Water has been recognized as one of the most important resources for the country; its prudent management is therefore critical for the country’s economy and livelihood. The challenges around water management however, are compounded by the impacts of climate change and the increasing need to continue economic development in a more sustainable manner. Against this backdrop, the Centre for Water Informatics & Technology (WIT) was established at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Housed at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), WIT aims to serve as a hub with a disciplinary focus on hydro-informatics and systems analysis but touching multidisciplinary research themes in water by engaging faculty and students from all departments of SBASSE; and by forging collaborations among the different schools within LUMS to provide the much needed, interdisciplinary perspective to water issues, under the guidance of a world-class advisory group.
WIT research and training programs will work to cross the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines to foster interdisciplinary understanding of water. Additionally, WIT will help to bridge the gap between academia and practice, and establish a fruitful co-operation between the academic community and industry, development agencies, NGOs, public administration, local communities, and other relevant institutions for building capacity in innovation and technology for water management. WIT will also promote a new mindset that redirects researchers’ focus away from overly theoretical concepts towards new and innovative research solutions that are sustainable and cost-effective.