Mr. PVVSS Ravi Prasad
Chair, Organising Committee
The Indian National Group of the IABSE and the Organising Committee take great pleasure in extending you a warm invitation to the IABSE Congress New Delhi 2023 on “Engineering for Sustainable Development” from 20th September (Wednesday) to 22nd September (Friday), 2023. India is a vast country having magnificent heritage as well as modern structures. While planning and designing structures, their sustainability and coexistence with the environment, whilst fulfilling the need of the society are to be given due consideration and importance.
The main goal of the Congress is to create a forum for the debate on why sustainability with respect to environment, culture and social needs is important. Role of engineers is vital in addressing not only the bridge and structural engineering issues, but also basic human needs such as alleviating poverty, supplying clean water and energy, responding to natural disasters, constructing resilient infrastructure, and bridging the development divide among people and many other actions, leaving no one behind.
The Congress shall focus on the most significant issues of our time that of sustainability and role of the engineer in accomplishing this goal. It is hoped that the Congress will serve as a platform for Governments, Engineering Organizations, academia and educational institutions, and industry to forge global partnerships and strengthen collaborations so as to deliver on the global sustainability development agenda.
Besides the deep intellectual discussions at the Congress itself, you will be treated to a socio-cultural feast, be it museums, historical and religious places, arts and crafts, marketing and shopping, street food, etc. New Delhi, the capital city of India has a history dating back 3000 years with a wonderful blend of historical monuments, temples, gardens and modern civil engineering structures. Modern Delhi can boast of a 350 km long metro rail network, and expanding, with 3 million daily ridership, an extensive road network, exclusive green areas, modern luxury hotels as well as business centres. The monsoon in New Delhi recedes in late September, and the post-monsoon season continues with pleasant weather.
Going further, if you choose to, you can take in some of the best tourist attractions near Delhi like - Taj Mahal and Fort at Agra, rich heritage of Rajasthan, Himalayan foothills in the North. These are on offer as comfortable post-Congress Tours. For accompanying delegates, there will be a number of special tours planned to keep them engaged and have a glimpse of the rich heritage and culture of Delhi.
The Organising Committee is making all efforts to ensure that the best available arrangements are made for the Congress. A number of cultural evenings showcasing rich Indian tradition of dance and music are also planned to entertain you.
We are confident that this Indian experience will be a memorable for you and look forward to welcome you in New Delhi in September 2023.
Mr. PVVSS Ravi PrasadChair, Organising Committee, India
About The Organisers
The Indian Group of IABSE is organising the IABSE Congress New Delhi 2023. The Organising Committee (OC) is chaired by Mr. Vinay Kumar Rajawat, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Chair of the Indian Group of IABSE.
Mr. PVVSS Ravi Prasad
Vinay Kumar Rajawat
Dr. Harshavardhan Subbarao
Rakesh Kumar Choubey
Mr. PVVSS Ravi Prasad (OC-Chair)
IDA-Building, Ground Floor
Room No.12 Jamnagar House
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110 011
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by United Nations in 2015 called for action by 2030 to end poverty, balance economic growth with social empowerment, and take Climate action to save the Planet. In the same year, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change required the nations to set their Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce Global warming. For these reasons, the Indian National Group of IABSE is hosting an International Congress of the IABSE on the theme “Engineering for Sustainable Development” to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences and build partnerships at the international level on innovation climate action and environmental protection.
Objective and Scope
The Congress will offer an opportunity for discussions and deliberations with a focus on Sustainability. As a body of professionals, IABSE would wish to contribute to achieving the larger Global Goals of Sustainability by using their domain knowledge and experience, further enriched by adaptation and innovation. Broad areas of the Congress may also address the built environment, disaster resilience, innovations (in materials, technologies, design procedures and codes of practices) and carbon footprints. Besides cutting-edge issues, such as mega-structures, high-rise structures, off-shore structures, new and innovative materials, technologies and structural solutions, advanced structural analysis, dynamic behaviour and analysis, digital technology and fabrication, the resilience of structures and cities can also be the subject of discussions.
