SESQUICENTENNIAL YEAR CELEBRATIONS


(November 1996 - November 1997)



UNIVERSITY OF ROORKEE


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The University of Roorkee, established as the Thomason College of Engineering in 1847, enters the 150th year of its glorious existence in Nov. 1996.

Its pioneering contributions in the field of engineering education, research and training are unparalleled in our country.

One can surely look back with pride on the achievement of its alumni over the last century and a half.

But resting on old laurels alone will note serve. If it has to remain in the forefront, the University needs to be alive to the dynamics of education and research. The historic 150th anniversary occasion provides an ideal opportunity for the University, not only to focus on past achievements and glory, but also to rededicate ourselves for a brighter future and faster growth.

The University is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding in the Sesquicentennial Year starting Nov. in 1996, on a scale befitting the momentous occasion. The Celebrations shall begin with an Inaugural Function in Nov. 1996 and close with a Veledictory Function in Nov. 1997.

The programme is intended to cover not only commemorative activities but also to focus the nation's attention on its past achievements and present strengths. It is also planned to utilise this year of celebrations to carry out activities which will help to assess the national scene on Technical Education which is currently going through a crucial phase. Much will depend indeed on the financial support that can be mustered from Governmental and other sources. Utmost effort is being made for the same.


RENOVATION OF EXISTING FACILITIES

It is proposed to renovate the University hospital, the existing guest house, the convocation hall and sports facilities to refurbish the same.


CONFERENCES AND EXCHANGES

As part of these exercises, during the Celebration Year, it is proposed to hold a number of Conferences and Symposia on chosen subjects. The following conference have been planned.

SESQUICENTENNIAL YEARS CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA PROGRAMMES
S.No.TopicsDepartmentsDate
1.Mathematics and its Applications to Engineering and Industry Maths Dec. 16-18, 1996
2. International Conference on Advances in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Mech. Feb. 6-8, 1997
3. International conference on Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development Civil Feb. 13-15, 1997
4.Conference on Computer Applications in Electrical Engineering - Recent Advances Elect.Sept. 7-11, 1997
5.Conference on Emerging trends in HydrologyHyd.Sept.25-27, 1997
6.Planning for 21st Century Concepts and SystemsArch.Oct. 2-4, 1997

In addition, the University proposes to invite eminent speakers to the campus to deliver expert lectures.

It is especially planned to organise T.V. programmes and Panel Discussion (on T.V.) to focus on current issues related to Technical Education.


PROPOSED ACTIVITIES

Centre of Advance Studies

It is proposed to set up a Centre of Advanced Studies to address the research problems of `Disaster Mitigation', `Computer Applications in the Industries',and, `Materials Development.'


MODERNISING AND STRENGTHENING INFRASTRUCTURAL SYSTEM

Strengthening of Computing, Library & Communication Facilities

The University has to keep up with the advancements in Science and Technology for which it must strengthen its basic facilities like the central computing facility, the library and communication and access to institutions elsewhere in the country and abroad. The University has already established an Information Superhighway Centre and is on INTERNET.

It is proposed to run the computer system on distributed environment - a network spread across multiple computers and technologies. Optical bandwidths will be utilized to develop the technology for distributed CPU sharing and automatic load balancing.


STRENGTHENING OF CONFERENCE FACILITIES

A large number of lecture/expositions/symposia/ workshops are being organised from time to time. It is therefore proposed to have an Auditorium for and audience of about 500 persons, which will be equipped with audio-visual, projection and other facilities for the conduct of these activities.


STRENGTHENING OF GUEST HOUSE FACILITIES

The interaction of the University with other institutions, industry and other organisations (both governmental and non-governmental) is on the increase. The university also gets visitors from the industry who come for `On Campus Selections' of the students. There is a strongly felt need of a faculty house and field hostel. It is proposed to construct a 12 suite guest house and a 40 suite field hostel.


EXPOSITION

An exhibition-cum-open house is to be set up with the purpose of bringing to the notice of people around, the history of technological developments.


COMMEMORATIVE ACTIVITIES


The university has constituted a committee with a representative each from all the departments/units to coordinate the activities and has set up an office of Room No. N-15, Main Admn. Building.

With all round active cooperation, support and participation it is hoped to make this historic occasion a really memorable one.




For Details, Please Contact :

Chairman, SQCC
N-15, Main Adm. Building
University of Roorkee
ROORKEE - 247667, U.P. INDIA
Tel : {01332)65501, 72349 ext 5501
FAX : (01332) 73560


E-Mail : sqcc@rurkiu.ernet.in
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