Dr. Vemuri Muthayya Chowdary

Born in Kolluru, Guntur Dt, A.P, India on 6th August 1968. Educated at Zilla Parishat High School, Kolluru, 1980-83; P.B.Siddartha College, Vijayawada, 1983-85; B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering), A.P.Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 1985-89; M.Tech (Irrigation and Drainage Engineering) G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, 1990-92; Ph.D (Soil and Water Conservation engineering), Indian Agricultural Research Institute,New Delhi,1992-98;JSPS Post Doctoral Fellow, Kyoto University, Japan, 2005-2007.

Director, Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, Dept. of Agri. & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, Govt. of India, New Delhi, 2021 to date.

Scientist/Engineer SD, 1998-2003;Scientist/Engineer SE, 2003-2011; Scientist/Engineer SF, 2012-17; and Head (Applications), Regional Remote Sensing Centre (RRSC)-East, National Remote Sensing Centre, Kolkata,20013-17; Scientist/Engineer SG, 2017- 2021 and Head (Applications), 2017-2019, Dy. General Manager, Regional Remote Sensing Centre (RRSC)-North, National Remote Sensing Centre, Delhi, 2019-2021.

Awards/Honours: JSPS - Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship, 2005-2007; NESA-Eminent Scientist Award, 2014, ISRO Team Excellence Awards, 2015 & 2016; IWRS- Eminent Water Resource Scientist Award-2018; APAS-Prof. N.G.Ranga Memorial Award, 2018; Review Editor-Frontier Environmental Science: Ground Water Resources and Management; Guest Editor - MDPI Journal: `Remote Sensing' Special Issue "Statistical and Machine Learning Models for Remote Sensing Data Mining - Recent Advancements'; Member - Water Resources Division Council (WRDC), Ground Water and Related Investigations Sectional Committee (WRD 3), Geospatial Information Sectional Committee (LITD 22),Bureau of Indian Standards; Member of Expert committees constituted by Min of Jal Shakti, Min. of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, DST, Min of Power, Min of Envi. &Forestry, Niti Aayog and Min of Panchayatiraj, Govt..of India.

Fellow: A.P. Akademi of Sciences, Indian Water Resources Society (IWRS), Indian Association of Hydrologists (IAH)

Research Areas: Agricultural water management, Hydrological modelling, Groundwater recharge, Soil erosion modeling, Non-point source pollution, watershed management, Drought monitoring, Decision Support Systems and application of geospatial technologies for natural resources management

Address: Director, Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, DA&FW, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Near Krishi Vistar Sadan, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110012; E1, Tower 8, Type V, East Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi 110023; [Tel: Off. (011) 25843224; Cell: 9434754217; Fax: (011) 25843225; Email: vm.chowdary@gov.in; chowdary_isro@yahoo.com]