The Hindon Mela

Water and Climate Change Resilient Youth Champions and Communities in Hindon River Basin

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Venue: Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Meerut

An IWP-C4Y Collaborative Programme, Mentored by Nirmal Hindon


The IWP-C4Y Collaborative Programme, Water and Climate Change Resilient Youth Champions and Communities in the Hindon River Basin under the aegis of Nirmal Hindon will culminate with the Hindon Mela to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Meerut. The Chief Guest for the Programme is the Hon’ble Additional Divisional Commissioner, Sh. Radheshyam Mishra, IAS, Meerut.


Programme highlights: Final round of the Inter-district Hindon Quiz; Launch of the Capacity Building Information Booklet, A Brief Report on the Programme, and the Hindon Youth Voices YouTube Channel. The event will also be attended by district authorities, civil society representatives and media persons.


                                The Hindon Mela

                                                                 Culmination of IWP-C4Y Collaborative Programme


                                                          Under aegis of Nirmal Hindon (A UP Govt. Initiative)

                                                                                    11:30 am -1:-30 pm


India Water Partnership (IWP) and A Centre for Youth (C4Y) Collaborative Programme, with support from   Gramin evam Paryavaran Vikas Sanstha (GPVS), Environment and Social Research Organisation (ESRO), and Gram Vikas Samiti Surana. The programme is being mentored under Nirmal Hindon initiative of Government of Uttar Pradesh. This innovative programme on climate change and water security started on November 8, 2017 across six Gram Panchayats in three districts – Laliana and Tavelagari (Baghpat); Maheshpur and Simlana (Saharanpur) and Suthari/Rawli and Surana (Ghaziabad). Five sets of stakeholders were engaged: Teachers, Students, Youth, Women and Farmers.


The Hindon Mela marks the culmination of the India Water Partnership (IWP)-Centre for Youth (C4Y) Collaborative Programme, “WATER & CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENT YOUTH CHAMPIONS AND COMMUNITIES IN HINDON RIVER BASIN 2017-18”. Programme highlights comprise the final round of the Inter-district Hindon Quiz; Launch of the Capacity Building Information Booklet, A Brief Report on the Programme, and the Hindon Voices Channel (YouTube) by the Hon’ble. Additional Divisional Commissioner and felicitation of gram pradhans from the six intervention gram panchayats and the six principals of the participating schools. The event will be presided over by the Hon’ble DC, and attended by district authorities and civil society representatives, apart from IWP and C4Y members. Following the success of this pilot programme, it is now being extended to other districts in Uttar Pradesh, in its second phase.


Programme Objective

The objective of the programme is to generate and communicate knowledge in Hindon Basin on safe water, water security, and climate resilience and show why and how maintaining the good health of the River .Hindon is linked to their social, economic and physical well-being.


Stakeholders engaged

The programme has engaged 120 youth in the six gram panchayats and trained them as Hindon Youth Champions of Change (HYCC). Around 180 women have been trained on the two topics and close to 180 farmers have been empowered with water conservation techniques and alternative farming methods to adopt and mitigate to climate change and water stress. It has been heartening to note that the farmers’ are gradually showing their understanding on how the indiscriminate use of submersibles to extract water is depleting the groundwater levels.


The Cobllaborative Programme has engaged more than 1200 stakeholders. It has been implemented in the six Gram Panchayats of three districts: Maheshpur and Simlana (Saharanpur), Laliana and Tavelagarhi (Baghpat), and Surana/Suthari and Rawli (Ghaziabad). Six inter-college institutions across six Gram Panchayats have participated in the Hindon Quiz held as part of the programme. The institutions are: Amar Shahid Shambhu Inter College (Maheshpur), Maharana Pratap Memorial Inter College (Simlana) in Saharanpur; Netaji Subhash Chadra Bose Memorial Inter College, Tavelagarhi and Ved Vidya Mandir Inter College, Laliana in Baghpat; and Gandhi Vidyalaya Inter College,Rawli and Nehru Smarak Vidyalaya, Surana in Ghaziabad. Around 600 students have been engaged across the six Gram Panchayats in the quiz rounds


The five sets of stakeholders namely, students, teachers, youth, women and farmers were engaged in vibrant and interactive capacity building workshops. The workshops started off in November 17, 2017.


The Capacity-building Information Booklet (to be released at Hindon Mela) served as the training guide for the five stakeholder groups. The Booklet covers the two focus issues of Climate Change and Water security in an interactive format to keep participants engaged mentally and physically. The entire message was conveyed to all five stakeholder groups via discussions, group activities, and role plays, which lead to key learning being effectively imbibed by participants. There were opening and energising games as well as summative games to help the participants overcome their initial hesitation, remain attentive towards the session and give well-thought out feedback, unhesitatingly, for the sessions. 


The Hindon Voices Channel on YouTube created by C4Y has close to 50 videos which chronicle the activities of the intervention in the voices of its participants. Students, teachers and social workers in the sector, farmers, and women have expressed their views on the River Hindon, its impact on their life and what they have learnt from the Collaborative Programme.The videos have become a defining record of a cross-section of the Hindon Basin dwellers on their concerns related to the river and the changes they are looking for and willing to make. The facebook page encapsulates the intervention from the inception to the final Hindon Mela.


The Brief Report developed by C4Y (to be released at Hindon Mela) will serve as a handy reference point for district authorities and government departments on the innovative intervention and its activities.



                                                                  THE HINDON MELA AGENDA

                                                                                       Date and time: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

                                                                                              Venue: The Hon’ble Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Meerut




11.30 am – 11.45 am

·         Welcome Address

·         Address by IWP/C4Y

·         Inauguration of the Hindon Mela by the Hon’ble. Additional Divisional Commissioner (ADC) Sh Radheshyam Mishra

·         Hon’ble ADC Releases C4Y Capacity Building Information Booklet

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

·         Hindon Quiz Third and Final Round

12:30 pm- 1:00 pm

·         Hindon Youth Share Programme Experiences

·         Hon’ble ADC felicitates Pradhans of six Gram Panchayats

·         Hon’ble ADC Launches Hindon Youth Voices Youtube Channel

·         Hon’ble ADC Releases Brief Report on IWP-C4Y Programme

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

·         Prize Distribution to Winning Team of Hindon Inter-district Quiz

·         Felicitation of Principals by Hon’ble ADC

·         Address by Hon’ble ADC

1:15 pm

·         Vote of Thanks







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