India’s Civil Engineering Research Institute (CERCI) has issued guidelines for the profession that aims to teach people the art of communication skills and provide practical guidance to professionals who want to enter civil engineering.
“Civil engineers have a critical role to play in the implementation of national and international policy,” said Pankaj K. Agrawal, CERCI director and founder.
CERCA, an umbrella organization that has also issued guidelines, is aiming to create a national civil engineering curriculum by 2020.
Among the requirements for candidates for civil engineering degree is being able both to write and read English.
Students who are proficient in English can also write and speak in Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi, which will help the CERCIA students gain a better understanding of the Indian language.
The institute has also proposed a new course, titled ‘Civil Engineering: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities’, which is intended to equip civil engineers to effectively respond to the challenges facing the country.
“A strong civil engineering is the most important skill for the development of India’s economy and infrastructure.
Its a skill that cannot be taught in one course,” said CERCA president Sanjay K. Kumar.
Kumar is also the founder and chairman of the Delhi-based Centre for Research on Civic Engagement, an organization that researches civic engagement in India.
This includes the ‘The Power of Civic Engagement: How To Make Civic Engaged’ series that explores civic engagement issues and how to engage citizens in politics and government.
In addition to these initiatives, the institute is also spearheading a ‘Civic Engagement for the 21st Century’ project, which aims to empower civil engineers and build the knowledge of civil engineers in order to empower them to respond to changing challenges.