Stories of change: Becoming water abundant by harvesting rainwater
India Water Portal presents you with some inspiring stories of individuals and organisations in India that have adopted exemplary ways to combat water scarcity through harvesting rainwater. Posted on 12 Jul, 2021 10:20 AM

We often take for granted those things that come easy to us. Rain is one such resource that we always enjoy, but never capture for the future.

Catch the rain where it falls (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Under Har Ghar Nal Se Jal, states to open water testing labs
Policy matters this week Posted on 12 Mar, 2020 02:39 PM

DDWS orders states to open up water testing laboratories to the public

Residents of a village testing their water (Source: Arghyam)
Combating water crisis needs people's participation: PM Modi
News this week Posted on 03 Jul, 2019 01:06 AM

Prime Minister Modi pitches for a collective effort to overcome water crisis in the country

A rainwater harvesting set up in a school in Chickmangalur district (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Industrial waste discharge needs monitoring: NGT
Policy matters this week Posted on 19 Sep, 2018 02:40 PM

NGT asks CPCB to monitor industrial waste discharge of states

A creek near a thermal power plant. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Over 66 thousand habitations arsenic hit: Centre
News this week Posted on 13 Feb, 2017 09:08 PM

Arsenic present in drinking water at many habitations: Centre

People fight for their rights to clean and safe drinking water. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Shimla school goes from students bathing every other day to swimming daily!
Bishop Cotton School in Shimla tides over water scarcity by harvesting rainwater, setting an example for other residential schools located in hilly regions. Posted on 07 Sep, 2015 10:26 PM

Mathew Jacob, estate supervisor at Bishop Cotton School (BCS) in Shimla, remembers when he took his students walking in single file to the nearby stream to wash and bathe

Four storage tanks are linked to 1350 sqm of rooftop area at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla.
Who's to blame for Shimla's water shortage?
It isn't just the tourists or its hilly terrain but a 140-year-old leaking water distribution system set up by the British in 1875 which is leading to heavy losses and contamination. Posted on 30 Jun, 2015 09:03 AM

Most tourists visiting Shimla won’t know that they are walking on a water tank when they wait to get their pictures taken or go horse riding on Ridge road but they will know that the city faces water shortage -- their hotel bathrooms have messages asking them to use water judiciously. 

The Ridge houses Shimla's first underground water tank
Think about water while watching these movies
Shimla celebrated World Water Day 2014 with students of Bishop Cotton and St. Thomas School who watched movies and participated in discussions on water conservation. Posted on 31 Mar, 2014 10:29 PM

People learn and retain better through visual media. That's a fact. So what better way to bring attention to topics around the themes of water than by screening movies? That was the thought process behind organising an event on World Water Day with school students in Shimla. 

Participants at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla
Call for papers: Special issue of Himalayan Studies journal, Shimla, April 30, 2012
Posted on 02 Apr, 2012 02:27 PM



The Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies aims to create an integrated knowledge base and evolve strategies for the development of the Himalayan region and its people through research, academic courses of practical utility and service. The institute has since its inception been moving steadily towards the fulfilment of its mandate.

Indian Institute of Advanced Study invites applications for the award of Fellowships for advanced research
Posted on 07 Sep, 2011 01:59 PM


The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) aims at a free and creative inquiry into the themes and problems of life and thought, as a residential centre for research.