PAU SCIENTIST GETS GOLD MEDAL AWARD
LUDHIANA, NOVEMBER 2:
Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Senior Research Engineer-cum-Head, Department of Soil and Water Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been conferred with “Gold Medal Award 2017” by Soil Conservation Society of India, New Delhi, for his dedicated contribution to natural resource management, especially, soil and water conservation engineering. The award was bestowed on him during the 27th National Conference on “Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources for Doubling Farmers’ Income,” held at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, from October 25-27, 2018.
Dr Aggarwal is also the Principal Investigator of All India Coordinated Research Project on “Irrigation Water Management” and “Punjab: Pilot Implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer for Electricity (DBTE) to Agriculture”. His research on groundwater modeling, rainwater harvesting, climate change, pump testing and drip irrigation has proved to be beneficial for water resource management of the state. He has also designed and installed more than 150 structures for rainwater harvesting, agricultural runoff and surplus canal water at different sites in the state.
Dr Aggarwal has more than 170 publications in national/international journals, popular articles, book chapters and has also authored a book entitled “Fundamentals of Groundwater and Drainage Engineering.” He is associated with National Board of Accreditation as Expert Member, Department of Science and Technology as Expert Member of the Committee on “Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Transformation Holistic Initiative (SARTHI), State Level Ground Water Coordination (SGWCC) for coordination and implementation of National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM), District Irrigation Plan under PMSKY and Expert Member for District Level Expert Appraisal Committee.
Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, congratulated the scientist.
Lauding Dr Aggarwal for his hard work, Dr J.S. Mahal, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, said dedication with clear idea always receives an appreciation.