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V K Dadhwal

Vinay Kumar Dadhwal is an Indian scientist and academic who primarily works in the field of remote sensing. He is known for his contribution to the development of remote sensing applications in agriculture, including crop forecasting and irrigation management. He is currently the Indira Gandhi Chair Professor for Environmental Sciences at NIAS.
V. K. Dadhwal received a B.Sc. degree in botany from Hansraj College, New Delhi and master’s degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in year 1978. He received his Ph.D. in plant physiology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 1983.
After the completion of his Ph.D., Dadhwal joined the Space Applications Centre (ISRO), Ahmedabad in year 1983 where he served as the Head, Crop Inventory and Modeling Division during 1998-2004. From 2004 to 2010 he served as the Dean at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. In 2010, Dadwal joined National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad as the Associate Director and went on to become the Director, a position he held till 2016. He served as the Director of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram till 2021.