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  • 1. June, 2015 RESTRICTED CIRCULATION Volume : 9 - Issue : 2 Message from the Chairman The Indian EngineerThe Indian Engineer Chairman Dr.Uddesh Kohli Vice Chairman Shri Mahendra Raj Indian Association of Structural Engineers Treasurer Dr. Chander Verma International Council of Consultant Members Dr. S. S. Mantha All India Council for Technical Education Shri S. Ratnavel Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) Shri P. N. Shali Director Dr Anirban Basu Computer Society of India Dr. P. R. Swarup Construction Industry Development Council Shri Sudhir Dhawan Consulting Engineers Association of India Shri Ravi Capoor Dept. of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Dr. Manoj Singh NITI Aayog Shri K. K. Kapila CMD, ICT Pvt. Ltd. Shri Adesh Kumar CPWD, Ministry of Urban Development Prof. Mahesh Tandon Indian Concrete Institute Dr. C. R. Prasad Indian National Academy of Engineers Prof V. K. Srivastava Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers Lt. Gen (Retd.) A. K. Puri, PVSM, AVSM IndianInstitutionofBridgeEngineers(DSC) Shri J. S. Saluja Indian Institution of Plant Engineers Dr. R. Murugesan Indian Soceity for Technical Education Prof. Niranjan Swarup Indian Society for Trenchless Technology Prof. Anil Kumar IndianSocietyofAgriculturalEngineers Shri A. Bagchhi Mining Engineers' Association of India Dr. S.L. Swamy The Institution of Civil Engineers (India) Smt. Smriti Dagur The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers Shri Ashok K. Sehgal The Institute of Marine Engineers (India) Board of Governors 13th Foundation Day of Engineering Council of India (ECI) was celebrated on April 6, 2015 where the Eminent Engineer Award was conferred on Dr. Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Kalyani Steel Ltd and Dr. Anil Kakodkar, distinguished nuclear engineer & scientist and former Chairman,Atomic Energy Commission, Government of India. The awards were decided by a top-level Jury under the Chairmanship of Dr Kirit S. Parikh, Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) and former, Member, Planning Commission with Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Dr. Baldev Raj, Shri B. Muthuraman, Shri A C Wadhawan, and Shri Mahendra Raj as its distinguished members. Further details of the functionarecoveredelsewhereinthisNewsletter. ECI organised 6th Executive Development Programme on Project Management for Engineers from April 27 to May 1, 2015 at New Delhi. The course was supported by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Department of Public Enterprises, Government of India. It was attended by the senior executives from both the publicsectorandprivatesectorcompanies. ECI had been continuously pursuing the Engineers Bill with the Ministry of HRD. I met Mr. S N Mohanty, Secretary, MHRD in April 2015 when it was understood that the Ministry was yet to take up the processing the Bill on an urgent basis. ECI organised a meeting with the Member Associations of ECI on April 28, 2015 to discuss the strategy and action plan regarding Engineers Bill. It was agreed that the need of the hour is a united effort by all. It was unanimously decided that all member associations would be represented by ECI which may take all action in this matter on their behalf and work together with IE (I) and the Engineers Action Group (EAG) as may be necessary, so that the matter of Engineers' Bill is pursued with the government with one voice. The second Open House meeting of the EAG was held on May 13, 2015 where further action plan was developed. Now that a new Secretary has joined in the Ministry of HRD, I have written to himregardingEngineersBillandsoughtanappointmenttodiscuss thematterwithhim. ECI made representation to the members of an Inter-Ministerial Group constituted by the government to consider several issues relating to Council of Architecture which have close bearing on the engineering profession. This was in line with the representations madeby ourmembersCEAI, IAStructEandseveralotherbodies. I am happy to inform our Members that with the approval of the BOG, ECI has purchased its own office space at the 13th floor of Hemkunt Chamber, Nehru Place and moved to the new officeinMay2015. (Uddesh Kohli) India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border—Like Hu Shih, the former Chinese Ambassador to the US Imagination is more important than knowledge—Albert Einstein Page 1The Indian Engineer ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF INDIA Construction Industry Development Council CIDC - a MemberAssociation of ECI - has started one month internship programme for the students of Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Gorakhpur. The programme , which was formally inaugurated on June 1, 2015 in VIET, Gorakhpur campus, is designed to meet the specific requirements of engineering students to fill up the gap of their curriculum as well as the requirement of the construction industry. The course is focusedtogivethehands ontrainingandtoimprovetheemployabilityof thestudents.
