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Description of the Programme  :

The WASH Diploma is being conducted by the School of Rural Development, TISS, Tuljapur Campus in association with the Center for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance (CWPRG), School of Habitat Studies and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

The water and sanitation sector plays a key role in the human well being and overall development of any society across the globe. It is inherent part of the development agenda for developing countries like India where millions even today lack access to basic water and sanitation services. Achieving universal sanitation i.e. access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation services have been identified as one of the key targets according to the Millennium Development Goals (United Nations). Central Rural Sanitation Programme (CRSP) launched countrywide Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) programme in the year 1999. For effective implementation of the programme the state governments have created special cells/units at state and district level. The primary aim of these institutional arrangements is regular monitoring and supervision of various sanitation programmes. Recently the Government of India has also introduced a Rural Sanitation and Hygiene strategy with the objective to create Nirmal Bharat by 2022 under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan.

However, one of the reasons for poor progress of these programmes is inadequate availability of trained human resources at various levels of operationalisation of TSC programme. Poor capacity building of various stakeholders involved in the process is one of the critical reasons behind poor performance of some of the states in India. Today the available human resource in the WASH sector comprise of government officials, contractual staff working with government organisations, resource persons and experts working with civil society organisations as well as donor organisations, academicians, trainers and freelance consultants. Despite the presence of wide range of experts, the sector has a limited number of practitioners who have a comprehensive understanding of all issues concerning the sector. The practitioners in the programme now increasingly require soft skills such as participatory programming and appreciation aspects related to equity, gender and human rights.

TISS has been engaging with WATSAN sector in variety of ways, viz.,training, capacity building programmes and extension activities in collaboration with central or state government(s) agencies as also with international agencies. It initiated Rural piped water supply schemes in three states, supported by DFID. It was a hosting secretariat for Planning Commission Working Group on Model for Water Regulatory System. It also undertook the Jalswarajya Project in Maharashtra wherein Gram Panchayat’s

performance in various sectors including WATSAN was assessed using Community Score Card (CSC) Methodology. Recently, TISS has engaged in a MoU with the Jharkhand State Government’s Jharkhand State Institute of Rural Development to enhance skills and commitment of personnel in WATSAN sector. TISS collaborated with Afro Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) for organising International Workshop cum Training Programme on Rural Drinking Water.

UNICEF, in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Department (WSSD), Government of Maharashtra, conducted a Training Need Assessment of District Sanitation Managers in the year 2010. The comprehensive assessment covered all 104 Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) cell consultants working in the state of Maharashtra. The findings revealed that there is a need to train TSC consultants on almost entire range of technical skills. Other emerging training needs include specific inputs related to motivation, project management, documentation, planning and monitoring. The findings of TNA once again brought to the forefront the need for quality professionals having exposure to both technical and non-technical aspects. In the past UNICEF had actively supported the training programmes in the WASH sector, this led to a realisation that there is need to shift from routine training programmes to process driven education programmes for sustained capacity development. Accordingly, UNICEF initiated discussions with TISS, WSSD and Civil Society Organisations. The findings helped reach consensus that it is difficult to achieve the goals of water and sanitation without creating a fresh cadre of WASH professionals and building commensurate capacities of the in-service officials in terms of skill, knowledge and attitude.

Based on this WASH section Mumbai and TISS jointly developed the curriculum of India’s first course on PG Diploma on WASH. This diploma programme has been designed with the specific intention to fill this crucial gap which inhibits the progress of water and sanitation programmes in India. The broader objective of the course is to develop a cadre of professionals with scientific and social skills to effectively manage WASH sector and its services.

Eligibility :

1) A Bachelor’s Degree of a minimum 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirement of 15 years of formal education) from a recognised university, with minimum aggregate pass class. ‘Pass Class’ in the Bachelor’s Degree pursued by the applicant will be taken for determining his/her eligibility. 

The first, second and third year marks of the Bachelor’s Degree examinations (if the degree is of 3 years duration) or first, second, third and fourth year marks of the Bachelor’s Degree examinations 

(if the degree is of 4 years duration) of all the subjects taken including major/main, minor/subsidiary and languages, etc., must be shown by the candidates in the Application Form. Those marks will be taken into account, while calculating the overall average percentage of marks to determine the marks for Academic Background.

