Port Blair, Nov. 24: A three-day residential training- cum -hand holding program for Middle Management (L-2) Laboratory Staff of Water Quality Testing Laboratories of A & N Islands was organized by Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Delhi from Nov. 22 to 24, 2022 at Chief Engineer Office, APWD, Port Blair. The training program is a part of capacity building program under Jal Jeevan Mission funded by National Jal Jeevan Mission MoJS to strengthen Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance in rural area to ensure safe drinking water to rural area of A & N Islands.

Training program was attended by the Chief Engineer, other higher officials of APWD and resources persons from Shriram Institute. Director (Water), NJJM, MoJS, New Delhi and Director, Shriram Institute of Industrial Research, Delhi also attended the inaugural program online.

During inaugural ceremony, the Director, NJJM, New Delhi expressed happiness for organizing this training program at Port Blair and requested all participants to learn from experts team during training session and implement in the field so that they can lead in water quality surveillances in the country.

Dr Mukul Das, Director, Shriram Institute for Industrial Research in his introductory speech elaborated on the need of regular training and role of his institute being played in this field. He expressed happiness over appointed of Shriram Institute as KRC by MoJS, New Delhi for the challenging task for organizing training on water quality all over India.

The Chief Engineer, APWD in his address thanked Shriram Institute for Industrial Research for organizing the program at Port Blair said Engineers of APWD will be greatly benefitted from rich experience, deep knowledge and understanding of subject on water quality of the KRC.

The key resource persons/course coordinator from SIIR, Delhi who imparted the training were Dr. Vivek Narayan Singh, Head, Environment Division, SRI, Dr. Jagdish Kumar, Senior Assistant Director and Shri Gaurav, Scientist, SRI.

The training programme comprises of theoretical lectures on standard laboratory procedures for testing of 11 parameters of water quality as per IS 10500 and hand holding session was organized at State Laboratory, CE’s Office, APWD, Port Blair. About 42 Engineers and Laboratory Staff from different Divisions of APWD participated in the program. The participants expressed their happiness over the content of the training programme, especially the hand holding part which will help them in keeping their knowledge updated in the laboratory procedure. During the concluding session, certificates were distributed to all the participants.