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5th Asia and Pacific Young Researchers and Graduates Symposium on "Current challenges in Structural engineering" 15/10/2013 To 16/10/2013

The 5th Asia- Pacific Young Researchers and Graduates Symposium: Current Challenges in Structural Engineering (YRGS - 2013) was held at MNIT Jaipur on October 15-16, 2013.
The series of the Asia and Pacific Young Researchers and Graduates Symposium (YRGS) was initiated in 2009 to promote the young professionals from academics, research, and field practice and to facilitate knowledge sharing between Asia and Pacific countries.
A tremendous development of infrastructure is expected in the Asia-Pacific Region in the coming years. The young structural engineers have a crucial role to play in this development in terms of new ideas. These engineers need to interact more often for exchange of idea, understanding the problems faced in different countries and help each other by coming out with the suggestions and collaborative research. It was found that the research community of European Countries and American Countries has many platforms for the young engineers to discuss their ideas. However, there was no such formal platform in the Asia and Pacific region for the young structural engineers. Considering this need, the series of the Asia and Pacific Young Researchers and Graduates Symposium (YRGS) was initiated to promote the young structural engineering professionals of this region from academics, research, and field practice and to facilitate knowledge sharing between Asia and Pacific countries. The first YRGS was held in 2009 at Kunsan National University, Korea; second in 2010 at Zhejiang University, China; the third in 2011 at National Taiwan University, Taiwan and fourth in 2012 at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
YRGS 2013 accepted forty two papers from countries including Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand. The symposium consisted of a two day technical program: the first day program was organized in five technical sessions; and the second day program was organized in three technical sessions with one session jointly organized with the Asian Concrete Federation. The papers presented at YRGS 2013 discussed the current challenges being faced in structural engineering in the Asia and Pacific region and the efforts carried out by young researchers to overcome these challenges.
The symposium was organized in partnership with the Asian Concrete Federation (ACF), and was sponsored by Ambuja Cements Ltd. and Altair India. Renowned professors and scientists from India and abroad attended the symposium and enlightened the young participants with their thoughd. The keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. A.K. Nagpal (IIT Delhi), Prof. S. B. Singh (BITS Pilani), Prof. P.K. Gupta (IIT Roorkee), Prof. Saroj Mandal (Jadavpur University), Prof. M.K. Banerjee (MNIT Jaipur). A special session was organized by the Asian Concrete Federation in which the speeches were delivered by Dr. Hwa-kian Chai (University of Malaya, Malaysia); Dr. Yew-Chin Koay (VicRoads, Australia); Dr. Raktipong Sahamitmongkol (Thammasat University, Thailand) and Prof. Y. Kobayashi (Nihon University, Japan).
Prof. I. K. Bhatt, Director MNIT thanked ACF for supporting YRGS and expressed his willingness to have the Indian Chapter of ACF in MNIT Jaipur.

Dr. Sandeep Chaudhary
Symposium Chair
MNIT Jaipur, India


Report of YRGS 2013 in ACF News Letter

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