On April 27th, 2018 The Yamuna River Project launched its first book at an event hosted by the Embassy of Spain in India. This event was a seminal moment in the development of the Yamuna River Project and garnered public support from Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hon. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. U.P. Singh; the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and former CEO of the Delhi Jal Board, Mr. Keshav Chandra among others.
The YRP offers grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 to fund research projects addressing the multidimensional challenges for the recovery of the relation between Delhi and its sacred River Yamuna by faculty and/or students. The first of the three annual calls for proposals is open until January 31, 2017.
The 2016 - 2017 academic year marked the first year of the Yamuna River Project as a pan-university project at The University of Virginia. This annual report outlines YPR's accomplishments and future objectives.
The Yamuna River Project (YRP) has had resounding success in the NCT of Delhi over the past few years. Opportunities now exist for new partnerships and associations within the NCT and beyond with the aim to make significant on-ground impact and expand the leanings from the Delhi experience to similar contexts in other parts of the country. Extending her experience in the public sector in this domain, Mriganka aims to prepare a strategy for re-positioning YRP within the Administrative and Political structures to meet the above aim and forge new alliances.
A recent article by Julie McCarthy, published on the NPR website talks about the situation of the Yamuna river. Highlighting the pollution levels and its urban and environmental impact, along with problems at the administrative level that lead to unaccountability of the municipal authorities. Read the full article at the NPR.
A series of symposiums with faculty researchers at the University of Virginia mark the opening and conclusion of the Spring 2017 session of the Yamuna River Project, focused on the work produced in partnership with the Delhi Jal Board regarding the Najafgarh Drain. Read further to learn more about the multidisciplinary conversations from the March and April symposiums.
A recent article by The Guardian describes how the Ganges has "become the first non-human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people." This decision has significant environmental implications, resulting in the establishment of a management board and stricter regulations regarding pollution and waste management facilities. Read the full article at The Guardian.
The outcome of a series of meetings with the Indian Government, the Delhi Government and the governmental agencies related was a memorandum of understanding signed during a July 2016 visit between the Delhi Jal Board (Water Agency of Delhi) and the University of Virginia. The object of the MOU is the study during the next five years of the 58 km of the Najafgarh Drain, which accounts for 60% of the pollution in the Yamuna.
Re-Centering Delhi Team, Fall 2016.
Abe Wilson , Fall 2017
On Wednesday, March 29, a complete schedule of talks and presentations will preface the inauguration of the YRP Exhibition at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi, India. After entering into a five-year agreement with the Delhi Jal Board in partnership with the University of Virginia, the Project presents a comprehensive strategy for the rejuvenation of all drains and water-bodies in New Delhi. The exhibition in India will be open to the public until April 07.
From March 29-April 08, 2017, the Yamuna River Project, in partnership with the Delhi Jal Board, presented a critical set of design strategies surrounding the Najafgarh Drain at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, extending the Project directly into the eyes of the public and further. Use this link to head to the MEDIA page to review the official exhibition catalog.
A list of the various research projects affiliated with the Yamuna Research Program
Randhir Singh, Photographer and Architect
Vida Shen, Fall 2017
Joseph Brookover, Fall 2015
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