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Report of S.B. Joshi memorial Award function held on Jan 06, 2018

23rd S B. Joshi Memorial Award Function 2017

Late S.B. Joshi memorial annual award is given by the Alumni Association of COEP to renowned bridge and structural engineers for the last 22 years.

This year the Association selected Dr. Gaurang Prasad Saha, Executive Director, Construma Consultancy Private Limited, for the award.

Dr. Saha holds a Ph.D. from University of Leeds (UK) and has 47 years of experience in the field of bridge engineering. Some distinguished projects completed under his leadership include rail-cum-road bridge over river Ganga (Patna), Cable stayed Bridge (Bagchhal, Himachal Pradesh), and Changbangdu flyover in Thimpoo (Bhutan).

The award function was held on  January 6, 2018 in mini auditorium of COEP. The function started with National Anthem followed by welcome address by Director COEP Dr.B.B.Ahuja. President , Alumni Association , Mr. Subhash Deshpande reviewed various activities of the Association. Mrs. Veena Gore presented life sketch of Late Mr. S B Joshi and described the history of the award.

A competition had been organized for COEP students to propose a design/plan for a foot over bridge/underpass to connect the college hostel with the campus smoothly.  Three entries were received. Mr. Jayasing Jadhav gave two separate proposals. One proposal involved a circular bridge at junction of MITCON and Sancheti Hospital. The other proposal had an underpass from hostel to gymkhana and a foot over bridge between MITCON and Campus. This entry was selected for a prize of Rs. 10,000.

An e-book titled ‘Notes on Bridge Engineering’ by Dr. NR Patwardhan was published on this occasion. The book is intended for undergraduate students and fresh graduates in civil engineering. Dr. NR Patwardhan was felicitated for his contributions in organizing S B Joshi award activity since its conception.

Alumni Association has a convention of felicitating alumni who have completed 60 years since graduation. Two such alumni Mr. GL Kulkarni and Mr. Khan (both graduates of 1955) who attended the award ceremony were felicitated at the hands of the President, to a loud applause from the audience.

Dr. Saha was felicitated with pagdi, shawl, shreeful, bouquet , memento and purse at the hands of Dr. B B Ahuja and Mr Subhash Deshpande. A citation was read by Dr. Suhasini Madhekar. A souvenir containing the citation and lecture of Dr. Saha was released by the dignitaries on the dais.

Dr. Saha then delivered a post award lecture titled ‘Continuous bridge decks: a critical review’. In his lecture he explained continuity of deck slabs and diaphragms of the bridge. He explained how he promoted construction using pre-stressing couplers for projects in Delhi. He also explained use of well foundation and its advantages over pile foundation in alluvial soil.

The engineers present found the lecture very interesting.

The function ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. P M Raval, Convener. The function was sponsored by Mr. Siddharth Shah, MD, Cosmos Construction Machineries & Equipments (P) Ltd.