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SERD Faculty receives the first AAAE-Sakai Science and Technology Award published in a Japanese weekly newspaper

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From left- Prof. S. Kumar (Dean, SERD), Prof. V. M. Salokhe (Former AAAE President and Award Recipient), Prof. Nobutaka Ito (AAAE President) and Prof. Jun Sakai (Award Founder) 

The first Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering (AAAE)-Sakai Science and Technology Award was presented to Prof. Vilas M. Salokhe of School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) on 3 December 2007 during the 9th International Agricultural Engineering Conference at AIT. The award recognizes Prof. Salokhe’s valuable contributions to the development of human resources in the postgraduate education and researches in the field of agricultural engineering science & technology.

The presentation ceremony was issued in the Noki Shimbun newspaper (published by Shin-norinsha Co., Ltd., Tokyo) on 1 January 2008.

In continuation of this tradition, AAAE-Sakai Science and Technology Award was established by Prof. Jun Sakai during the 2005 International Agricultural Engineering Conference.  Prof. Sakai is a distinguished academician from Japan and a Foundation Member of AAAE.  This award is intended to provide distinction and recognition to individuals with outstanding and commendable contributions to agricultural engineering research & development.

An independent evaluation committee declared Prof. Vilas M. Salokhe as the first recipient. 

Prof Salokhe is currently a Full Professor at AIT  since 1996.  He is the founder member and former President of the AAAE.  He obtained professional degrees in agricultural engineering during 1974, 1983 and 1986 with scholarly meritorious performance.  More than 20 awards and distinction are to his credit.  Prof. Salokhe is a Life member/Fellow of nearly all prominent agricultural engineering societies/associations.  In addition, he has an extensive editorial experience with numerous reputed journals.  He has supervised more than 85 Masters and 20 PhD scholars.  He has likewise authored more than 125 research papers in peer reviewed international refereed journals, which excludes another above 200 miscellaneous publications.


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