54th Annual Convention of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE)
International Symposium on
“Artificial Intelligence Based Future Technologies in Agriculture”

Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri Chapter

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54th ISAE Convention

Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) was established in 1960 with a mandate to strengthen the profession by bringing together agricultural engineers of the country on one platform and facilitate broader participation of its members in professional activities through its activities. Annual conventions of the society enable multiple stakeholders, national and international experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in the research, education, extension, industry, employment, and other relevant aspects of agricultural engineering. The recommendations and resolutions adopted during these events guide Government agencies and industry bodies. The ISAE Annual Convention provides an excellent platform for interactions, deliberations, exchange of ideas, collaborations, and networking opportunities with experts and stakeholders in the world's fastest-growing economy. Of late, ISAE in collaboration with ASABE organized the Global Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Hyderabad, India on 3-6 October 2018. This event was ASABE's second major global initiative conference held outside the United States of America (USA). During Annual International Meeting (AIM) of ASABE at Bostan, ISAE was recognized for its outstanding contribution in organizing this mega international event. This was followed by 53rd ISAE Annual Convention at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, India on 28-30 January 2019 which was a great success.

The 54th Annual Convention of ISAE will be organized during 7-9 January 2020 in Pune by ISAE, New Delhi and Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri and coincides with the Golden Jubilee of the college. Recently Government of India has announced several initiatives to encourage startups to drive India towards a $5 trillion economy. Therefore, the theme of the 54th Annual Convention of ISAE will be “Agricultural Engineering Technologies for startups.” This convention theme is a continuation of the “Doubling farmers' income through technological interventions” theme of the 52nd Annual Convention held at AAU, Anand, Gujarat. Development and deployment of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in a significant way have particular relevance to Agriculture Engineering. An International Symposium on “Artificial Intelligence Based Future Technologies in Agriculture” will be organized in association with Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM), MPKV, Rahuri.

Theme of convention: Agricultural Engineering Technologies for start-ups Agricultural engineers will play a critical role in assuring India's food security in the coming decades. As India develops into a $5 trillion economy in the coming decade, the share of agriculture in the economy will decrease. Despite the decreasing share of agriculture in the diversifying and growing Indian economy, a thriving agricultural sector is vital for maintaining India's security and independence. Impact of several challenges such as small landholdings, increasing monsoon variability, and volatile commodity markets, are reflected in the increased agrarian distress across the country. Increased mechanization, sustainable farming practices, increased post-harvest processing and value addition of agricultural products can increase farmers' income and reduce rural to urban migration, thus reducing agrarian distress. As a youthful country with a median age of 29 years, India is emerging as a significant global innovation and startup hub. Providing impetus to startups based on agricultural engineering technology-based startups can address many issues such as employment generation, value addition, increase income to farmers, and promoting vibrant agrarian value chains.

Agricultural Engineering interventions are necessary for India's next green revolution. Many agricultural technology startups in India focusing on technologies such as protected cultivation, post-harvest management, value addition, cold chain management, data analytics, machine learning, and satellite imaging are already enabling farmers to maximize their output. There are innumerable business opportunities in the agriculture and allied sectors, especially in India. There are many opportunities in this sector, and stakeholders around the world are increasingly investing in Agricultural Tech Startups to unleash its existing potentialities. As the premier society of agricultural engineers, ISAE will focus on the Agricultural Engineering technologies for startups in the 54th Annual convention of ISAE.

Growing pressure on the natural resources such as land and water, improving agricultural productivity, increasing concerns about the sustainability of industrial farming practices, maintenance of soil health and reducing the pesticide use in produce necessitate sustainable climate-smart and precision agriculture strategies. The climate-smart and precision agriculture involve, obtaining the solutions with advanced technologies such as the application of robotics, drones, IoTs, Geo-informatics, precision machinery for efficient farming on a sustainable basis. This sector is currently in its infancy in India and will expand geometrically to keep pace with fulfilling the goal of doubling farm income by 2022. Therefore, this is an opportune time to develop the human resources to start the entrepreneurship activities in the in precision and climate-smart agriculture industries.

