Gramalaya, a voluntary organisation working in areas of water and sanitation improvement in Tamil Nadu, has been approved by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation as a key resource centre (KRC) for providing training and capacity building to professionals and government officials on water and sanitation.

Three southern states

S.Damodaran, founder of Gramalaya, in a release, said the 25 years of service in the water and sanitation sector has enabled Gramalaya to emerge as a training institution for providing training in the three southern states covering Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Exposure visits

The National Institute of Water and Sanitation (NIWAS), the training arm of Gramalaya, is already attracting many visitors from different states of India and abroad for learning, research and exposure visits.

The Gramalaya Training Centre at Kolakkudipatti in Thottiyam block has a separate Water Technology Park and Centre for Toilet Technology and Training with various cost effective model toilets, including dry toilets, leach-pit, and eco-san models.

In-service training

The key resource centre will seek to ensure that sector professionals are sensitised to change in role, responsibility and attitude through need-based in-service training and exposure utilizing the services of specialists.

Meet the challenges

The KRC will fill the knowledge and capacity gap amongst the sector professionals through specialised training and capacity building programmes to meet the challenges of leadership, managerial, administrative, technical, attitudinal and legal aspects.