The department of Irrigation and Water Management started functioning under the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology in the year 1964. The department was opened to meet the growing need of specialists in the field of Irrigation and Water Management for boosting up agricultural production in the country. In addition to teaching, the department, since is inception, has been working for focusing, fostering and promoting the research and extension activities in the field of Irrigation and Water Management in the country. The teacher in this department is carried out by highly qualified personnel having higher degrees mostly from abroad.

Admission into Master of Science in Irrigation and Water Management has been initiated since 1974. But, due to lack of research facilities (Laboratory, equipment etc.), it was not possible to continue this program initially. However, later on, the department overcome most of those difficulties and finally succeeded in running the program of offering the degree of Master of Science from the year 1981. For further information, contact Head of the department at:

Tel: 55695-7, Ext-2830
Fax: 880-91-55810

Curriculum of M.S. Degree Programme

Syllabuses of M.S. Courses

IWM 501 Irrigation Engineering Credit 2

Land suitability for irrigation, Predicting irrigation needs, Irrigation methods, Irrigation scheduling of common crops in Bangladesh, Canal irrigation system- planning, design, construction and maintenance of irrigation canals, Comparative suitability of different canals and other distribution systems (buried pipe and hose-pipe) and their economics, Canal headwork’s losses and canal linings and cross-drainage works, Economics of irrigation, Planning, design and performance evaluation of irrigation projects, Land reclamation and improvement of irrigation project performance.

IWM 502 Drainage Engineering | Credit 2

Drainage and crop productions, Drainage problems in Bangladesh, Drainage systems, Physics of land drainage, Drainage investigation methods, Theory and design of land drainage, Saturated and unsaturated flow theories and their applications, Drainage for salinity control, Land reclamation, Drain tube materials and installation, Design and installation of drain envelop materials.

IWM 503 Surface Water Hydrology | Credit 2

Hydrology and its development, Hydrograph analysis, Hydrologic and hydraulic routing, Relationship between unit hydrograph and the catchment, Quantify size of farm reservoir based on catchment area, Hydrology of agricultural lands, Elements of systems theory, Catchment modelling, Time series analysis-forecasting and updating techniques.

IWM 504 Groundwater Resources | Credit 2

Origin, occurrence and movement of groundwater; Evaluation of aquifer properties and aquifer characterization; Testing water wells for drawdown and yield; Safe spacing of well; Quality of groundwater – Iron deposition, Salt concentration and presence of Arsenic in irrigation water; Saline water intrusion; Groundwater resources assessment; Groundwater modelling techniques; Groundwater development and management.

IWM 505 Open Channel Flow | Credit 2

Open channel flow and its classifications, Open channels and their properties, Energy and momentum principles in open channel flow, Uniform flow, Gradually varied flow, Rapidly varied flow, Unsteady flow, Flood routing, Flood routing, Dimensional analysis, Similitude and hydraulic models.

IWM 506 Water Resources Planning | Credit 2

Purpose and scope of water resources planning, Water resources distribution and types, Need for planned utilization of water resources, Hydrologic appraisal of water resources, System approach in water resources-optimization methods, Water resources project formulation, Economic evaluation of water resources projects, Water law and policy.

IWM 507 Irrigation System Planning & Design | Credit 2

Farm irrigation systems and system design fundamentals, The design process and components in choosing a new irrigation system, Planning and design of surface and subsurface irrigation system layouts, Buried pipe irrigation system, Pumping plant for irrigation, Design and layout of canal networks and water control structures, Planning a farm for irrigation.

IWM 508 Agricultural Meteorology | Credit 2

Introduction to agricultural meteorology; Micrometeorology of crops, Climatic factors affecting agriculture, Radiation and energy balance at the surface and at different crop canopies, Instrumentation and analysis of meteorological parameters, Uses of meteorological information in agricultural planning and management.

IWM 509 Soil-Water-Plant Relationship | Credit 2

Soil physical properties, Soil water movement, Retention and availability, Plant-water physiology, Root pressure theories, Stomatal response and physiological models, Crop stress tolerance and responses to water, Crop water requirements and critical stress periods.

IWM 510 Flood Control | Credit 2

Flood problems; Estimation of design flood, Flood protection techniques; Methods and theories of river training; Planning and design of various river training and improvement works, Flood forecasting and warning, Flood and flood-plain management, Economics of flood control project; Flood management in Bangladesh.

IWM 511 Irrigation System Evaluation | Credit 2

Design and calibration of water measuring devices, Measurement of irrigation water, Measurement of water losses in irrigation channels, Measurement of on-farm water use efficiency for different irrigation projects, Evaluation of basin irrigation, Evaluation of furrow irrigation, Evaluation of border strip irrigation, Evaluation of sprinkler irrigation., Evaluation of buried pipe irrigation, Appraisal of irrigation projects, Optimization of an irrigation project.

IWM 512 Statistical Hydrology | Credit 2

Introduction to statistical hydrology, Numerical and graphical methods of summarizing data, Population and distributions-normal, Exponential, extreme value type, Log-normal, Pearson type and gamma distributions, Magnitude-return period relationship in flood-frequency models-annual maximum series model (AM). Partial duration-series model (PD), Parameter estimation methods, Sources of error in frequency estimation, Risk of failure and choice of design return period, Analysis techniques for low-flow hydrology.

IWM 513 Hydraulic Design | Credit 2

Earth embankments, Energy dissipators and stilling basin, Canal head works, Cross drainage works, Gates and lifting devices, Drops, Chutes and flumes, Design of canal linings and canal structures, Water management and control structures, Culvert design, Hydraulic models, Civil engineering calculation of pumps.

