At the end of the semester, the student shall have a clear concept of irrigation water
management practices of the past, present and future. He/she shall also be able to appreciate
the importance due and duly given to stake holders.
UNIT I IRRIGATION SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 9
Irrigation systems – Supply and demand of water – Cropping pattern – Crop rotation – Crop
diversification – Estimation of total and peak crop water requirements – Effective and
dependable rainfall – Irrigation efficiencies.
UNIT II IRRIGATION SCHEDULING 8
Time of irrigation – Critical stages of water need of crops – Criteria for scheduling irrigation –
Frequency and interval of irrigation.
UNIT III MANAGEMENT 9
Structural and non-structural strategies in water use and management – Conjunctive use of
surface and ground waters – Quality of irrigation water.
UNIT IV OPERATION 9
Operational plans – Main canals, laterals and field channels – Water control and regulating
structures – Performance indicators – Case study
UNIT V INVOLVEMENT OF STAKE HOLDERS 10
Farmer’s participation in System operation – Water user’s associations – Farmer councils –
Changing paradigms on irrigation management – Participatory irrigation management
TOTAL: 45 PERIODS
1. Dilip Kumar Majumdar, “Irrigation Water Management – Principles and Practice”, Prentice
Hall of India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2000
2. Hand book on Irrigation Water Requirement, R.T. Gandhi, et. al., Water Management
Division, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi
1. Hand Book on Irrigation System Operation Practices, Water Resources Management and
Training Project, Technical report No. 33, CWC, New Delhi, 1990
2. Maloney, C. and Raju, K.V., “Managing Irrigation Together”, Practice and Policy in India,
Stage Publication, New Delhi, India, 1994.