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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

National Water Academy, Pune

National Water Academy (earlier named as Central Training Unit) was set up in Central Water Commission in the year 1988,  to impart training to the in-service engineers of various Central/State organizations involved in the Development  & Management of  Water Resources. It was established under USAID assistance and strengthened with the subsequent assistance received from the World Bank under Hydrology project I.  Now it is functioning under full funding from budget of MoWR. 

The NWA is headed by a Chief Engineer who directly reports to the Chairman, CWC and has five specialized Directorates under him. The core faculty comprises of CWES (Central Water Engineering Services) officers who have long practical experience in Water Resources Development and Management. The guest faculty comprises of academicians and scientists of eminence from premier Research Centres and Universities in India, as well as practicing professionals and specialists drawn from other organizations and agencies.

NWA is envisaged to function as a `Centre of Excellence’ in training water resources personnel. It is addressing the wider training needs of water resources engineers of States and Central Agencies in the fields of planning, design, evaluation, construction, operation, and management and monitoring of water resources projects. In its national role, NWA is concentrating on conducting training courses for all water sector personnel, in the specialised and emerging areas, for which State water resources departments or other institutes are not adequately equipped to meet the needs. Apart from this, it is conducting induction and refresher courses in all relevant areas of the water sector for CWC, State and other central organisations.

The broad functions of NWA are as under:

  • To organise specialised courses for Group `A’  and `B’ officers of Central and State agencies
  • To arrange National/Regional Seminars and Workshops on key issues of water resources development and related subject areas for the benefit of Senior level officers of State/Central agencies.
  • To provide assistance to Central and State Government organisations and their training institutes for their specific training needs.
  • To develop and maintain linkages with leading institutions in India and abroad dealing with training activities in water resources sector for sharing the expertise.
  • To conduct training in advanced methods of structural analysis and design.
  • To develop training modules/case studies on application of new emerging technology like remote sensing and GIS in water resources.
  • To organise Induction Training for newly appointed Assistant Directors/Assistant Executive Engineers of Central Water Engineering  (Group ‘A’)  Services.
  • To organise induction/orientation training to newly appointed/promoted Group ‘B’ engineering officers of CWC.
  • To organise Re-orientation Courses for officers promoted from Group `B’ to Group `A’ of Central Water Engineering Services.
  • To undertake Induction Training of newly appointed Group ‘B’/Group ‘A’ officers of state water resources department/central agencies on their request, where such training facilities are not available.