Research into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications for agriculture are still in progress. Some applications are already available in the market and are being rapidly adopted especially in-field farming techniques. In order to explore the enormous scope of AI in agriculture and meet the complex and heterogeneous needs of Indian agriculture, an International Symposium on "Artificial Intelligence Based Future Technologies in Agriculture" will be organized during the 54th ISAE in association with Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM), a World Bank Sponsored Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Agricultural Science and Technology (NAHEP) Project at MPKV, Rahuri.

International Advisory Committee (IAC)
  • Prof. Sue Nokes, ASABE President, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Prof Lalit Verma, ASABE Past-President, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Prof. Digvir S. Jayas, Vice-president, R&I, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Dean Montana State University, Montana
  • Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, Distinguish Professor, Iowa State University, AMES
  • Dr. Claudio O. Stöckle, Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • Dr. Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, McGill University, Canada
  • Dr. Basant Maheshwari, Professor, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
  • Dr. Yoshisuke Kishida, Chief Editor, AMA, Japan.
  • Dr. Dharmednra Saraswat, Associate Professor, Purdue University, USA
  • Dr. R. Lal Khushwaha, Prof. Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Dr. Lav R. Khot, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • Dr. Qin Zhang, Professor and Director, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.
  • Dr. Ganesh C. Bora, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA.
  • Dr. Manzul Kumar Hazarika, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Dr. Vinayak Shedekar, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.
  • Er. Ian K.S mout, Ex-Director, WEDC, Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
  • Dr. Kala Vaira vamoorthy, President, International Water Association. United Kingdom.
  • Dr. Sachin Shende, Kisan Hub, Cambridge, UK.
  • Mr. Darrin Drollinger, ASABE Executive Director
  • Prof. Ajay Kumar, Oklahoma State Univ.
  • Prof. Mark Wilking, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Prof. Vijay Singh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Prof. Julie Carrier, University of Kentucky
  • Prof. Samir Khanal, University of Hawaii
  • Prof. Ajay Sharda Kansas State University
  • Prof. Vivek Sharma, University of Florida
  • Prof. Deepak Kumar, ESY, SUNY
  • Prof. Deepak Keshwani, University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Prof. David Jones, University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Prof. Anandhi Aavudhai, Florida A&M Univ.
  • Prof. Jeyam Subbiah, University of Arkansas
  • Prof. G.S. Murthy, International Co-operation Director ISAE Professor, Oregon State University, USA
  • National Advisory Committee (NAC)
  • Dr. K.P. Vishvanatha, Vice-Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri
  • Prof. Indra Mani, President ISAE
  • Prof. Gajendra Singh, Patron ISAE
  • Dr. K. Alagusundaram, DDG(Engg.), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr. N. S. Rathore, DDG (Edn.), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr. R.C. Agrawal, National Director, NAHEP-ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr. R. C. Srivastava,V.C., Dr. RPCAU, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar
  • Dr.K.K.Singh, Member ASRB
  • Dr.Alok K. Sikka,India Head, International Water Management Institutes (IWMI), New Delhi
  • Dr.V.M. Mayande, Former Vice Chancellor, Dr. PDKV, Akola
  • Dr.N.S. Raghuwanshi, Director, MANIT, Bhopal
  • Dr.B.C. Mal, V.C. JIS University, Kolkata, India
  • Dr.KanchanK Singh, ADG (Engg.), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr.S.N. Jha, ADG (ProcessEngg.), ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr.R.K. Gupta, Director, ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana
  • Dr.S.K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, ICAR, Bhubneswar
  • Dr.P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai
  • Dr.Man Singh, Project Director, ICAR-WTC, New Delhi
  • Dr. P. K. Ghosh, National Coordinator, CAAST, NAHEP-ICAR, New Delhi
  • Dr. Manoj Khanna, Secretary General, ISAE
  • Dr.Yella Reddy, VicePresident, ICID India
  • Dr.H.G.More, Former Director of Extension, MPKV, Rahuri.
  • Dr.B.R.Mulik, Chairman, Bhumata Trust
  • Dr.S.S.Magar, Former Vice Chancellor, Dr.BSKVV, Dapoli
  • Dr.M.C.Vashneya, Former Vice Chancellor, Kamdhenu University, Gujrath
  • Dr.N.Chattopadhyay, DDG, Indian Meteorological Department, Pune
  • Er.Sandip Joshi, John Deere, Pune
  • Shri.Abhay Jain, Jain Irrigation System Limited, Jalgaon
  • Dr.Surendra Singh, Technical Advisor, AIMA
  • Local Advisory Committee (LAC)
  • Dr.A.L.Pharande, Dean and Director of Instruction, MPKV, Rahuri
  • Dr.S.R. Gadakh, Director of Research, MPKV, Rahuri
  • Dr. P.A. Turbatmath, Associate Dean, PGI, MPKV, Rahuri
  • Dr.P.N. Rasal, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Pune
  • Dr.M.B. Nagdeve, Associate Dean, College of Agril. Engg. Dr.PDKV Akola
  • Dr.Y.P. Khandetod, Associate Dean,
    College of Agril.Engg. & Tech.Dr.BSKVV Dapoli
  • Dr.U.M.Khodke,Associate Dean,
    CollegeofAgril.Engg.VNKVV Akola
  • Er.Somnath Jadhav, Vice President, Jain Irrigation System Limited, Jalgaon
  • Shri.Arun Deshmukh, Country Manager, Netafim Irrigation Pvt. Ltd., Pune
  • Er.V.H. Kalbande, Ex Chief Engineer, MSSC
  • Er.Subhash Dumare, Additional Commissioner, Pune Divison
  • Er.T.N. Jagtap, JDA, Latur
  • Dr.D.S. Pandit, Technical Director, AECOM, USA based multinational Pune
  • Dr.Sachin Kamble, AGM, NABARD, Pune
  • Shri.Vijay Kote, Comptroller, MPKV, Rahuri
  • Shri.Milind Dhoke, University Engineer, MPKV, Rahuri
  • Shri.S.R. Kasar, Registrar, MPKV, Rahuri

