The Civil Engineering Department is one of the founding departments of the Institute. The vision of the department is to become a global center of excellence for creating competent civil engineering professionals. The department has grown tremendously over the years, especially after the conversion of the institute to an NIT, and is now one of the best Civil Engineering Departments among NITs in the country. At present the department has 26 permanent full-time faculty members and more are expected to join soon. The faculty are well trained in the best institutes of the country, and provide high quality teaching and research. The B.Tech. programme of the department is run along with the Department of Applied Mechanics Department which has 17 faculty members.
The activities of the department are carried out under four different sections namely, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Planning & Engineering, Urban Planning and Water Resources Engineering, and the department runs four M.Tech. programmes in these specializations. The department has all the essential laboratory facilities to carry out basic research in these areas. At present more than 100 students including 50 full-time students are working for their PhD in the department.
In addition to the regular academic activities, the department also undertakes outreach activities for teachers of the colleges and professionals in industries. Regular short-terms programmes are arranged in different specialized areas to suit the requirements of the professionals. Research activities undertaken by the faculty and students of the department supported by various governmental agencies primarily focus on applied research. The department also helps the industries/agencies to find solution to their problems.
Students of the department with their diversified culture/background are in the forefront of acquiring professional and technical knowledge. They conduct various technical and non-technical events under Civil Engineering Society. The students regularly receive many awards/fellowships from governmental and non-governmental agencies.
The reputation of an institute/department primarily depends on the research and development activities it undertakes and the training it provides to its students. We plan to introduce more post-graduate programmes and set up advanced laboratories in specialized areas. We look forward to our alumni and the industry to help us in this by their interaction, co-operation and support.