process and approvals. A total of 70 participants attended this workshop.

25. Orientation Training SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge for the ULB Officials of Kerala, Trivandrum (28 September, 2022):

WASH Institute in collaboration with Suchitwa Mission – Local Self Government Department (LSGD), Government of Kerala and Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) has organized an orientation training on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge under the second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (2.0) for the ULB Officials (Executive Officers) of Kerala. This training is aimed to create awareness among the executive officers of the ULBs in Kerala, who plays a major role in implementing the SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge for their respective ULBs. Upon this training, these executive officers will ensure that the SafaiMitra Surakshit Shehar (SSS) Protocol and MANPOWER & EQUIPMENT norms as suggested by the MoHUA are followed to ensure the safety of sanitary workers and health workers in their respective ULBs. This training was held at the Kerala Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Trivandrum on 28 September, 2022 and more than 115 participants have attended this training.


Glimpse of the SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge training for ULB officials, Kerala

1. Post Graduate Diploma in Water & Wastewater Quality Management and Non-sewered Sanitation (October, 2021 – October, 2022):

One Year PG Diploma in Water and Wastewater Quality Management (PGD-WWQM) course got officially approved by Madurai Kamaraj University on 16 August, 2022. First semester exams for the first batch (2021-2022) were held during 18-22 July, 2022. From August 2022, second semester started for this batch. Second batch (2022-2023) of the PGD – WWQM commenced from 22 August, 2022 with a total of 14 students comprising 13 female and 1 male. A field expert from Bangalore held a guest lecture at the WASH Academy on water conservation, usage of Google earth software, & sewage disposal techniques, for both the batches of PGD-WWQM during 15-17 September, 2022. The following groups were formed comprising students from both the batches: 1) Placement group; 2) Training/internship group; 3) Co-curricular activity group; 4) Cultural group; and 5) Class committee group.


Glimpse of the PGD-WWQM classroom session, WASH Academy

Glimpse of the value-added course on Non-Sewered Sanitation

2. Value-added course on Non-Sewered Sanitation in achieving SBM-U 2.0, Dindigul (10 – 12 August, 2022):

Value added course on theme "Non-Sewered Sanitation in achieving SBM-U 2.0" was conducted at the SSM Institute of Science and Technology, Dindigul for three days that included a demonstration of Mobile Treatment Unit (MTU). The course was targeted at B.E. (Civil Engineering) students aimed to provide learnings on onsite sanitation system and fecal sludge management. Opportunities and internships available in the sanitation sector was also discussed with the students. A total of 38 students attended this course.

1. Consultation Meeting at Secretariat, Government of Sikkim (26 September, 2022):

After an invitation, WASH Institute team attended a consultation meeting with Special Secretary - Urban Development Department; Special Secretary - Rural Development Department, and Superintending Engineer - Public Health and Engineering Department, Government of Sikkim on 26 September, 2022 at the Secretariat, Govt. Of Sikkim. The meeting was attended by key senior officials of the State including Mission Directors for SBM-U (2.0) and SBM-G (2.0). During the meeting, all the departments expressed their willingness to work towards integrated wastewater and fecal sludge management across the State by way of urban-rural convergence.

After the meeting, WASH Institute representatives visited the existing STPs in the State to explore opportunities for co-treatment of fecal sludge; along with various non-sewered areas to understand the current practice of fecal sludge management. As a way forward, it was decided during the meeting to conduct a State-level workshop for a thorough stakeholder consultation and come-up with a robust FSM plan for the State.


Glimpse of the consultation meeting at the Secretariat, Government of Sikkim

Glimpse of the USAID India team visit

2. USAID India team visit to WASH Academy, Dindigul (26 August, 2022):

The USAID team comprising Ms. Veena Reddy – Mission Director, Mr. Mark Tegenfeldt – Director GDO, Ms. Meena Parti – Development Outreach and Communication Officer, Mr. Varghese Paul – Deputy Director GDO, and Mr. RK Srinivasan – WASH Specialist visited the WASH Academy campus in Dindigul on 26 August, 2022. The purpose of this visit was to review and interact with staff and USAID-sponsored project team members. After welcoming the guests, an overview about the WASH Institute was presented followed by a progress update of the USAID project. Then, Ms. Veena Reddy inaugurated a new academic building of the campus, dedicated to students. Then the team visited the Sanitation Park and explored various water and sanitation related technologies in the park. Followed by this, the treatment of septage was demonstrated using the mobile septage treatment unit (MTU) in the campus. Then, the WASH Institute team demonstrated a briquette making from biosolids to the USAID team. After this, Emergency Response Sanitation Unit (ERSU) demonstration was done to the USAID team, detailing the potential risks and precautions to be taken while cleaning the septic tank/ sewer hole. Then the team visited the Water & Wastewater Lab facility at the WASH Academy and explored different equipment and tools available for testing of water and wastewater quality. Then, the team interacted with the students and sanitation workers (of nearby gram panchayat) to understand their experience in this sector.

1. Partnership with SUDA, Jharkhand (10 August, 2022):

WASH Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State Urban Development Agency (SUDA), Jharkhand on 10 August, 2022. The Director of SUDA informed that the collaboration with WASH Institute is to deliver trainings on FSSM and Used water management. He has suggested to plan the trainings for ULBs in Jharkhand for the preparation of City Sanitation Action Plan (CSAP) under SBM-U 2.0.

2. Partnership with Centre for Good Governance, Uttarakhand (18 August, 2022):

WASH Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Centre for Good Governance, Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Uttarakhand on 18 August, 2022. This collaboration is made to exchange information for training & capacity building programs; and organize the training program (long term and short term) on used water and fecal sludge management.