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Accelerated Irrigated land use and optimization of Agriculture Production through efficient soil-crop-water management without resources degradation is essential to meet food & fibre need of the country's ever increasing population. Sustained and increased agriculture production is possible only through an Integrated Participatory Development Approach where all concerned are dedicated to Nation development. This entails need of appropriate training to all the planners, field workers and farmers by a management institute, well equipped with necessary tools and training facilities. Irrigation Management and IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT & TRAINING INSTITUTE (IMTI), KOTA fulfils this requirement.

The Institute

The Irrigation Management & Training Institute, Kota (Raj.) was established in August, 1984 under the Water Resources Management & Training (WRMT) Project assisted by the United States Agency for International Development Program.

This Institute is located in the heart of Chambal Command Area nearest to Gandhi Sagar, Rana Pratap Sagar, Jawahar Sagar Dams and Kota Barrage. The Institute is situated on Dadabari Road, Kota, and is about 12 kms away from the Kota Railway Station and about 7 kms  from the Roadways bus Stand. All modes of transport are available to and fro the Institute and these two terminals.                                              

Objectives of the Institute

The main objective of this Institute are:

  • Training the in-service personnel of Irrigation and Agriculture Departments & farmers in irrigation management through regular courses, workshops & seminars, to improve their job performance to optimize agriculture production in the irrigated areas.
  • To provide consultancy in the irrigation management & irrigated agriculture.
  • Implementation of PIM (Participatory Irrigation Management) motivation & training activities in the entire state.
  • Training the in-service personnel of Irrigation Department in other various subjects of job performance according to training needs.
  • Conduct Action and Adaptive Research.
  • Technology transfer .
  • To undertake experiments in various aspects of irrigation management.
  • Printing & publishing literature that may be considered desirable for  promoting objects of the Institute.

Converted into a society in November, 1992, under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act, 1958, the Institute is controlled by a Governing Body at the state level, headed by the Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan. The day to day and general administration of the Institute is handled by the Chief Engineer & Director of the Institute. The Institute has 20 faculty members from various disciplines connected with management of irrigated agriculture, all drawn from amongst the well-qualified and experienced officers of state's Irrigation & Agriculture Departments.


Training Features
Main features of the training courses conducted by the Institute are:

  • Improved knowledge of Irrigation System, its operation & Management.
  • Interdisciplinary approach to Irrigation Management.
  • Surface & Ground Water Hydrology, Conjunctive use of Surface and Ground Water.
  • Diagnostic Analysis Technique to evaluate Operating Irrigation Systems.
  • Water Conveyance Efficiency and Flow Measurement in Irrigation Channels.
  • Irrigation Water Distribution Methods below outlets for equity.
  • Design and Evaluation of Surface Irrigation Methods.
  • Design and Evaluation of Pressurised Irrigation Methods such as Sprinkler / Drip.
  • Principles of Micro Network Planning and on farm Development Technology.
  • Drainage of Agriculture Lands.
  • Soil-Water Plant Relationship, use of balanced fertilizers.
  • Irrigation Scheduling.
  • Reclamation of Waterlogged, Saline and Alkali Soils.
  • Agroclimatic Zones of Rajasthan and Agriculture package of practices for different crops, their economics and Crop Cutting Experiments.
  • Weeds , classification and Control.
  • Integrated Pest Management.
  • Participatory Irrigation Management.
  • Agriculture and Irrigation Extension technology.
  • Sociological aspects in Irrigated Agriculture.
  • Use of Computers.
Training Activities

In order to impart training to the in-service personnel of the Irrigation & Agriculture Department, following training courses are being conducted every year at the Institute .


Training Activities at IMTI, Kota

Statement showing Regular Courses... Conducted by I.M.T.I., Kota for the period 1984-85 to 2003-04

*  Some additional training activities are also taken up as & and when required.