In case of candidates with a dual degree (5 years integrated degree after 12th), only the marks of first 3 years will be considered to determine the percentage. Rounding of marks for calculating the overall average percentage of marks is not allowed.

2) Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor’s Degree examinations by June 5 , 2015 are also eligible to apply for the programme. For such candidates admission to the programme will be provisional. In case the examination process for the final year is not over before June 5 , 2015, the provisional admissions stands cancelled. If a provisionally admitted candidate fails in the final year examination, the offer of provisional admission automatically stands cancelled.

3) Candidates, whose marks are in grade or grade points, must convert the grade or grade points into marks and write them in the appropriate columns in the Detailed Application Form, to be submitted before appearing for Personal Interview (PI). Otherwise, the application will be treated as incomplete and rejected and the candidate will not be allowed to appear for Personal Interviews.

4) Eligibility, once determined on the basis of the information given by the candidate in the Application Form, shall be final for the purpose of Personal Interview/Selection. However, in case it is found that the information furnished by a candidate is incorrect or misleading or ineligibility being detected before or after the Interview/Selection/Admission, his/her candidature will be cancelled without giving reasons thereof. 

5) Final Year Mark sheet: Candidates who have completed their graduation should send either a copy of the final year mark sheet showing their results or provisional/completion certificate issued by the college/university or degree certificate or any other certificate proving successful completion of graduation. 

6) Age Limit: Candidates must be below the age of 40. 

7) Preference would be given to working professionals from rural development sector. Woman candidates are encouraged to apply.

Course Structure :

This is designed as a Full time Diploma programme of 36 credits spread over a year in a tri- semester format. The science-based courses are spread over all the semesters. WASH activities are to a large extent multidisciplinary. Therefore while studying water & sanitation, basic knowledge about other relevant disciplines will establish a good foundation for understanding and implementing WASH activities. The breakup of the credits by subjects is given below.


Distribution of Credits :

Courses Semester wise credits
Basic Sciences 2 1 -
Sanitation 2 3 3
Water 2 3 3
Health 2 1 2
Gender, Research, Communication, Project Management 2 2 2
Field Work - - 6
Total credits in each semester 10 10 16

Semester-wise Listing of Courses  :


Semester Course Title Credits
I Basic Sciences – Module I
Unit1: Mathematics
Unit 2: Physics and Chemistry
Unit 3: Civil Construction
Sanitation - Module I
Unit 1: Introduction to Sanitation
Unit 2: Management of Human Excreta
Health - Module I
Unit 1: Health, environment and Development
Unit 2: Health Sciences
Water - Module I
Unit 1: Participatory Appraisal
Unit 2: General introduction to water
Unit 3: Assessment of available resources-drinking water
sources, infrastructure and gaps
Unit 4: Assessment of Demand
Unit 5: Facility Design and implementation (2 day workshop)
Social Sciences - Module I
Unit 1: Gender, Equity and Human Rights Unit
Unit 2: Communication for Leadership
Total Credits 10
II Basic Sciences - Module II
Unit 1: Ecology and Environment
Unit 2: Hydrology and Geology
Sanitation- Module II
Unit 3: Solid Waste Management
Unit 4: Liquid Waste Management
Health - Module II
Unit 3: Water and sanitation related Diseases
Water - Module II
Unit 6: Sustainability of Resources and Sources
Unit 7: Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance
Unit 8: Operation and Maintenance of Schemes
Social Sciences - Module II
Unit 3: Basic Statistics
Unit4: Communication for Leadership (2 day workshop)
Total Credits 10
III Sanitation- Module III
Unit 5: School and Anganwadi Sanitation
Unit 6: Institutional Sanitation
Unit 7: Entrepreneurship Development
Health- Module III
Unit 4: Hygiene: Personal and Domestic
Unit 5: Government Policies, Schemes and Programs on Health
Water - Module III
Unit 9: System sustainability
Unit 10: Best Practices
Social Sciences - Module III
Unit 5: Project Management
Unit 6: Communication for Leadership (3 day workshop)
Fieldwork and Dissertation
30 days field work based on dissertation
Total Credits 16


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