Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee National Institution of Water and Sanitation

The National Centre for Drinking Water, Sanitation and Quality in Kolkata has been renamed as Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee National Institution of Water and Sanitation, the government announced on Wednesday. The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave ex-post facto approval to the proposal to rename the institute set up on 8.72 acres of land in Joka, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata.

About the Institute

  • The Prime Minister inaugurated the institute last month. It is envisaged as a premier institute to develop capacities in states and Union territories in the field of public health engineering, drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene through training programs. Such capacities are envisaged for not only the frontline workforce engaged in implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the Jal Jeevan Mission, but also for the representatives of local bodies, both rural and urban, an official statement said.

Infrastructure and Training

  • Accordingly, suitable infrastructure has been developed, including training infrastructure, research and development block, and a residential complex. Working and miniature models of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) technologies are also installed to facilitate the training at the institute.

Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee

  • Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the Jana Sangh founder, was a front-runner in national integration, inspiration for industrialization, an eminent scholar and the youngest vice chancellor of the University of Calcutta. He was a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and served as its first president.
  • He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly of India and served as India's Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

The National Centre for Drinking Water, Sanitation and Quality in Kolkata has been renamed as Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee National Institution of Water and Sanitation by the Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The institute is set up on 8.72 acres of land in Joka, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata and it will be premier institute to develop capacities in states and Union territories in the field of public health engineering, drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene through training programs. The renamed institute will be a suitable infrastructure including training infrastructure, research and development block, and a residential complex and working and miniature models of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) technologies are also installed to facilitate the training at the institute.

 

 

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