Availability and Management of Groundwater Resources

By Prof. Prasoon Kumar Singh   |   IIT(ISM) Dhanbad
Learners enrolled: 2323
Water is a fundamental natural resource that influences human health, ecology and economic development. Almost all activities such as domestic, agriculture and industrial demand we use water. Although water in nature is the most important and abundant compound but less than 1% of world water resources is available for our use. Though the world has achieved tremendous progress in all fields of science and technology but adequate and safe drinking water is still a distance dream for many people. This is due to the uneven distribution of water. Hence, there is a need to find out the availability and management of the water resources of our country with natural perspective.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Research, Students, Officials from Industry

PREREQUISITES: B.Tech/BE in Civil or Environmental or Msc in Environmental science.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Research Institute/ PSUs/ Govt. Institute.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction of hydrological cycle, need for conservation of groundwater resources
Week 2: Geologic formations as aquifers
Week 3: Vadose and saturated zones
Week 4: Confined and unconfined aquifers and their parameters
Week 5: Porosity, permeability, transmissivity and storage coefficient
Week 6: Law of groundwater movement, Darcy’s law and applications
Week 7: Estimation of Subsurface runoff, Types of wells, Well Hydraulics
Week 8: Measurement of rainfall, Index of wetness, Infiltration rate
Week 9: Estimation of Total Annual Replenishable Natural Groundwater Recharge
Week 10: Groundwater resources planning and management
Week 11: Rainwater Harvesting and Artificial groundwater recharge
Week 12: Impact of climate change on water resources

Books and references

  1. Textbook of Geology- P. K. Mukerjee.
  2. Textbook of Engineering & General Geology- Parbin Singh.
  3. Groundwater- H. M. Raghunath
  4. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering – S.K. Garg

Instructor bio

Prof. Prasoon Kumar Singh

IIT(ISM) Dhanbad
Prof. P. K Singh, from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad, is basically Geologist. He did Post graduation in Environmental Science & Engineering and doctorate in Environmental Hydrogeology. Presently, he is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of ESE, IIT(ISM), Dhanbad. He had also worked about fourteen years as a Research Fellow and Scientist in Environmental Management Group, CIMFR (CSIR), Dhanbad. He is working mainly in the area of Water Resource Planning & Management and completed few R&D projects of Ministry of Water Resources, GMDC, UGC etc. Prof. Singh is the Member of International Association Of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), Institute of Hydrology. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, U.K.; Life Member of the Indian Association of Hydrologists, Roorkee ,Fellow of the Society of Earth Scientists, Lucknow, Life Member of Indian Geological Congress (LM – 811).,Life Member of the Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI), NABET-QCI accreditation for preparation of EIA as Functional Area Expert for Geology, Landuse & Hydrogeology. and Life Member of the Indian Water Work Association. He has guided more than twelve Ph. D. and about fifty M.Tech. scholars till date. He has published more than 60 international and national research publications in the area of Water Resource Planning & Management. He was the recipient of Research Ratna Award 2019 from World Research Council in the year 2019. He had visited USA, Italy, Singapore in connection with academic activities.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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