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National Water Academy
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Ashok Pillar

Faculty at NWA

The core faculty at NWA is selectively chosen by CWC and comprises of eminent CWES (Central Water Engineering Services-Group 'A') officers with an excellent academic record , long practical experience in Water Resources Development and Management and having good communication skills with aptitude for imparting training.

The core faculty is headed by a Chief Engineer and eight other faculty persons covering specialized subjects such as hydrology & water resources, irrigation, hydropower, socioeconomic & environmental aspects and systems Engg. The core faculty of NWA comprises of the Group 'A' officers of CWES cadre having adequate professional / field experience in water sector.

In addition to core faculty, the courses are supported by the guest faculty invited by the NWA . The guest faculty comprising of academicians and scientists of eminence from premier Research Centers and Universities in India, as well as practicing professionals and specialists drawn from other organizations / agencies/ depts/ NGOs including retd. Govt officers.

Core Faculty at NWA

The NWA core faculty comprises of:

Yogesh Paithankar, Chief Engineer

Yogesh Paithankar joined Central Water Engineering Service (CWES-Gr ‘A’) in 1990 through Combined Engineering Services Examination conducted by UPSC. He obtained his B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from SGSITS, Indore in 1988. In his professional career in CWES, he has worked in various positions in Central Water Commission. He has more than 28 years of work experience in different areas of water sector.

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During his 7 years tenure in Control Board Directorate, he was involved in construction & contract management of Bansagar and Rajghat Interstate Projects and was awarded merit certificate by Chairman, CWC.

During his 9 years tenure in Narmada Basin Organisation, Bhopal, he has gained varied experience in working in different capacity. As Executive Engineer, Narmada Division he was involved in Hydrological Observation and Flood Forecasting activities in Narmada Basin. As Deputy Director (M&A) was responsible for monitoring of major and medium irrigation projects for MP & Chhattisgarh state including those funded under AIBP, CADWM as well as appraisal of medium irrigation projects of MP and Chattisgarh. During this period a book titled “Water Resources Development in Madhya Pradesh” was brought out by CWC, NBO Bhopal. The book was declared as Land Mark Publication of CWC for the year 2003-04 and was awarded with Merit Certificate on the occasion of Water Resources Day 2004 which was received by him being the lead person in drafting.

During his two years tenure in Design (N&W) Gates (N&W) directorate in CWC, New Delhi he was involved in design of hydro-mechanical equipment. During this period he has handled the work of preparation of specification drawings of hydro-mechanical equipments of Loharinagpada and Tapovan Vishnugarh Hydroelectric project of NTPC.

During his tenure of about 10 years at Remote Sensing Directorate in Central Water Commission New Delhi, he has been instrumental in developing “India Water Resources Information System – INDIA-WRIS” in association with National Remote Sensing Centre under Indian Space Organisation. India-WRIS is a web enabled GIS based Water Resources Information System (www.india-wris.nrsc.gov.in) having 105 GIS layers giving integrated picture of India’s Water Resources. River Basin Atlas of India was brought out under this project which received lot of appreciation. The CWC was awarded CBIP award for 2015 for developing India-WRIS portal. ESRI India also awarded CWC with Special Achievement Award in GIS (SAG) in 2016 during their Annual User’s meet for development of India-WRIS portal.

As Member Secretary INCID from July 2008 till July 2012 was coordinating the work of Research & Development on behalf of Ministry of Water Resources in Irrigation & Drainage sector. Instrumental in successfully organizing 59th IEC meeting and 5th Asian Regional Conference of ICID held at New Delhi during December 2009 with a participation of 700 participants out of which 200 were from abroad.

For a brief period he was looking after the work of PMKSY as CE (PMO) in CWC headquarters. Since 6th August 2018 he has taken over as Chief Engineer, National Water Academy, Pune. He is working towards expanding the vision of NWA in terms of reach, visibility, coverage & depth of content of its all activities. He is making special efforts in providing training to International participants, especially trainees from African and SAARC countries and also to explore new areas in water sector where training can be imparted to, in line with national water policy and to meet local and regional requirements.

