Abhin Shahare is a civil engineer from India, who was working for a water treatment organization for six months. He designed water treatment plants and did various tasks at the organization. Abhin was interested in studying for a Master´s degree in the field of environment.
Abhin is studying Environmental Planning and Management. He came to know about IHE Delft through a friend who worked at Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) and has a Diploma in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Most of the researchers at Tata were alumni of IHE Delft and the research papers which were used for the development and references were from IHE Delft. Abhin was inspired by this and did more research about IHE Deft. He decided to study at IHE Delft because it is globally recognized and linked to UNESCO.
On his motivation to study in the field of water: ‘’I want to contribute to society and I already wanted to work in the environmental sector. Water is the basic resource which everyone would like to have in their everyday life. Later on, when I grew up, I saw more water scarcity and I wanted to solve this problem.’’
About problems in India regarding water: ‘’In India, we have a drought situation in most of the remote areas. Cities are using water, without realizing its true value. This where we see a lack of informal education - where people are aware of it, but have a carefree attitude towards utilization of water. The governmental organization pays less attention, due to internal conflicts, leading to poor management of water supply. In most of the places, water is used very cautiously, because they have minimum access towards it. Ignorance and improper management of resources are the major causes most of the worst crises faced by my nation.''
About studying at IHE Delft: ‘’At IHE Delft there is a more practical approach, they already have applied techniques and innovations in the field.''
On how he experienced his first week: ‘’I was really excited about this trip to Europe and the Netherlands. It was a great experience to explore and meet people. It was easy for me to connect, there was a language barrier, but this was not a problem. The Netherlands is very beautiful with canals everywhere. IHE Delft is small but beautiful, it is not large on campus.''
On finishing studying: ‘’I would like to go back home and work for the water sector. I am planning to open an environmental firm to help me to help people.''
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