Water, Society and Sustainability Prof Jenia Mukherjee

Water, Society and Sustainability Prof  Jenia Mukherjee


Hello everyone, I welcome you to a course
on water, society and sustainability and let me begin with a very fundamental question,
what is water? Is it H2O, is it bottle profit, is it a resource
or is it a commodity, to be tapped and tamed extracted, expected and harness towards the
fulfillment of human needs and interests. I think we really need to think about this. Today, the planet is encountering manifold
water challenges and crises across quantity, quality and access to water. Can big solutions and grant initiatives like
the construction of big dams or big public infrastructure on rivers on water bodies or
the implementation of desalinization projects or for that matter into linking of rivers,
really address and tackle the water challenges and crises that we are facing today, within
this contemporary critical juncture, it is important for us to understand that partially
water only as H2O, abstracts it from social, cultural, economic and more importantly political
context. So, the course aims to explore and bring out
the inherently interdependent and complex relationship and embeddedness between water
and society to address the larger question and goal of sustainability. Now, the course includes both theoretical,
research frameworks and perspectives and also empirical case studies to validate this water
society relationship across historical schemes. So, the students who will get enrolled to
this course will get to know will be introduced to very interesting and emerging on going
theoretical research frameworks from both natural and social sciences including social
hydrology, hydro social, critical physical geography and this course will also argue
that why and how convergence across these; you know emerging theoretical frameworks across
both natural and social sciences is extremely required today in order to effectively tackle
water crisis and water challenges. Now, the course will also focus a lot on South
Asia and discuss the water challenges and potentials within the South Asian context,
so the broad range of case studies would include issues relating to the construction of dams
and barrages and conversion of wetlands and also peri urban water injustice in the global
South. So, I think that it will be highly significant
for everyone interested in and involved with the water sector. I think it will be highly relevant for students
coming from Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and also engineering backgrounds and also
people from the industry to appreciate and come up with effective meaningful and inclusive
water policies towards a more just and sustainable future. Thank you.

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    Rahul Banerjee

    Running such theoretical courses is fine but my question is that why does not iit kgp despite having such a large campus and the technical expertise to do so, become self sufficient in water and energy and set a practical example

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    Selva Balan

    Hi Its a right question u have raised.
    As I understand India is water rich country which is not managed
    we need a little more thought and need to make appropriate suggestion to the implementing agency
    Great thought
    appreciate you prof
    Dr Selva Balan

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