CESA is a platform for the students to improve their knowledge by interacting with industry experts and technical connoisseurs. It is formed to function as a unifying force to empower the students to work together on all matters; academics and extracurricular. The Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA) was formally inaugurated on 16th March, 2009 by Dr. Kuncheria Issac, Director, State Project Facilitation Unit, Directorate of Technical association. Civil Engineering Students Association is actively involved in the metamorphosis of a student to an ethical Civil Engineer by conducting site visits, workshops, organising motivational and technical talks. Other main activities of CESA include,
Thanal: The societal bureau of the Civil Engineering Department keeps on rendering generous services to the under-privileged members of the society.
Uthbav: Utbhav is the annual technical festival of the Department of Civil Engineering.
NASE: A national level technical symposium “National Advances in Structural Engineering (NASE) which is conducted in every year.
Metamorphosis: A short term course on 'How to Kick-Start Your Civil Engineering Career'.
The department of Civil Engineering conducted International Conference on Infrastructure Development: Issues, Innovations &The Way Forward, from 21st to 23rd JUNE, 2018. ICID 2018 was conducted IN ASSOCIATION WITH Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). ICID 2018 aimed to present the state-of-art in infrastructure development as it exists today, around the world and its applicability in the Indian scenario. The key note speakers included
Dr. Rajib B Mallick Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. T Thyagaraj Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.
Dr. Gopu R Potty Professor, University of Rhode Island, USA.
Dr. Santhosh G Thampi Professor, National Institute of Technology Calicut, India.
Dr. P K Sikdar President, Intercontinental Consultants & Technocrats Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India.
Mr. Immanual Jose Structural Engineer, Eco White/Advent Consulting Engineers, Thiruvananthapuram, India.
Dr. J Murali Krishnan Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.
Mr. Shreeganesh V Nair MD, Ganesh Technical Consultancy Services (GTCS), Cochin, India.
Mr. HarikishanKoppula Reddy CEO, Cube Highways, Noida, India.
The conference also had an Exhibition open to all on 21 and 22 June, 2018 and Pre-conference workshops on 21 june 2018. The Pre conference workshop included
Workshop #2 : Structural Simulations using FEASTSMT Software
Workshop #3 : A Technical Tour of Greenfield International Stadium, Kerala.
Utbhav is the annual technical fest of the Department of Civil Engineering, MBCET. In the journey of utbhav having a span of over 7 years, has come across students from different parts of the country to be a part of over various events. The fund we raise and the profit obtained by this fest will go to THANAL, the charitable organization run by the civil department, from where it will reach the rightful and felicitous ones. Uthbav 2018 was dedicated to remember and honor those people, disabled by strength, but abled by their willpower, the real heroes of sports. Utbhav 2018 was conducted on 14th March 2018 under the co-ordination of final year students and with guidance of teaching staff. The main publicity events carried out by Utbhav team were Photography Workshop, Cake fest and 3’s Football. The main technical events in the fest were Crisis Averted, Counter Strike, Symposium, Bob the Builder, Bridge It, Cerca Trova, Cric Party, The Arpenteur and Insig. After conducting all activities, the team was able to raise a profit of an amount of 1 lakh rupees which was provided for the needed ones through Thanal.
The annual technical festival of the Department of Civil Engineering, MBCET Utbhav 2k17 was held on 15th March 2017. The fest was inaugurated by S. Aananthakrishnan IPS ADGP Crime Branch. The theme of Utbhav 2k17 was “Breaking Barriers, Building Homes” honouring the lives of the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to defend our country. The various events held in association with the fest are Build your Shield, Identity Crisis, Crisis Averted, Mind Games, Surveyors Quest, Le Carnivale and Revit Workshop.
LIGHTS OF HOPE
The Civil Engineering Department of MBCET in association with CESA conducted a charity program "LIGHTS OF HOPE" as part of Utbhav 2k17 to help the underprivileged. The program was conducted on the 4th of March and Padmashree Madhu was the Guest of Honour. Through this program the students aim to help Akshay, a 6 year old boy who has been suffering from diaphragmatic hernia and associated asthma since birth and Velukkutti chettan, who was diagnosed with severe diabetes resulting in the amputation of his leg. Apart from struggling to meet their daily expenses, both the above families live in half constructed houses. So the students have taken up the responsibility of renovating their houses.
