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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:

D S Chaskar, Chief Engineer

D. S. Chaskar is a postgraduate in "Design Engineering " from IIT, Mumbai. He joined the Central Water Engineering (Group 'A' ) Services of Central Water Commission as Assistant Director in 1991. Since then he has worked in various directorates of CWC in the capacity of Assistant director/Deputy Director. As Assitant Director he was associated with cost appraisal of W.R. projects. During his stint in Hydel Civil Design Directorate, he worked on the application of advanced techniques and use of computers in design of W.R. structures.

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He has professional experience in Design of Gates, Hoists and other hydro-mechanical equipments for W.R. Projects. He has handled planning and design of hydro-mechanical equipment for number of Projects. He was instrumental in use of Computer Aided Design, particularly FEM and its application to hydraulic structures. He is well conversant with "IDEAS" software and other softwares on CAD, FEM.

As Deputy Director in Technical Coordination Dte, he was responsible for proving inputs for technical engagements of Chairman. The responsibilities also included compilation & publication of annual report of CWC, coordination of visits of foreign delegates to CWC, matters pertaining to Parliament Committees, organizational issues, etc.

As Deputy Director(A&C) and Director (A&C), NWA, he has handled general administration, establishment, accounts, contracts, infrastructural development, and R&M of NWA complex in addition to his normal duties as a core faculty and course-coordinator. He has significant contribution in the infrastructual develompmet works in terms of construction of office buildings, annexe building, guesthouses, swimming pool, new Krishna guest house, jogging track etc. He was one of the officer instrumental in establishing & making the new NWA campus operational with all logistics & services.

In NWA, he conducted more than 100 training programs on various subjects, including Induction Training programs for newly appointed CWES officers. He had co-coordinated courses in the specialized areas like designs of water resources structures, Finite Element Analysis, Hydrological Information System including use of software developed under Hydrology Project, Command Area Development, Participatory Irrigation Management, etc. As core faculty the subjects being handled by him are Information Technology, as applied to Water Resources Sector, computer programming, FEM Modelling, Design of hydro-mechanical equipment and hydro power structures, water governance , water law etc. He also conducted numerous National & International Distance learning programmes in association with World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).).

He is well versed in IT skills, particularly database management & web application development. He has single handedly developed Financial management reporting system under HP-II, CWES biodata information system, Reservoir storage monitoring system, etc. for CWC.

As Director, Monitoring, CWC at Gandhinagar & then at Pune, he handled the Monitoring of projects and processing of Central Assistance proposals under PMKSY-AIBP & CADWM, RRR schemes etc. of Gujarat & Maharashtra (western Maharashtra & Konkan region). As Superintending Engineer(HOC), he was responsible for Superintendence of circle constituting two Divisions engaged in Hydrological Observation and Flood Forecasting including water quality and sediment observations in 16 rivers basins of western India including Tapi, Lower Narmada, Mahi, Sabarmati, Banas, Luni basin & rivers of Saurashtra & Kutch region etc.

As Chief Engineer, w.e.f. April 2022 he is heading the Mahi & Tapi basin Organisation, one of the regional organization of CWC covering the jurisdiction of above mentioned 16 river basins.

With such varied experience ranging from administration, financial management, infrastructure & institutional development, training & capacity building, human resources management, Hydrological services, Monitoring of irrigation projects, etc. Shri D S Chaskar in his present assignment as the Chief Engineer & Head of the National Water Academy (with additional charge of MTBO, Gandhinagar) is further enhancing the utility, visibility, reach and effectiveness of activities at NWA & MTBO through positive and pro-active leadership.

Contact :

+91-20-24380224 (Office)

E-mail: nwa[dot]mah[at]nic[dot]in, dschaskar[at]yahoo.com

S.N. Pande, Director

Shri S N Pande completed his B. Tech in Civil Engineering from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. He attended M.E. ( Geotechnical Engineering) at University of Roorkee. He belongs to ESE 1993 batch of Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Services. In his professional career in CWES, he has worked in various capacities in Central Water Commission and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. He has about 24 years experience in different areas of water sector.

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During his initial years of service, as Assistant Director, he contributed towards multipurpose multi-reservoir simulation modeling studies for optimization of hydropower and trade off with conservation needs, irrigation supplies etc. using Mathematical models etc. Also contributed in various publications like "Real Time Integrated Operation of Reservoirs", "Drought - a Natural Disaster", "Reservoir simulation studies for Tipaimukh HE Project, June 2000" etc.

