P Surya Prakash is new National President of ACCE
The Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) (ACCE (I)) today announced the appointment of P Surya Prakash as its new National President. With around 28 years of experience in the civil engineering sector, Surya Prakash will be responsible for the operations of ACCE (I) until 2015 and takes over from B S C Rao whose term ended in (Month) 2013.
Speaking about the appointment, Surya Prakash said: “It is an honor to take over as National President of the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India). I believe India needs civil engineers who are not only talented and capable but those who are filled with passion and fortitude to build a sustainable urban landscape. For close to three decades, the association has been working towards advancements in the industry. I hope to build on the work that has already been done and take it forward with assistance from the board.”
Surya Prakash shared his vision for civil engineering reform in India, stressing on the need to improve processes within the civil engineering community and its affiliates and calling for the inclusion of stakeholders such as the Government and civil body associations in the roadmap. He underlined the need to unite all associations of consulting civil engineers — software, researchers, academicians and technologists — under one umbrella and impresses upon embracing technologies like cloud computing and shareware to enhance the vast civil engineering domain. The issue of uniformity in norms regulating the industry including procurement, HR policies and engineering practices will also be on his agenda.
To meet objectives, Surya Prakash intends to create a Task Force that will look at creating brand value for the civil engineering domain and ACCE(I) by encouraging membership of the association and inculcating patrons within it. The creation of student partnership by offering internships, summer training and projects was also suggested apart from creating a database of civil engineers and updating their profiles regularly. The intended changes in the industry are to be assimilated in the next two years.
Making a presentation on sustainable building, the newly-appointed president also shared views on the need for green technology in construction, carbon emission and energy consumption, materials versus O&M, USGBC – IGBC – GRIHA OF TERI, Green Home Rating System – IGBC – GRIHA, the need for rationality, and about the Energy Conservation Act.
ACCE was formed in 1985 with aims that included fostering ideals of professionalism, introducing to members latest technological advancements in the area, acting as a spokesperson for consultants to deal with Government, Corporations and other agencies regarding policy matters, and identify areas where consultants can contribute to betterment of the country. During his tenure as National President, Prakash intends to reexamine the association’s objectives and contribute towards building a sustainable urban India.