The Department of Civil Engineering as part of Utbhav 2017 took initiative to reduce and recycle the e-waste around the campus. In a world where we live in constant danger of being buried by e-waste. E-waste was collected from the college as well as from students and faculty. All the proceeds of the drive will be used to building houses for the needy.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Thiruvananthapuram: The ‘National Conference on Advances in Structural Engineering (NASE 2017)’ was organized by the Department of Civil Engineering, Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology, Nalanchira in association with Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, and Indian Concrete Institute Thiruvananthapuram Chapter. The three day conference from 21st to 23rd of February 2017 was inaugurated by Mr. Nitin Agrawal I.P.S., ADGP Crimes, who is also a renowned civil engineer. Rev. Fr. Wilson Thattaruthundil (Bursar, MBCET) presented a momento to the guest of honour. The inaugural function was preceded over by Dr T. M. George (Principal). and Dr. M. Satyakumar (Head of the Department) welcomed the gathering.
Talks by various eminent persons were organized for the delegates:
Dr. C.S. Manohar (Professor, IISc Bangalore), handled a session on ‘Uncertainty Modelling and Reliability Analysis’.
Dr. N. Ganesan (Professor, NIT Calicut), handled a session on ‘Non-destructive Testing’.
Er. Jose Kurian (Team Leader, CDM Smith), handled a session on ‘Signature Bridge’.
Dr. J. Karthikeyan (Professor, NIT Thiruchirapally), handled a session on ‘New Codal Provisions on Pre-stressed Concrete Design’.
Dr. Jaya K. P. (Professor, Anna university Chennai), handled a session on ‘Earthquake Engineering’.
Students from various engineering institutions presented their research work.
An Experimental Testing Work was organised, which includes testing of RC beams, columns, beam column joints, durability test etc.
UltraTech Cements conducted a workshop on ‘Mix Design’, during the last day of the conference.
Dr. Ajit Prabhu (Joint Director and Nodal Officer, Patent Information Centre Kerala, KSCSTE) released the procceding and Er. Velapgy Madhu Mohan (Chairman, ICI Thiruvananthapuram Chapter) distributed the certificates during the valedictory function.
KERALA AT A GLANCE –Quiz Competition
As part of Keralapiravi, a quiz competition named “KERALA AT A GLANCE” was conducted for the civil department of MBCET on 1st Nov 2016. Quiz was all about Kerala. Seven teams participated with three members in each team.
TALK ON “PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION”
A talk was given to the final year civil engineering students on sustainable transportation by Dr. V Thamizh Arasan, Vice Chancellor Vels University, on 20th January 2017 at Senatus Hall. He explained about the various transportation measures which will lead to sustainability, from his own experience.
TALK BY EDWISE EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT
Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA), organized a talk by "EDWISE”. The event consisted of a talk about abroad education, its scopes and scholarships. Edwise, a pioneer in the field of 'GLOBAL EDUCATION' dispels all the myths usually associated with 'Study Abroad' and has brought the concept of overseas education to the doorstep of every student, by making it affordable & devoid of cumbersome procedures. All programs are covered from UG, PG to PhDs. The students were provided with various brochures showing oppurtunities of abroad education on each country, its details including fee expenditure, university and courses offered by each university. All in all, it showed the limitless oppurtunities of an engineer.
THE DREAM TRACK - "Explore the future"
"THE DREAM TRACK - Explore the future" was organized on Oct 14, 2016 for the school students to provide an overview of the engineering course and set up an interactive sessions for them to explore their technical skills and creative ideas. The event included:
An Orientation Session by Professor Dr. M Satyakumar about the various branches of engineering.
Introduction to CAD Software - providing the students an opportunity to test their technical drawing skills.