  • 2. From the Editor's Desk Statutory Recognition of Engineering Profession is Very Necessary to Meet the Onslaught of Council of Architectson theProfession Engineering profession particularly, civil & structural engineering is grappling with several professional issues, which unfortunately do not get the desired attention from the powers that be. The Council ofArchitecture (COA) – taking the shield of the Architects Act, 1972 – has created an adverse situation for engineering companies providing architectural services. This move will deal a major blow to the civil engineering profession and their future will be at stake. Further, the building bye-laws and policies affecting civil engineers are being framed nationwide without consulting practicing civil engineers. In brief, the entire eco system of civil engineering professional practice is not at all conducive for the growth development of our country. Association of Consulting Civil Engineers of India (ACCEI), Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAStructE), Consulting Engineers Association of India(CEAI)- all members of Engineering Council of India (ECI) - and other professional engineers guilds organised an Open House meet of engineers on March 17, 2015 and then on May 13, 2015 New Delhi wherein these issues were discussed. ECI also attended these meetings. It also supported fully the move that the engineers have taken. During this meet EngineersAction Group (EAG) was formed to take the matter forward. EAG will work under the patronage of these associations and with time and requirement EAG shall be expanded and it will have full functional autonomytoachievetheobjectives. Inter ministerial group (IMG) constituted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on theArchitectural Services met on June 12, 2015 to discuss inter alia the role of architects and amendments to theArchitectsAct 1972. While the Ministry of HRD is the nodal ministry for dealing with Architects Act, 1972 including its amendment, the Ministry of Commerce can only recommend so, if it finds it necessary for boosting export of architectural services from India. Understandably, a note on amending theArchitectsAct, 1972 has been prepared and furnished to Ministry of Commerce and Industry by the Council ofArchitecture which has proposed amendments to ArchitectsAct 1972 In the suggested amendments COAintends to make the design, planning and supervision of buildings their domain, with the exclusion of engineers who have a major role in this area and who have been performing these activities for a long time. Obviously, this note has great implications for the engineering profession. ECI also wrote to all IMG members requesting them to include ECI in the IMG and give it an opportunity to make a presentation on behalf of the professional engineeringassociations. For the last 40 years, engineers have been knocking at the door of government asking for statutory recognition of the engineering profession by enactment of 'Engineers Bill', but without any success. (P.N. Shali) June, 2015 Page 2The Indian Engineer ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF INDIA 7th ExecutiveDevelopmentProgramme ECI is organising 7th Executive Development Programme on ‘Orientation Programme on Law for Engineers’ during September 1-3, 2015 at Civil Services Officers Institute, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. For details, send a mail at eci@ecindia.org, pnshali@gmail.com, director@ ecindia.org,or,visitWebsite:www.ecindia.org 13th NationalConference ECI is organising 13th National Conference on the theme: Make In India - Role of Engineers & Technologists on November 16, 2015 at: Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Muller Marg, New Delhi-110003. For details, s e n d a m a i l a t e c i @ e c i n d i a . o r g , pnshali@gmail.com, director@ecindia.org, or, visitWebsite:www.ecindia.org IndianSocietyofAgriculturalEngineers-ISAE The Centre of Excellence on Soil & Water Management, RTTC, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh is going to organize a Winter School on "Implication of Climatic Change on Pedagogical Issues of Water Resources Management" during September 21 to October 11, 2015 in collaboration with ICRISAT, Hyderabad, International Water Management Institute,Anand and Central Groundwater Board, Ahmedabad. For details send a mail at ranga3711@gmail.com; ranga3711@yahoo.co.in or call: 9429115051; Fax: 0285-2671018; Tel.: 0285-2672080-90Ext.309,405, 391. ComputerSocietyofIndia –CSI CSI, Delhi Chapter will hold its 50th Golden jubileeAnnual Convention during December 2-5, 2015 at the India International Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. As a part of the convention, CSI, Delhi Chapter is proposing to organise a seminar on Digital Life. For details send a mail at hq@csi- india.org or visit website: www.csi-india.org Consulting Engineers Association of India- CEAI- EngineeringSmartCities' Smart Cities is a signature project of the Hon'ble Prime Minister. With its vast experience in engineering consultancy, CEAI plans to host a seminar on 'Engineering Smart Cities', to be held during September 25-26, 2015 at Manekshaw Centre,NewDelhi.Thefocusoftheseminarwould beontheplanningandengineeringaspectsofsmart cities. For details send a mail at ceai.ceai@ gmail.comorvisitWebsite:www.ceaindia.org Think it Over Centuries Ago “Many of the advances in the sciences that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in factmadeinIndiacenturiesago.” —Grant Duff, Noted British Historian There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not aswindlewhichdoesnotlivebysecrecy —Joseph Pulitzer
