Towards a sustainable management of land and water resources through planning, development and utilization with consideration to technical, environmental, Socio-economic and institutional factors.
The Centre for Water Resources (CWR) was established in May 1979 to pursue teaching, research, consultancy and impart training programmes in hydrology, water resources engineering, irrigation management and water quality and quantity management. It is basically the upgraded Hydraulics Division of the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai.
Right from inception the Centre is academically supporting various subjects for B.E. Civil Engineering and selected subject for others branch students. In July 2006, Centre has started B.E. Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering with an intake of 40 students, however the intake for this course was suspended in the year 2019.
From the year 1956, the Hydraulics Division was offering a M.Sc.(Engg.) degree in Advanced Hydraulics, Dam Construction and Irrigation Engineering of 18 months duration. This programme was restructured to M.Sc (Engg) in Hydraulics Engineering, increasing the duration to 2 years. In 1974, the course was further restructured as M.E. in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering and then modified as Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering in 1981, another programme was introduced as M.E. in Irrigation Water Management. The Centre had offered a Postgraduate Diploma course in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, sponsored by UNESCO, of one-year duration between 1983 and 1991. Course on M.E. Integrated Water Resources Management was stated in the year 2006 sponsored by Government of The Netherlands, through Wageningen University under Crossing Boundaries Project, however this course is merged with M.E. Irrigation Water Management in the year 2019.
The Centre for Water Resources had been supported in its development by UGC through its Department of Special Assistance (DSA) and COSIST Programmes. Department of Science and Technology had supported the Centre through FIST Programme. Presently the Centre is supported by UGC under “Centre for Advanced Studies” (UGC-CAS) from 2014 to 2019.