Ignou Diploma in Watershed Management

Diploma in Watershed Management DWM

This programme has been developed with the support of the Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India. The Diploma in watershed Management aims at developing competent human resource in the field of watershed Development/Management. It intends to impart basic knowledge and skills for water harvesting, conservation and utilization, soil erosion and its management integrated farming systems, animal husbandry, agroforestry, funding, monitoring, evaluation and capacity building of watershed development programmes besides extension and communication skills for long term socio-economic development of the society. It will provide a basic understanding of various activities undertaken during the development of watersheds. The diploma programme also intends to address the workforce requirement of the watershed management and focus on upgrading the knowledge and skills of existing personnel in the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP). The target group includes rural youth, social workers/volunteers working with NGOs/ government functionaries implementing watershed programmes.

Job opportunities for the pass outs of this programme include Self Entrepreneurship, soil conservation and agriculture/ horticulture inspectors, agro-forestry surveyors, livestock assistant water harvesting technicians/supervisors, in Government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) dealing with watershed projects, Urban Housing Boards, Private Real Estate Builders, Soil Conservation Departments and Ground Water Boards, Secretary in IWMP Projects.


The main objectives of the programme are to:

  • Develop human resource for watershed development. Introduce the principles of the watershed management approach and the value of working in a watershed;
  • Generate awareness of sustainable development and maintenance of natural resources;
  • Delineate different techniques for accessing and predicting physical, chemical and socio-economic conditions within a watershed including water quality;
  • Mobilization and capacity building of rural youth, women and landless; and
  • Develop skills for the Eligibility: 10+2 or its equivalent or BPP from IGNOU

Medium of Instruction: English & Hindi

Duration: Minimum 1 year and Maximum 4 years; offered only in July cycle of admissions

Fee Structure: Rs. 10,600/- for full Programme

Programme Details:

Course Code Title of the Course Theory Practical Total Download
BNRI101 Fundamentals of Watershed Management 2 2 4
BNRI 102 Elements of Hydrology 2 2 4
BNRI103. Soil and Water Conservation 2 2 4
BNRI 104 Rainfed Farming 2 2 4
BNRI 105 Livestock and Pasture Management 2 2 4
BNRI 106 Horticulture and Agro-Forestry Systems 2 2 4
BNRI 107 Funding, Monitoring, Evaluation & Capacity Building 2 2 4
BNRP 108 Project Formulation 0 4 4
Total Credits 14 18 32

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