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Randullabad Team

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Uma Aslekar

Senior Scientist with ACWADAM

Ms. Uma Aslekar is Senior Scientist with ACWADAM. She has been working with ACWADAM since 2002 and has been instrumental in shaping ACWADAM’s growth as an organization. A geographer byeducation, Ms. Alsekar completed her M.Sc. in Geomorphology from the University of Pune. In her present position with ACWADAM, Ms. Aslekar is coordinating the work under Participatory Groundwater Management Programme (PGWM) in Maharashtra. She is also coordinating capacity building of civil society organisations working on groundwater management from different parts ofMaharashtra and India. Through ACWADAM’s work, Ms. Aslekar is attempting to demystify the science of hydrogeology, providing key inputs to community-based efforts on groundwater management. She has worked on several National and International projects supported by DFID, UNICEF and Ford Foundation.


Dhaval Joshi

Social Scientist

Dhaval Joshi works as a researcher with ACWADAM, Pune. His research focuses on issues linked to groundwater management, with an emphasis on participatory approaches to ensuring groundwater sustainability for drinking water security and livelihoods development. He has a background in environmental sciences with an interest in socio-environmental interactions, which explores the linkages that shape societal interactions with groundwater systems, and vice-versa.


Himanshu Kulkarni


Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni leads ACWADAM, a not-for-profit knowledge institution and India’s leading think-tank on India’s groundwater resources. A hydrogeologist by qualification, he has helped shape programmes on participatory groundwater management and springshed management from local to national levels. Dr. Kulkarni has been a member of collaborative research with leading international agencies. He has worked closely with the Government of India in crafting policies and programmes on groundwater including chairing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Working Group for India’s 12th Five Year Plan, member of the institutional reform on water and more recently, in shaping the new National Water Policy. Dr. Kulkarni continues to engage with teaching and research through his association with leading academia like TISS and Shiv Nadar University. He has supervised 2 PhDs and several post-graduate dissertations, apart from publishing his work extensively. Dr. Kulkarni has travelled extensively, mainly in India, but also in other parts of the world.

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Rucha Deshmukh


Rucha is working with ACWADAM since past 7 years. She has studied geology in her early academics and currently pursuing studies in Water Science and Policy. Her work experience in volcanic systems is extensive where she worked under the umbrella principle of Participatory Groundwater Management. Her principle work includes geological mapping, aquifer delineation, aquifer characterization and demystification of scientific jargons in order to use it in developing content for training and capacity building of various stakeholders. She is actively part of various training and capacity building programs as subject expert and develop content for knowledge dissemination on various platforms. Her principle work area is Maharashtra. She is also involved in projects that focuses on developing village level plans to attain drinking water safety and security with focus on local hydrogeology.

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