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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Irrigation and Drainage

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


Agricultural engineering has been applying scientific principles for the optimal use of natural resources in agricultural production for the benefit of humankind. This particular course deals with application of both irrigation and drainage principles in agriculture for achieving profitable crop production with minimal environmental implications. This is one of the core courses of Agricultural Engineering program recommended for under graduate and graduate students. In this course we will focus on soil- water-plant-atmosphere relationship, crop water requirement, irrigation scheduling, irrigation water conveyance, measurement of irrigation water, water application methods, irrigation systems design and their performance evaluation, drainage of agricultural lands, management of salt affected soils, performance evaluation of drainage systems, ground water hydrology, irrigation wells and water-lifting devices-pumps. It involves weekly quizzes, in-class numerical problem solving, assignments and class tests.INTENDED AUDIENCE :Agricultural Engineering/Agricultural SciencesPREREQUISITES :An introductory background in chemistry, physics and Maths (calculus) will be neededINDUSTRY SUPPORT :All irrigation based companies


Week 1 : Soil-Water-Plant-Atmosphere Relationship, Quiz-1, Problem set1Week 2 : Crop Water Requirement and Irrigation Scheduling, Quiz-2, Problem set2Week 3 : Irrigation Water Conveyance and Measurement of Irrigation Water, Quiz-3, Problem set3Week 4 : Water Application Methods, Quiz-4, Problem set4Week 5 : Irrigation Systems Design-1, Quiz-5, Problem set5Week 6 : Irrigation Systems Design-2; class test, Quiz-6, Problem set6, Class test 1Week 7 : Performance Evaluation of Irrigation System, Quiz-7, Problem set7Week 8 : Drainage of Agricultural Lands, Quiz-8, Problem set8Week 9 : Management of Salt affected soils, Quiz-9, Problem set9Week 10 :Performance Evaluation of Drainage Systems, Quiz-10, Problem set10Week 11 : Ground Water Hydrology, Quiz-11, Problem set11Week 12 : Irrigation wells and Water-lifting devices-pumps; Quiz-12, Problem set12, Class test-2

Taught by

Prof. D.R. Mailpalli

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