Prof. Sudhindra Nath Panda 
Fellow, Elected 2014

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), Chennai 2016 to date.

Junior Engineer, Addl. Director of Soil Conservation, Jodhpur and Addl. Director of Agric. Engineering, Bhubaneswar, 1978-80; Research Assistant, Dryland 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 Institute, Cuttack, Odisha, 1991-94 (on deputation from OUAT); Assistant Professor, 1995-2000; Associate Professor, 2000-2004; Professor, 2004-10 and Professor (Higher Academic Grade), 2010-16 Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, IIT Kharagpur; Visiting Professor, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan, 2013-2014 (on leave from IIT, Kharagpur); Professor-in-Charge (Water Works), IIT Kharagpur, 2004-2007; Founder Head, School of Water Resources, IIT Kharagpur, 2008-2013.

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, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1996; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Artificial Groundwater Recharge, INSA-DFG (Germany), 1997; Shanker Memorial Award (Soil & Water Engineering), Indian Soc. of Agric. Engineers (ISAE), 1998; Integrated Environmental Engineering Study Scholarships in Rainwater Harvesting and Recycling Processes, DAAD, Germany, 2001; Visiting International 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-IRRI, Manila (Philippines), 2004; K C Das Memorial Award, Institution of Engineers (India), 2006; Short-term Collaborative Research Fellowship in Disaster Management, DAAD, Germany, 2008; Institution Award, Institution of Engineers (India), 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 (India), 2006; Life Member: Indian Association of Soil & Water Conservationists, 2009; Indian Society of Water Management, 1995; and Systems Society of India, 1987; Member: American Society of Agric. and Biological Engineers, 2004; International Assoc. 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 and Flood Frequency Analysis, Application of Geo-informatics and Soft Computing Tools for Watershed/Flood Management, Climate Forecasting and Catchment Simulation Modelling.

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