15-MAR-2019: Dept of Civil Engineering begins two-day conference
Aligarh, March 15: "Increased water demand, coupled with growing uncertainty in supply due to projected climate change impacts, presents a significant challenge," pointed out Aligarh Muslim University Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof M H Beg at the inaugural function of the two-day National Conference on 'Water Resources Management' organised by the Department of Civil Engineering, Z H College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET).
He added that for sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits linked to water resources, engineers and scientists have to work hard to provide support and skills to water authorities, government, local councils, and other organisations in varying geographies, economies and scales.
"There is a need to significantly reduce pollution, to increase water use efficiency and to protect water ecosystems," he said.
The Pro Vice Chancellor further pointed out that about 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water. "We have to find the best and the most efficient ways for using the ground and surface water," he said.
Prof T Gangadharaiah (SIT, Tumkur, Karnataka) said that he shares a special bond with AMU and has been visiting the University since 1974.
He urged that Department of Civil Engineering to make projects on water resources planning and development in Aligarh city. "I am sure that the department has enough of skilled researchers and scholars for designing the best plans, constructions and operation facilities to control and utilize water in the city," said Prof Gangadharaiah.
Prof Badrul Hasan Khan (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology) emphasised that the water problem all over the world is becoming bigger than the food problem. "Accessible water resources are unevenly distributed and water is hard to transport over long distances. Our needs are growing, both for food and industry. Everything we do requires water, for drinking, washing, growing food, and for industry, construction and manufacturing," he said.
Prof Javed Alam (Convenor of the programme) discussed how water is becoming a rare resource in the world. Delineating reasons for water scarcity, he said that lack of awareness, population outburst, vast developments, urbanisation and elevated living styles is leading to decrease in rains and excessive withdrawals of ground water.
In the welcome address, Prof M Muzzammil (Chairperson, Department of Civil Engineering) said that in order to enhance water resources availability, there is a need for better management of existing storages and creation of additional storages.
Prof Rajesh Shrivastava (Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT, Kanpur) and Prof Zulfiqar Ahmad (IIT, Roorkee) delivered keynote addresses in the technical session.
Dr Saif Said proposed the vote of thanks and Dr Ajmal Hussain also gave his views on water management.
A souvenir of the programme was also released on the occasion. Ammar Ahmad conducted the programme.
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AMU PVC Prof M H Beg wit Prof B H Khan and Prof Javed Alam at the Dept of Civil Engineering conference
Delegates and guests at the Dept of Civil Engineering conference