Water Resources and Watershed Management

By Dr. Harish Gupta   |   University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad
Learners enrolled: 650

This four (4) credit, 15 weeks MOOCs course is being offered for Post Graduate students of Sciences and other faculties. This course is also open to water professionals and concerned citizens.

There is a total of 40 modules in this course. These modules are broadly divided into four major categories. They cover, Basics of Hydrology, Water quality issues, Tools and techniques necessary for managing water resources and watersheds, and finally the water resources' societal and environmental aspects.

Course Objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of the availability and occurrence of freshwater, its uses, and problems related to water resources management.
  • To introduce the various tools and techniques for application in Integrated Water Resources Management.
  • To promote awareness for life-long learning and introduce them to ethics and codes of professional practice in water resources management.

 Course Outcome:

  • This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the impact of water and water-related issues in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • We anticipate that this course will help the participants appreciate water's importance as a precious resource.
  • It will provide the necessary knowledge and skills required for managing water resources.

You are welcome to join this free course to learn more about managing our water resources and solve societal and environmental woes.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 15 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 11 Jul 2022
End Date : 31 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Water Resources and Watershed Management
(Course Schedule) 

Week 1

1. Mystery of Earth's Water Origin

2. Water on Earth: The Molecule of Life

3. Water Resources and Environmental Sustainability

MCQ Quiz

Week 2

4. Surface Hydrology

5. Groundwater Hydrology

MCQ Quiz

Week 3

6. Chemical Composition of Natural Waters

7. Methods for Collection and Analysis of Water Samples

8. Water Security Challenges of India

MCQ Quiz


Week 4

9. Monsoon Rainfall in India: Occurrence and Variability

10. Water Resources in India: Surface Water

11. Water Resources of India: Occurrence and Use of Groundwater

MCQ Quiz

Week 5

12. Irrigation in India: Status, Challenges and Options

13. India's Urban Water Crisis  

14. Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Management

MCQ Quiz

Week 6

15. Water Quality: Inorganic Pollutant in Water

16. Water Quality: Organic Pollutant in Water

17. Water Quality: Geogenic Contaminants in Groundwater  

MCQ Quiz


Week 7

18. Water Disputes and Governance in India

19. Water-Food-Energy and Climate Nexus

MCQ Quiz

Week 8

20. Watershed: Concepts and Characteristics

21. Integrated Watershed Management 

22. Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources

MCQ Quiz

Week 9

23. Surface Water Management: Dams, Interlinking of Rivers 

24. Water Conservation: Indigenous methods and Four Water Concept 

25. Sediment Erosion and Soil Conservation Measures

MCQ Quiz


Week 10

26. Water Quality Issues of India and its Monitoring

27. Drinking water Treatment Technology 

28. Sewage Treatment/ Effluent Treatment

MCQ Quiz

Week 11

29. Geo-spatial Technologies in Water Resource Management: Remote Sensing Techniques

30. Geo-spatial Technologies in Water Resource Management: GIS Tools

MCQ Quiz

Week 12

31. Application of Hydrological Models

32. Soft-computing Techniques 

33. Statistical Methods in Water Resources Management

MCQ Quiz


Week 13

34. Geophysical Methods for Groundwater Exploration

35. Water Resource Budget Allocation and Expenditure

MCQ Quiz

Week 14

36. Climate data download and down-scaling 

37. Climate Change and Its Impact on Water Resources and Societal Interventions

MCQ Quiz

Week 15

38. Climate-Smart Agriculture

39. Climate Resilient Water Sensitive Urban Design: Concepts and Scope

40. People's Participation in Water Resource Management

MCQ Quiz

Fifth Assignment

Instructor bio

Dr. Harish Gupta

University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad
Harish Gupta is an UGC-Assistant Professor at Dept. of Civil Engineering, University College of Engineering (A), Osmania University, Hyderabad. Dr Gupta studied M.Sc. (Geology)  at Dungar College, Bikaner (affiliated to MDS University, Ajmer) and obtained PhD (Earth Sciences) from IIT Roorkee. He performed Post-Doctoral Research at Academia Sinica, Taiwan and Xiamen University, China. He joined as Assistant Professor at Osmania University, Hyderabad in 2013 through UGC’s Faculty Recharge Programme. He offers courses on Environmental Sciences, Disaster Management, Engineering Geology, etc. to BE students. He also teaches ME students from Geotechnical and Mining Engineering courses. His major field of research is Earth Surface Process and Climate Moderation; Surface Hydrology, Global Bio-geochemical Cycles; Environmental Pollutants in rivers and Urban Water Management. He has published several research papers in these areas and is also guiding students for ME Dissertation and PhD research. He is an awardee of research grants from SERB, UGC and SPARC (MHRD) etc.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from for everyone, irrespective of backgrounds.
  • However, if you wish to get a certificate, you need to pay examination fee and appear for internal and a proctored exam, which will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
  • Weightage: For Internal assessment-30% for in-course assessment, and 70% for end-term proctored exam. Minimum 40% marks need to be secured both in internal and proctored exams.
  • Exam registration fee: Rs. 1000/- for unreservedl category students, Rs. 500 for SC/ST category students.
  • Date of exam: to be announced   (All related information will be notified on SWAYAM platform)
  • If you succeed in the examination, a certificate will be issued by the MoE (previously MHRD) and credit transfer certificate for eligible participants will be issued by Osmania University,  Hyderabad.

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