Building Careers: Department of Civil Engineering
May 28, 2018 | Afif Janjirkar
Engineering is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and ads to the comforts of life. That is the engineer’s high privilege.
- -Herbert C.Hoover, the 31st President of the USA and a Civil Engineer
One of the oldest disciplines known to mankind which has contributed in a non–negotiable manner to civilization is Civil Engineering. The discipline that pertains to the science of construction of structures of an urban settlement is referred to as Civil Engineering.
Civil Engineering, was one of the first departments to be established, in tandem with the birth of the Institute itself in 1961. The department is currently branched out into 5 sections in which it offers courses: Structural, Geothermal, Transportation, Water Resources, and Environmental Civil Engineering. Additionally, the department provides many courses in Geo-informatics and Geomatics and is steering towards transforming them into autonomous and self-sufficient sections within the department. The intake of the department stands at 60 for B. Tech, 80 for M. Tech in all sections mentioned above except Environment Engineering and 15 for Ph.D.
The department prepares its students by providing them with a work-oriented education and instills in them the ability to think critically and provide solutions to the various issues present in our country. The department in the previous year has published approximately 100+ papers in journals and 100 papers in conferences. NITR’s Civil Engineering Department is one of the front-runners when it comes to publishing papers for the betterment of society owing to its meticulous students and excellent faculty.
Many construction projects all over Odisha seek the departments help in planning, designing and checking of plans for the upcoming edifices. In the session 2017-18, the department has received 5 sponsored projects (3 completed and 2 ongoing) and 10 consultancy projects from the State governments and other agencies.
The placement scenario has been gradually improving with every passing year. There was a huge influx of companies that visited the campus with some of the major ones being L&T, Mu Sigma, Vedanta, Tata Consultancy Services and Thornton Tomasetti.
The department is undergoing infrastructural expansion with plans to establish transportation and geotechnical labs in addition to the myriad of hi-tech labs already existing. The institute plans on taking out a loan of 250 crores out of which 100 crores are to be assigned to projects and 4-5 crores for the Civil department. Replacement of obsolete machinery is underway with plans to refurbish and renovate the entire facilities of the department.
The department has hosted several seminars in the recent past on relevant and emerging issues like on Sustainable Materials and Technology for Better Future (SMTBF-2017), with the active participation of the students in international seminars. The department also plans to host an advanced course under GIAN (Global initiative for Academic Network) will be conducted by a very renowned professor from outside the institute assisted by Prof. S.K.Sahoo in October.
Being the oldest department in NITR, it has produced some amazing engineers to develop the country in the last 57 years. Some of the notable alumni of this department include but are not limited to, Balabhadra Majhi (Member of parliament, Nowrangpur, Odisha), Prakash Rengarajan (Co-founder of HelloClass and Tikki Tikki), Mithilesh Abhishekh (Technical Director at Globant) and more.
All in all, this is an exciting time to be a part of this great old department which makes sure its students are ready for the challenge of taking on a rapidly developing world with all its changes.