Prof. Sudhindra Nath Panda

Born in Gopalbindha, Bhadrak, Odisha, India on 5 August, 1956. Educated at Government Boys High School, Unit 1, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 1967-71; Fakir Mohan College, Balasore, Odisha, 1971-1972; Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar, 1973-78; Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, 1980-82 & 1986-89; Ph.D. 1992.

Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), [Ministry of Education, Govt. of India], Taramani, Chennai 2016 to date.

Junior Engineer, Additional Director of Soil Conservation, Jodhpur and Addl. Director of Agric. Engineering, Bhubaneswar, 1978-80; Research Assistant, Dryland Agricultural Research Project (ICAR), OUAT, Bhubaneswar, 1982-83; Assistant Research Engineer, Regional Research Station, PAU, Ballowal Saunkhri, Punjab, 1983-84; Assistant Professor, Soil & Water Engineering Department, PAU, Ludhiana, 1984-86; Senior Scientist (Soil & Water Engineering), OUAT, Bhubaneswar, 1989-95; Reader (Engineering), Water & Land Management lnstitute, Cuttack, Odisha, 1991-94 (on deputation from OUAT); Assistant Professor, 1995-2000; Associate Professor, 2000-04; Professor, 2004-10 and Professor (Higher Academic Grade), 2010-16; Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, llT Kharagpur; Visiting Researcher, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan, 2013-14 (on leave from llT, Kharagpur); Professor-in-Charge (Water Works), IIT Kharagpur, 2004-07; Founder Head, School of Water Resources, llT Kharagpur, 2008-13; National Coordinator (Teachers Training Programme), SWAYAM-MOOCs, MoE, GoI, 2016-Contd.; Coorinator (AICTE-National Initiative of Technical Teachers Training), 2019-Contd.

Awards/Honours: Gold Medal, Orissa Engineering Congress, Bhubaneswar, 1990 & 1991;Jawahar Lal Nehru Award in Soil Science, Natural Resource Management and Agronomy (Water Management), ICAR, 1995; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Agricultural Land Drainage, Winand Staring Center for Integrated Land, Soil and Water Research (SC-DLO), Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1996; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Artificial Groundwater Recharge, INSA-DFG (German), 1997; Shanker Memorial Award (Soil & Water Engineering), ISAE, 1998; lntegrated Environmental Engineering Study Scholarships in Rainwater Harvesting and Recycling Processes, DAAD, Germany,2001; Visiting lnternational Fellow, Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers, 2002; Commendation Medal (Soil & Water Engineering), ISAE, 2003; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Crop, Soil & Water Sciences, INSA-IRRl, Manila (Philippines), 2004; K C Das Memorial Award, lnstitution of Engineeers (lndia), 2006; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Disaster Management, DAAD, Germany, 2008; Institution Award, institution of Engineers (lndia), 2009; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Water Resources Management of Arid Environment, INSA-JSPS (Japan), 2011.

Fellow: Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2015; Indian Water Resources Society, 2013; and The Institution of Engineers (lndia), 2006; Life Member: lndian Association of Soil & Water Conservationists, 2009; Indian Society of Water Management, 1995; and Systems Society of India, 1987; Member: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2004; International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 2000; and American Society of Civil Engineers, 1999.

Research Areas: Systems Approach for Integrated Land and Water Resources Planning and Management, Rainwater Conservation and Reuse for Climate Resilient Rainfed Agriculture, Development of DSS for Rainwater Management, Application of Geoinformatics and Soft Computing Tools for Watershed / Flood Management, Climate Forecasting and Catchment Stimulation Modeling

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