  • Patron
  • Dr. K.P. Vishvanatha, Vice-Chancellor, MPKV, Rahuri

  • Convener
  • Dr. D.D. Pawar, Dean (Engg.), Dr.A.S.C.A.E.&T., and Chairman, ISAE-Rahuri Chapter

  • Organizing Secretary
  • Dr. S.D. Gorantiwar, Head, Deptt of IDE and Vice Chairman, ISAE-Rahuri Chapter, Rahuri

  • Joint Organizing Secretary
  • Dr. M.G. Shinde, Head, Deptt. of Irrigation Water Management, MPKV, Rahuri

  • Co-Conveners
  • Dr.R.D.Bansod, Head, Section of Agril. Engg. & Councilor ISAE-Rahuri Chapter, Pune
  • Dr.A.A.Atre, Head, Dept. of SWCE and Secretary, ISAE-Rahuri Chapter, Rahuri
  • Dr. M.S. Jadhav, Head, Dept. of APE, Dr.A.S.C.A.E.&T., MPKV Rahuri
  • Dr.K.J.Kamble, Head, Dept. of FSRE and Vice Chairman, ISAE-Rahuri Chapter, Rahuri
  • Dr.S.M.Nalawade, Head, Dept. of FMP & Councilor ISAE-Rahuri Chapter, Rahuri

  • Scientific sessions and
    call for papers

    Scientific sessions will include lead papers as well as keynote addresses by national and international experts on the subject. Original research work will also be presented in oral and poster paper sessions. Soft copies of abstract of the paper(s) shall be submitted to respective Technical Directors by September 30, 2019. The abstract should be of approximately 200-300 words in length, single spacing, MS Word document, Times New Roman Font with 12 Font size. Technical Directors will decide on the papers to be presented during oral sessions or through a poster presentation. After receiving the acceptance, full-length paper for oral presentation should be e-mailed to the respective technical directors. Detailed guidelines for oral as well as poster presentations, are available on the ISAE and Convention web site. Souvenir along-with CD will be distributed during registration. The certificates will be issued to participants for attending the convention (without oral/poster presentation) and presenting the paper in session (oral/poster presentation).

