School of Civil Engineering, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) organized expert lectures on ‘Floating Solar PV” and “Landslides” to promote interdisciplinary studies in alignment with the National Education Policy, encouraging students to explore beyond the conventional boundaries of civil engineering. The event commenced with an opening note from Dr. V. K. Dogra, Head of the School of Civil Engineering (SoCE). The expert, Dr. Manish Kumar from Himachal Pradesh University passionately discussed the importance of civil engineers in advancing research and development in new technologies for the frames that support floating solar PV systems. He introduced the audience to the latest trends in solar PV development, shedding light on the potential of floating solar solutions in harnessing renewable energy sources. Dr. Kumar’s presentation was both educational and inspiring, emphasizing the role of civil engineering in the renewable energy sector.
Following this, the other expert, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, also from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, spoke on “Landslides.” He not only elucidated the causes and mechanisms behind landslides but also shared valuable insights on mitigation techniques. To exemplify the importance of the subject, Dr. Sharma presented several case studies of recent landslides in Himachal Pradesh, showcasing the real-world consequences of these natural disasters. His comprehensive presentation left the audience with a heightened awareness of the potential dangers and preventive measures associated with landslides. Concluding the event, Dr. Vaibhav Sapkal, delivered the valedictory speech, summarizing the significance of the day’s discussions and emphasizing their relevance to the field of civil engineering. The event was coordinated by Mr. Srijan, and Mr. Gautam Narula, the latter also delivered a vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to the esteemed guest speakers, students, and faculty for their active participation. The event was a resounding success in promoting innovation, knowledge exchange, and academic enrichment among the students and faculty.