Smart Infr-EST is a global think-and-do tank whose mission is to build and nurture the young minds by connecting people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust.
At Smart Infr-Est, some of the best minds in Civil Engineering are at work to help improve the excellence and professionalism in Civil Engineering Students. The agenda of the body is to promote smart and sustainable cities among the civil engineering students and create an ecosystem for students to showcase innovative ideas, imbibe feeling of fellowship among civil engineers, nurture leadership qualities among students and be the next big thing through various initiatives, events, workshops, speaker series, internships, career guidance sessions and smart exhibitions.
In 2014, a small group of enthusiasts started meeting every month in Hyderabad. Conversations were passionate, and there was a shared feeling that they could lead to something more. From this collective energy, one core idea emerged: An idea to better understand the change underway and accelerate the transition to a more meaningful society by empowering the pioneers of the Civil Engineering from across the Nation through this project. On August 2nd, 2015, it was decided to give this project a name, and that was the official birth of Smart Infr-Est. And following the success of their very first event in Hyderabad in October 2015 this milestone event officialized the global scope of the project, as well as the foundation of Smart Infr-EST as an Engineering Services Trust mentored by Er. P Surya Prakash (MD, Satyavani Projects and Consultants) and directed by enthusiasts who had been leading the development of Smart Infr-EST over the past months.
After the first fest, Smart Infr-EST quickly spread beyond the borders of Telangana, to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and all over South India, thanks to an amazing team of Coordinators. Now the Engineering colleges all over India are expected to join hands. Following the success of the first edition of Smart Infr-Est, and with the growing attention given to the Smart Cities, the team decided to come up with new initiatives to address the needs of the budding Civil Engineering Students. Initiatives such as Smart LEAP, Smart Simulation, Smart In-cube, Smart Warriors and SHARP have been formed to develop and incorporate different skills, to provide internships and funds to startups, to give guidance in career and also to bring about a change in the Civil Engineering community.
On the eve of Anniversary issue, keeping up with its theme of upliftment of institutional and engineering bodies in India, Masterbuilder had one to one chat with Er. P Surya Prakash (MD, Satyavani Projects and Consultants) founder of the project.
During the conversation, he shared his insights on common queries related to the Smart Infr-EST.
Here the are few excerpts of the interview.
Since its evolution in October 2015 till date how has been the journey of Smart Infr-EST so far?
The journey has been good, constructive and learning one. It started by organizing technical fest involving 600 students, 40 colleges, 14 events. It was successful and encouraged us to take our journey to a long drawn path for betterment of employment and employability of Civil Engineers by Connecting Ideas through fellowship.
We have kept on mulling with our thought process, added programs month on month and started spreading into other states. The interaction with more and more of the institutions and students sporadically with industry has spun lot of ideas and steps to find ways and means of achieving our goals.
What technique is Smart Infr-EST adopting in nurturing the young minds by connecting people, organisation and ideas.
Smart Infr-EST is encouraging and bringing out the managerial, technical and professional skills from the students. The taste of implementing budding ideas, seeing results and reaping the benefits is encouraged more and more to society
What are the different initiatives taken by Smart Infr-EST ?
The different initiatives of Smart Infr-EST are
– Smart Infrest (Fest for Connecting Ideas through Fellowship)
– Smart SIMULATION (A career guidance program)
– Smart LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Advancements and Practices)
– SHARP (Smart Hands on Apprenticeships & Rostrum for Placements)
– Smart INCube (Support to Start-ups)
– Smart WARRIORS
In addition to this, we conduct Industry Institute Interaction session called Smart Summit, MV Awards to facilitate and reward outstanding academician, constructioner, designer and student.
Share insight on the leadership team of the project?
Team is under the umbrella of 7 trustees including the mentor. Leadership team includes National Director, State Directors from the industries, Technical Manager, students as National Coordinators, State Coordinators, Logistics head and Creative head. Coordinators and ambassadors are identified from various colleges. Each state has Advisory board consisting of industry experts and academicians.
Kindly discuss on vacation program that makes the student a part of greater Hyderabad movement.
SHOW (Save Hyderabadis On Roads) was an event conducted under the initiative Smart Warriors. The main concept of it was Conditional assessment, causes and remedies of Pavements. Now, Smart Infr-EST is conducting Smart Summer Internship Program. Under this there are 8 different topics.
– CLEAN (Colony Level Environmental Assessment and Neutralization)
– Construction and Demolition waste management
– Flood Management
– Building Health Check-up
– Affordable Housing
– Swachh Hyderabad
– Traffic Studies and Management
Function hall and Function waste management.
Kindly discuss on the submission process of the work project and about its future scope.
The report which was made during SHOW was submitted to GHMC commissioner and Chief Engineer. The recommendations given were incorporated. Apart from this it was submitted by student in their college as Major Project which received great appreciation from the examiners.
The report of the 8 projects being provided as Smart Summer Internship Program will be submitted to concern department. This can be submitted by students as mini project in their respective colleges.
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