CEPT University hosted the first Asia Partners’ Meet of the Global Sanitation Graduate School (GSGS) which was organised in Ahmedabad from November 7-9, 2022. The three-day meeting focused on understanding the opportunities and challenges of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) education in Asia. Dr Roshan Shrestha, deputy director–WASH South Asia Operations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CEPT professor Mona Iyer and Damir Brdjanovic, professor of sanitary engineering at IHE Delft and TU Delft–addressed the media today on this issue.
Representatives from 21 institutions spanning 7 countries of Asia, Europe, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) attended the Meet. Currently the programme is run for 30 universities across 20 countries.
“Biggest challenge for Gujarat is to reuse water. Surat does a lot of work in reusing water but other cities still have a long way to go. Recycling water can solve a lot of sanitation issues.” said CEPT professor Dinesh Mehta.
GSGS is a platform to facilitate the development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on sanitation through postgraduate programs. The program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Faculty of Planning (FP), CEPT University, is the lead institute of 1 of the 14 clusters of GSGS, the only urban planning institute from South Asia.
The Master’s in Urban Infrastructure with majors in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (MUI-WASH) program, offered since 2019, at FP, CEPT University, is supported by the GSGS and has a unique WASH curriculum from an urban planning perspective.