Irrigation Management & Training Institute, Kota has also provided following consultancy services which included jobs done by the Institutes faculty members individually as well as collectively:

Project Report of Kishanpura Lift Irrigation Scheme in Command of Chambal Project.
Project Report of Balapura Lift Irrigation Scheme in Command of Chambal Project.
Project Report of Reclamation of waterlogged lands in Kishanpura-Silwala Distributory areas in Hanumangarh District.
Draft Resettlement & Rehabilitation Policy of Rajasthan State.
Preparation of Participatory Irrigation Management Manual.
Draft Rajasthan Irrigation & Drainage (amendment) Act.
Vision Rajasthan 2011 A.D. (Irrigation Sector).
Draft Policy Paper on Infrastructure Development in Irrigation Sector through Private Participation in Rajasthan including Draft Bid Document.
Proposals for Evaluation of Command Area Development Activities in CADA Haryana.

major fields of consultancy works are

Investigation and data collection
Planning designing and construction of irrigation projects
Planning designing and construction of surface and subsurface drainage projects
Environmental impact assessment
Integrated Water and Agricultural Management
Organising training courses
Organising study tours
Organising workshops and seminars
Project monitoring  and evaluation
Data analysis and interpretation
Drip , sprinkler and community lift irrigation
Watershed development and management


Another activity, undertaken by the Irrigation Management & Training Institute, Kota, under its Action Research Programme is currently going on 4 Minors of Gudha Medium Irrigation Project, Bundi District. The Participatory Irrigation Management Programme of Agriculture Development Project of the state financially assisted by the World Bank and Action Research activity of the Institute was taken on these 4 minors commanding about 1600 ha involving 575 farmers. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Irrigation Department and the concerned Water User's Association regarding transfer of Operation & Management of these minors to them.

Estimated to cost about Rs. 62 lakhs (Revised), works of Rehabilitation and Deferred maintenance on these minors were executed by the respective Water Users Associations of these minors under the control of the institute.  Involvement of the WUAs in this commenced with a walk - through survey of these minors jointly done by the irrigation personnel and executive members of these associations to identify rehabilitation works, besides system improvement viz. Revision of chakbandi, reassigning location and sizes of outlets, redesigning of canal longitudinal section and structures etc. all in consultation with the farmers. Weekly progress review meetings, chaired by the Director of the Institute were held in the project area between irrigation officials and WUA's executive members and all decisions regarding execution of works were taken there at only. With handing over of all relevant record and proposed O & M by the Irrigation Department to WUA's, the farmers organisations are doing operation and management of these minors starting from the October, 1999.


Soil Testing Laboratory

The Institute has  a soil testing laboratory well equipped to test physical and chemical properties of soils, assessing soil fertility, soil moisture status and other properties influencing irrigation management studies. Apart from giving training, the laboratory is also providing testing facilities to other organizations and farmers.

Demonstration Farm

A demonstration farm located at Nanta farm near Kota city having 4 ha of land is being developed to provide practical training to the trainees of the institute in the fields of agronomy, soil science, irrigation and agricultural engineering. Sprinkler and Drip irrigation sets, meteorological equipment, flow measuring devices, etc. have been installed in this farm as training tools. Crop demonstrations and Adaptive trials are also taken at the farm. Establishment of hydrological laboratory is under progress.


The Institute is well equipped to provide useful literature  to the faculty as well as trainees. About 2500 books on different disciplines are available in the library. About 27 number national & international journals are also subscribed by the institute.

Lodging & Boarding

The Institute has two hostels to accommodate about 100 trainee officers  (in Hostel No. 1 each room has an attached toilet and a balcony and in Hostel No. 2 each room has an attached toilet and a sitting-cum-kitchenette). There is a common mess and a sitting hall to meet the needs of both the hostels. Free boarding and lodging facility is provided to all trainees attending regular training courses at the Institute campus. The Institute also has in-door as well as out-door sports facilities.

Computer Centre

The Institute has a well equipped computer centre with latest and most modern computer hardware and software. More than 20 computers have been installed at the Institute to provide regular training courses to in-service staff  for use & training. The computer centre has recently acquired the INTERNET facility also.




For further details please write to:

Chief Engineer & Director / Jt. Director(Trg.) / Jt. Director(Ag.)
Irrigation Management & Training Institute
Dadabadi, Kota (Rajasthan) 324009
Phone no.:0744-500682, 500642, 500970, 500190
Fax No.:0744-427029


Nodal Officer : Er Inderjeet Bishnoi, Email :, Phone No. : 0141-2702672 Ext. 229