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BIT to host global meet
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Ranchi, July 10: BIT-Mesra will be playing host to a three-day international workshop on energy efficient architecture from tomorrow.

Building Physics, which is organised by the premier cradle’s architecture department, will see 50 architects and engineers taking part. The symposium is for senior academics and professors from IIT and BIT-Mesra.

The meet’s chief facilitator will be Ardeshir Mahdavi, director professor of the department of building physics and building ecology, Technical University of Vienna, Austria. He will be accompanied by his colleague.

Vice chancellor of the host institute Ajoy Chakraborty will be the chief guest.

Head of the architecture department Manjari Chakraborty said the proposed workshop is the third in the series. “This is a very prestigious event. The second was hosted by Infosys at Mysore in August 2010 and the first by National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture at Pune in January 2009. Both were attended by the leading architectural and engineering institutes in India,” she added.

She added that the main objective of the workshop was to develop the learning curve of faculty members. “The highlight of this workshop is the introduction of teaching materials, which have been developed by the USAID ECO-III project in partnership with Technical University of Vienna,” she said.

Elaborating further on this, she said the ECO-III project focussed on developing the capacity of an institution at the state level by working with energy development agencies. “The teaching material, which comprises the fundamentals of building physics, will be given to all participating architectural and engineering institutions,” she added.

An elaborate discussion will be held on what is called the “thermal and light performance of buildings” in architectural parlance, as well as an introduction to scientific research design and methods.

The architecture department of BIT-Mesra continues to add more feathers to its cap. It was ranked fifth among the top 10 national-level architectural schools by a national magazine and is also the only institute in the state to offer a five-year bachelor’s programme in architecture.

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