Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Bolisetti, Tirupati (Civil and Environmental Engineering)


Civil engineering.




Operating within a systems analysis framework, a needs assessment was conducted to investigate an irrigation scheme in two taluks in Mysore District, Southern India. This investigation provided a deeper understanding of the overall system, its elements, functions, and temporal and spatial relationships between its elements. Using a combination of primary data from scheme participants, as well as secondary data from multiple sector stakeholders, it was discovered that improvements could be made to the irrigation scheme selection process. The Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to create a decision making tool that considered four main socially, economically, and technically related criteria: water availability, water need, technology adoption, and minority status. The AHP performed with acceptable consistency for all datasets; however, further field testing will be required to test the model's broader application and relevancy. The application of the AHP model addressed the local needs of the taluks and incorporated current irrigation regulation to better align the development practitioner to water related policy.