    Contact details of Technical Directors are as follows

  • Processing, Dairy and Food Engineering
  • Prof. Sanjay K. Dash
    Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering and Technology
    Odissha University of Agriculture and Technology
    Bhubaneswar 751 003
    Ph: 9437205952
    Email: skdash1006@gmail.com

  • Energy & other Areas
  • Dr. Shyam Sunder Kapdi, Professor & Head
    Bio - Energy Department, College of Food Processing Technology &
    Bio-Energy Anand Agricultural University Anand -388110,Gujrat
    Email: ss_kapdi@rediffmail.com; sskapdi@aau.in
    Mob: 8758828768

  • Farm Machinery & Power
  • Dr.Jaskaran Singh Mahal
    Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering
    Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - 141004, Punjab
    Email: jsmahal@pau.edu Mob: 9501500367

  • Soil and Water Engineering
  • Dr. Manoranjan Kumar,
    Principal Scientist (SWCE), Division of Resource Management
    ICAR - Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture Santosh Nagar,
    Saidabad (PO) Hyderabad - 500059, Telangana
    E-mail :manocrida75@gmail.com,
    Mob: 9676771937

    Important Deadlines
    Abstract submission : October 15, 2019.

    Letter of acceptance to authors : October 30, 2019.

    Submission of full length paper : November 15, 2019.

    Final manuscript submission to convener by concern Technical Directors : November 30, 2019.

    Official Language : English.

    For any other inquiry kindly contact: isaempkv2020@gmail.com
    Registration fees &
    Online Payment

    All participants should register for the conference by filling-up there gistration form which is given separately with the brochure and is also available on the conference website: http://www.isaempkv2020.in. Registration fee is to be paid in advance. The details of registration fee for different categories of participant are given below.

    Registration FeeIndian Rupees

    * Those who are not ISAE member may become member before convention or on spot.

    # In-service students are not entitled to avail the benefit of this option. All students should attach their certificate from Dean/ Associate Dean/ Head of the Department along with their Identity Cards

  • ISAE student members whose quality research paper is accepted for presentation during the annual convention and International Symposium will be awarded travel grant from ISAE.
  • Superannuated (Not reemployed) ISAE members can avail registration fee exemption.
  • Mode of Payment

  • Participants can pay registration fee charges through electronic transfer or by online mode by accessing the Convention website Bank Details for Payment

    Name of BankState Bank of India
    BranchMPKV, Rahuri
    Account NameRahuri Chapter of ISAE
    Account Number38709536693
    IFS CodeSBIN0003239
    MICR Code413002672

    Online Payment

    Limited accommodation is available in the guest houses of NCL (CSIR), IITM, IMD, IE, NIV, IIM, NIBM, IISER, ICAR-NRCs, Govt. guest house, etc. on first come first serve and on payment basis. Accommodation will not be available in the University guest house at Pune. Hotel accommodation can be booked by the delegates directly. The list of hotels along-with the tariffs will be available on the Convention website. The delegates are advised to email travel plan to isaempkv2020@gmail.com to facilitate local travel arrangements if required. The details regarding accommodation and transport will be updated from time to time on the Convention website.

    Technical Programme
    Click Here for Technical Programme of Convention

    The Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers was established in 1960. Agricultural Engineering, involves application of engineering to production, processing, preservation and handling of food, feed and fiber. It also includes the transfer of engineering technology for the development and welfare of rural areas and masses. The major fields of Agricultural Engineering are:

  • Farm Machinery and Power Engineering
  • Soil and Water Engineering
  • Processing, Dairy and Food Engineering
  • Energy & other Areas

  • In order to organize workshops, conferences, seminars and symposia to discuss specific problems of a Region/State by bringing together the members of the ISAE, it was decided to promote the establishment of ISAE chapters on regional basis. Consequently, some ISAE chapters were established and are functioning in different regions. Enquiries are made, from time to time, by the ISAE members to establish an ISAE chapter at a specific location or in region. and Society will continue to encourage the establishment of ISAE chapters at different locations/regions.

