An Interview with Dr. Amit Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture & Landscape Design
Dr. Amit Sharma is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture & Landscape Design at the University. Dr. Sharma has an excellent academic record being Gold Medalist at B.Tech level NBCC Awardee during M. Tech (for securing Ist rank) at IIT Delhi and has earned his Doctrate from IIT Delhi in Civil Engineering. He holds the distinction of qualifying EFIP (Early Faculty Induction Programme) launched by AICTE New Delhi in 2006. Dr. Sharma shares his ideas & thoughts with us
Dr. Sharma, many thanks for taking time out and speaking to us. Sir, tell us a liitle bit about your Academic and Research background?
Dr. Sharma: I graduated from GCET with Gold Medal (Jammu University) in 2000. After qualifying written exam for GATE in 2001 pursued Masters at IIT Delhi where I was awarded NBCC Prize for Excellence for attaining Ist rank among all the PG programme run by the Deptt. of Civil Engineering IIT Delhi. Being interested in Education field I completed my Ph.D. also from IIT Delhi relating to interdisciplinary topic of Geotechnical, Transportation and Structural Analysis. Qualified EFIP (Early Faculty Induction Programme) 2006 conducted by the AICTE New Delhi. Qualified J&K Public Service Commission with Ist rank twice for the post of AE (Civil Engg.) and Lecturer (Civil Engg.) for direct recruitment to Govt. Service. Selected in various Govt. and PSU Govt. of India at Gazetted posts, like Assistant Engineer JK PWD, Assistant Manager IRCON Internationals, Executive (Technical-Civil) in Airport Authority of India, Senior Design Engineer EIL (Engineer’s India Limited) New Delhi.
In the field of Education I have been selected as Assistant Professor (in pre-revised cadre and grade) in various renowned Colleges and Universities like in Hindu College of Engineering, Sonepat, Haryana, SGI group of Institutes of Technical Education, Agra, Jay Pee University of Information and Technology, Waknaghat HP etc.
Dr. Sharma, Can you tell us a little bit about the field of Civil Engineering? What are the Career options for students in these fields currently?
Dr. Sharma: Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. Civil engineering is the oldest engineering discipline after military engineering, and it was defined to distinguish non-military engineering from military engineering. It is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal through to federal levels, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies. Civil engineers build the world’s infrastructure. In doing so, they quietly shape the history of nations around the world. Most people cannot imagine life without the many contributions of civil engineers to the public’s health, safety and standard of living. Only by exploring Civil engineering’s influence in shaping the world we know today, can we creatively envision the progress of our tomorrows.
Civil Engineers can find job in Government departments, private and public sector industries, research and teaching institutions etc. Job opportunities for civil engineers are expected to increase as fast as the average for all jobs, although the construction industry is vulnerable to fluctuations in the economy. Civil engineers will always be needed to maintain and repair existing facilities and structures and to construct new ones. After doing B.Tech, one can look for jobs in road projects, building work, consultancy firms, quality testing laboratories or housing societies. The experts say there is a high demand for experienced civil engineers in developed countries. Civil engineers are employed in all the major construction projects carried out by the state or central government, the railways, private construction companies, military, engineering services, consultancy services etc. Graduates with Civil Engineering background can also go in for research and take up teaching or they can open their own independent consultancy services.
What are the current research projects that you are working on? What are the research areas that the School is focusing on?
Dr. Sharma: Presently I am working on Research related to Numerical Modeling of Railway Tracks with Ballast and Sub-Ballast Layers using Critical State Parameters & Characterization of Interface Friction between various Layers of Ballasted Railway Tracks for publication in Journal of Advances in Civil Engineering (Advance Instrumentation Techniques in Geotechnical Engineering) along with Prof. K.G. Sharma and Dr. J.T. Shahu (Associate Professor) both faculty members IIT Delhi.
As far as School of Architecture and Landscape is concerned, we have floated a proposal for Master's Programme in Transportation & Landscape Design to explore various associated research aspects of interdisciplinary nature between Civil Engineering and Architecture. This PG programme stands approved by the University Academic and Executive meeting held in 2010.
Dr. Sharma, can you tell us a little bit about the aspects of Civil Engineering as applicable to Architecture Design?
Dr. Sharma: There are many aspects of Civil Engineering as applicable directly to Architecture Studies and Design, these include aspects relating to Structural Analysis and Safety, Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying and Leveling, Building Materials, Building Services including Water Supply and Sewage System, Estimation and Costing of Structures, Traffic and Transportation and Disaster management techniques.
Dr. Sharma, What is your impression about the students here at SMVDU and what is your advice to them for achieving success in their career?
Dr. Sharma: Based on my assessment that is not a just a test or exam at the end of each semester but a combination of all three learning components the content, the process and the product, (during my span of more than three years here), I would like to rate the students in this university as sincere, dedicated, eager to learn besides being disciplined, free to express and punctual in their approach.
Dr. Sharma, What is your advice for achieving success in the mission and vision of SMVDU?
Dr. Sharma: Process of learning has to be enjoyed and that gives impetus to perform, have a commitment to yourself, the society and the country. No defeat is final until you have lost the zeal to achieve success. A right blend of hard work, determination and logical planning shall lead into the coveted realm. SMVDU is the right platform in the J&K State from where students can gain knowledge and skills needed foe excelling in their professional career for a noble cause. This would require sincere and dedicated efforts from both sides i.e. from student side as well as from faculty side though former shall have to exert comparatively more, only then the mission and vision of SMVDU as envisaged for making the students achieve the career and life success that they want and deserve, can materialize in practical respect.
Dr. Sharma: Sir, Many thanks for sparing your precious time to speak to us and for advising the students.