Dr. Ravinder Kaur
E-mail: pd_wtc[at]iari[dot]res[dot]in, rkaur[at]iari[dot]res[dot]in
The Water Technology Centre (WTC) is an inter-disciplinary facility for research, teaching, training and extension in agricultural water management. It was established in 1969 with the technical collaboration of University of California, Davis and partial financial support from the Ford Foundation (USA). Since then, the Centre has evolved into a unique institution, addressing a wide range of issues pertaining to water management at farm, large irrigation commands and watershed scales. The centre also renders training and consultancy services to a wide range of clientele on the various aspects of agricultural water management through an innovative range of programmes of 3 days to 6 months duration. In fact it was the first centre in the country to undertake the responsibility of training senior, middle and junior level administrative and technical personnel of the Command Area Development Authorities & Irrigation Departments, Central Water Commission, Agricultural Universities, State Soil and Water Conservation Departments and sponsored candidates from foreign countries on interdisciplinary aspects of water management. As a result of which, it was recognized as the "Centre of Excellence in Water Management" by the Directorate of Extension of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and was also one of the headquarters for the two All India Coordinated Research Projects on the Agricultural Drainage and the Pumps and Wells. A unit of the Precision Farming Development Centre scheme, of the Ministry of Agriculture, is also housed in the Centre. In 1996, the Academic Council of IARl recognized the Centre for the award of the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in the discipline of Water Science and Technology.