    Objectives of ISAE

  • To strengthen the Society by promoting programmes of professional interest.
  • To facilitate larger participation of the members in professional activities and ensure continuity in membership.
  • To organize regional conferences, seminars and symposia on topics of current interest.
  • To prepare special study reports related to Agricultural Engineering as applicable to a region.
  • To disseminate information about Agricultural Engineering programmes and employment.

  • Executive Council
    About MPKV, Rahuri Chapter of ISAE

    MPKV, Rahuri Chapter of ISAE is organizing 54th annual convention of Indian society of Agricultural Engineering(ISAE) on January 7-9,2020 at Hyatt Regency, Vimannagar, Pune, India.

    The Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV), Rahuri is the premier Agricultural University in Maharashtra that renders services to the farmers through Education, Research and Extension Education. In pursuance of the Maharashtra Agricultural University (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Act 1967, initially, the Maharashtra Agricultural University (Krishi Vidyapeeth) was established for the entire Maharashtra State and started functioning in March, 1968 with its office at Mumbai. The office was shifted to College of Agriculture, Pune in 1969. Later on in 1972, four agricultural universities were established in Maharashtra. Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is one of them established in 1969 for the western Maharashtra having jurisdiction spread over 10 districts viz. Jalgaon, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nashik, Ahmednagar,Pune, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. The University is named after the great social reformer "Mahatma Jyotiba Phule".

    The Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is the premier Agricultural University in Maharashtra that renders services to the farmers through Education, Research and Extension Education.

    The Governor of Maharashtra state is the Chancellor of the University, The Minister of Agriculture, Maharashtra state is the Pro-Chancellor, while, Vice-Chancellor is the Head of the University. The Executive Council is the highest policy making body of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman of this Council. The Council constitutes of nominated peoples representatives, eminent members from agriculture and development departments, scientists, representative of ICAR and progressive farmers. The University is assisted by Academic Council, Agricultural Research Council, Extension Education Council for co-ordination and review of academic, research and extension education programmes, seed production and agricultural development programmes.

    MPKV has been bestowed with the "Sardar Patel Outstanding Institute Award – 2002" by the ICAR, New Delhi for excellence in the field of Education, Research and Extension Education. Further, the University has been recognized as the “Institute of Excellence” and have been provided with special funds of Rs. 100 cores by the Government of India in its Union budget of 2007-08.


    Location of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri lies between 73° 15’ 0” to 76° 22’ 12” North latitude and 15° 46’ 48” to 22° 3’ 0” East longitude.

    Jurisdiction and Area

    The jurisdiction of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri is spread over ten districts viz. Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara, Solapur, Sangli and Kolhapur in the state of Maharashtra.Total geographical area of jurisdiction is 116.67 lakh hectare.

    Agroclimatic Zones, crops and soils

    The geographical area under jurisdiction of MPKV is 116.67 lakh ha which is 38 % of the State’s geographical area covering the ten districts of Western Maharashtra i.e. Nundurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. 5 agro-climatic zones viz. Scarcity Zone, Plain Zone, Sub-montane Zone, Western Ghat and Assured rainfall zone exists in the jurisdiction MPKV. The area, climate, important crops and soils of these zones are narrated below.

