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Kolkata: BENGAL government has decided to make use of the River Research Institute (RRI) located in Nadia to teach post-graduate courses to students on river engineering, and hydrology.

Located at Nadia’s Haringhata, RRI is a state government owned institute under the state irrigation and waterways department. At present, it is involved only in research activities and for providing on-job training to irrigation officials.

According to the state irrigation and waterways department, it has been decided to introduce two post-graduate degree courses at RRI from the 2018-2019 academic year scheduled kick start in April-May next year.

The courses will be on river engineering, and hydrology and hydro-informatics and are likely to be affiliated to the West Bengal University of Technology. Students successfully completing the courses are expected to meet the demands for experts on river conservation, irrigation canals, and hydro-power.

In a related development, a quality control lab has been thrown open at RRI to facilitate testing of soil, concrete, and reinforcement for irrigation projects in the districts of Nadia, North 24-Parganas, and Hooghly. Similar labs will be started in six more districts in the state in phases.