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Introduction
The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) was established in 1964, under a resolution and named as Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Research Council (IDFCRC) within the Ministry of Natural Resources. It was brought under the control of Ministry of Science and Technology in 1970. The Council was renamed as Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in 1985. The PCRWR is an apex autonomous body established with the objective to conduct, organize, coordinate and promote research in all aspects of water resources. Since its inception, PCRWR has played its role as a national research organisation by undertaking and promoting applied as well as basic research in various disciplines of water sector, more specifically, irrigation, drainage, surface and groundwater management, groundwater recharge, watershed management, desertification control, rainwater harvesting, , water quality assessment and monitoring, and development of innovative water resource management, conservation and quality improvement technologies, etc.

Mandate
The PCRWR is mandated to conduct, organise, co-ordinate and promote research in all fields of water resources engineering, planning and management, so as to optimally use the available land and water resources and to help achieve sustainability in the agricultural sector.

Governance Structure
The Act of Parliament for establishment of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources received the assent of the President on April 14, 2007. The 1st meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) was convened on September 17, 2007 at the PCRWR Headquarters, Islamabad. Chaudhary Naurez Shakoor Khan, Federal Minister for Science and Technology chaired the 1st meeting of BoG.
The overall decision-making body of the PCRWR is its Board of Governors (BoG), responsible for the control, direction and superintendence of the affairs of the PCRWR. Technical and Executive Committees assist the Board in its operation. The Federal Minister and Secretary (Scientific and Technological Division), Ministry of Science and Technology are the President and Vice President of the Board respectively.

Chairman
Chairman PCRWR is the Chief Executive of the Council. He also acts as secretary of the BoG.

Statutory Functions
Undertake research on development, management, conservation, utilization and quality of water resources. 
Develop and maintain National Water Resources Database. 
Design, develop and evaluate water conservation technologies. 
Undertake contractual research and provide consultancy services to the private and public sector. 
Establish liaison and collaborate with other related national and international research and development organizations.  Publish scientific papers, reports, periodicals, arrange seminars, training workshops and conferences on water related issues.

  • Conduct, organize, coordinate and promote research on all aspects of water resources, including irrigation, drainage, reclamation, navigation, drinking water, industrial water, and sewerage management and to set up national centers, wherever necessary.
  • Advise the government and submit policy recommendations regarding quality, development, management, conservation and utilization of water resources.
  • Develop and maintain national water resources database, for use by the planning, implementing agencies and public.
  • Design, develop and evaluate water conservation technologies for irrigation, drinking and industrial water.
  • Commercialize its research and development results by the sale of products, patents and services.
  • Undertake contractual research and provide consultancy services to the private and public sector.
  • Establish liaison and collaborate with other related national and international research and development organisations, universities and NGOs.
  • Publish scientific papers, reports and periodicals, and arrange seminars, training workshops and conferences on water- related issues.
  • Initiate national water quality monitoring programme, in the urban and rural areas of Pakistan and develop technologies for providing safe drinking water to the public.
  • Conduct and coordinate research or desertification, drought and flood mitigation.
  • Provide financial and technical support to universities and research institutions for collaborative research projects and fellowships.
  • Design and develop water related technologies and items of utility for various users according to market demand and undertake design and development projects on contract.
  • Undertake human resources development, through training skills related to the specialized functions of the Council.