  • 3. Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman-cum- Managing Director of National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) – a schedule 'A' Navratna Company - is a visionary by trait and with more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering, consultancy and project implementation. Dr. Mittal has led majority of the path- breaking projects of significance for NBCC in the country and overseas since 1985. Dr. Mittal has contributed immensely towards the nation building by delivering impeccable and quality works in sectors like health, environment, offices and institutions, housing, transportations, power, real estate (commercial & residential), infrastructure including that of defence and para-military forces, border fencing works at Indo-Bangladesh/Pakistan borders, various developmental projects in north-east region, etc. Apart from having expertise in trenchless technology, Dr. Mittal has also a track record of demonstrating proficiency in execution of large civil construction projects that has earned NBCC anichefor itselfinconstructionarena. Specifically, Dr Mittal has been instrumental in completion of many landmark projects such as construction of 270 Cusec Raw Water Pipeline from Muradnagar (U.P.) to Sonia Vihar (New Delhi), first metro station at Seelampur in New Delhi, large value hospitals and solid waste management projects in numerous air-field towns across the country. Dr. Mittal has not only helped NBCC going upward in the ladder of success and profitability but has also re-strategised NBCC's operations in order to tap the real estate sector of the country considering the fact that there is a huge requirement of housing all across. In this regard, apart from allocating a huge amount of money for planned investment in commercial and residential real estate projects, Dr Mittal also envisions to mark NBCC's footprints in every state of the country with NBCC's credible and innovative real estate works. It is also worth mentioning that Dr. Mittal's thoughtful initiative towards partnering in government resolve to address the issues of housing backlog for the masses and the government employees has resulted in NBCC already creating a huge land bank all across the country and participating aggressivelyinredevelopmentof government properties. Dr. Mittal began his career in 1982 and was associated with developmental works of the prestigious Asiad 1982. After a short stint, he joined M/s Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. Ltd, a renowned civil engineering organization in the construction sector. In 1985, Dr. Mittal joined NBCC and served the company in various capacities for more than a quarter century. In 2013, he was appointed Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Company by the Government of India. After taking charge as CMD of NBCC, Dr. Mittal chalked out a plan to make NBCC a 'Navratna' status company. This feat was accomplished by June 2014 – barely 14 months after he assumed office as Chairman in April 2013. He has also undertaken many important initiatives vis-à-vis HR, business development and operations, etc. providing fresh impetus to the company's growth. Under his astute and thoughtful leadership, NBCC has brought about sweeping changes/ formulated new policies in order to add value to the company's growth as well as the growth and welfare of its employees, many being first-time improvements. These measures include: bringing out the company's maiden and comprehensive HR Manual; streamlining systems/procedures for promotion and Distinguished Engineer : Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal making it time-bound; introduction of Electronics Performance Management System (EPMS) i.e., the online appraisal system which was implemented from 2013-14 to make the EPAR system more transparent along with storage of EPAR records, etc. To boost up employees' moral and motivation, a number of measureshavealsobeenintroducedunderDr.Mittal'sinitiative. Being a strong believer in functional transparency, Dr. Mittal's initiative has led to recasting of the transparency aspect of the company for better corporate governance. Dr. Mittal's innovative thought process has continuously added values to the corporate functioning in many ways. Dr. Mittal also added a new Vertical – Renovation and Face-lifting of National Heritage Buildings – in the company's business operations. Additionally, he provided