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Ashok Pillar

Distance Learning Modules

Welcome to the Distance Learning (DL) Modules developed by NWA and other organizations. These modules are being made available to public for dissemination of knowledge about Water Resources in general. The links to the DL modules developed by other Organizations on this website, do not constitute or imply an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by NWA. The links to the external DL modules are for information only.

Important Notice: The content and links given on this page are provided for educational purposes only. The user is free to use these modules; however user cannot redistribute the same or use it for commercial or business purposes without the prior permission from National Water Academy (NWA), Pune. For the external DL modules the copyright & legal policies of the respective owner organization shall apply.

1. Distance Learning Module on "Measurement of River Discharge"
Targeted for:
Water Resources Professionals
Approx Completion Time:
3 hrs
Developed By:
NWA Pune
Module Brief:
Whilst a wide range of techniques to record river discharge are available, in this module, our focus will be pointed to river discharge estimation by velocity-area method only. Alternative options, such as slope-area method, float method etc. are available, and can be engaged at a particular site, if velocity area method approach is limited by the geometric and hydraulic characteristics of the channel, and by the facilities and instruments available at the site.

2. Distance Learning Module on "Derivation of Unit Hydrograph (UH)"
Targeted for:
Water Resources Professionals
Approx Completion Time:
3 hrs
Developed By:
NWA Pune
Module Brief:
The objective of this module is to understand the type of hydro-meteorological records needed for UH derivation & to familiarize with the steps involved in extraction of Direct Runoff Hydrograph (DRH) from flood hydrograph and rainfall excess from rainfall hyetograph. It also descibes different approaches for UH determination.

3. Distance Learning Module on "Flood Forecasting Techniques"
Targeted for:
Water Resources Professionals
Approx Completion Time:
5 hrs
Developed By:
NWA Pune
Module Brief:
The goal of flood forecast is to issue advance warning about water level or discharge large enough that threatens safety of structures and flood plain activities. As observed in previous module, an advance warning of this nature help authorities adopt a series of measures to contain adverse impacts of flood.

Unlike several other disasters, approaching flood can be forecast ahead of its occurrence with advance collection of hydro-meteorological data, and its transformation into flood water level or flood hydrograph. Succeeding paragraphs of this module unfolds a range of commonly employed models in India.

4. Distance Learning Module on "Flood Frequency Analysis"
Targeted for:
Water Resources Professionals
Approx Completion Time:
5 hrs
Developed By:
NWA Pune
Module Brief:
Estimates of extreme events of given recurrence interval are used for a host of purposes, such as design of dams, coffer dams, bridges, flood-plain delineation, flood control projects, barrages, and also to determine impact of encroachment of flood plain etc. Frequency analysis, if done manually, is burdensome, tedious, and leaves little manoeuvring space if something wrong is noticed at the end of calculation. It often requires calculations all over again. Accordingly, this module attempts at presenting some statistical parameters, its application in flood frequency analysis, and thereafter introduces HEC-SSP software that offers multiple functions to perform frequency analysis speedily and accurately.

5. Water Science
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
The main goal of this module is to familiarize the audience the basic science of water. Inside this module various scientific aspects of water will be covered properties of water, water or hydrological cycle, hydrology, the management of water, and how the water is related to ecology.

This module is designed with more and more graphics and so that it becomes interesting for you to understand the water science

6. Interesting Facts About Water
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
This module contains different interesting facts related to water. The module is designed to cover water related facts in an interesting manner.

In this module you will find different submodules availability of water on earth, facts about water and ice, the Physics of water, capillary action, rainfall, raindrop, rainbow, sea waves, water in animal and plant body, etc.

7. Water Quality
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
This module is the audience about water quality and its importance.

The module has chapters like why water quality is so important, what are the different acceptable parameters for safe drinking water, what is the process of water treatment, what are the quality issues india, what are the solutions to fight water quality issues, what are the government initiatives taken to improve the water quality in India, etc.

8. How Much Water Do I Eat
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
This module is designed to give an overview about Virtual Water and Water Footprint

Virtual Water is the amount of water we consume in our daily life. It includes the water we use directly like for drinking or cooking purpose. It also includes the water we use indirectly in various products we use. They are not visible but this is the water used in producing raw food items, clothes, electricity etc.

The water footprint of a product is the total volume of freshwater used to produce the product, summed over the various steps of the production chain. It also informs the specific place and the specific time of footprint.

9. Irrigation Water Scenario
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public, Farmers
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
This module is designed to give the audience about past present and future of irrigation in India.

Inside this module the different chapters contain information on basic to advanced topics related to irrigation like is irrigation, what is the history of irrigation in India, what are the different terminologies related to irrigation, a brief overview about irrigation projects in India, different methods of irrigation being used, appraisal and monitoring of existing and under construction irrigation projects, various schemes related to irrigation by Government of India, various challenges that we face actor and what is the way forward for future irrigation scenario in India

10. Crop Water Requirement
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public, Farmers
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
The module on crop water requirement designed tell the audience about the water required by different crops and what are the factors affecting the same.

The chapters inside include that affect the crop water requirement, water requirement of different crops why, why estimating crop water requirement is important, various issues institutes and software tools that deal with calculation of crop water requirement, hyperlink to scholarly articles and also a link experts for calculation of the same

11. Water Availability and Demand
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
This module contains two major sub modules, one on water availability and another on water demand.

The water availability module contains chapters about what are the different sources of water, the total water available on earth and India, the distribution of india's water spacially and temporally, etc.

Second module is on demand and it contains the demand from domestic, industrial, institutions and agricultural sector. It also contains the projected water demand for 2025.

12. Water Assets
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:
This module is dedicated to familiarise the audience with the various water Assets of India.

The various chapters contain information on different types of water structures, role of Central Water Commission in developing India's water resources, a basin wise multipurpose projects in India, different National projects and a summary of all the large dams in India

13. Floods
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


14. Water and Climate Change
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


15. Water Statistics of India
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


16. Do it Yourself
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


17. How Can I Save Water
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


18. Rain Water Harvesting
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


19. FAQ about Water Resources
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


20. Water Quiz
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


21. Water Governance
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


22. Integrated Water Resources Management
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


23. Water Pricing
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


24. Water and Environment
Targeted for:
Students, School Teachers, General Public
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


25. Water Food Energy Nexus
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


26. Case Studies
Targeted for:
All Stakeholders of Water
Approx Completion Time:
1 hr
Developed By:
SDMC Group, CWC
Module Brief:


Related Links

india.gov.in india.gov.in MoWR,RD&GR Central Water Commission