Integrated Water Resources Management

The IWRM program enhances students’ knowledge and capacities to deal with multi- disciplinary  aspects   of   water   resource   allocation   and   use   under   conditions   of uncertainties. Key topics constituting the program include:  principles of IWRM, hazard planning and management, water governance, institutions and policies, water dispute management, water valuation, and GIS and remote sensing in water resources.

Given the emerging complexities in water sector, the need of coordinated decision making across sectors and scales has always been felt. IWRM provides a platform where young leaders are trained in interdisciplinary concepts and methods for integrated water resources management, to meet the complex sustainability challenges.

The graduate program in IWRM aims at producing future leaders and qualified country specialists in water sector, enhancing student’s knowledge and capacities to deal with multidisciplinary aspects of water resource allocation and use under conditions of uncertainties. The program presents a combination of theory and practicum in the areas of hazard planning and management, water governance, institutions and policies, water dispute management, water valuation, and GIS and remote sensing. Study tours/ field trips, a major part of the program are aimed at training student water related technical and operational knowledge.

The Master’s degree program in IWRM stretches over four semesters: three semesters of intensive course work and one semester of research. Whereas, the total duration for PhD degree program in IWRM is three years with 18 credit hours course work and research.

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Water Dispute Management
  • Systems Analysis and Optimization
  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources
  • Model Applications in IWRM
  • Stochastic Hydrology
  • Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting
# Name & Designation BPS Courses Allocated Basic Degree MS/MPhil or Equivalent Degree PhD Degree Status Research Area Experience No. of Students being Supervised
Title & Subject Area Title & Subject Area Title & Subject Area Teaching Other Ph.D M.Phil/MS
1 Dr. Bakhshal Khan Lashari,
Emeritus Professor
- - Agricultural Engineering Hydraulics and irrigation Engineering Sediment Transport Water Resources Engineering and Management 40
2 Dr. Asmat Ullah,
Assistant Professor
19 1. Research Methodology (PhD),
2. Environmental Economics (MS),
3. Professional Development & Practices (MS)
Agriculture Natural Resources Management Natural Resources Management Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of agri-food systems., Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), Sustainability and eco-efficiency analysis. Agricultural Water Productivity Assessment. Integrated Water Resources Management. Energy output-input and energy efficiency analysis. Benchmarking of environmental impacts and economic output through efficiency analysis, Water footprints and carbon footprints analysis 06 03
3 Dr. Arjumand Zaidi,
Senior Research Fellow
Contractual 1. HazardPlanning and Risk Management (MS),
2. Environmental Impact Assessment (MS)
Civil Engineering Urban Systems Engineering Information Technology Optimization and modeling of water resources, environmental,and disaster management systems 16 02
# Name & Designation BPS Courses Allocated Basic Degree MS/MPhil or Equivalent Degree Research Area Experience No. of Students being Supervised
Title & Subject Area Title & Subject Area Teaching Other Ph.D M.Phil/MS
1 Mr. Ghulam Hussain Dars,
Assistant Professor
19 1. Climate and Water Civil Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering climate change impact analysis on various hydro-climate variables, statistical and dynamical downscaling, and sustainable water resources management under uncertainty 05 07 05
2 Ms. Rakhshanda Bano,
Assistant Professor
19 1. IWRM: Principles and Practices Environmental Science Environmental Science Water resources management Natural resources economics, system dynamics modelling 05 04
3 Mr. Muhammad Ali,
Assistant Professor
19 1. Sustainable Development and WEF Nexus BBA (Hons.) International Public Policy MBA (Finance) Sustainable Development & WEF Nexus, Poverty Alleviation, Rural Development, Participatory Development and Participatory Irrigation Management, Governance and Local Institutions, Power Relations, Trust and Social Capital, Gender and Willingness to Pay. 07 13
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
First Semester
1 Professional Development and Practice 3.0 Common
2 Hydro-informatics: Data Management and Analysis 3.0 Core
3 Integrated Water Resources Management: Principles & Applications 3.0 Core
4 Hazard Planning and Risk Management 3.0 Core
5 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Common
Total 12.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Second Semester
1 Policy, Law and Community 3.0 Common
2 GIS and Remote Sensing Applications 3.0 Common
3 Sustainable Development and WEF Nexus 3.0 Core
4 Climate and Water 3.0 Core
5 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Common
6 Preparation of Thesis Research Proposal 0.0 Core
Total 12.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Third Semester
1 Model Applications in IWRM 3.0 Elective
2 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Common
3 Thesis Research, Data Collection & Processing etc. 0.0 Common
Total 3.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Fourth Semester
1 Research/ Data Collection & Processing, Thesis Write-up and Final Seminar 6.0 Elective
Total 6.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
First Semester
1 Mathematical Modeling and Simulation 3.0 Core
2 Research Methodology 3.0 Core
3 Advanced GIS Applications and Remote Sensing 3.0 Core
4 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Core
Total 9.0
Sr.# Course title Credit hrs Course type
Second Semester (3 Elective Course)
1 Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development 3.0 Elective
2 Water Governance 3.0 Elective
3 Water Resources System Analysis 3.0 Elective
4 Advanced Model Applications in IWRM 3.0 Elective
5 Graduate seminar: Water Security in Pakistan 0.0 Elective
Total 9.0
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