One of the primary engineering departments of the Gandhi Institute For Technology (GIFT) Bhubaneswar, the Department of Civil Engineering offers Diploma, B.Tech. and M.Tech. programs. The Department registers Diploma, B.Tech. and M.Tech candidates including those under the Quality Improvement Programs (QIP). Under its Continuing Education Program (CEP), it organizes from time to time, advanced special courses as well as short time refresher courses with participation both from academic and serving senior level officers in Central and State Government and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). The Department actively promotes curriculum development activity by updating existing courses, developing new courses and preparing resource material for teaching. The Department has a number of ongoing research projects and sponsored research schemes from public and private sector organizations. It undertakes industrial consultancy works as a part of its interaction with industry and also organizes seminars/symposium for professional interaction. The Department contributes to the interdisciplinary academic and research activity of the Institute.
From the H.O.D.’s Desk
An affectionate welcome to the Civil Engineering discipline. Civil engineering is the second-oldest engineering discipline after military engineering. Civil Engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of physically built works like roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings. Earliest civil engineering works include pyramids in Egypt, Highways by roman engineers, Great Wall of China, Stupas in Sri Lanka, Qanat water management system which is 3000 years old and many more. The notable earliest civil engineering works include aqueducts, harbours, bridges, dams etc., built in several parts of the world. India’s first Prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru used the term Temples of Modern India while inaugurating Civil Engineering work, Bhakra Nangal Dam which facilitated the progress of India. These structures emphasizes the importance of Civil Engineer. Civil engineers are important to the society as they are often referred as ‘Builders of Nation’.
There are many career paths for civil engineers. Civil engineers are essential in government agencies, private and public sector undertakings to take up various mega projects like metro railway projects, express highway corridors, industrial structures, reservoir projects, flyovers, townships and mega city projects. Today, the world is undergoing vast changes in technological revolution, population growth and environmental concerns. All these changes create unique challenges for civil engineers. The next decade under the leadership of our prime minister, will be the most creative, demanding and rewarding times for civil engineers.
The Department of Civil Engineering with its multifaceted faculty maintains its strong links with the construction industry by engaging in consultancy activities. The students here are encouraged to engage extra-curricular and co-curricular activities which are essential for personality development, nurturing of team spirit and development of organizational skills.
Mr. Surajit Pattnaik (HOD, Civil Engineering)