  • Scarcity Zone Western Maharashtra
  • Area: Geographical area of 73.23 lakh ha.
    Soil: Predominantly medium to deep balck soils, alkaline in reaction, calcareous.
    Climate: Hot semi arid with dry summer and mild winter with average annual rainfall below 750 mm. Bimodal pattern of rainfall (Two peaks of rainfall namely June-July and September).
    Crops: Kharif : Pearlmillet, sorghum, groundnut, pigeonpea, sunflower, blackgram, greengram, horsegram and mothbean; Rabi: Sorghum, safflower and chickpea; Annual: Sugarcane; Fruit crops: Pomegranate, Ber, Grape, Custard apple, Aonla; Vegetables : Onion, Leafy Vegetables, Drumstick
  • Plain Zone of Western Maharashtra
  • Area : Geographical area of 16.92 lakh ha
    Soil : Predominantly greyish black with varying textures and depth ranging from 7.5 to 100 cm and above. Neutral to alkaline soils.
    Climate:Tropical monsoon climate. The maximum temperature is 400c and minimum temperature is 50. Well distributed rainfall ranges between 700 to 1250 mm annually. The period of water availability ranges from 120 – 150 days.
    Crops: Kharif: Maize, Soybean; Rabi: Wheat, Maize; Annual: Sugarcane, Turmeric; Fruit crops: Mango, Guava, Papaya, Fig, Custard apple, Grape, Sapota; Vegetables: Okra, French bean, Dolichos bean, Broccoli, Potato , Onion, Garlic, Tomato; Flower: Rose , Gerbera, Carnation, Tuberose, Gladiolus, Marigold, Chrysanthemum, Mogra
  • Sub-montane Zone of Maharashtra
  • Area: Geographical area of 16.48 lakh ha.
    Soil :Predominantly reddish-brown to greyish-black tending towards lateritic in nature with varying depth and texture. Slightly acidic to neutral soils.
    Climate: Sub-humid tropical climate. The maximum and minimum temperatures range from 28 to 35 0C and 14 to 19 0C. Average annual rainfall ranges from 700 to 2500 mm, in 65 to 75 rainy days mostly received through south-west monsoon.
    Crops: Kharif: Paddy, Finger millet, Groundnut, Soybean; Rabi: Wheat, Maize; Annual: Sugarcane; Fruit crops: Mango, Guava, Papaya, Grape, Sapota; Vegetables: Okra, Potato, Onion, Garlic, Tomato.
  • Western Ghat Zone
  • Area: Geographical area of 4.51 lakh ha.
    Soils: Predominantly Lateritic soils, shallow to medium in depth, acidic in reaction.
    Climate: Av. annual rainfall 2750 to 6050 mm rainfall (June to September) in 97 to 120 rainy days.
    Crops: Kharif: Paddy, finger millet and other hill millets, niger, groundnut; Rabi: Lentil, wheat, maize; Fruit crops: Mango, cashewnut, strawberry; Vegetables: Dolichos lablab, tomato, brinjal, cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, capsicum.
  • Central Plateau Zone
  • Area: 11.64 lakh hectares
    Climate: Hot tropical monsoon climate. Temperature 7 to 46 0C, Average annual Rainfall (mm) 750-950 mm
    Soils: Medium to Heavy soils or Black cotton soils
    Crops: Kharif: Pearlmillet, sorghum, groundnut, cotton, soybean, pigeonpea, sunflower, blackgram, greengram, horsegram and mothbean; Rabi: Wheat, sorghum, maize, chickpea, safflower; Fruit crops: Banana, citrus; Vegetables : Onion, brinjal, okra, chilli, garlic, tomato, drumstick, leafy vegetables etc.

    Education Programmes

    The University has seven constituent colleges of agriculture sciences located at Pune, Kolhapur, Dhule, Nandurbar, Karad, Muktainagar and Halgaon; one agricultural engineering college at Rahuri and one college for horticulture at Pune. The University also governs academically the 63 constituent colleges of agricultural science, agricultural engineering, food technology, bio-technology, agricultural business management in its jurisdiction. All these colleges offer the Graduate degree programmes. The combined intake capacity is 5574.

    The University has the Post Graduate Institute at its central campus of Rahuri. The University offers Master degree at Post Graduate Institute, Rahuri, College of Agriculture, Pune, Kolhapur and Dhule; and Dr.A. S. College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Rahuri. The combined intake capacity is 372.

    Further the Post Graduate Institute and College of Agricultural Engineering offer the Doctoral level programmes in agricultural science and engineering, respectively. The combined intake capacity is 84.

