Summer School 2018

A joint initiative of IIT Bombay and KILA, the Summer School 2018 was held as two batches from
May 6 th to May 25 th . The theme was “Rejuvenation of Alappuzha Canals: Decentralised Solid and
Liquid Waste Management‚ÄĚ. More than 300 students from varied disciplinary backgrounds of
Civil/Environmental Engineering, Social Sciences, Architecture, Planning and Social Work from all
over India participated in the Summer School.
Purpose of Summer School 2018
Winter school-2017 helped in identifying practices and access to services in water, sanitation and
solid waste at household level; and waste hotspots, encroachments in the major canals. However
there were major data gaps regarding current infrastructure, services & practices in solid waste
and sanitation at households and institutions level. As per the recommendations of Winter School
there was also a need to study the civil engineering features of the canals including the amount of
muck/silt deposited in the canal network. Summer school was proposed as an exercise to meet
these objectives along with providing a platform to students to interact with and learn from
experts, practitioners and local people and go beyond classroom learning to understand the
complexities of waste water and sanitation issue.
Summer School-2018 was conducted in partnership with the (CUCEK). The various components
received voluntary support from Master in Social Work students of Assumption College. The
different objectives were accomplished as part of two separate batches of combined 300 students
from multi-disciplinary backgrounds (Civil/Environmental Engineering, Architecture/Urban
Planning, Social Sciences/Social Work. The data from about 1500 households and 221
commercial/industrial establishments situated along the project area i.e. canals shed of Vadai and
Commercial canals were collected.

Methods and tools used
FOSS(Free Open Source Software) tools were used for logistic management, planning, data
collection, data analysis and visualization. For ease of planning the logistics and assigning the area

for survey, Google Maps was used.Open Data Kit (ODK) applications were used to design and
develop the app-based questionnaires for the surveys. Google Sheets was used as the repository
for collecting the responses to the survey questionnaire. OSM (Open StreetMap) Tracker was
extensively used for recording the geo coordinates of various entities(households, institutions,
public taps). Quantum GIS (QGIS) software and ArcGIS software were used for analysis and
visualization purposes.
Key Findings
Data collected during Summer School have major implications in planning socio-technical plans for
integrated sanitation planning in the town. Currently the findings are informing action in the pilot
area near the Kavita ITI sub-canal. Summer school findings also imply a failure of the regulatory
architecture in the city and proposes an alternative approach which advocates a mechanism of
social regulation as a tool to enhance transparency and accountability of the State level
institutions by making citizens part of the planning process. The approach thus seeks to initiate the
behavioural change of taking responsibility of the waste by individuals, households and
communities, which then demands institutions for collective action.

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Summer School 2018

 

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