Dr Kamal Vatta to head department of economics and sociology at PAU
Ludhiana: Dr Kamal Vatta has been appointed as the new Head, Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. A gold medallist in Ph.D (Agri. Economics) from PAU, he also topped in the advanced diploma in agricultural research for development from International Center for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture, The Netherlands in 2002. Dr Vatta also underwent advanced training in quantitative economics at Columbia University, New York, USA. He has worked extensively on natural resource management, especially groundwater, agricultural policy, integrated rural development and non-farm sector in India. He has more than 100 publications of international and national repute and has also participated in more than 100 international and national conferences, seminars and workshops.
Dr Vatta has to his credit around 20 international and national level projects with a total funding of about Rs. 25 crores. Prior to his joining as Head, he had been the Director of Centers for International Projects Trust, New Delhi an affiliate of Columbia Water Center, USA for more than 5 years. He has been Adjunct Research Scientist with Columbia Water Center and has been visiting researcher to Kobe University, Japan and Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kazakhstan. Apart from these, he has also developed partnerships with the Tokyo University; Institute of Developing Economies, Japan; Kyoto University, Japan; United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada.