Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has established National Capacity Building Institute for Water Quality Management (NCBI-WQM) at Islamabad with the partnership of Government of Korea. Major purpose for the establishment of this institute is to produce diploma level technicians in the field of water quality management, as the professionals presently working in water supply sector are not formally qualified for practicing water quality management techniques, which are mandatory in the provision of safe drinking water to the public.
The provision of safe drinking water is an important point in the manifesto of present government, because Sustainable Development Goal 6.0 sets target 6.1 "by 2030 achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all". PCRWR plans to initiate three years diploma in Water Quality Management in collaboration withNational Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Islamabad. The first meeting of Qualification DevelopmentCommitteeis convened at PCRWR Headquarters Islamabad from April, 22-26, 2019.Various corporates from Public Health Engineering Departments(PHEDs), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water and Sanitation Agencies (WASAs), National University of Science and Technology (NUST), International Islamic University, (IIU), Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP), Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation and Bin Qutab Group of industries are participating in the meeting for development of competency standards for 3 Years Water Quality Diploma. Dr Muhammad Aslam Tahir Chairman PCRWR inaugurated the event and highlighted the importance of Diploma in Water Quality Management, which will be first of its kind in Pakistan. He also thanked Dr. Nasir Khan, Executive Director NAVTTC for his supportand cooperation.