Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola

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Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering


Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering was established during the year 1992. It offers M. Tech. (Agricultural Engg.) in Soil and Water Conservation Engg. degree with intake capacity of five students every year excluding ICAR nominees. It also offers Ph. D. (Agricultural Engg.) in Soil and Water Conservation Engg. degree with intake capacity of three students every year.

Courses Offered

=> Bachelor Of Technology (B.Tech.) (Agriculture Engineering)
=> Master Of Technology (M. Tech.) (Agriculture Engineering)
=> Doctor Of Philosophy (Ph. D.) (Agriculture Engineering)

Research & Development / Topic

Research Achievements

The research work in this deptt. is concentrated on theme areas like rain water management systems, in situ rain water conservation, analysis of climatologically data, runoff and soil loss estimations, controlling losses in farm pond, soil moisture modeling drought characterization etc.

The salient contributions of the department are as below

=> From the analysis of climatologically data of the region; the information is generated on,
=> Onset of effective monsoon and critical dry spell in all districts of Vidarbha
=> Dry spell nomograms for all important crops of this regions
=> Intensity frequency stations nomograms for all districts of Vidarbha.
=> Developed iso-erodent map of Vidarbha to estimate EI at any location.
=> Developed soil erosion map of Vidarbha to priorities programme.
=> Rainfall Runoff relationship in the form of SCS curve numbers are established.
=> Soil erodibility values K for shallow and medium deep soils are determined.
=> Drought characterization in Amravati & Nagpur division.
=> Rain water harvesting systems for in situ moisture conservation in rainfed farming.
=> Cropping factor of various crops in Vidharba region.
=> Roof top rain water harvesting systems.
=> The rainfall-intensity duration frequency relationship developed for Akola.
=> Number of students of M.Tech. in Soil Water Conservation Engg. Discipline completed- 50
=> Number of students of Ph. D. in Soil Water Conservation Engg. Discipline completed- 01

Extension Activities and Achievements

=> Participation in the Shivar Pheri and Charcha Satra organized by the University in the month October every year at Akola. Participation in Exhibitions organized by the University at different places in Vidarbha during December end every year.

=> In the scheme entitled “Scaling up of water productivity in agriculture for livelihood through teaching cum demonstration, Training of Trainers and Farmers” which was implemented during April, 7 2007 to March, 31 2012, 71 farmers training and 12 trainers trainings were conducted in all the districts of Vidarbha region. During these trainings in all 3592 farmers from different districts of Vidarbha region and 287 trainers from State Agriculture Department were trained regarding how to scale up water productivity in agriculture.


=> Surveying and Levelling
=> Soil Conservation Engineering


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