An extension lecture of Dr. Rajendra Singh ‘Waterman of India’ was held in the auditorium on Friday, 10th November, 2017. Dr.Rajendra Singh is the recipient of Stockholm Prize, ‘The Nobel Prize for Water’ in 2015, Raman Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2001, pioneering community based efforts in water harvesting and water management. He has reinvigorated five rivers in Rajasthan and is one of the members of National Ganga River Basin Authority. He is among the list of top 50 people who could save the world. He is also the founder member of an NGO in UK which aims to counter the negative effects of soil erosion and flooding.
The programme attained its acme through the illustrative and expounding lecture on water conservation programme by Dr. Rajendra Singh. In his talk he explicated that the 21st century is facing a water war which is a matter of great concern. He elucidated that Marwar was ‘Jagat Guru ‘in teaching the sustainable science of water. He detailed that Development is not sustainable, it is rather disastrous. It has disintegrated the community management. He lucidly threw light how in ancient times, people of Rajasthan Proved their efficiency by sustaining their crops with minimum use of water. They have always respected Water, Woman and River and have worshipped water as Lord Indra in the form of Rain. His initiation into the villages inclined the youth to nest in their native villages with a motto, ‘my belongings should be retained in my village’. He also said that the sustainable science is that which increase the index of happiness. Natural Science is simple science that links the rain pattern with crop pattern and even the uneducated farmers of Marwar have this knowledge.
Conjointly he explicated about the three ‘R’ S for efficient use of water, which are Respect for water, Reduce use of water and Rejuvenate the nature. He recapitulated his lecture with the slogan ‘Water is Climate and Climate is Water’. In his conclusion he seeded the inception for a course in the university where students can learn science to nourish not to extract.