Programme Schedule – OEC 2017


Environment & Sustainable River Basin Management

(20th – 22nd December 2017)

Venue: RMNH, Acharya Vihar, Bhubaneswar

Programme Schedule

Day 1: 20th December 2017 (Wednesday)

09.00 – 10.00 AM Registration
10:00- 11:30 AM Pre-Inaugural Technical Session (Setting the Tone)

Chair: Shri Abasar Beuria , IFS (Retd.), Former Ambassador

Speakers 1.       Dr. Aurobindo Behera, IAS (Retd), Former Member, Board of Revenue, GoO.
2.       Dr. Padmaja Mishra, Vice Chancellor, RD Women’s University
11.45 – 12.45PM Inaugural Session 

Chair: Dr D K Roy, IRS (Retd), Chairman OEC& Former Chairman, OERC

Chief Guest & Inaugurator Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble  Chief Minister,  Odisha
Chief Speaker Shri Rajendra Singh, Magsaysay Awardee & Waterman of India
Guest of Honor Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, MLA, Former Minister, GoO
Welcome Address Shri Sudarsan Das, organizing Secretary, OEC-2017
About OEC-2017 Dr. Babu Ambat, Executive Director, CED, Trivandrum
Vote of Thanks Dr. Gaurav, Director in Charge, RMNH
12.45-1.00 PM Tea Break  
1.00PM – 1.45 PM Technical Session I : Sustainable River Basin Management: Issues & Challenges

Session Chair: Prof. Radha Mohan, Eminent Social Scientist

Key Note



Sri P. K. Jena, IAS, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Water Resources and a presentation by DoWR officials.
Dr. S.K. Ambast, Director, ICAR- IIWM, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Shri.  B.P. Das, Ex-EIC, Water Resources, GoO


1.45 – 2.30 PM Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 PM Technical Session II : State of Rivers of Odisha

Chair: Dr. S.N. Pasupalaka, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT

Co-Chair: Shri. BB Panda, Engineer-in- Chief, Planning & Design, DoWR

Panelists 1.       Shri Tapan Padhy: People perspective on Rivers of Odisha- Report of River Basin Workshop

2.       Shri Pranab Choudhury : Emerging Issues and challenges of Rivers of Odisha

3.       Dr. R H Sawkar : Water Resource of Peninsular India, Equitable Distribution of Water and Sustainable River Basin Management

4.       Shri S. K Mohapatra: Rushikulya River Basin-A case Study

5.       Umi Daniel- Migration issues in Mahanadi Basin

6.       Meena Das Mohapatra- Livelihood issues in River Basin


  Open House Discussion
4.00 PM – 4.15 PM Tea Break
04.15 – 05.30 PM Technical Session III: River Water Sharing: Conflicts and Cooperation  


Chair Prof. D. P. Ray, Former Vice Chancellor, OUAT & Principal Advisor, SOA
Co-Chair Mr. Prafula Kumar Sahoo,Chairman CYSD


1.       Shri  Ramesh Chandra Tripathy:  Challenges in water sector – conflicts & Cooperation

2.       Shri  Sarat Kumar Mohanty: Mahanadi River Water Sharing – Conflicts, intolerances & Lack of Cooperation


3.       Dr. Prabhakar Nanda: Managing Common Property Water ResourcesSome case Studies

4.       Dr. Ketan Kumar: Environment and Sustainable River Basin Management: River Water Sharing ,Conflict & Cooperation

5.30 – 8.00 PM Cultural Programme (Mu Nadi Kahuchhi)


Day 2: 21stDecember 2017 (Thursday), Venue: RMNH, Bhubaneswar

10.00 AM -1.30 PM Special Technical Session IV: Contours of River Policy for Odisha
Chair Dr. Bhagaban Prakash, Advisor to Election Commission India
Speakers Shri  Rajendra Singh, Magsaysay Awardee 
Shri  P.K. Jena, Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department,
  Dr. Sanjay Singh, National Convener, Jal Jan Joda Abhiyan
  Open House Discussion: Eliciting opinion on River Policy  from participants
1.30 PM to 2.30 PM Lunch
2.30 PM – 4.00 PM Technical Session V:  Management  Structures for River Basins


Chair Shri Vishal Gagan, IAS, Commissioner- cum- Secretary,  Fisheries & ARD
Co Chair Dr. S. K. Mishra, Director-in-Charge, IIMT, Bhubaneswar
Panelist 1.       Dr. S.K. Rautray & S.K. Behera : Rice-Fish-Horticulture based Integrated Farming System (IFS) for Sustainable River Basin Management in Brahmaputra Valley of Asaam