Hands On Activity - Model making Competition for the students to explore their creative inborn talents
Civil Engineering Students Association provided an opportunity for the individuals to recognise the social values within themselves by sacrificing a bit of their luxurious times to provide reflections of jolly in the life of the unfortunate person's life. A Charity box has been inaugurated at the Civil Department on 23-9-16 by Dr. Shakuntala S Pillai, Dean R&D. The initiative taken behind this implementation is to raise the funds for the Thanal Activity, the Charity Wing of CESA. Every individual can make their valuable contributions to the charity box that prefers to get self-happiness and wishing for the benefits of the people requiring basic necessities.
Metamorphosis-'16, A Short term course on “Kick-start your Civil Engineering Career” was conducted for the outgoing batch of CE students (2012-16 batch) from 23rd May to 27th May, 2016. It was inaugurated by Dr. J. Murali Krishnan, Professor, IIT Madras, in the presence of Prof. P. Rajayogan, ASCE President, (India - Southern Section), Principal, Bursar, HODs of various dept. The 5 day course comprised lectures by academicians and experienced Civil Engineer on Safety aspects in construction, CE related software’s that are presently in demand in Civil Engg. Firms, Standard procurement practices, Kerala Building and Panchayat rules, etc. to name a few. Talks also included the opportunities and requirements of civil engineers in the public / private sector, in Interior designing and soft skill training. Site visit to Muttathara Sewage treatment plant and Field trip to Neyyar dam helped in imparting pragmatic references and practices of civil engineering. A separate session was included for the interaction of students with alumni which greatly helped in motivating them and clarifying various queries on entrepreneurship endeavors. A workshop was conducted by the UltraTech cements as a part of this which got the students get hands on training on Mix designing.
MBCET Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was approved on October 3rd 2017. The chapter was inaugurated on 13th Nov. 2017 by the ASCE India Southern Section Secretary Dr. S Basil Gnanappa and ASCE student chapter practitioner advisor Mr. Kesavan Gangadharan. The function was concluded by an interactive and quality session by Mr. Anilkumar Pandala (Managing Director, TRDCL) on the topic ' Unstructured Situations '.
A two day workshop in association with Laurie Baker Centre (Costford Centre),Vilapilshala, Thiruvananthapuram was organized at LBC on 10th and 11th November 2017. Workshop had lectures on the philosophy of Cost Effective Construction and hands-on training on cost effective construction methods. A two-day workshop was arranged in association with Intercad Systems on Revit Architecture during 13-14 January 2018 at MBCET. The chapter arranged a technical talk on “Sustainable Development and Alternative Building Techniques” by Mr. V S Jayachandran, Chairman, Builders Association of India, Trivandrum Centre.
Site visit to Greenfield Stadium, Karyavattom (20th January 2018) was a rich experience and imbued everyone with exceptional practical knowledge. Mr Muthanna K M, Vice President detailed the students about every aspect of the stadium such as design, safety etc. and guided them through all the features.
‘The Arpenteur’ was the technical event organized by MBCET Student Chapter of ASCE at UTBAV ’18 on 14th March, 2018 at Department of Civil Engineering, MBCET. It consisted of two rounds. The preliminary round was to solve a crossword puzzle based on civil engineering. The final round tests the knowledge and efficiency in surveying, which was a field challenge. 14 teams (total of 47 students) participated out of which three teams emerged winners. The first and second prize of Rs. 4000 and Rs. 2000 was sponsored by James Intra Holidays. Third prize of Rs. 1000 was sponsored by the chapter itself.
‘Ente City’ was a technical event conducted by MBCET Student Chapter of ASCE in association with Builders Association of India, as part of Crossroads ‘18 on 4th March, 2018 at Department of Civil Engineering, MBCET. The event aimed to bring out new ideas relating to the theme of smart cities. The qualifier round comprised of a questionnaire to prove the knowledge in the field of Civil Engineering. The final round was a presentation round where the students were given time to find smart ideas to solve the given scenario related to town planning and traffic issues and present their ideas. The prize money (1st- Rs. 10k, 2nd- Rs. 7k, 3rd – Rs. 5k) was sponsored by MANSIONS Pvt Lmt. Salman Fariz and Shilpa Santhosh bagged the first position.
