Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies, Amritsar as part of 7th National Seminar of the institute, organized paper writing and presentation contest among school children on the theme Recycling of Waste Water and Reuse System. Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth Chief Executive officer cum Director of the institute said that Water is basic necessities for the survival of life for every human creature or living beings on earth. The world is facing water and water quality crisis arising out of population growth and GDP, urbanization, industrialization, upward living standards, poor water use practices and waste water management strategies. Despite about 15 per cent rise in global annual freshwater flows resulting from hotter temperatures speeding up the hydrological cycle and hence more precipitation, global water use also is expected to catch up and rise to about 19 per cent, leading to water crisis. It is estimated that withdrawals for domestic water use would double while industrial use of water is likely to increase by almost 45 per cent by the year 2100.
In 2017 the UN-Water programme concentrates on the connection between water and wastewater. In the quest for sustainable development reusing wastewater is inevitable. Wastewater is perceived as a valuable resource, Dr Kainth added.
The World Economic Forum ranks water crises, such as scarcity, floods and pollution, among the main risks for the global economy. Every drop of water will increasingly have to be used,re-used, and then re-used again.
Dr Kainth suggest that ‘This can only be done if every user is considerate of the needs of other and subsequent users. The UN Valuing Water Initiative is working a comprehensive and hands-on tool to improve global practices on valuing water.
To create awareness about this valuable natural resource among the up growing generation of 14 to 17 yrs, paper writing and presentation contest was organised. We have received about one hundred papers from various schools was received for the contest. Depending upon content and originality of the paper only 12 papers were shortlisted and called to present their papers. Each participation was given 10 min to complete his/er presentation.
Presentation by Ms Simranjeet Kaur of Holy Heart Presidency School, Amritsar was decalred as the BEST Paper while Miss Snehpreet Kaur of Guru nanak Girls Senior Secondary School, Amritsar was awraded consolation prize. Dr Rajinder Kaur of Department of Botany and Environmental Science of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amrsar was the Chief of the jury. Other members of the jury was Mrs Manisha Sharma of Department of Education, Guru Nanak Dev University and Mrs Jaspreet kaur Department of Physices, BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar.Prof and Head Dr (Mrs) Parmjeet Kaur Nanda of Punjab School of Economics Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar gave away the prizes. She congurlated the award winners and advised the partcipants not to loose heart and work hard. She added that it is our duty of all to use this most precious natural resource judisously and with utmost care. There is well known adage – Waste not, Want not. I wish to add, Waste not the Waste and do not untouch an untouchable. Giving human touch to technology has never harmed anyone. Member of the organizing committee Sh Kanwar Sukhjinder Singh Chhatwal welcome the audience and Mrs Parminder Kaur conducted the stage beautifully.