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IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials

On December 19th, 2022, IIM Bodh Gaya commenced a Management and Skill Development Programme for the first batch of engineers and senior officials of the Water Resources Department, Govt. of Bihar.

Prof. Mohammed Laeequddin, Chairperson, Executive Education and Consultancy, and Prof. Amit Kumar Srivastava, Co-Chairperson, Executive Education and Consultancy, provided a brief introduction to the training program on the 19th of December during the program’s brief inauguration. They provided a concise explanation of the significance of this training program for the professional and personal lives of the participants. 

The second day of the training programme, 20th December, 2022, witnessed the presence of Honourable Minister for Water Resources Department and Information and Public Relations Department, Shri. Sanjay Kumar Jha; Secretary, Water Resources Department, Shri. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal; Engineer-in-Chief, Headquarter, Dr. I.C Thakur; Engineer-in-Chief -Flood, Shri. Shailendra; Director, Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI), Shri. Padma Kant Jha; and Professor, WALMI, Dr. Rajesh Gupta.

IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials
IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials

Shri. Sanjay Kumar Jha, Honourable Minister of Water Resources Department and Information and Public Relations Department, Govt. of Bihar, while addressing the participants, stated, “This is a great opportunity for the engineers of WRD to be trained in various management skills by IIM Bodh Gaya. This sort of project has never been undertaken before.” Furthermore, he added, “Once you recognize your strengths, your work delivery will improve. Time is a crucial factor.

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It is a crime to delay a government project for an extended period. This program facilitates better time management. After collaborating with peers, we can identify our strengths and operate effectively”. In addition, he admired the course plan, highlighting that it was comprehensive and included all management aspects.

Shri. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, Secretary of the Water Resources Department, stated, “Learning is a never-ending journey, and this is a golden opportunity for WRD Engineers to receive peer-to-peer learning and guidance from the professors of IIM Bodh Gaya.” He praised the curriculum created by the IIM Bodh Gaya faculty and requested that the courses be enhanced for future batches.

The event was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Padma Kant Jha, Director, WALMI, Patna.

IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials
IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials

The Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Water Resource Department, Bihar, on September 30, 2022, at Gyan Bhawan, Patna. The MoU was signed by Dr. Vinita S Sahay, Director, IIM Bodh Gaya, and Mr. Padma Kant Jha, Director of Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI).

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The Water Resources Department (WRD) constructs and maintains irrigation and flood management structures in and around Bihar. It also addresses the implementation of Participatory Irrigation Management and protects the right of the State to share the water of inter-state rivers/basins.

To ensure the timely completion of projects, it is vital that the WRD employ not only technically competent employees but also employees with good managerial skills. Therefore, comprehensive WRD training and staff development have become crucial.

IIM Bodh Gaya is keen to support the state of Bihar in developing leadership and management capacity and is already actively involved in providing leadership and management training to various departments of the Bihar government, such as the State Health Society, Police Academy, BIPARD, and Department of Industries, to name a few.

Similarly, as a part of this MoU, IIM Bodh Gaya is conducting a series of Management and Skill Development Programmes for the engineers and senior officials of the WRD. The training for the first batch of 35 Assistant Engineers, which began on the 19th of December, 2022, marks the commencement of this series. 10 more batches of WRD officials are lined up to undergo training in the coming months.

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IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials
IIM Bodh Gaya begins Training Programme for Bihar Water Resources Department Officials

The training programme with the first batch will continue through the 24th of December, 2022. At the end of the training, the participants will be given certificates for participation. There will be seven sessions per day, starting at 7:00 am and ending at 6:45 pm, including a yoga session in the morning.

Principles of Management, Stakeholders Management, IoT Sensors Network and Drones, Learning through Cinema and Dramatics, Economics of Water, Introduction to MS project, Design Thinking, Team Building, Conflict and Crisis Communication, and Data Mining & AI are some of the topics covered in the training programme.

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