ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar conducted the 4th batch of advanced capacity building program on "Concepts of Standard Design, Layout of Different Structural Measures in Watersheds". This programme was sponsored by Directorate of Soil Conservation and Watershed Development, Govt. of Odisha under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) during 21st to 25th November 2017. In the inauguration, Dr. S. K. Ambast, Course Director & Director, ICAR-IIWM briefed about the training programme and also stressed on importance of advanced scientific planning and design and construction of suitable soil & water conservation structures in watersheds. He delivered his lecture with a case study, which consists of both monitoring of hydrological components and design of structures within a watershed. The training programme covered detail designs of soil & water conservation structures like field and contour bunding, trenching, terracing and micro-catchments, water harvesting structures, gully control structures, grassed waterways & surface drainage system and groundwater recharge structures on ridge to valley approach. Hands on exercises on hydrologic, hydraulic and structural design, estimation and costing of soil conservation structures and remote sensing & GIS techniques were carried out in the training programme. Participants were exposed to various equipments like current meter, turbidity meter, pressure plate apparatus, pH, Electrical conductivity meter and digital planimeter with their operational procedures. Two field visits were arranged to Arilo watershed and CTCRI Research farm & Centre of Excellence, Deras, Khurda, where the trainees were exposed to watershed activities and potential to increase farm income through tuber and horticultural crops in watershed.
Resource persons from ICAR-IIWM, Odisha Space Application Center (ORSAC), ICAR-IISWC, Koraput Centre; and PD (watershed), Sundargarh delivered their lectures during the training programme with success stories. A special lecture was delivered by Er. K. P. Tripathi, Ex-Principal Scientist of ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun on repair and maintenance of NRM structures. The training programme was concluded on 25th November, 2017, which was chaired by Dr. S. K. Ambast, Director of the Institute. Mr. Choudhury Debabrata Dash, Manager (Soil & Water Conservation), Directorate of Soil Conservation and Watershed Development, Govt. of Odisha encouraged the participants and advised to be associated with ICAR-IIWM for technical guidance during implementation of NRM activities in their watersheds. The five days training programme, which was attended by 28 freshly recruited ASCOs from different districts of Odisha was coordinated by Dr. R. K. Panda, Principal Scientist and Dr. Ranu Rani Sethi, Senior Scientist of the Institute.