Senior Fellows
Research Assistants / Associates
Senior Advisors
Ex-staff members

  Senior Advisors  
  S. B. Sane  
  S. B. Sane holds M. E. degree in Water Resources Development from the University of Roorkee, India - a central university catering for Afro Asian countries. Working since 1993 on farmers' participation in irrigation management, organising farmers into Water Users' Associations (WUAs), finalising Bye-laws and MoUs between Government and WUAs, training of farmers in O & M of the tertiary irrigation system, providing assistance to WUAs in increasing water use efficiency for increasing productivity and production. Has worked as an Associate Professor in WALMI, Aurangabad. Has long experience of 45 years in various aspects of irrigation works, namely, planning, designing, construction and operation and management.

  R. K. Patil  
  R. K. Patil holds M. A. degree and post-graduate diploma from John Hopkins University, USA. Headed Project Formulation Cell (Irrigation) of Maharashtra Government. Was Expert Consultant to Maharashtra State Government in their negotiations with the World Bank. Initiated 16 Water Users' Associations (WUAs) in Mula Irrigation Project under the umbrella of SOPPECOM. Active participation in water management seminars held in China, Sri Lanka and Mexico. Was a member of the SOPPECOM team, which prepared the document "Amendment to Irrigation Act for Participatory Irrigation Management" for the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. Co-authored the book "Farmer Participation in Irrigation Management: A Case Study of Maharashtra" and has also contributed many papers and articles on this subject to many seminars and journals.

  Vilas Gore  
  Vilas Gore, 52 years of age is a practicing consultant for more than 25 years advising on Water Resource Projects and Engineered Bamboo –Wood Technologies for Infrastructure Development
He is a member of the:
a. Maharashtra India Chapter of American Concrete Institute
b. Indian Science Congress
c. International Network for Bamboo and Rattan for:
Bamboo building codes for ISO
Steering committee on bamboo scaffoldings at Hong Kong
Bamboo based infrastructure projects for Mizoram, Tripura, Uttaranchal and Manipur.
d. Western Regional Committee of the Centre for Environment and Education on small grants projects of the UNDP

He has been associated with buildings, roads and water technology development projects. These projects have been supported by the DST, Ford Foundation, Community Aids Abroad, CAPART.

Publications and Research Experience
1. Guidelines to Design and Construction of over flow Timber Gabions, 1988
2. Guidelines to Design and Construction of Self Supporting Ferrocement Roof Covers, 1989
3. Technology for watershed development, A compendium of case studies 1992
4. Lining of Ponds and Reservoirs-Indian Experiences, 5th International Conference on Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Singapore, 1994.
5. Role of Advances in Materials Technologies in Optimisation of Biogas Plants, the International Conference on Biomass Energy Systems 1996, New Delhi.
6. Innovative Designs of Wood-Bamboo-Brick Composites, 5th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Switzerland, 1998.

  Suhas Paranjape  
  Suhas Paranjape has a B.Tech (Chem) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Has actively participated in different movements like People's Science Movement, Adivasi agricultural labourers' movement, etc. Has participated as a core team member and consultant in many action research studies and pilot projects undertaken by Centre for Applied Systems Analysis in Development (CASAD) and Society for Promoting People's Participation in Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune in the areas of participatory management of natural resources specially in the field of participatory irrigation management. For three years from 1996 to 1999 worked as a core team member of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS) in its watershed development project across the country.

He has co-authored the following books:
1. Sustainable Technology : Making Sardar Project Viable (Centre for Environment Education Ahmedabad, 1995);
2. Banking on Biomass : A New Strategy for Sustainable Prosperity Based on Renewable Energy and Dispersed Industrialisation (assisted the author K. R. Datye; (Centre for Environment Education Ahmedabad, 1997);
3. Watershed Based Development : A Source Book (Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, New Delhi, 1998);
4. Panlot Kshetra Vikasachya Navya Disha : Sadhan Saksharata, Shashvat Vikas, Samanyayi Vatap (Marathi, Co-authored with Suhas Paranjape), Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research (MCAER), Pune,
5. Two booklets: Sustainable Prosperity: Sustaining and Enabling Natures Productive Powers; and Water: Sustainable and Efficient Use (Centre for Environment Education Ahmedabad, 2004).


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