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Asit Biswas and his op-ed India's deadly cities
August 26, 2015, 4:20 pm
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Prof. Asit K. Biswas, the founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and currently a distinguished visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, University of Wuhan, China, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India, is formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden.

He was a member of the World Commission on Water. Besides having been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Agencies, Secretary General of OECD and also to many other major international and national organizations, he is, also, a Past President of the International Water Resources Association, and has held important positions in several major international water and environment‐related professional associations.

Prof. Biswas is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and has been its Editor‐in‐Chief for the past 28 years. He has been the author or editor of 81 books (6 more are now under publication) and published over 680 scientific and technical papers. His work has now been translated into 37 languages.

Among his numerous prizes are the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association (Crystal Drop and Millennium Awards), Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden, and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology.

Prof. Biswas received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2006 for “his outstanding and multi‐faceted contributions to global water resource issues”, as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain. In 2012, he was named a “Water Hero of the World” by the Impeller Magazine, and also as one of the 10 thought‐leaders of the world in water by Reuters.

He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum, a regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and as well as a television commentator in three continents.

In a recent commentary by Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley, he opinionates on India's deadly cities, comparing India's rapid urbanization and its economic and environmental impact with that of China's while explaining India's position in the emerging global economies.

 

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