IWM 514 River Engineering | Credit 2

Alluvial rivers- behavior and morphology, patterns of rivers; stream problems – dominant discharge, Stream slope, Stream shape, Stream basin, etc. Flow pattern and meandering river delta, Alluvial cone and alluvial fan, Cross-section index and meandering index; Self adjustment of river cross-section; Confluence of two river courses; River alignment and bends. Regime Theory of Rivers: The Regime equations for small and large sediment discharge in rivers, River meandering in the Regime theory. Types of sediments, fundamental properties of sediments, Formation of sediments, Incipient motion of sediment particles, Velocity distribution in movable bed channels; Resistance to flow in alluvial rivers, Bed load transport and siltation, Calculation of bed load transport, Critical shear stress, Various equations for suspended load transport, Concentration and discharge of suspended sediments, Sediment control measures and devices.

IWM 515 Watershed Management | Credit 2

Hydrologic Cycle: precipitation, interception, surface, runoff, infiltration, percolation, groundwater, etc.; Forests in the hydrologic cycle: Geologic and accelerared erosion; types and causes; Agents of soil erosion by water and wind; Soil Loss equation and its validity, Soil conservation measures, integrated farming system, soil management Role of silvicultural operations in soil conservation; shifting cultivation, Effects of land use and land capability on watersheds; Impacts of forests on the hydrological aspects of watersheds; Forestry practices affecting water quantity, quality and the water balance, Planning for Watershed Management: Data requirements, Preparation of watershed work plan, Watershed classification, organization and institutional coordination for watershed management, Background, strategy, conceptual framework for integrated watershed management; Participatory processes in integrated watershed management.

CSM 512 Computer Programming and Application | Credit-2

Standard Data Types: Control structures; program design techniques; data structures (string records and arrays); procedures and recursion; corrections and efficiency of algorithms; program debugging; Storing algorithms (insertion sort, merge sort and quick sort); files and sets; pointers and dynamic data structures (lists stacks, queues and trees); searching algorithms (linear search, binary search, binary tree search, hash tables); introduction to object oriented programming; introduction to function programming language (lisp of prolog); Database management system: Database concept and fundamental; relational model fundamental; database design (normalization, dependencies, views and security); relational calculus and use of QUEL; SQL as query language; Programming practice using turbo pascal and Lisp/Prolog; Use of micro-based database package FOXPRO in database management and data retrieval.

CSM 501 Engineering Mathematics | Credit-3

Laplaces transformation: Elementary transformation and their properties; Solution of differential equations by Laplace’s transforms; Application of Laplace’s transforms, Fourier transforms and separation of variables of boundary value problems; Numerical Analysis: Roots of algebraic and transcendental equations. Bisection method. The secant method. The Newton-Raphsoon method. Finite difference. Finite difference algebra; Interpolation and Extrapolation with equal intervals (finite difference) and unequal intervals (divided difference). Lagrangian interpolation and Richardsons extrapolation; Numerical Integration. The trapezoidal rule. The Simpsons Rule; Numerical Differentiation; Ordinary initial value problems. Euler’s method. Runge-Kutta method (First order linear equations); Partial differential equations. Crank-Nicholsons method. The Laplace’s equations; Partial differential equation: One dimensional heat equations. Two dimensional wave equations. Solution under different boundary and initial conditions; Solution of Laplace’s equations.

SS 501 Soil Physics | Credit-2

Soil Physical Properties: Their effects in crop production. Soil as disperse three phase system; volume-mass relationships of soil constituents; acre furrow slice. Soil aggregation: causes and functions; aggregate stability. Soil aeration: plant requirement of soil air, renewal of soil air. Soil temperature: Soil temperature fluctuation; heat flow in soil; soil temperature management; Soil water: A brief account of soil water constants; soil water retention characteristics; hysteresis; flow of water in soil: saturated and unsaturated, Darcy’s law, Hydraulic conductivity of soils and their methods of measurements. Soil water potential: concepts, components of potential-gravitational, pressure, osmotic and matric potentials; Measurement of total potential by Thermocouple psychrometer and matric potential by tensiometer, vapour pressure; Evapotranspiration (ET), Irrigation and Drainage: Factors affecting ET; methods of measuring ET; principles and methods of irrigation; irrigation in relation to soil properties; importance of supplemental irrigation for important crops; water requirement of crops; different approaches of irrigation scheduling; methods of draining agricultural lands.

Ph.D. Degree Programme

Candidate for admission to Ph.D in Irrigation and Water Management Programme must posses a M.Sc/M.S in Irrigation and Water Management degree from this university, or any equivalent degree from other university, relevant to the desired subject of specialization. The eligibility of the candidate having degree from other university shall be assessed by Eligibility Committee consisting of the proposed supervisor, the Head of the Department and the Coordinator, Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR). The Coordinator will act as the Convenor of the Committee. In service candidate, if selected for admission, must obtain necessary clearance and leave of absence or deputation from his/her employer before admission. There is no formal course work for the Ph.D degree Program unless Supervisory Committee recommend any relevant course(s) to the candidate. The research work of the individual student shall be supervised by a three-member Supervisory Committee consisting of a Supervisor and two members. Each dissertation shall be individually graded by three examiners including at least one examiner outside the country, to be selected by the CASR.

Laboratory and Workshop Facilities

The Department of Irrigation and Water Management has the following laboratories for both teaching and research:

  • Hydraulic Laboratory
  • Soil and Water Conservation Engineering Laboratory
  • Field Irrigation Laboratory