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Government jobs have always been lucrative. Civil engineering is considered as the gateway to many governmental job opportunities by many students. To help all the aspiring students get more precise and broader idea about such aspects, CEST club of NIT Rourkela in collaboration with ICE UK: NITR Chapter is organizing a talk session with Mr. Biswa Prakash Das, an alumnus of NIT Rourkela, who bagged a 2nd position in OPSC examination for Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE).

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Continuous hard work towards your the goal always pays off this was well proved by Aditya Ranjan Kara of Civil Engineering Department who scored 64.05 marks and got a rank of 1705 in GATE 2020. He was previously placed in L&T Limited. Our club representatives Bedank Agarwal and Subhasis Rath had an opportunity to have some words with the jubilant man.

CEST-When did the idea of GATE occur to you?
Aditya-I got the inspiration for GATE exam during my 2nd semester but my wholehearted preparation started from the 4th semester.

CEST-What was your motivation behind attempting the GATE examination? Was it for the PSU job?
Aditya-In my case it was not for the PSU rather for the M.Tech. It was because Civil Engineering is a vast course and there are a lot of things to learn and discover. So, I want to pursue my master degree from old IITs and IISc because they give a better scope of exposure.

CEST- Have you enrolled for the Prestigious IES examination?
Aditya-No I couldn’t enroll for the IES examination because of my age constraint. I’m currently not considering IES, as my first and foremost option is masters and then Ph.D. but as it’s a lucrative option I can give it a thought if my plan A fails. .................................................................................

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It is rightly proclaimed that ‘Success comes to those who will and dare’. And its significance is rightly held atop by those who have carved out a niche in themselves in proving their mettle in their respective fields. Subhadra Subhadarshini, a present 5th-year Dual Degree Civil Engineering undergraduate is the true quintessence of dedication and perseverance. She attempted GATE 2020 for the second time with her first attempt being in her pre-final year and emerged victorious by bagging the All India Rank of 141 with GATE score of 860. CEST club feels fortunate to get an opportunity to interview such a dedicated soul with amazing ambitions.

CEST: What was your motivation behind attempting the GATE examination?
SS: I was never interested in pursuing M.Tech or Ph.D. I was only passionate about cracking a PSU through GATE. So, I think that was the motivation behind attempting the GATE examination.

CEST: Have you enrolled for the prestigious IES examination? Are you willing to give it a try?
SS: This year and in the last year, I couldn’t appear for the IES examination because of all those final year stuff such as the final year project. So I couldn’t find sufficient time to prepare for it. Maybe next year, I will be giving it a try.

CEST: What is your opinion about placements at NIT Rourkela?
SS: NIT Rourkela gives you ample opportunities for getting recruited in Analytics, Corporate and Private sector companies whereas the opportunity to get into a coveted PSU is really scarce. So you will hardly find people getting recruited into govt. sectors. ........................................................................................

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Government jobs have always been lucrative. Civil engineering is considered as the gateway to many governmental job opportunities by many students. To help all the aspiring students get more precise and broader idea about such aspects, CEST club of NIT Rourkela in collaboration with ICE UK: NITR Chapter is organizing a talk session with Mr. Biswa Prakash Das, an alumnus of NIT Rourkela, who bagged a 2nd position in OPSC examination for Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE).

CEST: Walk us through your childhood days.
Priyanka Padhy (PP): I have completed my 10th as well as 12th standard from Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir, Neelakantha Nagar, Berhampur, Odisha. I believe school life is the most important phase of life where one learns basic principles of behavior and etiquette. My school life nurtured me to develop good habits, respect for elders, and made me obedient. From my school days, I was good at my studies. I was fond of painting and also got prizes in inter-school painting competitions. My teachers encouraged and helped me to study in all possible ways.

CEST: What made you choose Civil Engineering at NIT Rourkela?
PP: Good numbers of job opportunities are available for both in government as well as in the private sector for a Civil Engineering graduate. There is a wide range of jobs you can choose after graduation like Construction Manager, Public health Engineer, Environment Engineer, Urban Planning Engineer, etc. As it is one of the oldest branches of Engineering so most of the colleges/Universities have Civil Engineering streams, one can pursue higher studies (MTech or Ph.D.) hassle-free in any University.