About New Delhi
A symbol of the country's rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly. It is a place that not only touches your pulse but even fastens it to a frenetic speed. Home to millions of people, the city takes on the unprecedented responsibilities of realizing dreams by bringing people closer and inspiring their thoughts. All this is combined with the best features of a modern city such as a metro system, bustling markets and fabulous eating places. The past and the present mould seamlessly together, making centuries-old monuments a part of the city's daily life. Delhi is very much a history's child. The story of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata, when the town was known as Indraprastha, where the Pandavas used to live. Many empires rose to the heights of their power and were destroyed here. Among the prominent dynasties which made Delhi their capital were the Tughlaqs, the Khiljis and the Mughals.
Central Delhi, with its tree-lined avenues, imposing structures and buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and India Gate, reflects Delhi's colonial past. A number of museums provide a glimpse into the country's fascinating history. But the modern Delhi has a lot more to offer. Delhi has a modern, well planned and extensive Metro network that connects all corners of Delhi; this network is still growing. New roadways and flyovers have improved connectivity, the latest of which is the Signature Bridge, an ambitious Cable-cStayed Bridge project in Delhi – it promises to be a landmark. There are world-class stadia like the revamped Nehru Stadium that can be accessed by one and all, throughout the year. All of this has been developed and sustained while maintaining Delhi's green cover, a unique feature that distinguishes this truly global metropolis from other cities in the world where the tree line is subdued by skyscrapers.
The old Delhi has its own charm with heritage structures and monuments, grand places of worship for all religions, traditional as well as street food places. The city has never stopped growing and developing. Some of the most recent developments include a new War Memorial right near the old War Memorial, the iconic India Gate, the under-construction Central Vista Project and a new Parliament Building. Akshardham Temple, New Delhi
Akshardham Temple, New Delhi
New Delhi is the national capital of India. It is situated on the west bank of river Yamuna. From Hindu Kings to Muslim Sultans, the reins of the city kept shifting from one ruler to another. The old 'Havelis' and edifices from the past stand silent yet speaking volumes for their owners and people who lived here centuries back. It is a massive metropolitan area with two distinct parts, New Delhi and Old Delhi. In Old Delhi, Red Fort dating to 1600s stands testimony to the imposing Mughal-era, and the sprawling courtyard of Jama Masjid Mosque accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food courts, sweet shops, spice stalls and so on. Several National and Internationally famed tourist attractions in and around Delhi like India Gate, Akshardham temple, Qutub minar, Lotus temple entice the visitors of all ages.
Dilli Haat, New Delhi
Experience the cultural heritage and beauty of Delhi Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka, is a five-star deluxe hotel in Delhi NCR that offers an elegant and spacious venue for IABSE Congress. It is directly connected to the heart of the city with an easy access to the Sector 21 Metro station. Hotels at various rates are available within a range of 3 km. The venue is just 11 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Address: Hotel Vivanta Dwarka, Service Road, Sector 21, Dwarka, New Delhi.
Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka
The scientific program will include Keynote, Plenary and Parallel Sessions over three days. The official language of the Congress is English.
Who Should Attend
Engineers, Contractors, Developers & Policy Makers, Students, Scientists, Experts, Designers, and all those who are interested in advances and problems in civil engineering and structures are invited to join the Congress for the exchange of experiences, specialist knowledge and information in various fields of structural engineering.
A diverse and exciting social programme is being prepared for all registered participants and accompanying persons to relax and enjoy during the Congress.
Taj Mahal, Agra
Tourism has grown rapidly with a great influx of tourists from across the globe, who have been irresistibly attracted to the rich culture, heritage, and incredible natural beauty of India and it’s picturesque hill stations, captivating beaches, historical monuments, golden deserts, serene backwaters, pilgrimage sites, rich wildlife and colourful fairs. This Congress will highlight the countless reasons why India is an attractive destination and is also one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations.
A number of post Congress tours to many popular places of interest near Delhi and other parts of India will be offered. Details will be provided in the Final Invitation.