Name : Dr Vasala Madhava Rao
Education : B.Tech (Elect), M.Tech (Remote Sensing), Ph.D (Engineering-Spatial IT, JNTU, Hyderabad),
MBA (Symbiosis, Pune), Ph.D (Economics), PGDPM (University of Hyderabad)
Experience : Total 36 years (NIRD&PR: 29 years and 7years in PSU, State and Central Organisations,
Post Graduate Teaching)
Email : madhavarao.nird[at]
Phone : (+91) 040-24008447
Mobile : 9848992616

Areas of Specialisation

Remote Sensing; GIS; GPS; Digital Image Processing applications to Land use Planning; Watershed development and Monitoring; Rural Infrastructure development; Resource planning; Large scale Mapping; LIS; Terrain Modelling and Change detection studies, Sensor, LIDAR, Open Source Application Packages.

Professional Affiliation

  • Life Member - Indian Economic Association

  • Life Member - Indian Society of Remote Sensing

  • Life Member - Indian Institute of Geomatics

  • Life Member - Indian Society of Ecological Economics

  • Life Member - Berhampur University, India

  • Member - Institution of Engineers(India)

  • Member - All India Management Association

Publications/articles/cases/reviews (Numbers)

Publications / Articles / Cases / Reviews (Numbers) - 95


Current research

Geo-informatics applications in Watershed Management, Rural Roads, Village Planning; Climate Changes Studies, Mobile Mapping, Agriculture, NRM, Academic online Programmes, establishment of Technology Centres, SDSS etc.

