IAPMO-India, the Indian Plumbing Association and the Central Public Works Department of the Government of India have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding in which the CPWD shall voluntarily adopt the Uniform Plumbing Code – India and implement the Plumbing Education to Employment Program curriculum jointly developed by IAPMO-India and the IPA.
Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and the Central Public Works Department
(CPWD) of the Government of India have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding
in which the CPWD shall voluntarily adopt the Uniform Plumbing Code – India and
implement the Plumbing Education to Employment Program (PEEP) curriculum
jointly developed by IAPMO-India and the IPA.
The CPWD is the
principal agency of the Government of India for construction and maintenance of
all central government projects, except those of railways, communication,
atomic energy, defense, airports (national and international) and radio. It
oversees development of projects in the fields of civil, electrical, mechanical
and air-conditioning engineering, architecture, horticulture and landscaping.
In 2007, the IPA
and IAPMO formed a partnership aimed at working together to establish a model
code of plumbing installation and maintenance for all of India. The IPA’s Code
Committee, with support from IAPMO staff, developed the resulting UPC-I, a code
of practice that recognizes and utilizes proven international concepts, taking
into consideration the established plumbing practices and customs in India.
partnership, however, did not stop with this colossal achievement.
Understanding the need for plumbing education in India, IAPMO, the IPA and the
Institute of Plumbing (IIP) formed a partnership agreement to provide plumbing
education and training throughout India, leading to the establishment of
IAPMO-India Corporation, with offices in Bengaluru and Pune.
A careful needs
assessment of the plumbing industry and consultation with eminent members of
the plumbing industry led to the development of PEEP, with the goal of
preparing multiple levels of professional groups in India to read, understand,
interpret, engage and apply the provisions of the UPC-I in order to design and
perform initial installation and continued maintenance of plumbing systems.
Through the diligent concerted efforts of IAPMO staff in the United States and
India, PEEP programs targeting engineers, architects and construction managers
have been fully developed and are near implementation, with numerous MoUs
having been signed across the entire country of India.