    The University has been awarded with the World Bank sponsored Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management under National Agricultural Higher Education Programme (NAHEP) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. This Centre has started the Post Doctoral programme and will soon start the Post Graduate Diploma in climate smart agriculture and water management.

    The University has 09 constituent and 76 affiliated Agricultural Technology Schools. The combined intake capacity is 5100.

    Research Programmes

    The University has 27 research stations in 5 agro-climatic zones including 4 State level Crop Specialists, 4 Zonal Agricultural Research Stations and 17 Strategic and Verification Research Centres to conduct research programme on different aspects. Further the University currently implement 82 non-plan schemes funded by State Government, 44 All India Co-ordinated Research Projects (AICRPs) on different crops/plant sciences sponsored by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi; and one Centrally Sponsored Research Schemes funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

    The University significantly contributed to the regional and national economy by investigating 263 crop varieties, 1518 research technologies and 32 farm implements. 36 varieties are registered under PPV and FRA.

    Extension Education Programmes

    The University has extensive network of outreach programmes for extension and dissemination viz., Agricultural Technology Information Centre, Regional Extension Centre (4), District Extension Centre (5), College Development Blocks, Communication Centre and Farmers-Scientists Forums.

    Seventeen Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) for transfer of technology exist in the jurisdiction of the University, out of which 4 Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Dhule, Mamurabad (Jalgaon), Borgaon (Satara) and Mohol (Solapur) belong to the University. 13 KVKs are under NGOs and other institutes in the jurisdiction of MPKV.

    Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology The College of Agricultural Engineering was established in 1969 (now renamed as Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology) for offering under graduate course in Agricultural Engineering. The college also offers post graduate programmes leading to M. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering) and Ph.D. in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Farm Machinery and Power Engineering and Processing and Food Engineering. Dr. Annasaheb Shinde College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year in 2019-20.

    The Center for Advance Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM) is sanctioned to and being implemented at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri by Education Division of Indian Council of Agricultural Research and National Agricultural Higher Education Programme vide UR No.MTC-03(690)/203/2018 dt.19/11/2018. The objective of the project are as mentioned below.

    Brief Objectives of CAAST-CSAWM

    The specific objectives of the proposed CAAST-for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management are:
    i) To develop the capacity amongst the faculties and scientists for the development and adoption of the precise Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management technologies.
    ii) To start the one year Post Graduate Diploma in “Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management” for developing the human resources enabling them to start entrepreneurship and employable in public sectors and private industries, strengthen the current M.Sc., M. Tech. and Ph. D. programme (for their research projects); and make provision for the perspective beginner/middle level faculties/researchers for Post Doctorate studies in precision water management, precise climate smart agriculture and Geo-informatics.
    iii) To develop an integrated system including RS/GIS and GPS tools, modelling and SDSS tools using unmanned aerial system (UAS aka. drone) and sensor based technologies; and mobile applications and their applications for climate smart and precision agriculture and water management.
    iv) To conduct end-to-end capacity building through on-the-job training and case study based learning; enhance the employment and placement rate; and business and entrepreneurship opportunities.

    About Pune

    The 54th Annual Convention and International Symposium are being held in Pune. The city of Pune is also known as 'Cultural Capital of Maharashtra' and has historical relevance as the capital of Peshvas, the Prime Minister of Maratha Kingdom. Apart from its history and culture, it is also known for its legendry position in information and technology centre and educational hub. Many of the leading Government, Private IT industries and educational institutes now have their base in Pune. Pune is considered to be a preferred destination for students and professionals of the country. Pune also has the headquarters of many prestigious National Level Research Institutes and State Government Departments.


    In January, a pleasant and cool climate in Pune can be enjoyed. In January, the days are bright, sunny and warm with maximum temperature around 29°C and mornings, evenings and nights are cold with minimum temperature around 10-16°C. The delegates are advised to have light warm clothing with them.