The Social wing of the student chapter organized a one-day interactive technical awareness session for the school students from the Okhi (Cyclone) affected regions of Poonthura, Thiruvananthapuram. Many fun activities were also organised and geometry kit was provided to each student after the session.
ASCE Student Chapter MBCET hosted the Adobe Photoshop Workshop on 20th July 2018.
Workshop consisted of two sessions and these sessions were led by Mr Syed Shiyaz Mirza, who is an engineer, freelance photographer, web journalist and a good technology writer. An overview about Photoshop Interface, tools and options were discussed. Photoshop layers, enhancing images, text editing and special effects were taught and participants were made to experiment in a personalized way by creating each unique poster themselves. PS filters, Adobe Image ready and Photoshop Actions were also dealt in the session. Over 42 participants, comprising students, staff and faculty of MBCET found this event quite useful and it helped them instil their creative side. Posters, Certificates and basic Photo editing were developed during the session using Adobe Photoshop CC version.
An induction programme for the freshers was conducted on 27th July 2018 from 2.00 to 4.30pm. The main objectives of the programme were an introduction to the ASCE student chapter of MBCET and the familiarization of MBCET campus to the newly joined Civil Engineering aspirants. Executive committee members of the chapter had an interactive session with the students highlighting the features of the chapter and the advantages of associating with the same. A fun event (Treasure hunt) was organized and winners were given prizes.
The student chapter started a weekly video display programme, named, “Glimpse”. Every Friday during break (1.00 to 2.00pm) videos on Civil Engineering wonders, motivational programmes, amazing architectures, inspiring personalities etc will be displayed in the Seminar Hall.
The chapter also started a weekly meet up of ASCE members to spend time together and have group discussions, debates, brain storming sessions and sharing experiences. The first meeting was held on 4th September and the topic of discussion was the most disastrous calamity that Kerala faced during August 2018. Students and staff who were survivors or volunteers, coordinators etc came together and shared their experiences.
Thanal is the societal bureau of the Civil Engineering Department, which keeps on rendering generous services to the under-privileged members of the society. Some of the notable activities are as follows
An amount of forty-two thousand rupees was donated to the homeless family for the construction of their small house located at Aruviyodu, Mannanthala.
An amount of ten thousand rupees was donated for the treatment of a cancer patient of Sree Chitra medical center, Trivandrum
A small pack of food items and needed items of three thousand rupees were donated to the people suffered from the flood.
Thanal collected and distributed an amount of Rs.20000/ to the needy people identified by the Pallium India.
Thanal also distributed food kit to 40 families in the ockhi affected area (Poonthura).
Thanal members arranged onasadya at an old age home at Pulayanarkota which had about 106 inmates and the students conducted cultural programs for them. More than 40 students participated on 10th September 2016 on the occasion of onam.
On 8th October 2016 the world palliative care day, along with pallium India Thanal members arranged cultural event at Veli Youth Hostel for patients of pallium India.
On the occasion of Christmas the faculty members and other staffs of civil department visited Sadhana Renewal Centre, Manvila which had 84 gent inmates and Snehashramam Lady Centre, Manvila which had 10 lady inmates on 22th December 2016. Old dresses collected from the department were distributed among them.
Mr. Akhil Raj, Mr. Arun V.M, Mr. Akhil Muraleedharan and Mr. Tom George along with the Eighth semester B.Tech students constructed a bathroom for the underprivileged at Venkode during May 2015.
Thanal in association with Pallium India visited 35 families and Distributed Onam kits to 7 Panchayats in Vizhinjam - Muttakkadu region. About 30 Students from S3 CE1 and CE2 were accompanied by Mr. Akhil Muraleedharan, Mr. Akhil Raj, Ms. Linda Jose and Ms. Chandni Basu.
Thanal associated with Pallium India in organizing a cultural event for the Pallium India inmates at Veli on 19th December 2015.
Thanal Members constructed a bathroom for an econcomically challenged family at Chempakamangalam during October 2015.
Thanal Members constructed a bathroom for an econcomically challenged family at Vengodu during May 2015.
Thanal members distributed onam food Kit to families at Vizhinjam and Kovalam during April 2015.
