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.
A two day seminar was conducted on advances in structural engineering called “National Seminar on Advances In Structural Engineering (NASE)” on 7th and 8th of April 2016. It was attended by the B.Tech & M.Tech civil engineering students of Mar Baselios and eminent personalities holding key position in various civil engineering establishments delivered the talk.
Inauguration was done by Padma Shri G Shankar, Architect, Habitat Group.
Other speakers were
Dr. Ruby Abraham, Rtd. Principal, RIT Kotayam
(Topic: Geo-polymer Concrete)
Dr. Saravanan U., Structural Division, IIT Madras
(Topic: Structural Health Monitoring of bridges)
Dr. Smitha M.S., Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Dept., CET
(Topic: Steel-Concrete Composite Sections)
Mr. P. Jayakumar., GM, Civil, Light Metro, DMRC
(Topic: Light Metro Project)
Dr. Sunil Edward., Asst. Professor., Dept. of Architecture, CET
(Topic: Green architecture)
Dr. Narayanan S., Vice Principal and HoD Civil, Mohandas College, Trivandrum, and Former Professor, University Technology Petronas, Malaysia
(Topic: Load Factor Calibration)
Mr. A. K. Asraff, Head, Structural Division, LPSC Valyamala
(Topic: Structural Plasticity)
TALK ON ENTREPRNEURSHIP AND OPPURTUNITIES ABROAD FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
Mr. Rubin Sidharth, founder, Blue Nayan Educational Consultants, had addressed the 2012-16 civil students about his start up Blue Nayan which is an overseas education consultancy firm. He also gave an insight into the opportunities available for engineering graduates abroad and how the students have to approach about it. He also shared his experience and encounters he had to face while establishing his startup. He also enlightened the students about the vast opportunities and rich experience one could gain while owning a startup.
CONSTRUCTION SITE VISIT TO REDEMTORIST RETREAT CENTER, MUTTADA, TVPM
Sixth semester students were taken to the site from the collage on 23/03/2016, accompanied by faculty members Prof. P. S. Abraham, Dr. Neethu Roy, Ms. Linda Jose and Ms. Lekshmi Chandran. Students were given an opportunity to take a detailed glance at the sewer connection to septic tank of the building. Working of readymade septic tank and its merit were explained to students by Abraham sir. The septic tank used had a capacity of 100 flushes and can be used for minimum 15 years continuously. Outlets from all the flushes was connected to two pipes which was new system adopted by the engineer. Separate outlets were provided for WC and flushes.
TREES FOR THE FUTURE
With the growing global concern for a greener tomorrow, the world’s governments along with different organizations continue to propagate the importance of planting trees. In this course of time the S8 students of the civil dept. took the initiative to set an example of social commitment and invoke civic responsibility. As they are departing from the campus after four years of course, the students decided to plant trees as a tribute to their campus. They planted about 25 saplings in and around the college premises on April 20th, 2016. They also committed to do the necessary for the growth and nourishment of the plants.
BATTLE OF THE WITS
Battle of the Witswas an English debate competition hosted by the Civil Engineering Students Association(CESA) and the ISTE-MBCET chapter on 26th August 2016. This contest was a test of speaking skill coupled with extempore speech as participants. Theywere given only few minutes to prepare for the debate competition. Participation was open to all branches and all semesters to form teams of two. The details of competition were as follows:
This round involves pooling in contestants from various teams and then giving them a topic for discussion. Contestants were evaluated based on their speaking skill, teamwork, speech initiation, coherence and listening skill. Four teams were selected for the finals.
A classic style debate consisting of two semi-final rounds and one final round. In each round, one team supports the topic and another team would be against the topic. Each team would be given 3 minutes to present theirideas and two minutes would be given to the opposing team for questioning. The teams got given one minute to make closing remarks. Teams would be evaluated on their teamwork, speaking skill, coherence and discipline.
TALK ON "PERSONAL FOOTPRINTS "
Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA) in association with Nature club , Mar Baselios College Of Engineering And Technology organised a talk on "Personal Footprints " , on the 25th of August, 2016. The event consisted of a talk on personal footprints by the esteemed professor, Prof. D. Thankamony.