  1. Planning for Employment at Micro Level: A Case Study of Medak District, Oct'1994
  2. Validation Survey of NC Habitations" July'1994, Sponsored by Ministry of RA & E,GOI
  3. Housing for the Rural Poor: Problems & Prospects , 1992
  4. Rural Industries: Employment and Income enhancement for the working poor, Sponsored by CIRDAP June'1992
  5. Devastation and Destruction: A Study of Cyclone and Flood disaster in South Tamilnadu, Nov'1992
  6. Evaluation of Wasteland: SHARP, Tirupati, Sponsored by Department of Wasteland Development, GOI, Nov'1995
  7. Study of Water and Sanitation Situation in Mysore District, July'1996
  8. Concurrent Evaluation of DPAP in Andhra Pradesh: Mahaboobnagar District", Sponsored by Govt of Andhra Pradesh, 1995;
  9. Concurrent Evaluation of DPAP in Andhra Pradesh: Ranga Reddy District, Sponsored by Govt of Andhra Pradesh, 1995;
  10. Concurrent Evaluation of DPAP in Andhra Pradesh: Anantapur District, sponsored by Govt of Andhra Pradesh, 1995;
  11. Evaluation of IJRY Study on House cum Workshed for the Weavers of Varanasi, 1997.
  12. DLO Report on Damoh District of Madhya Pradesh, 1997.
  13. Study on Sanitation: A Case Study of AP and Karnataka,1996
  14. Study on Sanitation: Philippines, 1996
  15. Study on Sanjay Rural Electric Cooperative Society(SCORE), Jogipet, Medak District,1998.
  16. Implementation on APSHC Weaker Section Housing Projects- Deviations in Standard Designs, 1998.
  17. Andhra Pradesh Energy Efficiency Project-Consumer Consultative Survey, 1998. Sponsored by DFID,UK.
  18. Application of GIS for Resource Planning for Keshampet Mandal of Mahboobnagar District, 1999
  19. GIS based Assembly Constituency Development: Andhra Pradesh State
  20. Study of District Development based on Development Indices using GIS
  21. GIS based growth center study of Dudhai cluster villages in Kutch District, Gujrat.
  22. Interactive GIS for Gram Panchayat Planning, Villivalam Gram Panchayat, Kanchipuram District, Tamilnadu State.
  23. Interactive GIS for Gram Panchayat Planning, Bangara Gram Panchayat, Kamrup District, Assam State.
  24. Deepam Energy Evaluation Project, Andhra Pradesh State, sponsored by the World Bank
  25. Planning & Implementation of Model Village Programmes of HUDCO, Mar' 2002
  26. Generation of Action Plans/Detailed Project Report for Watershed Development
  27. Comprehensive District Development Plan for Ranchi District
  28. Development of Customised GIS Software for Planning and Monitoring
  29. GIS based Disaster Management for flood
  30. Preparation of Geospatial Thematic Layers for Planning at Micro Level
  31. GIS based Resource Analysis at micro level
  32. Comprehensive Development Plan of Tribal Area: Bonai, Sundargarh, Odhisa
  33. GIS based Tribal Atlas for Schedule-V Area, sponsored by Ministry of Tribal Development, GoI
  34. GIS based Change Detection at micro level
  35. Design and Development of Village GIS at Gram Panchayat level
  36. GIS based Development Atlas for R R District
  37. Integrated Land & Water Management System for two Mandals in Ranga Reddy District of Andhra Pradesh State
  38. Participatory GIS Action Research Project for two villages in Nizmabad and Jhansi districts
  39. Agro Climatic Planning & Information Bank(APIB), Sponsored by Govt of Uttarakhand
  40. Study of Energy Balance of Rural India using Geospatial Inputs, Sponsored by SAC, ISRO
  41. Mobile based MGNREGS Monitoring in Waynad District, Kerala
  42. Women and Child tracking for health delivery, sponsored by UNICEF
  43. Mapping Panchayat Boundaries in selected Gram Panchayats in Kerala State
  44. Web based e-DPR for IWMP Planning, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD
  45. Web based Geohydrology Model for IWMP Planning, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD
  46. IIDS ICT Application in Agriculture , Sponsored by ICAR, MOA&FW
  47. Watershed Impact Assessment sponsored by DoLR, MoRD
  48. Evaluation of Bju KBK sponsored by Govt of Odhisa
  49. IAP Evaluation Project, Sponsored by Govt of Odhisa
  50. Preparation of DIP, OWMP, Govt of Odhisa
  51. GIS Evaluation of Watersheds, Govt of Odhisa
  52. GIS application in MGNREGA asset capturing, Sponsored by MoRD
  53. Empowering of Panchayati Raj Spatially(EPRIS), Sponsored by NRSC, ISRO
  54. Digital Core Network for PMGSY in five districts of Kerala State, Sponsored by Govt of Kerala
  55. GIS based PMGSY Monitoring for 10 districts in selected States, sponsored by MoRD
  56. Geo informatics Based Livelihood Planning of Selected Villages in Maharashtra
  57. Participatory Micro level Planning & Management for Sustainable Development through GIS Applications
  58. An Innovative Programme on Developing Self Reliant Villages in Bundelkhand region
  59. Geo informatics Based Mapping and Monitoring of Rural Development Programmes with Special Emphasis on MGNREGS – A Case Study of Wayanad District, Kerala State
  60. Development of a set of alternative ICT models based on a Study and Analysis of the Major ICT initiatives in Agriculture in India to meet the information need of the Indian Farmers, sponsored by ICAR, MOA&FW, GOI
  61. Up-gradation of 4 GIS Facility Centers at NERC, Guwahati; OWDM, Orissa; AMR APARD, Andhra Pradesh and SPIPA, Ahmadabad, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD
  62. Digitization of Cadastre maps for Champawat and Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, Sponsored by Govt of Uttarakhand
  63. Comprehensive District Agriculture Plan(CDAP), Sponsored by Govt of Uttarakhand
  64. State Agriculture Plan(SAP), Sponsored by Govt of Uttarakhand
  65. Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) for Rural Development (for balanced 14 states and up gradation of Customized Planning and Estimates Software for 11 States with Local Language Interface), Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD
  66. Establishment of ICT Centre at CIRDAP Dhaka, Sponsored by MoRD, GOI
  67. Establishment of CGARD Centre, SIRD Kerala
  68. Establishment of CGARD Centre, SIRD Tamilnadu
  69. Establishment of CGARD Centre, SIRD Gujrat, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD,GOI
  70. Establishment of CGARD Centre, APAD, AP, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD,GOI
  71. Establishment of CGARD Centre, OWDM, Bhubaneswar, Dept of Agriculture, Govt of Odisha, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD,GOI
  72. Establishment of CGARD Centre, NERC, Guwahati, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD,GOI
  73. Establishment of CGARD Centre, Ralegaon Siddhi, Maharastra, Sponsored by DoLR, MoRD,GOI