Contact :

+91-20-24380678 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)

E-mail : nwa.mah@nic.in, cenwa.mah@nic.in

Sushil Kumar, Director

Sushil Kumar did B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1986. He joined the Central Water Engineering (Group 'A') Services (CWES) of Central Water Commission (under Ministry of Water Resources, Govt of India) as Assistant Director in 1990. In CWES, he has worked in Central Water Commission, Narmada Control Authority, Ganga Flood Control Commission, Ministry of Water Resources (main), Sardar Sarovar Construction Advisory Committee and National Water Academy, in diverse areas. Before joining CWC, he worked with a multi-national Consulting Engineers, dealing with design and construction consultancy of a mega port project.

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Sushil Kumar has extensive professional experience in various spheres of Civil Engineering. His experience in CWC includes many important analyses & design assignments, hydrological observations, flood forecasting and related issues, implementation of the Central Plan Schemes, effective human resource management, etc.

In Narmada Control Authority, he was involved with preparation of the Master Plan for R&R, implementation of the Rehabilitation policy, EIA and monitoring of R&R progress for Sardar Sarovar Multipurpose Project. In addition, he also handled administration wing where appointment on direct recruitment as well as deputation basis were also a part of his responsibilities, besides looking after the day-to-day administrative needs of NCA secretariat.

At National Water Academy, in his first stint, Sushil Kumar had designed and organized Training Programs on various facets of Water Resources Development and Management, including those on Strategic Issues, Design Aspects, Dam Safety Issues, Managerial and Communication Skills, ToT etc. He has also been the faculty on diverse topics ranging from Flood Management, Design aspects, Hydrological Observation, Strategic issues in WRD&M, to Effective Communication Skills and Personality Development. In addition, he also piloted the implementation of World Bank aided Hydrology Project-II at NWA. He also shouldered the responsibility of Director (A&C).

As Senior Joint Commissioner in the Brahmaputra and Barak Wing (B&B Wing) of Ministry of Water Resources, Sushil Kumar was overseeing the implementation of the World Bank aided Hydrology Project-II amongst various implementing agencies across the country, in addition to looking after the Project Coordination Secretariat [PCS] and the Technical Assistance and Management Consultancy [TAMC] for PCS.

At SSCAC, Sushil Kumar was involved with monitoring of progress of Unit-I (Dam and Appurtenant works) and Unit-III (Hydro Power works) of Sardar Sarovar Project, monitoring of the construction of Garudeshwar Weir, and coordination with & amongst the Party States on any issue pertaining to these works, besides running the SSCAC secretariat at Vadodara as its 'Head of Office'. The job also entailed distribution of share cost of Sardar Sarovar Project amongst the party states and ensuring its timely payment. Sushil Kumar also shouldered the responsibility of Secretary, SSCAC & Head of Department for almost seven months during his tenure at SSCAC. During this period the long-stalled dam construction was re-started.

Contact :

+91-20-24380144(Office) +91-9422646384 (Mobile)

E-mail : nwa.mah@nic.in, sushilkumar_cwc@yahoo.co.in

Sunil Kumar, Director

Sunil Kumar, Director, National Water Academy is a 1997 batch CWES Officer. He pursued his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engg) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra and M.S. in Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management from Euro-Aqaue which is a consortium of 5 European University. He was one of 28 globally selected students for pursuing his master course by European Commission for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. He has also done Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management (PGCPM) from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

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He streamlined the process of techno-economic appraisal, technical consultancy from plant planning angle and construction equipment methodology & equipment planning of water resources project as Assistant/Deputy Director in Construction Machinery Consultancy Directorate of CWC. He contributed in evolving norms, capacity building and training in these areas.

