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IIT Roorkee hosts Indian Geotechnical Conference 2023

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The Roorkee Chapter of the Indian Geotechnical Society with the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, and CSIR-CBRI Roorkee, organized the Indian Geotechnical Conference 2023 (IGC 2023) on ‘Geotechnical Advances in Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Risk Reduction’ from December 14-16.  IGS, which has completed 75 glorious years of its qeust to promote academia and strengthen professional practice.

Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Chairman AICTE New Delhi, and Dr. Anil Joseph, National President of the Indian Geotechnical Society were present at the opening ceremony along with  Prof. K.K. Pant, Director IIT Roorkee, Prof. Praveen Kumar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Roorkee and Prof. P.K. Ramancharla, Director, CSIR CBRI Roorkee, were also event patrons.  

 Prof N K Samadhiya, Chairman of IGC-23 said, “The conference received 877 abstracts, with 503 shortlisted for inclusion in the Proceedings, featuring 450 technical research papers. The structure includes Plenary Sessions with the IGS Annual Lecture, 13 Keynote Lectures, and 16 theme lectures across six parallel Technical Sessions over three days.”

Prof T G Sitharam, AICTE Chairman and Chief Guest of the inaugural function narrated various national engineering projects including Chandryan-3 and Aditya -1 where success has been achieved through combined efforts. He said “The efforts by the engineers in these projects are mind boggling. Reflecting on the rich legacy of IIT Roorkee, I am reminded that it stands not just as an institution but as a pilgrim for civil and geotechnical engineers, a trailblazer that began its journey in 1847. As we celebrate its history, let us recognize IIT Roorkee’s enduring impact on engineering and its profound contribution to the evolution of our discipline.”

Prof. Praveen Kumar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Roorkee, expressed talking about the conference said, “IIT Roorkee actively participates in global IGS activities, demonstrating a dedicated approach to addressing challenging practical issues within the institution and nationwide. The decision to host this event after a decade underscores our unwavering commitment to advancing the field of Geotechnical Engineering.”

This conference serves as a gathering point for industry experts, researchers, and thought leaders, aiming to redefine the geotechnical engineering landscape. The dynamic program includes Plenary Sessions, Keynote Lectures, Technical Sessions, and an innovative exhibition with over 30 stalls showcasing cutting-edge advancements in geotechnical engineering. Beyond product displays, the exhibition fosters networking and collaboration, providing a platform for meaningful interactions among professionals, researchers, and technology enthusiasts, offering a comprehensive view of the industry’s forefront.

With active engagement from over 700 delegates, the conference offers vibrant interactions, enriching experiences through industry insights, emerging trends, and in-depth explorations of critical topics, fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The official conclusion of IGC-2023 is set for December 16, 2023, after three days of engaging discourse, knowledge sharing, and networking. Two pre-conference seminars and one post-conference training course will complement the conference, offering additional opportunities for learning and engagement.


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