Prof. Thankamony retired from the Environmental Engineering Division, Department of Civil Engineering of College of Engineering Trivandrum in 2010. She also served as a member secretary to the Kerala State Pollution Control Board in 2009. Prof Thankamony's life as a student and later as a faculty at the College of Engineering Trivandrum has found her green sheen waxing through years. She gathered ecological wisdom from her mother Smt Devaki Amma.
Prof Thankamony’s persistent efforts have transformed acres of barren lands of the campus into an abode of rich varieties of flora and fauna. Her motivation and guidance has inspired generations of engineering students to script glaring models of eco-friendliness even within the arid spheres of technologies.
Prof Thankamony was instrumental in gearing up CET to receive the prestigious Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award for the year 2002 presented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India. Incidentally her mother also bagged the same title for the year 2003. Under her guidance, the students of CET surveyed the birds and butterflies of the campus and published the books-”Feathered friends of our campus” in 2006 and “Flying Jewels of our Campus” in 2007.
In recogniton of the valuable models established by her in College of Engineering Trivandrum for better rainwater harvesting, “Palathulli Award” instituted by the largest circulated Malayala Manorama daily was presented to Prof. Thankamony by the then Kerala Chief Minister, Shri V.S. Achuthanandan. She also bagged the ‘Vrikshasnehi’ awards to CET twice. She is still very much active in grass root level environmental protection and water conservation activities.
Prof.D. Thankamony began the talk by quoting the following words " There are enough resources for everybody's need and not for anybody's greed" - Mahatma Gandhi.
Initially , she talked about carbon footprints - The total amount of green house gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide. Some of the examples she mentioned were - (1) When one drives a car , the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2 , depending on its fuel consumption and distance (2) When we heat our house with oil , gas or coal , we generate CO2 (3) Even if we heat our house with electricity , the generation of electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. (4) When we buy food and goods , the production of food and goods also emits some quantities of CO2.
Secondly, Prof. Thankamony expressed her ideologies on water footprints and how we could preserve water. The water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use. It can be measured for a single process , such as - growing rice , for a product such as a pair of jeans , for the fuel we put in our car , or for an entire multinational company. The water footprint also represents how much water is being consumed by a particular country- or globally-in a specific river basin or from an aquifer.
She addressed the growing consumers of virtual energy and virtual water . Virtual water content of a product is , the volume of freshwater used to produce the product. It refers to the sum of the water used in the various steps of the production chain. She brought to our notice the amount of water being used to prepare a cup of coffee.
She also drew attention to the high energy consumed to produce processed food items and how a big threat it is to our scarce and depleted resources. She also explained what a food mile was. Food mile - It is a term which refers to the distance food is transported from the time of its production , until it reaches the consumers.
After the talk , we had an interactive session where the students could ask their questions to Prof. D. Thankamony . The audience participated actively .
As a token of gratitude and appreciation , a memento was presented to the distinguished speaker by Ms Bindu Biju , Assistant Head of the Department, Civil Engineering Department.
All in all , it was a very enlightening event and broadened our horizon .
TALK ON ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY KSCSTE AND PREPARATION OF R&D PROPOSAL
The first session of the talk by Dr. Ajit Prabhu, Joint Director, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment on 20 August, 2016 focussed on the different Engineering Technology Programmes (ETP) that are offered by KSCSTE to the faculty interested in research activities. He also presented various other grants that are offered by KSCSTE such as Technology Development Adaptation programme, Rural Technology programme, Scheme for augmentation of research and development, Science Popularisation programme etc. The aspects covered by Sir were very relevant since most of the faculty are planning to pursue Ph.D in the countinuing years. Sir also cited various examples from his experience which helped us get a better understanding regarding the application process for the grants.
The second session dealt with the topic “How to prepare a sound research proposal”. He discussed the various components of a research proposal and presented a step by step procedure for the preparation of a project proposal. This session was very informative to the faculty, as it gave a very clear picture regarding the preparation of a research proposal.
