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Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (SWCE)



  • Teaching, research, consultancy and extension in the area of Hydrology, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Watershed Modelling & Management, Remote Sensing and GIS Applications, Surveying and Levelling,  Soil Science and Engineering  and allied topics.
  • To produce socially committed competent professionals and researchers in soil and water engineering and allied areas.
  • To undertake outreach and consultancy services in land and water resources development to support agricultural sector

Permanent Faculty:

  • Dr.Sathian, K. K., Professor & Head (Ph.D, MBA)
  • Dr.Shyla Joseph, Professor (Ph.D)
  • Dr.Jinu, A., Assistant Professor (Ph.D)
  • Dr.Subha Rani Kurien, Assistant Professor (Ph.D)
  • Er. Priya G. Nair, Assistant Professor (M.Tech)

Adhoc Faculty:

  • Er. Ardra Wilson, Assistant Professor  (M. Tech)
  • Er. Sreeja K., Assistant Professor (M. Tech)

Technical and Supporting Staff

  • Er. Mohammed Favazil, Technical Assistant (B.Tech)
  • Er. Arun P. S., Technical Assistant (B.Tech)
  • Mr.Unnikrishnan, Lab Assistant


  • M.Tech in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil and Water Engineering
  • Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil and Water Engineering

Courses offered for B. Tech programme

  • Engineering Drawing
  • Environmental Studies and Disaster Management
  • Surveying and Levelling
  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
  • Water Harvesting and Soil Conservation Structures
  • Watershed Planning and Management
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Applications
  • Floods and Control Measures
  • Wasteland Development
  • Information Technology for Land and Water Management
  • Precision Farming Techniques for Protected Cultivation
  • Water Quality and Management Measures
  • Plastic Applications in Agriculture
  • Quantity Surveying and Valuation

Courses offered for M. Tech

  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
  • Water Resources System Engineering
  • GIS and Remote Sensing for Land and Water Resource Management
  • Watershed Management and Modelling

Courses offered for Ph.D

  • Advanced Hydrology
  • Soil and Water Systems, Simulation and Modelling
  • Modelling Soil Erosion Processes
  • Watershed Management and Modelling
  • Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing for Land and Water Resource Management


  1. Survey Laboratory
  2. Soil and Water Engineering cum Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  3. Geospatial Laboratory
  4. Meteorological Observatory

Major equipments available in the laboratories

  • Differential GPS
  • ILWIS software
  • Total Station
  • Arc GIS software
  • Water Quality Analyser
  • ERDAS IMAGINE software
  • Soil Moisture Meter with Data Logger
  • Automatic Rainfall Recorder with Data Logger
  • Consolidation Apparatus


Research Activities

The department is actively involved in various research works along with its academic mandates on different aspects of land and water issues.

  • Watershed management using geospatial techniques
  • Soil and water conservation on watershed basis
  • Modelling watersheds for erosions and sediment yields
  • Impact of land use changes on watershed hydrology
  • Surface and groundwater modelling for rejuvenation of water bodies
  • Precision farming and protected cultivation for optimum input use efficiency and production
  • Flood routing and control for hazard management

Externally Aided Projects

  1. Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC), Tavanur funded by National Committee on Plasticulture Application in Horticulture (NCPAH)
  2. SHM funded project "Construction of a farm pond to augment the irrigation potential at KCAET Tavanur Campus".
  3. Hariyali Watershed Project–Strategies for sustainable watershed development for Ernad Taluk.
  4. Revolving fund scheme on Geospatial Division.

Consultancy and ExtensionWorks undertaken

  1. Preparation of master plan for the comprehensive development of different agriculture farms of Calicut and Kannur districts.
  2. Master plan for the watershed development of 4 Block Panchayats of Malappuram district.
  3. Master plan for the revitalisation of lift irrigation schemes of Tavanur Gramapanchayat.
  4. Action plan for the development of landslide affected areas of Thumburmuzhi livestock farm.
  5. Training on DGPS and Total Station surveying.
  6. Training on planning and execution of soil and water conservation engineering works.
  7. Training on watershed planning and management.
  8. Trainings in Precision Farming and Micro Irrigation.
  9. FIP on soil survey & landuse planning, remote sensing and GIS, Total Station survey and DGPS.

Consultancy/ Advisory services to:

  • Planning Board
  • Agriculture Department
  • LSGD
  • Soil Conservation Department
  • Jalanidhi


Professional license and certification of Permanent Faculties

  • Dr.Sathian K.K. – Working Group Member of Planning Board, Member of Institution of Engineers, Member of Association of Soil and Water Conservationists,
  • Dr.Jinu A. - Member of Kole Land Development Authority
  • Dr.Shyla Joseph – Member of Institution of Engineers, Member of Association of Soil and Water Conservationists, Member of ISAE.
  • Er. Priya G Nair - Member of Association of Soil and Water Conservationists


Dr.Sathian K.K.

Dean, Professor & Head

Department of SWCE, KCAET, Tavanur

Mob.:8921653919, 9846010324


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Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology
Kerala Agricultural University
Tavanur P.O
Malappuram District Kerala 679573