a fillip to its works of redevelopment of the government properties by signing agreements with CPWD, NAWADCO,Air India and DDAfor development and redevelopment of their huge properties all across the country. For exemplary work in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiated by the government, Dr. Mittal was conferred the Swachh Bharat Ratna Award 2015 by the Swachh Bharat Trust and World Creativity Science Association. Under Dr. Mittal's initiatives, NBCC began incorporating maximum green features in all its new projects, such as recycling of C&D Waste, Plastic & Domestic Waste, STP, Bio-Digester Toilets, etc. Under his active guidance, NBCC volunteered proactive participation in the Government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, with the company building Bio-Digester Toilets at Mandir Marg, New Delhi, which was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on October 2, 2014 while launching theGovernment'sSwachh BharatCampaigns. Dr.Anoop Kumar Mittal is associated with various professional bodies. He is the Executive Member, Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), Chairman, Real Estate Committee of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Member, Governing Council of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Member, All India Housing Development Association (AIHDA), Life Member, Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC), Patron Member, National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO),andMember,BureauofIndianStandards(BIS). He has also won many awards and recognitions during his career. Some of these awards include. Best PSU CMD of the year, BT-Star PSUAwards 2015, PSE Persona of theYear, IPSE Awards 2014, PMA Honorary Fellowship Award 2014, CEPM, Infra Person of theYear, Real EstateAwards 2014,Achievement Award for Public Officer (Code-C), CIDC Vishwakarma Awards-2014, Udyog RattanAward 2014, D. PhilDegree. Hailing from a humble background and leading an impeccable and unblemished professional career till date, Dr. Mittal holds a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology in 1982 and has been conferred “Doctor of Philosophy” (Honoris Causa) by the Chancellor, Singhania University, by virtue of his attaining eminence in the field of civil & construction engineering. He has also attended post graduation course in the U.K.; he has undertaken training in Germany, England, France & Italy on trenchless technology, sewage treatment plant, solid waste management projects, building technology, etc. Dr. Mittal was born in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. MembershipofProfessional Bodies Awards and Honours June, 2015 Page 3The Indian Engineer ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF INDIA Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal
  • 4. June, 2015 Page 4The Indian Engineer ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF INDIA AssociationofConsultingCivilEngineers(India)-ACCE(I) Consulting EngineersAssociation ofIndia-CEAI seveon ConstructionIndustryDevelopmentCouncilofIndia-CIDC ACCI (I) jointly with the Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAStructE) and Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI)- all members of Engineering Council of India- and other engineering professional bodies' organised the 2nd Open House Meet of Engineers on May 13, 2015 at New Delhi. ECI participated in this meet. Many state level professional engineering associations and individuals attended the meet. Many far reaching decisions were taken in the meet to promote interestsofengineers. CEAI organised an Advance Course on Steel Design -2 during June 26- 27, 2015 at Mumbai. The course was very well attended and appreciated by the participants. CEAI successfully organized three training courses on "Practical Use of FIDIC Conditions of Contracts" in April 2015. Two in-house programmes were organized for M/s Andritz India PvtLtd at Faridabad and the other at Bhopal. CEAI organized in-house programme for DFCCIL engineers in Delhi. In all, about 130 engineers were trained. Mr Bogdan Oprea, the FIDIC accredited trainer, conducted the t r a i n i n g . C E A I i s organizing an open-house training course by "FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC/ Turnkey Projects" on July 27-28,2015 at PHD Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi. This aims at providing a broad insight into project contracting strategy. For details send a mail at ceai.ceai@gmail.com,or visitWebsite:www.ceaindia.org Executive Development Programmes on PPPs in roads and highways covering six basic courses are being conducted by the UNECEP, an organization formed jointly by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and CIDC-a leading organisation involved in PPPs in India. The courses have been designed on the guidelines provided by the UN. The first course started in April, 2015 and the second will be held inAugust, 2015. These programmes are for middle level executives
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