One day Curriculum Development Workshop for upgrading the RTM Nagpur university syllabi of 5th To 8th semester subjects of civil Engineering was organized at the Nagpur Institute of Technology on Monday,27th January 2014.This Workshop was organized as a step forward to follow the directions of honorable vice chancellor, RTMNU to all the board of studies.
The Inauguration of the workshop was done by the hands of Dr. Ravi Kshirsagar Dean, faculty of engineering and technology, RTMNU as the chief guest and Dr. M. S Kadu, chairman, board of studies in civil Engineering as the guest of honor.
Prof. Mahendra Umare, Workshop Coordinator, presented an opening remark at the workshop and thanked the university authority for giving an opportunity to organize the workshop on behalf of board of studies, RTMNU. He stressed upon the importance of some issues related to civil engineering such as Metro Rail, Docks & Harbor, Transport Hub, Land Acquisition & Rehabilitation, Disaster Management, etc.
Dr. S. V. Gole, Principal, NIT welcomed the dignitaries & experts on the campus and urged them to frame the syllabus by looking into its implementability. He also sought an example of similar cases.
Dr. M S Kadu elaborated the purpose of the workshop. He informed that this exercise is begin done to shift from teaching mode to learning mode. He said that all the universities in India are changing the course structure from audit based system to credit based system and this is mandatory to satisfy the provision of Washington accord; as India is one among its signatory nation. This would facilitate our students to get direct admission to all other universities in all signatory countries of the said accord without appearing for an equivalent examination. He also threw light on making course structure a practical based by introducing training after 4th & 6th semester. He aspires all the experts to put all their expertise in making the syllabus which can be recognized at world level.
Dr. Kshirsagar, the Chief Guest addressed the intellectual gathering .He said that difficulty of engineering & technology is taking every effort in making systems better not only for its students but also for the staff .He informed that engineering faculty is the highest revenue garner for the university as it is now the largest faculty of the university .He urged all the experts, board of studies member, Chairman to work cohesively to bring-in further betterment in the system.
The workshop was attended by more than 100 senior academicians, renowned consultants senior engineer of different organization such as National Highway Authority, water resource department.PWD, Mahindra Bebanko Pvt. Ltd, Mihan, etc. and rendered their suggestion to make a syllabus of Civil engineering better than ever. The focus was to frame the content as per the balanced requirement of industry and academics .The experts also introduced a complete unit in each subjects catering to the recent advancement in the respective field so as to make students aware of the current technologies. A good number of new elective subjects were also added such as sustainable resource management in civil Engineering, Disaster response and management technique, advanced concrete technology, advanced construction materials, environment management systems, construction finance and economics etc to prepare the students for the future needs.
Al the experts were divided into four different panels and parallel exhaustive panel discussion under the chairmanship of the respective group chairman was held for more than 2 hrs. Dr. Valsson Varghese, Dr. A. R Gajbhiye, Dr. A. N Shrikhande, Dr. S. R. Chaudhari, all members of the board of studies in Civil Engineering were the chairman of the respective groups. The Workshop was concluded by summing-up of the entire panel discussion by the respective group chairman. All the up-gradation will be submitted to the honorable vice-chancellor, RTMNU through the chairman, Board of studies in civil Engineering, within a week’s time. Entire program was conducted by Anam Quadri.