CEST: How were your four years at NIT Rourkela and what co-curricular activities were you a part of, alongside your academics?
PP: I am privileged to be a part of the reputed NIT Rourkela, a factory of brilliant minds. Experienced faculties inspired me to organize my ideas and also facilitated me to groom academic spirit. They were my best advisors. This NIT journey made me the person who I am today. The environment on the NIT campus was very conducive for my technical and personality development. .................................................................................

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Mr Bikash Kumar Kanhar, a 2018 Civil Engineering graduate of NIT Rourkela has bagged 284th rank in the prestigious OPSC (AEE) 2019, thus making our college proud. He has spared some time from his busy schedule to interact with us and give guidance to other OPSC (AEE) aspirants. Here is an extract from the interview.

CEST Club (CC): Enlighten us about your life before joining NIT Rourkela.
Mr. Bikash Kanhar (BK): I was born and brought up majorly in a town called Paralakhemundi, situated in the Gajapati district of Odisha. Due to my parent’s job, we had to shuffle from place to place which is why I changed as many as 3 schools during my primary level education. I joined Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya after qualifying in the JNV entrance selection test and spent 7 years of my life there, completing my matriculation and intermediate. It was the most stable part of my life in comparison to the earlier chaos I mentioned and the beginning of my so-called “hostel life”. I had a great schooling year, filled with a lot of memories, challenges, and discoveries. Due to a closed environment there in JNV, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the competitive scenario outside, apart from few debates, essays, and occasionally quiz competitions, in which I got to represent my school. In that period, I harbored some hobbies like reading novels (mostly fictional), playing table tennis, and cricket. In fact, I played at the regional level in Table tennis. Came out of JNV after my completion of 12th in 2014 and had to make some hard decisions regarding the road map for my career. And in search of that, I stumbled into NITR.

CC: How did you join NITR? Did you choose civil engineering or it just happened?
BK: I joined NITR via JEE mains in 2014. When I left JNV or when I was in my 12th class, I didn’t have so as to say a fixed plan or vision of what I am going to do. So I dabbled into multiple entrances including engineering, medical, and even agriculture as I had a biology background in my intermediate. Even after finishing the exams, I wasn’t confident enough to put my paddle down along a certain road. But after the JEE counseling, I got civil engineering in NITR on the second round and coincidentally it was my second choice as well, which by the way I had filled in the order my cousin sister along with few seniors of my alma mater studying in NITR had suggested. So yeah! It can be said that NITR along with civil did happen to me, mixed with the effort I put in. .........................................................................................

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Mr. Soumesh Kumar Nayak proved this to be true by securing 85th rank in the OPSC AEE (Civil) 2019. We had the opportunity to interact with his about his journey. We present to you the excerpts from the interview.

Can you walk us through your schooling days?
SKN-I started my schooling days from Saraswati Sishu mandir, Banarpal. There I studied from class 1 to class 5. Then I qualified the Entrance exam for Navodaya Vidyalaya and I joined in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Angul.

CEST-How did you come to join Civil Engineering, was it something that always interested you?
SKN-Actually, I didn’t have that much idea about Engineering. I just had basic ideas about different branches. When I got a decent rank in JEE Main without any coaching my family members convinced me to do engineering. When It came to counselling in the first round, I got civil engineering.

CEST-Would you like to share with us your journey at NIT, Rourkela? Any fun memories from college days you’d like to share with us?
SKN-Journey at NIT Rourkela was awesome. I started my journey with an aim to get a job in any field and ended it with a love for civil engineering. In the first 3 years I just studied for passing the semester. But when I came to 4th year, I started my preparation for GATE 2018. That preparation developed my interest in civil engineering and finally I aimed for a career in civil engineering. The most memorable moment of the NITR chapter is innovision-2015. As a part of CEST club we made a prototype of the Penrose staircase on a bigger scale. That amazed the visitors. The hard work, tensions and the hurdles were the fun part of this event. .......................................................................................

Gold Mine of the Nation

Civil Engineering is a challenging and dynamic profession serving society to improve the quality of our life, the health of our social system, the continuity of our economy and business activities, and our competitive position in the international market place and provide up to 50% of nation's economy. The relation between civil engineering and economic development is too high and complex. When we say a country is developing which means a major part is with infrastructure development, stepping towards smarter cities, environmental development.

By: CEST

24
AUG
2020

Ambient Intelligence in Civil Engg.

