First Indian to get Gold Medal for Civil Engineering Excellence

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Kolkata, Oct 11 (UNI) Prof Sudhangsu Sekhar Chakraborty became the first ever Indian to receive the ''2007 Gold Medal'' for Engineering Excellence.

Prof Chakraborty received the award from the Institute of Civil Engineers, UK, at London on October five.

Talking to mediapersons at a felicitation programme, organised by the CII and All Indian Council of Technical Education here today, Prof Chakraborty said technical education has direct impact on the industries and hence stress should be given on training from school levels.

Prof Chakraborty, who is also the Managing Director of Consulting Engineering Services (CES) India Pvt Ltd, said the company in collaboration with the National Power Training Institute in Faridabad will open 12 centres across the country to provide in-house training on technical education.

'' Industries should come forward in providing training to the technical proffesionals,'' he stressed.

He also informed that the NTPI would provide infrastructure facilities to the students whereas CES would provide technical training.

The six months training programme would accomodate 80 students in each batch.

''We are opening one more centre at Durgapur soon and then would go for the rest of the country,'' he said.

He also added that CES had collaborated with Webel for providing training in GIS and other softwares.

Besides, Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) also has inked a deal with Windsor University in Canada in this regard.

'' We are also planning for a centre of automobile engineering in the state soon,'' he further informed.

Prof Chakraborty, MD, of the 2000-strong engineering consultancy with international network of operations, was also the key figure behind the construction of the technically excellent and innovative Second Vivekananda Bridge in Kolkata.

The bridge which is now known as the Nivedita Bridge, had received the prestigious International Bridge Category Award this year by the American Segmental Bridge Institute.


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