SAN­I­TA­TION SENTRIES

WASH In­sti­tute

India Today - - SAFAI GIRI - —Amar­nath K. Menon

Barely a decade after a few do­main spe­cial­ists came to­gether to form the Wa­ter, San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (WASH) In­sti­tute at Ko­daikanal, Tamil Nadu in 2008, it has been able to do ground­break­ing work in in­creas­ing cov­er­age of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion ser­vices and bridg­ing the gap in skill and trained re­sources in the sec­tor. The in­sti­tute has now spread its op­er­a­tions to 11 lo­ca­tions. WASH­re­lated projects are now be­ing im­ple­mented in Tamil Nadu, Te­lan­gana, Ker­ala, Bi­har, UP and West Ben­gal, be­sides the tech­ni­cal sup­port it pro­vides to the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion.

“Is­sues such as de­ple­tion of ground­wa­ter, wa­ter qual­ity is­sues, poor san­i­ta­tion cov­er­age, deal­ing with solid and liq­uid waste and emerg­ing is­sues brought on by cli­mate change are our fo­cus,” says Aru­mugam Kal­imuthu, pro­gram di­rec­tor, WASH In­sti­tute.

Till now, 144 ru­ral women have com­pleted its post­grad­u­ate diploma

course in en­vi­ron­men­tal san­i­ta­tion sci­ence. Be­sides this, more than 8,000 oth­ers, in­clud­ing en­gi­neers and other govern­ment of­fi­cials, staff of NGOs, pan­chayat lead­ers, mas­ter ma­sons and swachh work­ers have also been trained. Some 8,000 ma­sons in Bi­har have also been trained in con­struc­tion tech­niques of toi­lets.

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A WAY OF LIFE A. Kal­imuthu with stu­dents at the cam­pus in Dindigul, TN

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