As Deputy Director he was involved in Integrated River Basin Planning & Management studies using advanced engineering/software tools e.g. simulation models, hydrologic models, database models, GIS etc. He also did various projects such as "A Demonstration Study on "Integrated River Basin Planning & Management of Sabarmati Basin of Gujarat State in India" using River Basin simulation Model "DSS RIBASIM" under the aegis of Hydrology Project phase–I ; Assessment of water use for food, People and Environment in Sabarmati Basin (Gujarat) and Brahmani Basin (Orissa) etc.

As Executive Engineer, he has worked in Sikkim Investigation Division, CWC & carried out survey and Investigation works of Hydropower Projects. He contributed in preparation of "DPR of Rangit Hydroelectric Project Stage IV, Sikkim", CWC. He also contributed in submission of Prefeasibility Report of of Rangit Stage II. He also worked as a Deputy Director in Instrumentation Directorate, CWC in D&R Wing .

As Director, he was involved in technical appraisal of cost estimate of flood control, water supply, and civil works of Hydroelectric Projects for consideration of TAC of MoWR and TEC of CEA, Ministry of Power respectively.

He worked as Senior Joint Commissioner in Ministry of Water Resources, RD&GR, where he dealt with International Matters in the Field of water Resources Sector with China and Bhutan and matters Related to Hydro-power Development in North eastern Region of India, Clearance of Detailed project Reports from International angle etc.

He joined as a Director (Designs) in National Water Academy, Pune in September 2018.

Contact :

+91-20-24381212 (Office)
+91-9873163630 (Mobile)
+91-20-24380110/24380224 (Fax)

E-mail : nwa[dot]mah[at]nic[dot]in

S.K.Das, Director

Shri S K Das completed his B.E in Civil Engineering from University of Roorkee (Now IIT Roorkee). He belongs to ESE 1999 batch of Central Water Engineering (Group A) Services. He has worked in various capacities in Central Water Commission and having about 22 years of experience in different areas of water sector.

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During his initial years of service as Assistant Director, he worked in the design of Right Bank Underground powerhouse (PH) in construction stage of Sardar Sarovar Project, Gujrat where he has contributed to the structural design of spiral casing, Generator barrel foundation, flooring of PH and tail race Intake structure.

As Deputy Director, he was involved in planning and design of various components of Tapovan Vishnugad Hydroelectric Project, Uttarakhand. He Contributed mainly to the design of portals/adits and excavation of HRT, desilting chamber, pressure shafts and powerhouse. Also, he worked in the design of power intake, Head race Tunnel, surge shaft, underground powerhouse, and Tail race Tunnel.

As Deputy Director, he is also having experience of working in Monitoring and Appraisal Directorate, Jaipur where he dealt with various proposals of AIBP, RRR and medium irrigation projects received from Govt of Rajasthan.

As Executive Engineer, he worked in Chambal Division, Jaipur where he dealt Hydrological observations work on river Chambal and its tributaries along with Inflow forecast for Gandhisagar Dam using MIKE 11 software. There, he has also worked as Engineer-in-Charge for installation and commissioning of 11th plan Telemetry work in CWC..

As Director, he was involved in Technical Examination and Appraisal of FR/PFR/DPR for various hydroelectric (HEP) and multipurpose projects like Turga Pump storage Project, Purulia (WB), Luhri stage I HEP(HP), Mawphu, stage II HEP (Meghalaya), Myntdu Leshka Stage II HEP (Meghalaya), Upper Indravati Pumped storage (Odisha), Sulwade lift irrigation project (Maharashtra), Renuka ji dam project (HP), Noa-Dihing multipurpose Project (Arunachal Pradesh) etc.

Further, as Director he was involved in the design work of construction stage projects Punatsangchhu- I and II HEP, Bhutan and Ganol HEP, Meghalaya.

He joined as a Director (Designs), in National Water Academy, Pune in June 2023.

Contact :

+91-20-24380224 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
E-mail: skdas-cwc[at]nic[dot]in

Milind Panpatil, Director

Milind Panpatil did B. Tech in Civil Engineering from Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (VJTI) Mumbai in 2000.He secured the first position in B.Tech in Mumbai University. After a brief stint in construction of a National Highway Project, he worked with a RITES Ltd., Govt of India Enterprises in 2000.

