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The Bharat Singh Chair for Water Resources was established by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (Erstwhile Ministry of Water Resources) , Government of India at IIT Roorkee in 2008.

Main Objectives:  The main objective of the Chair is to:

  1. To carry out studies on water resources systems with special emphasis on assessment of effect of climate change on it and adaptation strategies in respect of planning, design and management of water resources systems of particularly Indus Basin.
  2. To transfer technology to various departments of MoWR/GOI.

Other General Objectives:

  1. To take part in the academic programme of the IIT Roorkee as full time professor/faculty in Water Resources Engineering.
  2. To develop R&D programme relevant to the needs of various organizations of MOWR/GOI in the related areas.
  3. To initiate and develop human resources development (HRD) programmes relevant to the needs of various organizations of MOWR/GOI and to coordinate courses for their officers.
  4. To review available design standards and suggest necessary changes/modifications to accommodate the effect of climate change in design of water resources systems.

Selection of Chair Professor:

The position of Chair Professor was occupied by Dr. NK Goel, Professor, Dept. of Hydrology, IIT Roorkee on July 26, 2013 for a period of three years. Dr. Goel served the position till July, 2017.

During the period 2017-19, the position remained unoccupied.

Dr. S. K. Mishra joined the position on 30.07.2019 for a period of 03 years.

Financial Status:

Initial Endowment: Rs. 100,00,000/= (Rs. 1 crore only)

Investment: The endowment and any unspent yearly interest accruing to the corpus will be invested by IIT Roorkee through its Investment Committee to maximize these returns.

Utilization of Fund: Utilized for the expenditure related to the Chair, such as:

    1. Salaries and allowances to the incumbent
    2. Honorarium to part-time advisors/consultants
    3. Secretariat support
    4. Travel
    5. Contingencies.
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