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January 29, 2020 Wednesday 03:34:20 PM IST

Enhance knowledge, skill and expertise of the engineers: IAHE report

Policy Indications

The Committee constituted for transforming the Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) into a world-class premier institute on-highway sector, which submitted its report, has felt a strong need for enhancement of knowledge, skill and expertise of the engineers to maintain the massive road network of India in efficient, environment friendly and safe manner at economical costs. The report says, there is a need to improve existing training infrastructure, content and training methodology, establish linkages with world-renowned international institutes and carry out applied research & related works.

 The committee has recommended:

  • ·       To expand the scope of IAHE to include three distinct functions i.e. (i) Training, (ii) Applied Research and Development in the Highways and Public Transport Sector, and (iii) Road Safety and Regulation.
  • ·        One-year foundation training has been proposed for AEEs of Ministry and Deputy Managers of NHAI simultaneously including 15 days foreign training. Successful completion of foundation training must for continuation in service.
  • ·        Successful completion of mid-career training mandatory for promotion to the next higher level.
  • ·        Exclusive training programme proposed for engineers working with contractors and consultants.
  • ·        IAHE to offer customized training courses for State PWD officers for State Highways, MDRs and Rural Roads.
  • ·        IAHE to start training programmes for quality control, assistant quality control engineers of consultants and contractors on material testing processes and such training requirements to be made mandatory through appropriate guidelines.
  • ·        IAHE to collaborate leading foreign institutions/industry on specialised areas such as tunnelling, multilevel crossings, etc.
  • ·        IAHE to work as think tank of Ministry and render advice on specific references.
  • ·        Centre of excellence to be created in IAHE for traffic modelling and simulation.
  • ·        Applied research including field trials to promote the use of waste materials, textiles, plastic, new materials, recycling in highway construction.
  • ·        Proposed upgradation of existing IAHE laboratory along with certification from NABL to conduct all third party testing of materials used on NH projects.
  • ·        Storage of all road-related data such as traffic, inventory & condition of road and bridges, etc. in IAHE.
  • ·        IAHE to prepare SOP for management of accidents and establish a centre of traffic engineering, data section and accident analysis for future study and improvement of road safety.
  • ·        IAHE to be tasked for all activities related to training and certification of road safety auditors.
  • ·        There is plan for massive infrastructure development of IAHE.
  • ·        Commensurate changes proposed in organisational structure to realise the above objectives.
  • (Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1600899