The institute organised a workshop during March 14-15 on confined masonry (CM) technology and its implementation in India and Nepal. More than 20 participants from India and Nepal, including leading academics, government officials and engineers, attended the workshop which was coordinated by Dr Svetlana Brzev, visiting professor, IITGN.

There is an interest in introducing CM technology in Nepal for rebuilding after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake (magnitude 7.7) which caused damage or collapse of over 600,000 buildings in the country. CM technology is a cost-effective and seismically-safe alternative to reinforced concrete construction technology for low- to medium-rise buildings. IITGN campus features the first large-scale application of CM construction in India. Faculty & staff housing and student hostels have been constructed using CM technology.

We are pleased to share our experience regarding the application of CM technology on IITGN campus with our colleagues from Nepal, and are hoping that CM will be widely used in seismically-prone regions of India and Nepal.

Prof Sudhir K Jain

Director, IIT Gandhinagar