While working as Deputy Director, R&D Division, MoWR, he contributed in several research endeavors such as compilation of R&D Guidelines, Report on Research in Water Sector through Public Private Participation (PPP), Memorandum for Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) For Plan Scheme, assistance to Group of Ministers (GOM) for Evolving an Integrated Strategy for Water Management, Indian National Committees and closely involved in Post Project Performance Evaluation Studies, Water Use Efficiency Studies, Evaluation of R&D work done by organisations of MoWR etc. Further as first Director, he made all activities functional of newly constituted secretariat of 'Indian National Committee on Surface Water (INCSW)' which is also national committee of International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID).

He has good international exposure and he worked on international projects such as Flood Analysis of Var Catchment, Nice, France (Hydro-Europe), Urban Flood Forecasting Pilot Study for Abindgon, UK, Web Collaborative Studies on Modeling of River Vid�, Denmark (Hydro-Web) and actively participated in several international Seminar/Conference.

His areas of interest include Construction Equipment Methodology of Water Resources Project, Research in Water Sector, Emerging Concepts of Water Management, Hydroinformatics tools such asArcGIS, Mike-11, Mike-She, Mike-21, Mike-Mouse, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS,Infoworks CS/RS/2D, Neuroshell, EPANET, Water CAD etc.

Contact :

+91-20-24380296 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)

E-mail: nwa.mah@nic.in, sunil701@yahoo.com

Pradeep Kumar, Director

Pradeep Kumar, Director, National Water Academy is a 2000 batch CWES Officer. He has joined as Assistant Director at CWC Headquarter, New Delhi in July 2003. He is Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) from Engineering College, Kota (now RTU, Kota, Rajasthan) and M.Tech in Thermal Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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During his tenure in Central Water Commission, he has worked as Assistant Director and Deputy Director in PP(N&S) Directorate, Software Management Directorate, Gate (N&W) directorate and CMC Directorate in Central Water Commission, New Delhi.

Nature of work handled include Co-ordination and preparation of TAC note for the appraisal of Detail Project Report (Externally aided Projects), procurement and management of softwares/hardwares, managing and organising trainning programmes in respects of IT field, examination of Detail Project Report in respect of Hydro-mechanical works (Hydraulic Gates and hoists), Examination of Manufacturing/Technical Specification drawings of various type of hydraulic gates,Hoists, Gantry cranes etc used in water resource projects, and preparation of Technical Specification document and drawings for hydraulic gates and hoists arrangement for water resource projects.

His duties in National Water Academy include coordinate and conduct the training programs in respect of IT Field concerned with water resource developments, RS/GIS TOOLs etc.

His field of expertise include appraisal of DPRs (Externally aided projects), designing of hydro - mechanical equipment such as Vertical lift hydraulic gates (fixed wheel, slide), stoplogs, mechanical hoists, gantry cranes etc, Construction equipment and plant planning in respect of water resource projects, use of Hydro informatics tools such as Quantam GIS, GRASS, SAGA, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, AutoCAD, computer programming using C, C++, Visual C++, window programming, Device Driver Programming, testing & quality control of softwares.

Contact :

+91-20-24380528 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
E-mail: nwa.mah@nic.in

Sidhartha Mitra, Director

Sidhartha Mitra, Director, National Water Academy is a 2002 batch CWES Officer. He had joined as Assistant Director at CWC Headquarter, New Delhi in September 2004 and was posted in Central Electricity Authority. He is Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Jadabpur University, Kolkata and M.Tech in Transportation Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has been awarded with silver medal for being overall topper in Civil Engineering at Post Graduate level.

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He was posted in Thermal Civil Design Division, CEA till June 2015 before being transferred to NWA Pune as Deputy Director (Hydro Power). He was promoted as Director in NWA on June 2016.

The main types of works handled by him in TCD Division, CEA were Design and Engineering of Thermal Power Projects and Transmission Lines, Examination of quantity estimation and phasing of civil costs of Hydro Power Projects, Monitoring of fly ash generation and utilization in the country, Design and Engineering of EOT Power House Cranes of underground powerhouse of HE Projects, Examination of water availability and area drainage reports of Ultra Mega Power Projects etc.

