A three-day training programme on “Design and Construction of Flexible and Rigid Pavements” for engineers of rural engineering service of the government of Uttar Pradesh was organized by the Department of Civil Engineering of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Inaugurating the three-day training programme, officiating Vice Chancellor, Prof. S. Abrar Hasan said that this type of training will be very useful to engineers associated with the rural engineering service for improving their skills. In his welcome address Department of Civil Engineering Chairman Razaullah Khan said that the present training programme has been planned to focus on the design and construction of rural roads and disseminate knowledge to the RES engineers. Besides the routine lectures by expert, extensive laboratory classes such as soil mechanics laboratory, highway engineering laboratory, concrete and structural engineering laboratory have been planned. He hoped that the integrated approach of classroom teaching along with laboratory practical will help the participants in enhancing their capabilities. Dr. Malik Shoeb Ahmad, coordinator of the training programme said that earlier, this training was organized in IITs but for the first time, the UP government has decided to conduct this training programme at AMU. He said that two batches of 30 engineers are participating in this programme. He said that the rural roads are the basic infrastructure required for the development of rural areas. These roads have been planned and constructed under various Rural Development Programmes of the government, such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) focusing directly on the rural connectivity, keeping rural roads of uniform standard as the only deliverable. On this occasion, J.N. Medical College Principal Ashraf Malik, Principal, J. N. Medical College, Prof. S. Mahdi Abbas Rizvi, Dean, Faculty of Engineering an Technology also addressed the inaugural function. Dr. Fareed Mehdi proposed vote of thanks.
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