About Host Institute
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, named after the eminent engineer, planner, and statesman of the country Sir M. Visvesvaraya, is one of the thirty National Institutes of Technology in the country. It has nine undergraduate, eighteen post graduate programs with a total student strength of 5000, which includes about 500 PhD scholars. A lush green VNIT campus is sprawled over 214 acres, located centrally in the city of Nagpur, with residential facility for about 3500 students. Present NIRF ranking of VNIT is thirty two and is amongst top five NITs of the country.
Historically, this institute started as a Government Engineering College in 1956, got converted into Regional Engineering College in 1960 and eventually got the status of National Institute in 2002. Today, VNIT is Institute of National importance and has ascended itself from a teaching-oriented campus to a blend of research and teaching. Institute has many R&D projects funded through Government and private agencies. Faculty, research scholars, and students are actively involved in the research activities which is reflected in the increased number of publications, research funds, and many national and international events being arranged on the campus.
About the Department of Applied Mechanics
Established in 1962, the Department of Applied Mechanics offers two post graduate programs i.e. M. Tech. in Structural Engineering and M. Tech. in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. The department offers structural engineering courses to B. Tech. (Civil) and B.Arch. programs along with the course of Engineering Mechanics to the first year B. Tech. students.
Department is actively involved in various R & D projects from Government, Public and Private Agencies.
Department is pursuing activities related to earthquake, wind, concrete corrosion, advanced engineered materials, blast, impact and fire engineering. Department team has visited earthquake affected areas such as Bhuj, Andaman
Consultancy work of structural design and scrutiny of structures like water tanks, bridges, buildings, and other structures are being undertaken by the department. The department is also involved in the structural health assessment of various structures. Department has facilities for testing of materials, proof load testing, non-destructive testing, vibration measurement of structures.
Nagpur is the third largest city and the winter capital of Maharashtra State. Nagpur lies precisely at the centre of the country with the Zero Mile Marker indicating the geographical centre of India. In the latest rankings of 100 developing smart cities given by the Union Ministry of Urban Development, Nagpur stood first in Maharashtra state and second in India. Nagpur Metro has entered Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest double-decker viaduct metro measuring 3.14 km on Wardha Road. Known as the “Orange City”, Nagpur has officially become the greenest, safest and most technologically developed city in the Maharashtra state. Nagpur is also known as the, “Tiger Capital of India” as it connects many Tiger Reserves in India to the world. It is well connected to all the major cities of the country by air and has also international connectivity. Needless to say, Nagpur is a
major railway junction of North-South and East-West railway lines.