Contact :

+91-20-24380296 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)

E-mail: nwa.mah@nic.in

D.C. Bhatt, Deputy Director

Deepak Chandra Bhatt, Deputy Director, National Water Academy is a 2006 batch CWES Officer. He has joined as Assistant Director at CWC Headquarter, New Delhi in June 2008. He is Bachelor of Technology (Civil Engineering) from G.B.Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Uttarakhand..

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He has participated in a semester course on "Analysis & Design of Underground Structures" and a semester course on "Water Power Engineering" from IIT Delhi under Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) in 2012..

He has worked as Assistant Director in Design & Research wing of Central Water Commission at New Delhi HQs for five years. He has mainly been associated with design of various civil structures of Tapovan Vishnugad HEP and Lahori Nagpala HEP in Uttarakhand state. His contribution consists in design, planning and preparation of construction stage drawings of Intake structure, Desilting chamber, Silt flushing Tunnel, Head race tunnel, Surge shaft, Pressure shaft, Power house, Transformer hall, Pothead yard, Tail race tunnel and other civil structure of both the projects.

Later he served as Executive Engineer in NEID-3, CWC, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh division from June 2013 to May 2017. During this he has been instrumental in survey & investigation of water resources projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Jharkhand states. Also he gained experience in preparation of Detailed Project report of water resource projects along with carrying out Morphological studies of Mahananda, Pagladia & Subansiri rivers in Assam and West Bengal. He spearheaded the task of establishment of 10 nos telemetry based Snow Gauging & meteorological Station (SG&MS) sites in remote and high altitude areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

His specializations are in various activities associated with Survey & Investigation /DPR preparation as well as in design of various civil structures of hydro power projects.

He has joined National Water Academy in June 2017 as core faculty. His areas of interest include Analysis and Design of different components of Hydropower Plants and Survey & Investigation/DPR preparation of water resource projects.

Contact :

+91-20-24380392 Ext-118(Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
+91-98625-94047 (Mobile)

E-mail: nwa.mah@nic.in, deepakchandrabhatt@rediffmail.com

Manish Rathore, Deputy Director

Manish Rathore, Deputy Director, National Water Academy is a 2007 batch CWES Officer. He has joined as Assistant Director at CWC Headquarter, New Delhi in July 2009. He is Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Shri G.S. Institute of Technology, Indore and M.Tech in Structural Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

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He has been awarded with gold medals for being overall topper in Civil Engineering at Graduate level. He has also been awarded IITBHF scholarship for being overall M.Tech topper in Civil Engineering at IIT Bombay in year 2009. He has participated in a 3 Credit course on subject "Analysis & Design of Underground Structures" and a 4 Credit course on subject "Water Power Engineering" from IIT Delhi under Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) in 2012.

He has worked as a core member of design team for the design and optimization of various components of Hydropower Projects during his five year tenure in Hydel Civil Design (E&NE) Directorate. His contributions include project component's layout optimization, analysis, design and issue of DPR/tender/construction stage drawings of different components of hydropower projects. His specializations include transient analysis, layout optimization, design of pressure shafts, design of bifurcations pieces, analysis of underground and surface openings/excavations, application of specialized software for specific problems, etc.He has joined National Water Academy in May 2014 as core faculty.

In addition to above, he has good command in various programming / scripting languages such as MATLAB, Mathcad, Visual Basics, VBA scripts, C++, HTML/ASP/PHP/Javascript, DBMS, Opensees, etc.

His areas of interest include Analysis and Design of different components of Hydropower Plants, Research in Structural Engineering, use and applications of software such as WHAMO, Rocscience Phase2, Staad.Pro, Autocad Civil3D, Abaqus, Unwedge, etc.

Contact :

+91-20-24380528 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
+91-77220-33251 (Mobile)

E-mail: nwa.mah@nic.in, mrathore85@gmail.com

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