    How to reach Pune

    The Pune can be reached by bus, train and air from different parts of the country. Pune railway junction has direct trains on the broad gauge network to most of the major Indian destinations such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Jammu Tawi, Ahemedabad, Bhubneshawar, Jaipur, Bangalore, Nagpur, Bhopal and Thiruananthapuram. The international airport in Pune is well connected by daily domestic airlines and international flights. It is situated at 15 km from Convention Venue. The other nearest airport from Pune is Mumbai Airport which is around 150 km by road distance. Shirdi airport is about 200 km from Pune, which is well connected by 4 hours road journey.

  • Tourist attractions near Pune
  • Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani : Famous hill station within 120km from Pune.
    Shirdi Saibaba and Shani Shinganapur: 180 km from Venue location.
    Jyotirlingas : Three of the twelve Jyotirlingas : Bhimashankar, Pune (75 km), Ghrishmeshwar Aurangabad (200 km) and Trimbakeshwar (200 km).
    Ashtavinayakas : Three of eight important Ganesh temples are within 50 km from Pune.
    Ajantha and Ellora : The UNESCO heritage sites, Ajantha and Ellora caves are within 250 km from Pune.
    Lonawala: Hill station at 50 km.
    Alibaugh: Sea Beach at 140 km from Pune.
    Vist to Central Campus, MPKV, Rahuri and Shirdi : A vist to central campus of MPKV, Rahuri and pilgrim places namely Shirdi and Shanishinganapur will be arranged from venue of location (on afternoon of third day of convention (9th Jan).


    Industry partners across the country are invited for various categories of sponsorship and advertisement in the compendium that will be released during the inaugural function of the Convention. Platinum sponsors (Rs. 5 Lakh), Diamond (Rs. 4 Lakh), Gold (Rs. 3 Lakh), Silver (Rs. 2 Lakh) and other (Rs 1.0 lakh) In additions to this the industries are encouraged to sponsor lunch, dinners and registration kits for the Convention. A compendium containing lead papers and abstract will be published and released during the conference. We welcome advertisements in the Compendium and Industrial Exhibition at the venue of the convention. The rates of the advertisements for the compendium are:

    1Last page (colour) 8.5”X11”Rs 01.00 Lakh
    2Inside last page (colour) 8.5”X11”Rs 0.80 Lakh
    3Inside front page(colour) 8.5”X11”Rs 0.80 Lakh
    4Full page(colour) 8.5”X11”Rs 0.70 Lakh
    5Full page(B/W) 8.5”X11”Rs 0.60 Lakh
    6Half page(B/W) 8.5”X11”Rs 0.30 Lakh

    Amount for sponsorship/advertisement may be remitted through Cheque/DD/Online Bank transfer in the same manner as registration fee
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    Important Contact!


    Dr. D.D. Pawar
    Dean and Chairman ISAE Chapter, Rahuri Dr. A.S. College of Agril. Engg. &Technology, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
      +91 9422082858
    Organizing Secretary

    Dr. S.D. Gorantiwar
    Head, Dept. of Agricultural Engineering &
    Vice Chairman, ISAE-Chapter, Rahuri Principal Investigator (CAAST-CSAWM)
      +91 9881595081

    Joint Organizing Secretary
    (International Symposium)

    Dr. M.G. Shinde
    Professor of SWCE & Co-Principal Investigator (CAAST-CSAWM), MPKV, Rahuri
      +91 9403605979
    Co-Convener (Accommodation)

    Dr. R.D. Bansod
    Head, Section of Agril. Engg. & Councillor ISAE-Rahuri Chapter, College of Agriculture (MPKV), Pune
      +91 8055659034

    Co-Convener (Technical)

    Dr. A. A. Atre
    Professor of SWCE and Secretary, ISAE-Rahuri Chapter Dr.ASCAET, MPKV, Rahuri
      +91 9860593836
    Co-Convener (Transport)

    Dr. S. M. Nalawade
    Head, Dept. of Farm Machinery and Power Dr. ASCAET, MPKV, Rahuri
      +91 9422382049
    Public Relation Officer

    Dr. S.K. Dingre
    Associate Professor of IDE, RCSMCA, Kolhapur
      +91 9763431346