Shrikant Daji LIMAYE

Shrikant Daji LIMAYE

Ground Water Institute (NGO)
PUNE, IndiaGlobal citizen
Education: PhD



  • Ph.D. (1980), University of Poona, Poona, India. (Thesis: Some Aspects of Integrated Ground Water Development)
  • UNESCO sponsored Post-Graduate Diploma in Water Resources (1969), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL.
  • Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Exploration Geophysics (1962), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
  • Bachelor of Engineering (1959), Poona University. FIRST POSITION IN THE UNIVERSITY.




  • Dr. S D Limaye is in the field of ground water for the past over 52 years. For the past 21 years he is the Director of Ground Water Institute. Ground Water Institute is a private trust Institute (non-Government, non-University) of Farmers, devoted to ground water exploration, assessment and sustainable development. Our Institute’s work is amongst small farmers, farmers-cooperatives and peri-urban settlements. It also specializes in conjunctive use of surface water and ground water, recharge augmentation for drought mitigation, reducing harmful pollutants in groundwater and watershed development for flood control.


  • Worked as consultant on ground water development projects of World Bank (Nigeria), Asian Development Bank (Bangladesh) and FAO-Rome (Laos)


  • Project Leader of one of the most successful IGCP Projects GROWNET (IGCP 523 – 2005 – 2009)  “Ground water network for best practices in ground water management in low-income countries” Website:  Over 18,000 visits till May 2012 to GROWNET website.




  • Received Ibaraki Kasumigaura Prize of 500,000 Yen from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan for the Paper regarding Utility of Percolation Lakes, at the Lake-99 International Conference in Copenhagen in May 1999.
  • Received Honorary Life Membership of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) in 2006, at IAH Congress in Beijing. Only two such Hon. Members in Asia)
  • Elected as President of the Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID) for the Term 1996-2000, at the General Body meeting of AGID in Beijing and 2000-2004 in the meeting held in Rio de Janeiro. (Head Office of AGID is at the Geological Survey of Bangladesh, Dhaka).
  • Elected as Vice President (Asia) of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) for the term 2000-2004. Also, Member of Editorial Board for Hydrogeology Journal, the official Journal of the IAH, till Jan.2000.
  • Member, IAH Commission on Groundwater Utilization in Developing Countries. Organized the First Meeting of the Commission in Guilin (CHINA).
  • Recipient of ‘One Year - Research Associate Award’ from International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, CANADA.
  • Appointed as Ambassador for International River Foundation, Brisbane.
  • Fellow and Chartered Engineer, Institution of Engineers (India).
  • Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, Maharashtra State, India.
  • Technical Member, Maharashtra State Water Resources Authority, Government of Maharashtra, India.
  • Member of the Technical Evaluation Committee for Water Resources Research Projects, submitted by NGOs to Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • Contributed articles to Technical Volumes on groundwater published by the UNESCO




  1. Vice-Presidnet, International Association for Promoting Geoethics - IAPG (Rome)
  2. Actively participated in the 3rd, 4th and 5th WWF in Kyoto, Mexico City and Istanbul respectively and organized sessions, under the Themes ‘Water & Climate’ and ‘Water & Cities’.
  3. Trying to promote IWSM (Integrated water and soil management) under the umbrella of IWRM.
  4. Delivered an invited lecture on ‘Some aspects of sustainable ground water development in South Asia’ on 24th March 2004, at the ‘International Conference on Research Basins and Hydrologic Planning’ at Hefei, Anhui Province, China.
  5. Convened two Symposia at the 34th International Geological Congress to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in August 2012, on ‘Ground water development for improving rural economy & health in low income countries’ and on ‘Creating Social Awareness and Capacity-building for mitigating GeoHazards in Low-Income Countries.”
  6. Working as a Deputy Chairman of Organizing Committee for the International Ground Water Congress, to be held in Aurangabad, India in Dec.2012.
  7. Working as Theme CoOrdinator  for Theme 2 on “Geosciences for benefitting low-income countries” at the upcoming 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane (Aug 2012)
  8. Attended “Pre - Rio plus 20” meetings in Israel (October 2011) and Germany (Nov. 2011) leading to recommendations for Rio+20 meeting.




1. Contributed Chapters to UNESCO publications such as “Ground water resources of the world and their use” and “Groundwater Studies: International guide for hydrogeological investigations.” Also contributed chapter no. on Ground water development in hard rocks to UNESCO-ELOSS (Encyclopedia on Life Supporting Systems)


2. Personally presented over 45 technical papers on sustainable development of ground water for meeting the “MDGs” by attending the conferences in various countries like USA, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Djibouti, Kenya, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Japan and China. Some of these papers have been published in the Volumes of Conference Proceedings.



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