Jal Symposium

Jal Symposium is an on-campus national event being organized by the Center for Water, Rishihood University where thought-leaders, practitioners, social entrepreneurs, government leaders, and more are coming together.

Under the guidance of our Founding Chancellor Shri Suresh Prabhu, Rishihood University is taking strategic initiatives on water to work on each and every challenge related to water and water resources. In a collaborative approach, we are working with, and proposed to work with, all organizations working on these issues and the public-at-large.

Jal Rakshak

As an important outcome of this symposium, we are launching the ‘Jal Rakshak’ fellowship. Through Jal Rakshak, we will train youth volunteers and entrepreneurs across the country. The inaugural batch is to train 750 jal rakshaks, one in each district of India. The jal rakshaks will work with social organizations, district government, spiritual leaders, and the people in their respective districts and will be prepared to become water entrepreneurs, ready to lead the citizens.

Jal Rakshak Fellowship

Water is one of the most important issues of our times. To create future innovators and problem-solvers, we are launching Jal Rakshak, a platform to bring the nation together on this issue.

On 15th August 2022, India will celebrate 75 years of independence. To celebrate the national spirit, we are launching Jal Rakshak fellowship as a one year program from September 2021 to August 2022. Jal Rakshak is emerging as a nationwide consortium on water reaching out to 130 crore people of India.

Through Jal Rakshak, India’s water sector experts will train youth volunteers and entrepreneurs across the country. The inaugural batch will consist of 750 jal rakshaks, one in each district of India. The jal rakshaks will work with social organizations, district government, spiritual leaders, and the people-at-large, and will be prepared to become water entrepreneurs.

Speakers

Gauranga Prabhu

Director – Govardhan Eco Village, ISKCON

Gopal Arya

Social Worker

Mahesh Sharma

Padmashree Awardee

R N Prasher

Former IAS Officer

Dr. Sonali Shinde

Managing Trustee, Pani Panchayat

Timeline
  • August 2021: Jal Rakshak fellowship announced
  • September 2021: Fellows are selected
  • October 2021: One-month training at Rishihood campus
  • November 2021 – July 2022: Fieldwork in respective districts
  • March 2022: Mid-program training and feedback for one week at Rishihood campus
  • August 2022: Final training and convocation at Rishihood campus
Corporate Partners | CSR and Philanthropy

750 corporate partners are joining this initiative as part of their CSR.

  • Rs 75,000 ($1,000) per fellow for their training cost
  • Donors can select a preferred district they wish to support
  • Donors can nominate a youth for the fellowship from their employees or their families if they feel the youth is passionate about this issue
Host Partners | Social Organizations

Several NGOs, innovators, and government officials are doing inspirational work on water. Our fellows will directly work with them to learn and create an impact. We are collaborating with 750 partners, one in each district, to host the fellow.

On the Field Training

After the initial training of one month at the campus, the fellows will be regularly provided online mentorship and training. The Jal Rakshak mentors will also travel to the districts to meet and guide the fellows.

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