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National Seminar on Groundwater Conservation

The Centre for Environment and Law, under the auspices of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi proposes to organize a one day National Seminar on Ground Water Conservation in India, for disseminating knowledge and awareness among various sections of the society.

Date: 29th September, 2015

Objectives of the Seminar:

  • To study the deficiencies in regulation and control of disposal of various factors that contaminates groundwater and suggest remedial measures, devices and methods.
  • To highlight the loopholes and defects in the existing legal and administrative mechanisms in preventing pollution of groundwater.
  • Suggest positive legislative and administrative efforts in ensuring methods and devises for creating sufficient underground water table and for arresting depletion of groundwater tables.
  • To study the deficiency in the rain water harvesting methods and legal and administrative measure for rain water harvesting in Kerala and suggest new methods and means for increasing, improving and bringing qualitative change in harvesting of rain water.
  • To study the need and effects of Community Groundwater Management and suggest means and measures to develop and put in place effective community management and people's participation in groundwater management.
  • To look into the need for a comprehensive legislation.

In the proposed seminar, various eminent personalities from the field of law, government administration, NGOs etc. would deliver lectures on several topics associated with the seminar. The seminar is envisaged to enlighten the academic and scholar community on the finer aspects of groundwater law and policy in India.


Major themes include but not limited to:

  • Existing Institutional mechanism for groundwater governance and regulation
  • Potential of existing water law in India to address the groundwater issues
  • Groundwater regulation in India and the need for reforms
  • State-wise study of groundwater management
  • Groundwater contamination and its remedial measures
  • Groundwater and Human Rights issues
  • Role of NGOs in groundwater management

Call for Papers:

  • Original research paper(s), case studies supported by recent data covering one or more of the topic(s) are invited for presentation in the Seminar.
  • Abstracts not exceeding 500 words should be sent by mail to on or before 6th September, 2015. The abstract of the paper should contain title of the paper, name of the author(s), affiliation, email, phone, and address, besides the content. Full paper must be submitted before 22nd September, 2015.
  • Papers are expected to be 3000-5000 words.
  • All submissions shall be in MS Word format typed in Times New Roman in 12 font size with line spacing of 1.5.
  • All citations shall adhere to the Harvard Blue Book 18th Edition.
  • Joint authorship up to a maximum of two is allowed.
  • There will be awards for the Best Research Papers.

Authors of the selected papers will be allowed to do presentations at the venue. Detailed schedule of paper presentation, speakers and list of selected papers for the presentation would be displayed on the official website, on 24th September, 2015 and also will be communicated through email to the participants concerned.

Participation is open to all. Register online by 24th September, 2015 Participation is open to all individuals irrespective of whether they are presenting a paper at Seminar or not.

All individuals participating in the Seminar will be issued a 'Participation Certificate'.

Registration Form:

Important Dates

Submission of Abstract:

6th September, 2015

Acceptance of Abstract:

13th September, 2015

Submission of Full Paper:

22nd September, 2015

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)
NUALS Campus, H.M.T. Colony P.O.
Kalamassery, Ernakulam
Kerala - 683 503

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