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The water crisis at the global and national levels has opened the eyes of water managers world over to address the challenges in the water sector on a war footing. The problem has become more acute in the context of climate variation and the predicted changes in climate leading to frequent occurrence of hydrologic extremes, deglaciation and sea level rise.

The problems in the water sector are more pronounced in the arid and semi-arid zones. Some of the areas in these zones have already come under either water stress or scarcity. According to the World Bank, areas having water less than 1700 cubic meter per capita is considered to be under water stress, less than 1000 cubic meter per capita to be under water scarcity, and less than 500 cubic meters per capita to be under acute water scarcity. Several of the countries in the world are having large areas under water stress or scarcity. This condition leads to water crisis and disputes culminating in unrest and litigations. In a country like India, there are several water disputes among the federal states, the examples being those of Cauvery and Krishna rivers in Southern India.

It is reported that there has been considerable deterioration in the quality of water in different parts of the globe. The untreated industrial effluents, sewage, excessive use of agrochemicals and lack of sanitation facilities are pointed out as some of the major reasons for water quality deterioration. This problem is all the more relevant in the context of developing countries. For example, a country like India has to still achieve several of the Sustainable Development Goals. There is a great need to improve the sanitation facilities, construct more sewage treatment plants, treat the industrial effluents and restrict the overuse of agrochemicals. India has around 70 million people affected by fluoride and 10 million people affected by arsenic. These figures illustrate the need for better sanitation and water quality standards.

The Dublin Conference held in 1992 had critically analysed the problems arising out of the water crisis and recommended Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as an ideal solution to overcome the problem. IWRM is a process for sustainable development, allocation and monitoring of water resource use, considering social, economic, environmental and institutional objectives. The key issues to be addressed in the present context are: growing water crisis and need for urgent action, water governance crisis, securing water for people, gender disparities in the sector, and protection of vital ecosystems. The principles of IWRM may be narrated as:

  • Fresh water is a finite and vulnerable source
  • Water management is to be based on participatory approach
  • Women have to play a central role in water management
  • Water is an economic good.
  • Though several sporadic initiatives have been reported on IWRM, no concerted effort has been made towards capacity building, integrated planning and implementation programmes. The need for reviewing the best practices followed and assessing the initiatives taken up has been recognized. Though there are a few academic exercises initiated by certain institutions, much progress has not been achieved in this direction. It is in this background that the Water Institute of Karunya Deemed University proposes to conduct an International Conference on Integrated Water Resources Management: Prospects and Challenges, at Coimbatore.


    The major objectives of the Conference are:

  • To review the state-of-the-art of implementation of IWRM
  • To learn from the case studies from different parts of the globe
  • To provide a forum for interaction among the academicians, scientists, professionals and managers
  • To highlight the modern methods and techniques in the area of water management
  • To illustrate the application of emerging technologies such as AI, ML, Data Analytics and IoT in the water sector
  • To bring to light the potential of advanced tools - RS, GIS and isotopes in water resources management studies.

  • Integrated Water Resources Management - Case Studies
  • Water and Changing Environment
    1. Landuse and Landcover Dynamics
    2. Watershed Management
    3. Landscape functionality and Conservation Management
    4. Forest Hydrology
    5. Wetland Hydrology
    6. Urban Hydrology
    7. Ecosystem Restoration and Management
    8. Ecosystem Services for Human Needs
    9. Agriculture Water Management
    10. Soil and Water Conservation
    11. Groundwater Exploration
  • Water Availability and Utilization
    1. Water for Drinking
    2. Water for Food
    3. Water for Energy
    4. Inland Navigation
    5. Water and Biodiversity
    6. Fisheries
    7. Water for Sports and Recreation
    8. Water Tourism
  • Water Treatment Technologies and Implementation
    1. Electrochemical Technologies
    2. Advanced Physico-Chemical Methods
    3. Environmental and Eco-Friendly Technologies
    4. Alternate Resources (Stormwater Use, Aquifer Recharge Etc.)
    5. Recovery and Reuse of Water from Industrial Effluents
    6. Ecosanitation
  • Monitoring, Decision Support System, Modelling and Simulation
    1. Sensor Development and IoT Application in Assessment and Management of Water Resources
    2. Big Data and cloud Computing in Water Resources Management
    3. Data Mining and Machine Learning in Development of Decision Support System
    4. Groundwater Flow and Contamination Transport Modeling
    5. Stochastic Models
    6. Water Supply and Demand Analysis
  • Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources, Adaptation, and Mitigation
    1. Drivers of Climate Change
    2. Climate Change Models in Prediction and Forecasting
    3. Global Warming and Sea Level Rise
    4. Deglaciation and Snow-Melt
    5. Alternate Sources of Energy for Mitigation of Global Warming
    6. Disaster Management
    7. Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture
  • Water Economics, Governance, Policies and Capacity Building
    1. Stakeholder Participation
    2. Public Private Partnership
    3. Water as Economic Good: Water Prices for Efficiency and Equity
    4. Participatory Approach
    5. Institutional Mechanisms/Models
    6. Water Pricing
    7. Role of NGOs
    8. Capacity Building


    Guidelines for Abstract

    The abstract of the paper should be of 250 words, clearly stating the background, objectives and brief methodology of the work with salient findings.