Workshops / Conferences attended

National - 15

International - 15

Trainings Conducted

Geo-informatics Applications in Rural Development, Natural Resource Management; Disaster Management; Micro Level Planning; Planning and Monitoring, Management of Watersheds, MGNREGS, PMGSY, PMKSY, Rural Infrastructure, Rural Energy, Programme Management, Decision Support etc.

Invited Talks / Presentations

  1. 1. Standing Committee on Space Technology Application in Rural Development, GOI
  2. UN SPIDER, Bonn, Germany- Space Technology Applications in Disaster Management
  3. UNOOSA, Vienna/Graz,Austria- Space Technology Applications for Sustainable Development
  4. UNOOSA, Vienna/Graz,Austria- GNSS Applications for Societal Benefits
  5. UNOOSA, Vienna/Graz,Austria-Space Technology Applications for Societal Benefits
  6. Geo-ICT applications in rural development, CIRDAP, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  7. Planning and Management of WATSAN, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction(IIRR), Philippines
  8. GIS application in Disaster Management to Department of Agrarian Reforms(DAR), Philippines
  9. Resource Person for PGDSRD to Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development(AIRD), Kabul
  10. GIS application in rural development, GIS Application Centre, AIT, Bangkok
  11. GIS Application in NRM, ISPRS, Melbourne, Australia
  12. GIS based EIA, International society of ecological economics(ISEE), Montreal, Canada;
  13. GIS application in Decentralised Planning, ESRI, San Diego, USA;
  14. GNSS application in societal benefits, UNOOSA, Belarus
  15. GNSS application in societal benefits, UNOOSA, Prague
  16. GIS application in Flood Modelling, ISPRS, Beijing, China
  17. GIS application in Village Development, SAARC S & T, Hanoi, Vietnam
  18. Identification of strategic areas of Govt of India collaboration and support, MoRD Delegation to Lesotho
  19. Feasibility Study on establishment of CGARD Technology Centre in Republic of Madagascar, MEA & MoRD Delegation to Madagascar
  20. Feasibility Study on establishment of Rural Technology Park in South Sudan, MEA & MoRD Delegation, South Sudan
  21. CIRDAP Project Meet, CIRDAP Reginal Meet, Islamabad, Pakistan
  22. CIRDAP Regional Meet, Jakarta, Indonesia
  23. Geospatial Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  24. Urban Programme Unit, World Bank Programme, Colombo, Srilanka
  25. National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS), Indian Institute of Science for Indian National GIS Organisation (INGO)
  26. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, as Resource Person
  27. NESAC - North Eastern Space Applications Centre(NESAC), Barapani, Meghalaya
  28. Space Application Centre(SAC) , ISRO , Ahmedabad
  29. National Institute of Technology(NIT), Kazikhode on GIS based PMGSY Quality assessment and Monitoring
  30. National Institute of Technology(NIT), Warangal for M Tech Student Dissertation Presentation
  31. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad(JNTU) for M Tech/ Ph.D Student Dissertation Thesis Evaluation and Presentation

Honours / Awards:

  1. 1983 - "Young Achievement Award" Jaycees International, Berhampur, Odhisa, India
  2. 2005 - Outstanding Scientist Award” by CLUMA, Hyderabad, India
  3. 2015 - Outstanding Scientist Award” by CLUMA, Hyderabad, India
  4. 2015 - Abhinav Innovation National Award, DoLR, MoRD

Ph.D Supervisor & Examiner

  1. Geo Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Andhra University
  2. J N T University, Hyderabad
  3. Sambalpur University, Odisha
  4. Gandhigram University, Tamilnadu
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  6. Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
  7. VIT, Vellore, TN

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