The 16th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering will be held at Department of Earthquake Engineering, IIT Roorkee from Dec.20-22, 2018. Fifteen Symposia of similar nature, held in the past since 1959 at an interval of four years, have made significant impact on the development and enhancement of Earthquake Engineering Education and Research. The 16th symposium assumes great significance as it will provide a platform to review the contributions and accomplishments of the Department in the field of Earthquake Engineering in the last fifty years and draw an agenda for future course of action keeping the national need in the forefront. Lately there has been a paradigm shift and more emphasizes is laid on disaster mitigation. The damage scenario due to recent earthquakes have once again highlighted the need to evolve appropriate strategies to enhance the knowledge on earthquake resistant construction and to ensure that the same is put to use by the end user.
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in engineering, basic and applied research. Since its establishment, the Institute has played a vital role in providing the technical manpower and know-how to the country and in pursuit of research. The Institute ranks amongst the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. It has also been considered a trend-setter in the area of education and research in the field of science, technology, and engineering. The Institute had celebrated its Sesquicentennial in October 1996 and now completed more than 170 years of its existence. It was converted to IIT on September 21, 2001 by an Ordinance issued by the Government of India declared it as the nation’s seventh Indian Institute of Technology, an “Institution of National Importance”. The Institute offers Bachelor's Degree courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and Postgraduate's Degree in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and planning. The Institute has facility for doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centres.
The purpose of the symposium is to exchange professional experience and recent technological advances in Earthquake Engineering and allied fields. During last few years new policies at the national level have been debated and evolved, and limitations in providing relief measures during rescue operations have been realized. Lack of proper design to cater extreme events with long return period, poor quality of construction, inadequate administrative and legislative measures, problem of up-gradation of existing building stock, absence of appropriate mechanism for dissemination of technical know-how and awareness about earthquake resistant construction have formed the agenda of these debates. Appropriate plans and measures to be adopted at different administrative, technical and scientific levels have been devised by national bodies. This Symposium will provide a platform for researchers, professionals, planners and policy makers associated with Earthquake Engineering to share their views and opinions
Department of Earthquake Engineering, established in 1960 as School of Research and Training in Earthquake Engineering, remains the fountainhead of Earthquake Engineering Education in the country. The major functions of the Department include teaching, research, training and rendering advice in the field of earthquake engineering. The Department has been instrumental in nurturing four major fields of Earthquake Engineering namely, Structural Dynamics, Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology & Seismotectonics and Seismological Instrumentation. The multidisciplinary character makes this Department one of its kind in India and amongst a few in the world. Since its inception the Department has been organizing symposia, workshops, seminars, short term training programmes and special lectures for the purpose of disciminating scientific knowledge and technical know-how in Earthquake Engineering and allied fields.