The President Message
Dear Esteemed members,
First of all, I would like to thank all the members for giving me the opportunity to serve as President of the Indian Geotechnical Society, for the term 2021-2022. With your blessings, I have assumed this responsibility in the General Body Meeting of the Society held during the Indian Geotechnical Conference, IGC-2020 organized by Visakhapatnam chapter. I am looking forward to take up the responsibility with full sincerity and dedication.
Also, I would like to place on record and whole heartedly appreciate outgoing President, Prof. Sivakumar Babu, Hon. Secretary, Prof. J. T. Shahu and NEC members for all their efforts and the hard work done during last four years for making this IGS a very progressive and a vibrant society.
I would like to congratulate all the newly elected NEC members and welcome Prof. J T Shahu, who has agreed to serve the Society as Honorary Secretary for the Term 2021-2022. I solicit the support of all the NEC members and individual members for discharging my duties fruitfully.
The IGS has by now become a lively society with its international presence due to very hard work put in by the predecessors, past presidents, honorary secretaries, and the successive executive committees to meet the aspirations of the IGS members. Recently, under the leadership of Prof. Sivakumar Babu, IGS has initiated large number of measures to expand the database and has constituted committees to suggest measures to popularize geotechnical engineering at grass root level. As IGS President, my immediate aim would be to further strengthen the process to exploit our maximum collective potential for bringing in improvements, wherever necessary.
The role of professionals in the activities of any society is a must. IGS has always been in the forefront to encourage them to share their experiences at various forums. Efforts will be made to further strengthen their bond to enrich the society with their valuable experience. I would request the professionals to contribute in the preparation of design manuals and special publications for budding practitioners.
I am sure you all will agree that the participation of young professionals and research students in conferences, quiz competitions, etc. at national and international levels will imbibe confidence and motivate them to take up the challenging assignments in the research as well as in practice. IGS will always be available to help them in their endeavors.
Currently, there are 48 local chapters of IGS. The chapters will have to enhance activities at local chapter level and also try to motivate the nearby chapters which are lagging behind. The IGS will try to encourage the chapters by arranging some activities in the cities where such local chapters are less active. The activities may include organizing NEC meetings, advanced nature of courses for the benefit of local chapter committee members as well as local professionals and involving local field professionals in delivering lectures and enabling them to narrate their own experiences.
In this time of pandemic, students’ chapters of IGS have organized webinars in almost all parts of India. Some of the students’ chapters have even organized ISSMGE TC webinars in which many international experts have shared their experiences. IGS congratulates all these chapters and encourages them to organize many more such activities.
IGS is committed to encourage organizing advanced courses, symposia, workshops, etc. in collaboration with geotechnical societies of other countries, or foreign universities in order to increase international visibility through technical activities. We may think of bidding for international conferences or symposia.
The homepage of the Society is being updated and online membership platform is in place to facilitate new members joining IGS. I request the local chapters and the esteemed members to help in the membership drive.
It gives me immense pleasure and great satisfaction when I realize that Indian Geotechnical Journal (IGJ) has really come of age and its 51st Volume is being published at the beginning of year 2021. My predecessor, Prof. G.L. Siva Kumar Babu along with Prof. Madhavi Latha, the current Editor-in-Chief made special efforts to make the journal an International Journal (online) with co-publishing agreement with Springer Nature Publications. I express and place on record my deep sense of appreciation to the excellent work done by them. I am really very happy that the journal is doing really very well with number of technical papers being contributed by authors and experts from India and abroad. The team has also brought out a number of special issues on important topics. With the present status of the IGJ, it would be our endeavor to take the Journal to still greater heights. The present status of geotechnical engineering suggests that it now encompasses other areas of science and engineering also. In view of this, it is seriously felt that we must make serious efforts to attract both scientists and engineers working in all allied areas and encourage them to publish their research contributions in the Indian Geotechnical Journal. These efforts will go a long way in enhancing the global visibility and impact of IGJ.
I would also like to congratulate IGS Visakhapatnam chapter for organizing IGC 2020 splendidly in virtual mode. It was preceded by another ISSMGE TC213 workshop on scour and Erosion: causes and mitigation.
The IGS remains fully committed to work for the betterment of the Geotechnical engineering in general and IGS particular. I look forward to suggestions from you all. Thanking you and Wishing you all a Very Happy and Joyous New Year – 2021.
With best regards
Prof. N K Samadhiya
The President Message