LIFE STYLE DISEASES – IT’S CAUSES AND PREVENTION
Civil Engineering Students Association, Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology organized a talk for Students and staff to update their knowledge about “Life Style Diseases – Its causes and prevention” on 28th July 2016 at Visvesvaraya auditorium. The programme was inaugurated at 10 am by Dr. Neethu Roy, Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. The talk was led by Dr. P. Kusuma Kumari, Professor and Head of the Paediatric Oncology Department of Regional Cancer Center, Trivandrum.
There was a total of 240 participants from students and all the teaching and non-teaching staffs were also present. The talk mainly concentrated on life style diseases such as cancer, their causes and awareness. The physical, chemical and biological factors responsible for lifestyle diseases were discussed. The life style of current generation in food habits, exercise and how it leads to diseases were explained. The talk throughout explained the preventive measures to be taken against these life style diseases. This talk provided much information and awareness among the audience regarding the Life style diseases.
Prof P. N. Mohan was the evaluator for the technical paper presentation held at St. Thomas Institute of Science and Technology during February 2016.
Prof. P. N. Mohan was the evaluator for the ACME – Paper Presentation held at Mohandas college of Engineering during March 2016.
Prof. P. N. Mohan delivered a talk on “Professional Ethics” during the short term training programme - Metamorphosis, during May 2016.
Dr. Neethu Roy, Ms. Chandni J. Basu, Ms. Abhaya A. S., Ms. Jaya S. Pillai and Ms. Linda Jose attended the "Four Week AICTE approved FDP on '' Use of ICT in Education for Online and Blended Learning'', by IIT Bombay at MBCET from 2nd May 2016 to 10th July 2016.
Ms. Jayasree S. successfully completed the KSCSTE funded research work on “Corrosion Resistance of Blended Cement Concrete using Recycled Concrete Aggregates". An institute fee of Rs. 1, 00,000/- was given to the college by KSCSTE after successful completion of the same.
Ms. Jayasree S. completed her research on “Studies on Strength and Behaviour of Corrosion Damaged RCC Structural Elements and Effect of Ferrocement Retrofitting” and applied for pre-submission.
Ms. Lekshmi Chandran M is currently on her third year of research in the topic “Study to Evaluate Performance of Coir Composites for Ground Vibration Isolation”
Ms. Jaya S Pillai completed two years of research on the topic "Constructed Wetlands using Indigenous Plant Species as De-Centralized Eco-San Systems”
Ms. Deepthi B. Krishnan is pursuing PhD on the topic “Modeling the Performance of Infiltration Trenches for Storm Water Management”.
Some of the major consultancy works taken up by the Department are as follows.
Rain Water Harvesting Scheme at MBCET.
Testing on soil samples from rain water harvesting project, MBCET
Material Testing for SI Properties
Various testing on soil samples supplied by Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana during Jan 2013.
Submitted the final report of the first phase of the work ‘River bank mapping of Karamana river’ to the Revenue Department, Kerala Govt.
In association with Dept. of Centre for Continuing Education, the department has done consultancy works with various firms such as the Southern Railway, SERMS Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., Nikunjam Orient, M/s Mailhem Engg Pvt. Ltd., etc.
Testing on soil samples supplied by National Coir Research and Management Institute, Trivandrum.
Testing on soil samples supplied by M/S Harrisons Malayalam Ltd. for the construction of Bus Terminal Complex at Thampanoor, Trivandrum.
This is for your kind information and consideration that we are undertaking the repair work of survey instruments in our college under the CCE in the department of Civil Engineering.
The work involves complete service including all optical parts and permanent adjustment (calibration) at reasonable rates. We assume the quality of work as we have well experienced technicians to do this job at our college itself.
Ms. Jayasree S., Asst. Professor, CE Department, is engaged in research leading to Ph.D in the field of Structural Engineering.
Ms. Lekshmi Chandran M.., Asst. Professor, CE Department, is engaged in research leading to Ph.D in the field of Geotechnical Engineering.
Ms. Deepthi B. Krishnan., Asst. Professor, CE Department, is engaged in research leading to Ph.D in the field of Hydraulic Engineering.
Ms. Jaya S. Pillai., Asst. Professor, CE Department, is engaged in research leading to Ph.D in the field of Environmental Engineering.
The societal bureau of the Civil Engineering Department keeps on rendering generous services to the under-privileged members of the society. Some of the notable activities are as follows:
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.