“Civil Engineers should rather go to the field to learn than work from office rooms, for a better approach to planning infrastructure,” said Dr B R Sreenivasa Murthy, former Professor, IISc, Bengaluru, and a well-known geotechnical expert and consultant.
He was delivering the key-note address, after inaugurating the biennial Student Festival of the Civil Engineering Department of the National Institute of Engineering [NIE] in the city.
“Civil engineering problems are unique in nature and they depend mostly on local conditions. Hence, solutions will also have to be unique and innovative many times. Such solutions are not ‘readymade’ nor are available in codes of practice. It is imperative that engineers make studies on the site, find solutions by experience, intuition often and implement them with the aid of modern technology. Therefore it is necessary that the students should make it a point to visit problem-sites often, in addition to attending classes,” Dr BRS remarked.
Aakar-2016, which comprises international symposia concerning the topics ‘Infrastructure’ and ‘Heritage Structures’, and innovative inter-collegiate competitions for students, was inaugurated at the Diamond Jubilee Sports Complex in the NIE campus. S K Lakshmi Narayana, honorary secretary of NIE, presided over the function. H N Ramatirtha, former president of NIE was felicitated. Newsletter of the department, Srishti, was released on the occasion. Over 150 students from more than 15 colleges across the state are participated in the competitions. A fusion performance by flautist Praveen Godkhindi and his team, scheduled in the evening, formed a part of Aakar-2016.