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As a Assistant Manager, during a period of 2000 to 2004, he was dealing with design and construction of a mega National Highway project. He has extensive professional experience in various spheres of Civil Engineering. Presently, he is working as a Director, National Water Academy, Pune. Milind Panpatil joined the Central Water Engineering (Group 'A') Services (CWES) through UPSC Engineering Services, 2002 of Central Water Commission (under Ministry of Water Resources, Govt of India) as Assistant Director in 2004 (CWES-2002 batch). In CWES, he has worked in Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources and National Water Academy, in diverse areas. As a Assistant Director, during a period of 2004 to 2006 he served in Design and Research wing of CWC, New Delhi and has been associated with many important analyses & design assignments in the field of Hydrology. As a Assistant Commissioner, during a period of 2006 to 2008 he served in Brahmaputra & Barak Wing of Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi and has been associated with India-China, India-Bhutan, North East Water Resources Authority and River Basin Organizations.

As a Deputy Director during a period of 2008 to 2008 in National Water Academy,Pune has been coordinating the programs on Analysis & Design of Gravity Dam Aspects (on various components of Water Resources Projects; like dams, hydropower structures, hydro mechanical equipment, barrages & canals). As a Executive Engineer during a period of 2008 to 2012 in Upper Krishna Division, Krishna and Godawari Basin Organization, Central Water Commission at Pune was responsible for the hydrological observations at 28 sites under 6 Sub- Divisions which were spread over the Maharashtra, Karnataka & Goa. Besides, he was also responsible for the Morphology survey work of the whole Krishna River about 1300 km.

As a Deputy Director (Administration& Coordination) during a period of 2012 to 2015 in National Water Academy (NWA) Pune , he is not only the in-charge of Administration and Coordination of NWA but also the core faculty as well as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) of NWA, Pune. As a Deputy Director during a period of 2015 to 2016 in Appraisal Directorate in Monitoring Central Organization, Central Water Commission, Nagpur was responsible for Monitoring and Appraisal of Water Resources Projects in Krishna, Godawari and Tapi Basins in Maharashtra States. As a Superintending Engineer during a period of 2016 to 2020 in Monitoring Central Organization (MCO), Central Water Commission, Nagpur was responsible for overall administration and coordination of MCO, CWC, Nagpur as well as Hydrological Observations at 64 sites under 1 Division and 4 Sub- Divisions which were spread over the Maharashtra, Telangana & Madhya Pradesh. As a Director in additional charge during a period of 2019 to 2020 in Appraisal Directorate in Monitoring Central Organization, Central Water Commission, Nagpur was responsible for Monitoring and Appraisal of Water Resources Projects in Krishna, Godawari and Tapi Basins in Maharashtra States.

During his 20 years professional service, he gained the experience in multi discipline fields like Construction, Project Hydrology, Hydrological Observations, Flood Forecast, Morphology Survey, Project Appraisal, Project Monitoring, Administration, Establishment, Finance, Accounts and Coordination etc. He also attended the international Training Programme on “Managing Water Organisations” at UNESCO-IHE-Delft, Netherland during the year 2016.

Contact :

+91-20-24380528 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)

E-mail: nwa[dot]mah[at]nic[dot]in

S.P. Singh, Deputy Director

Sh. S.P. Singh belongs to ESE 2008 Batch of Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Services. He completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from B.I.E.T. Jhansi in 2003 and M.Tech (Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering) from IIT Kanpur in 2005.

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He worked as Engineer (Project) in MRPL-ONGC from 2006 to 2011 in Phase-III expansion project of the refinery. There he was involved in Project Management related works along with site survey, soil investigation, site grading and infrastructure development work of the whole project and construction of civil and structural part of Crude Distillation Unit (CDU)and Delayed Coker Unit (DCU).

After joining Central Water Commission in 2011 he was posted in Thermal Civil Design (TCD) Division of Central Electricity Authority (CEA). There he was involved in Design of Equipment Foundations of Electric Sub-stations and transmission line towers. He was also involved in site selection of upcoming Ultra Mega Power Plants and the preparation of Model Tender Documents for thermal power projects.

After Promotion as Deputy Director in 2015, he was again posted in TCD Division of CEA where he worked for Assessment of RCE of Thermal Power plants along with Monitoring of Fly Ash Generation of all the Thermal Power Plants in India. He was transferred to Monitoring and Appraisal Directorate of Central Water Commission, Lucknow in 2016 where he was involved in appraisal of projects proposed by the Govt of Uttar Pradesh under various schemes of DoWR,RD &GR under Ministry of Jal Shakti. He was also involved in Monitoring of Saryu Nahar Pariyojana (National Project) and Bansagar Canal Project.

He joined as a Deputy Director in National Water Academy (NWA), CWC, Pune in January, 2020.