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By: Adarsh Swarnakar

07
SEPT
2020

Surveying with Drones

Drones are continually proving to be a powerful tool in the fields of surveying and mapping by simultane- ously providing efficiency and safety in a much more advanced way. A drone survey refers to the capture of aerial data by employing uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) such as DRONE. This provides topographic sur- veys of better quality compared to traditional meth- ods with higher accuracy in measurements in a frac- tion of the time, reducing the surveying cost and human resources.

By: Mihir Panda

14
SEPT
2020

Necropolics: An Architectural Marvel

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By: Samit Ranjan Patro

21
SEPT
2020

Bridging Roads to Life

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By: Mohit Kumar Sahoo

28
SEPT
2020

Floating Wind Farms

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By: Ayusha Barik

05
OCT
2020

Smog Eating Concrete Buildings

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By: Shailesh Patro

19
OCT
2020

Electricity from Bricks

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By: Debasish Beria

26
OCT
2020

Platic Roads

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By: Chaitanya Kumar & Debasish Beria

02
NOV
2020

Submerged Floating Tunnel

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By: Padeep Kumar Behera & Biswajit Sahoo

09
NOV
2020

Vetiver System: The Soil Healer

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By: Mihir Panda & Samit Ranjan Patro

16
NOV
2020

Electrochromic Glazing in Buildings

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By: Priyasha Das & Shivangi Baral

23
NOV
2020

Evac. Pattern in High Rise Buidings

Of all the magnificence and grandeur that the tall sky- scrapers and apartments possess, with time, they have become indispensable to meet the demands of the shelter of the ever-increasing population around the globe. Here we come across the term 'high rise building'. This refers to a building whose height cre- ates different conditions in the design, construction and use. Along-side the construction, the safety of the occupants has emerged as an essential aspect of

By: Tanmaya Dalal & Adarsh

30
NOV
2020

3D Modular Volumetric Construction

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By: Mohit & Havisha

07
DEC
2020

Prevantable Nature of Crane Accidents

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By: Shivangi Baral & Priyasha Das

14
DEC
2020

Intelligent Transportation System

ITS is an emerging transportation system which is comprised of an advanced information and telecom- munications network for users, roads and vehicles. ITS is the integrated application of advanced Technol- ogies using electronics, computers, communications, and advanced sensors. These applications provide travellers with important information while improv- ing the safety and efficiency of the transportation system.

By: Mihir & Samit

21
DEC
2020

Microzonation of Earthquake Hazards

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By: Debasish Beria & Biswajit Sahoo

28
DEC
2020

Self-Sensing Concrete in Smart Structures

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By: Sailesh Patro & Ayusha Barik

04
JAN
2021

Robotic Swarm Construction

The construction industry is different from other sec- tors because it involves more outdoor work and is more risk-oriented. Moreover, as it is labour-inten- sive, there is a need for safe construction. With the advances in robotics, robots can take over dangerous tasks. Swarm robots are one such invention. The idea here is to utilize simple robots to build a design with- out central guidance. They are a technological marvel that combines the benefits of robots with the power of large numbers. These robots have limited physical abilities and programming, and yet they do amazing things.

By: Mohit & Havisha

11
JAN
2021

The Channel Tunnel

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By: Ayusha Barik & Sailesh Patro

18
JAN
2021

Building The Martian City

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By: Mohit & Havisha

25
JAN
2021

Application of IOT in CIVIL ENGG.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has made information available in real-time, making it possible to know the status of every asset, schedule maintenance stops, and know when to refuel or turn-off idle equipment. A material's condition, like suitability to temperature and humidity, can be monitored using field sensors. Sensors pass the data through various cloud gate- ways to process and filter it, and finally, ML algo- rithms are applied to reveal hidden correlations in data sets and detect abnormal data patterns to know

By: Priyasha Das & Shivangi Baral

01
FEB
2021

MONOLITHIC DOMES

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By: Pradeep Behera & Tanmaya Dalal

15
FEB
2021

CENTRAL VISTA PROJECT

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By: Adarsh Swarnakar & Ananya Pattanaik

01
MARCH
2021

Demolition of Building Structures

Demolition of a building is the process of dismantling or destroying a structure after its life of serviceabili- ty by pre-planned and controlled methods. It is the science and engineering in safely and efficiently tear- ing down buildings and other artificial structures. The tallest planned demolition of a building was the 47-storey Singer Building in New York City, built-in 1908 and torn down in 1967-1968 to be replaced by One Liberty Plaza.

By: Sailesh Patro & Ayusha Barik

15
MARCH
2021