Book title: Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering in India (c.600 BCE-CE 1200)
Author(s): S.P. Shukla , Series Editor O.C. Handa
ISBN: 978-81-8274-741-8
Publication Year: 2014
Binding: HB
Pages: 200
Price: Rs. 1500
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About the Book:
This work highlights the contribution of India in the field of water management and hydraulic engineering between c. 600 BCE and CE 1200. The book is divided into ten chapters, with interesting information for the lay readers and the experts alike. The techniques of search for underground water and mechanical water contrivances have discussed in two appendices. The ancient people of India recognised the importance of water as the very basis of all life on the earth. They had developed various techniques and methods in the field of water harvesting and management since the early times. Numerous kinds of water storage systems, the expertise displayed by craftsmen in construction and the solidity of the structures speak of an enduring technology, eminently suited to its environment. India`s contribution in this field is relevant even today in the 21st century, when the availability of water is in great danger due to pollution of various kinds.

About the Author:
S.P. Shukla : Professor S.P. Shukla obtained a Ph.D. degree in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology from Lucknow University in 1968. After serving for a year in the State Museum, Lucknow, he joined the Kurukshetra University in 1972. He attained superannuation as Professor of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology in 2001. He took active part in the archaeological excavations at Tripuri (Madhya Pradesh), Manwan (Uttar Pradesh), Raja-Karn-Ka Quila, Daulatpur and Balu (Haryana). He guided a number of M. Phil. and Ph.D. students to complete their dissertations and theses. Prof. Shukla has contributed a number of research papers on various aspects of Indology, and has attended national and international seminars. He has six books to his credit, of which four are in joint authorship. He continues to be a member of academic bodies of various universities. Prof. Shukla is still engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.

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