Contact :

+91-20-24380392 Ext-333 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
+91-97189-36741 (Mobile)

E-mail: satyendra-cwc[at]gov[dot]in, satyenps[at]]gmail.com

Chaitanya K S, Deputy Director

Sh. Chaitanya K S completed his B. Tech in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He belongs to ESE 2011 batch of Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Service.

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He joined Central Water Commission (CWC) as Assistant Director in January 2013. Before joining CWC, he worked as Manager (Engg) in Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) for 3 years.

As Assistant Director in the Inter-State Matters Directorate, CWC, New Delhi, he was involved in Appraisal of DPRs/PFRs of Major and Medium Irrigation and Multipurpose projects pertaining to peninsular river basins from inter-State angle, assisted the Supervisory Committee on Cauvery, Supervisory Committee on Babhali Barrage and Negotiation Committee on Mahanadi river water sharing dispute. He was also involved in the updation of CWC publication ‘Legal Instruments on Rivers in India- Vol III’ on Agreements on Inter-State rivers in India which is only one of its kind of compilation.

As Deputy Director in the Inter-State Matters-2 Directorate, CWC, New Delhi, he was involved in appraisal of DPRs/PFRs of Major and Medium Irrigation, Multipurpose projects, Hydro-Electric projects and water supply proposals for Thermal and Industrial projects in Ganga, Indus and Brahmaputra basins from inter-State angle, provided assistance in matters related to cooperation with other countries in water sector, in conducting various inter-State meetings regarding sharing of Ravi-Beas waters and the Negotiation Committee on the water sharing dispute related to Tilaiya Dhadhar project.

As Deputy Director in the Water Management Directorate, CWC, New Delhi, he was involved in preparation of weekly bulletin on reservoir live storage status in India and participated in the meetings of Crop Weather Watch Group (CWWG)/Crop Weather Watch Group for Drought Management (CWWGDM). He was also instrumental in preparing a road map for inclusion of more no. of reservoirs under CWC-Reservoir Storage Monitoring System (RSMS).

Apart from regular work, he made paper presentations on water policy related issues in two editions of India Water Week(IWW) organized by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, GoI and in the 3rd World Irrigation Forum organized by International Commission for Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) at Bali, Indonesia in September 2019. He co-authored two papers viz., ‘Efficient and Productive Use for Sustainable Water Resources Management in India’ (3rd World Irrigation Forum, September 2019) and ‘Policy Interventions and Institutional Reforms for Sustainable Water Management’ (2nd International Conference on Sustainable Water Management, November 2019).

He joined as a Deputy Director in National Water Academy (NWA), CWC, Pune in October 2020. His areas of interest include Remote Sensing of Natural Resources, Geospatial Analysis, Water Policy related matters, Integrated Water Resources Management, Transboundary Cooperation and Management of Water related Conflicts

Contact :

+91-20-24380392 Ext-114 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
+91-99107-71794 (Mobile)

E-mail: chaitanyaks-cwc[at]gov[dot]in, ksc[dot]iitd[at]]gmail.com

G. Srinivasulu, Deputy Director

G. Srinivasulu, Deputy Director, National Water Academy is a 2012 Engineering Service Officer. His academic foundation includes a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from S.V. University, Tirupathi, and a Master's degree in Structural Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

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G. Srinivasulu's entry into the domain of water management occurred in 2014 when he assumed the role of Assistant Director at the Central Water Commission (CWC) Headquarters, New Delhi. Here, he played a pivotal role in the appraisal, design, planning, and construction drawing preparation for embankment dams and intake wells of various projects.

His expertise extended to the Monitoring South Organization, CWC, Bangalore, where he served as an Assistant Director for two years. In this capacity, he excelled in the appraisal of Minor Irrigation projects, inspection of major and medium irrigation projects, and utilized advanced Remote Sensing tools for water potential assessment in the Palar basin.

G. Srinivasulu's technical prowess aligns seamlessly with his interest in cutting-edge technologies, including Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI. Proficient in programming languages such as Python, R, C, and C++, he brings technical versatility to his roles.

In addition to his technical expertise, G. Srinivasulu's proficiency in administration, financial management, and procurement procedures is noteworthy. .

Notably, G. Srinivasulu's proficiency extends to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and HEC-RAS—a hydraulic modeling software used for river analysis and floodplain mapping. His mastery of these tools underscores his comprehensive understanding of water management processes.

Contact :

+91-20-24380476 (Office)
+91-20-24380110 (Fax)
+91-99113-40729 (Mobile)

E-mail: nwa[dot]mah[at]]nic.in, deputydirector3-nwa[at]gov.in, srinivas-cwc[at]]gov.in

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