CSSRI Organized International Training for Iraq Engineers

21st April, 2013, Karnal

Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI) organized a one-week international training on Land Drainage from April 15- 21, 2013. Eighteen (18) senior engineers from the Department of Irrigation and Reclamation, Government of Iraq, led by Mr. Nabeel Jassim Mohammed, Senior Chief Engineer and including two lady engineers, participated in the training. The training was organized under the aegis of India Iraq Economic Cooperation Council (IIECC), New Delhi which is involved with commissioning of a large number of developmental and rehabilitation projects in Iraq by interfacing Indian industry with the Govt. of Iraq. The training was inaugurated by Dr. J.S. Samra, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority (GOI) as the Chief Guest, on April 15, 2013. S. Pripuran Singh Haer, Former Indian Ambassador to Iran and currently Secretary General (IIECC) was the Guest of Honour, while Dr. D.K Sharma, Director CSSRI chaired the inaugural session.

The main theme of the training was subsurface drainage which is a foremost CSSRI technology developed and propagated extensively for amelioration of about 50000 ha waterlogged saline irrigated area across India. The system consists of perforated corrugated PVC pipes, covered with synthetic filter, installed at about 5 ft below soil surface and at a design gradient surface with laser controlled trencher machines to control watertable depth and drain saline groundwater out of the area by gravity or pumping from an open well.

The Course Director, Dr. S.K. Kamra, Head, Division of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, CSSRI informed that a series of class room lectures, practical exercises and case studies on investigations, design, monitoring and evaluation of surface, subsurface, tubewell and bio- drainage technologies were taught to the Iraqi trainees interactively through an Arabic- English interpreter by CSSRI faculty and experts from all over India. Field visits were organized to demonstrate the operation of subsurface drainage system and of drainage machinery in Haryana and Agra.

(Source: CSSRI, Karnal)