2.       Er. Ashutosh Dash: Need of IWRM in River Basins

3.       Shri. R.K. Panda, R.Murmu, D. Haldar & S.K. Behera : Sustainable surface irrigation management strategy – A case Study in Eastern India using community tank

4.       Dr. Mayank Vasta : Environment and Sustainable River Basin Management: Management Structure for River Basins

5.       Shri Arun Ku. Das : Saving River Beds

4.00 PM – 4.15 PM Tea Break
04.15 – 05.15 PM


Technical  Session VII: Policy Advocacy for River Basin Management


Chair Dr. AurobindaBehera, IAS, Former Member Revenue Board, Odisha
Co-Chair Shri  Hemanta Ku. Behera, EIC-cum-Special Secretary, DoWR
Panelist 1.       Dr. S.K. Behera: Odisha Water Tariff Regulations-Policy & Implementation

2.       Shri Kiran Sankar Sahu : Lure of Wealth Brings Injustice to Baitarani Basin: Kendujhars’ Woe Just Multiplies

3.     Ms. Amrita Preetam Barick, Dr. Anil Kumar Kar, Mahendra Kumar Bhuyan & Ashutosh Dash- Restoring the flow capability of River Kushabhadra, a Distributary of River Mahanadi

4.       Ms. Prachi Parimita Rout: Lake Management in Urban India


5.30 to 8.00 PM Cultural Programme : Drama


Environments & Sustainable River Basin Management

Day 3: 22nd December 2017 (Friday), Venue: RMNH, Bhubaneswar

9.30 AM -11.00 AM Technical Session IV: River Health: E-Flow and Catchments


Chair Dr. (Padmashree) Ajaya Kumar Parida, Director, Centre for Life Science.
Co chair Dr. Jay Krushna Panigrahi, Scretary, Odisha Environment Society.
  Panelist 1.       Dr. Shishir Kanta Behera : Riverbank Filtration for Aquaculture and Irrigation

2.       Ms. Subhadarshini  Das: Water Quality Status of River Bramhani along Angul – Talcher Area

3.       Shri Aurobindo Mohanta:  An over view of Water Pollution from Agriculture

4.       Ms. Rashmirekha, Anl& Harihara: Morphological Challenge in the Deltaic River of Odisha

11.30 AM – 11.45 AM Tea Break
11.30 AM – 01.30 PM Technical Session V:   Inter Basins Transfer of River Water / River Linkage


Chair Dr. C.R. Das, Former, Chairman State EIA Authority, GoI
Co-Chair Dr. A.K. Gupta, Joint Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI.
Panelists 1.       Shri Ramesh Chandra Tripathy:  River Linkages – Perspectives and Problems

2.       Shri Balamukunda Das:  Various Aspects of Inter Linking of Rivers in India

3.       Ms. Sarmila Das, Ms. Sarmila Mohanty, Ms. Gayatri Das, Ms. Sharmistha Das :  Inter Linking of Rivers – A Boon for Developing India

4.       Shri D. Guruswami: River Management in Tamil Nadu

1.30-2.30  PM Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 PM Open House Session: Rivers of Odisha & Role of Political Parties

Chair- Jagadanand, Former RTI Commissioner, Odisha


Panelists 1.       Dr Damodar Rout, Minister, Agriculture and F&ARD, Govt of Odisha

2.       Sj Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Former Minister and Leader of  BJP

3.       Sj. NiranjanPatnaik, Former Minister and President, Odisha PCC

4.       Sj Bijay Mohapatra, Former Minister and Senior Political Leader

5.       Sj Braja Kishore Tripathy, Former Union Minister

6.       Sj. JanardanPati, Senior Leader, CPI(M)

7.       Sj. Dibakar Nayak, State Secretary, CPI, Odisha State Council.

8.       Sj Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Chairman, Ama Odisha



4.00 – 5.30 PM Valedictory Session

Chair: Dr. Damodar Acharya, Former Chairman AICTE, GoI and Advisor S ‘O’A University

Chief Guest Justice Gopal Gowda, Former Cief Justice , Odisha High Court and Judge Supreme Court of India
Special Guest Sj Sashi Bhusan Behera, Minister Finance and Excise, GoO
Guest of Honor Shri  Hemanta Ku. Behera, EIC-cum-Special Secretary, DoWR
Summary of OEC 2017 Shri Sudarsan Das, Organizing Secretary, OEC-2017
Distribution of Prizes By the Chief Guest and Guests

1.       Young Scientist Award

2.       Water Warrior Award

3.       S B Mishra Green Corporate Award

4.       Prizes to Stsudents

Vote of Thanks Mr Kailash Das, Executive Director, RCDC


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