Dr. (Ms.) Neelam Patel

Born in Pukharayan, UP on 1 February 1972. Educated at Vivekanand Rashtriya Intercollege, Pukharayn, UP 1984-86; Shri Ramswaroop Gramudyog Intercollege, Pukhrayan, UP 1986-88; B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) Allahabad University 1989-94, M. Tech (Agricultural and Food Engineering) from IIT, Kharagpur 1994-96, Ph.D., ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 2004-07.

Senior Adviser (Agriculture), NITI Aayog, Government of India since August, 2020 to date

Scientist to Principal Scientist (Soil and Water Conservation Engineering), Water Technology Centre, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1997-2015. In charge, Centre for Protected Cultivation Technology, ICAR-IARI, 2015-20.

Awards/Honours: Panjabrao Deshmukh Outstanding Woman Scientist Award -2015 by ICAR;.Dr. Ram Nath Singh Award of IARI (twice), 2002 and 2007; Dr. Rajendra Prasad Award of ICAR 2004; WATSAVE ANNUAL AWARD 2006 for Young Professional International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID-CIID); FAI Golden Jubilee Award 2007; Special Award of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers 2011; Outstanding book award -2014 of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineering; Leadership Award-2014 and Gold medal -2016 by the Soil Conservation Society of India; Best paper award of International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID-CIID) 2006; Agricultural Engineering Division Prize of Institution of Engineers (India) 2006; Gyan Vigyan Puraskar, 2004. Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI; ?????? ????????, 2006 Ministry of Human Resource Development

Fellow: Institution of Engineers (I), 2015 and Soil Conservation Society of India, 2017

Research Areas: Policy formulation, block chain technology, price prediction model, monitoring of schemes, Decision Support Systems and automation, micro irrigation, waste water treatment technology; Hi tech horticulture technologies

Address: Senior Adviser (Agriculture), NITI Aayog, Sansad Marg, Sansad Marg Area, New Delhi 110001; [Tel: Off. (011) 25848703; Res. (011) 25842478; Cell: 9868060359; Email: np_wtc@yahoo.com; neelam.patel@gov.in]