The Young Water Professional Program (Water 2011) under CSIR, New Delhi was concluded with a bang in front of a full house Workshop of young audience at NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute). The objective of the Workshop has been fostering relationship amongst Young Water Professionals with established professionals in the water sector. Further, to foresee the possible career opportunities along with future challenges in the Water Sector (Source –

Speaking on the juncture Dr. S. R. Wate, Director, NEERI, called the attention towards bigger picture in the Water Sector Opportunities. He inspired the young audience to pursue the career in Water Sector with passion and zeal with earnest desire to do so.

The eminent professionals in the Water Sector who delivered during the program included; R Venkatraghavan (Discover Category Leader, Water, Unilever R & D, Bangalore), Sanjay Bajpai (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India), DG Sonwane (TCE), Sanjay Singh (Wash Consultant, UNICEF, MP), Adrian Alcayde (Manila Water Company, Philippines), Dr Ramesh Daryapurkar (Lars Enviro), Teny Mittal (CH2M Hill, US), Dinesh Rathi (DRA Consultants) and Rahul Lohakare of Veolia Water India.

The concepts in the area of Water Sector touched upon by these professionals included; Metal Removal, Disinfection, Filtration, Carbon Nano-Tubes, Polymers / Membranes, Bio-Materials, Leak Detections, Leak Repairs, Meter Consumption Analysis, Waste-Water (Treatment, Energy, Recycle and Reuse), Dissolved Air Floatation, Sewage Treatment, Anaerobic Treatment of Industrial Waste, Oil /Grease Removal, Sludge Management, Incineration, Biogas to Power and CNG, Microbial Fuel-Cell Techniques and a plethora of concepts related to Water Management.

Adrian Puigarnau from International Water Association flew all the way from Hague, Netherlands and has instilled lot of energy in the program by way of his fervent and lively presence. The formal vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Pawan Labhasetwar who, along with his young team, has been instrumental towards the successful conduct of the program.