Thanal associated with Pallium India in organizing a cultural event for the Pallium India inmates at Shanghumugham hall during January 2015
Thanal associated with Pallium India in organizing a cultural event for the Pallium India inmates at Satyan Memmorial hall during December 2014.
Thanal members distributed Onam kit with rice and required groceries to 35 families of palliative patients at Poovar during September 2014.
Thanal members visited Care home charitable society, Pulayanarkotta on 06 April 2014 and the students contributed their time in cleaning activities and offered lunch for all the inmates
Thanal members attended the World Palliative Care Day celebrations held at ValiduringOctober 2013 and help transportation facilities to bring the patients to the venue and they also conducted various programs to entertain the patients
Thanal members distributed Onam kit with rice and required groceries to 10 families of palliative patients at Nedumangad and Vithura on September 2013
Tanal members of about 50 students from the Civil Engineering Department visited an institution for the mentally challenged, at Pangappara on 28th July, 2013.
Distributed medicines worth Rs. 30000 to a medical camp at Attapadi.
Distributed Onam kits with 5kg rice and the required groceries to 10 families of Palliative patients at Muzhukkumpuzha.
Thanal joined Pallium India –which is A national registered charitable organization to Celebrate World Palliative Care day on 8th October 2012.
Visited an old age home at Chakkai having nearly 100 inmates on Independence day. All inmates were provided with food, clothes and bedsheets and Thanal members spent useful time with the inmates sharing their stories. We were able to have an insight into the attitude of the society to their desolate and deprived parents.
Gifted sarees, shirts and trousers to the needy people at SreeChithra poor home and Palliative Centre, Pattom.
With the alumni of Civil Engineering Department, Thanal members visited Balabhavan and Bhalikabhavan at Kattala and provided lunch to all the inmates.
Thanal joined Pallium India –which is A national registered charitable organization to Celebrate World Palliative Care day on 8th October 2011. The members volunteered in bringing the physically challenged people for the SnehaSanthwanaSangamom and spent the whole day with them and ensured that they reached back safely to their homes.
Visited a palliative patient affected by polio at Nandiyode and financial assistance of Rs.5000 was given to him for the marriage of his daughter.
As part of the fund raising for the activities of Thanal, a lucky draw was conducted during Utbhav 2011 and all the winners of the lucky draw were given attractive prizes like mobile phone, MP3 player etc.
All the prizes were donated by the Thanal members. So the total sale proceeds turned out to be the profit to Thanal.
Donation of Rs.10,000 was made to a cancer patient for his surgery.
Distributed Christmas kits with 5kg rice and the required groceries costing Rs.500 each to 10 families of Palliative patients at Muzhukkumpuzha.
Constructed a second house at Kilimanoor costing Rs. 100,000, the key of that building will be handed over to Sri. Gopinathan today.
Thanal member visited NirmalaShishuBhavan, palayalam and Snehaveedu, Nalanchira.
Organised a medical camp at the adopted village at Kilimanoor with the coorperation of Doctors from S.U.T Hospital, Vattapara. Doctors from various specialities like ENT, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Ortho and Neuro were present at the camp. Patients were given free medicines. Around 250 villagers benefitted from the camp. Medicines worth Rs 15000 were distributed in the camp.
Provided onam kit containing rice and the required groceries and provisions for a month to a deserving family.
Thanal was successful in constructing a house for a destitute lady, mother of a mentally and physically challenged person, at Kilimanoor. The completed building was handed over on 17th March, 2011.
Visited NirmalaShishubhavan on 9th October, 2010 and provided the baby inmates with protein rich baby food, gifts and clothes.
Thanal members visited Mother Theresa orphanage.
Adopted Malavedan tribal colony, the inhabitants of which were completely deprived of community life, at Pappala near Kilimanoor. They were educated and given continuous awareness sessions about the Importance of education, health and sanitation. Thanal celebrated Christmas with the tribal people by presenting them Christmas cake, gifts and clothes to the children over there. Frequent association and interaction with the children of the village could help to bring them out of the dark dungeons of the social backwardness to a certain extent.