    Guidelines for Paper submission

    The abstract may be uploaded online. On acceptance, the full-length paper may be submitted on the prescribed template. After the review by the technical committee, the status will be intimated. For online registration and abstract and full paper submission, visit our website:

    Send Abstract and Full-length Paper Mail to: Dr. J. Brema ([email protected])

    Full length paper template


    The Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences is located in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. Coimbatore is blessed with the best of nature’s bounties. The clean air and picturesque tourism spots in and around Coimbatore makes it a surreal destination.


    Submission of Abstract: 25 October 2022

    Acceptance of Abstract: 05 November 2022

    Early-bird Registration: 10 November 2022

    Submission of Full-Length Paper: 20 November 2022

    Late Registration: 30 November 2022


    Accommodation would be available for delegates in different categories, in the University Guest House on payment basis.


    Registration Early-bird registration Late registration
    Academicians, Scientists & Researchers Indian/Foreign Rs. 2000/ $150 Rs. 2500/$200
    Industries and Govt. Organizations Indian/Foreign Rs. 2500/$200 Rs. 3000/$250
    Students and Scholars Indian/Foreign Rs. 1000/ $120 Rs. 1500/ $190
    Visitors/Spouse, Accompanying Delegates Indian/Foreign Rs. 1000/ $120 Rs. 1500/ $190


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    Selected papers will be published in the special issues of the following international scientific journals:

  • International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology (ISSN: 2042- 7808)WoS/Scopus indexed
  • Intelligent Decision Technologies (ISSN:1872-4981)WoS/Scopus indexed

    For Abstract and Full-length Paper:

    Dr. J. Brema
    Professor, Civil Engineering
    [email protected]

    For General Information:

    Dr. C. Mayilswami
    Professor & Head, Water Institute
    [email protected]

    Dr. J. Brema
    Professor, Civil Engineering
    [email protected]


    Karunya Deemed University, founded by Dr. D. G. S. Dhinakaran of revered memory and Dr. Paul Dhinakaran, is located in a vast and scenic campus in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Coimbatore. There are 450 faculty members from diverse disciplines and 7000 students across India and neighbouring countries pursuing their Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. level studies in engineering, sciences, arts, media and management. Karunya has identified four thrust areas to focus on socially relevant research, these being Water, Food, Healthcare and Sustainable Energy. Recently, KITS was accredited with the highest grade in the NAAC Accreditation, A++.

    The Water Institute - A Centre of Excellence was established in Karunya in 2008. The Institute has been offering Masters and Doctoral Programmes. The alumni of the institute are serving the nation as eminent scientists, consultants, administrators and managers. The Institute has carried out funded research projects with an outlay of Rs. 30 million, consultancy work to the tune of Rs. 20 million and has organized several national and international events aiming at technology transfer. The research output include hundreds of publications in Scopus and Web of Science journals, patents published and granted.

    Organising Committee

    Chief Patron:

    Dr. Paul Dhinakaran



    Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar



    Dr. E. J. James

    Pro-Vice Chancellor(R&C)

    Dr. Ridling Margaret Waller

    Pro-Vice Chancellor(QS)

    Dr. R. Elijah Blessing



  • Dr. Sajan Kurien, Dean (SAB)
  • Dr. G. Prince Arulraj, Dean (E&T)
  • Dr. C. Joseph Kennedy, Dean (SSAMM)
  • Dr. K. R. S. Krishnan, Director (IIE)
  • Dr. D. Tensing, Director (IQAC)
  • Dr. S. J. Vijay, Director (R&C
  • Dr. A. Joseph Amulraj, Finance Officer
  • Convenor:

  • Dr. C. Mayilswami, Professor & Head, WI
  • Members:

  • Dr. R. Philip Sridhar, Professor (Agri. Ent.)
  • Dr. J. Brema, Professor (Civil Engg.)
  • Dr. P. Jegathambal, Professor (WI)
  • Dr. J. Dinesh Peter, Professor (CSE)
  • Dr. S. Kavitha, Assoc. Professor (Biotech Engg.)
  • Sponsorship