The objective of the awards are to recognize and honour the valuable contributions and work of Indian Construction Fraternity that has significantly enriched the construction domain and has helped bring about a change in our construction practices. Dr. P. R. Swarup, Director General, Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) is now also the new Chairman of the Indian Society for Trenchless Technology (INDSTT). Dr. Swarup has also been nominated as President of International Council of Consultants.
CECR: When were the Vishwakarma Awards constituted? How has this helped the Indian Construction Industry?
P. R. Swarup: Launched in the year 2009, the CIDC Vishwakarma Awards are inspired by the spirit of construction and creation patronized by Lord Vishwakarma, the ruling deity of the Construction practices in India. The prime objective of this award is to recognize and honour the valuable contributions and work of Indian Construction fraternity that has significantly enriched the construction domain and has helped bring about a change in our construction practices. The awards are an embodiment of encouraging truly successful efforts from individuals and organizations that have made a mark on the present Indian Construction Industry in terms of delivering better outputs, processes and creating higher benchmarks for construction industry to help in nation building. The process of due diligence for the awards is embedded with a free interactive communication model, which shares the feedback with the applicant. The brainstorming, management interactions and site visit observations are shared with the applicants providing them an opportunity to improve / improvise any aspect of their processes and keep abreast with what is happening in the industry. Time and again we find that the awardees / applicants are always eager to imbibe the suggestions of evaluators for continual improvement and give due importance to follow-up visits to remain on a path of constant excellence. Our intent with the awards has been to recognize and reward replicable best practices in the Indian Construction Industry to encourage learning from one another and set the bar higher in whatever we do. In this regards, CIDC VKA is a small yet significant step, which is widely appreciated and draws enthusiastic participation form the industry.
CECR: What are the initiatives taken by the CIDC for the development of the Construction Industry?
P.R.S: As a development council, CIDC works across the spectrum and with all stakeholders to protect, project & promote the industry. Amongst CIDC’s notable initiatives for the development of the construction industry, some are:
- Skill development at all levels – Workers, Supervisors, Diploma, Degree, M. Tech & PhD programs are jointly offered with universities. Association of National Universities (Sandip University,
Dr. P.R. SwarupRajasthan Technical University, Gujarat Technological University, Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Periyar Maniammai University, Singhania University, Teerthankar Mahaveer University, & IGNOU) and their active involvement in all the stages of our programmes.
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- Setting up of On-site and Off-site Training Centres: One of the major initiatives of CIDC is to set up training facilities for various trades of construction & related sectors, all over India and abroad. Various State Govts. (Haryana, MP, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu etc.) Signed MoU with CIDC for skill development of human resources & placement of un-employed youth in their state in construction sector. CIDC has entered into an MOU with NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) to jointly train and certify “Workers and Supervisors through NIOS-CIDC certification”.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): CIDC actively pursues the agenda for rehabilitation of Project Affected Persons. Our patrons for such programmes include GMR Foundation, Mittal-HPCL, Teesta Urja, Reliance Power etc. Our Construction Trades Training expertise and resources are customized for increasing the capacity of skilled human resources for the Construction Industry. This training empowers them with skills and enables livelihoods generation and creation of a dedicated construction workforce for nation building.
- EDPs (Executive Development Programs): These programmes help Executives to prepare themselves for bigger challenges in their career and enhance their performance in the challenging global business environment. Executive Development Programmes conducted by CIDC are delivered on a continual learning philosophy and are ideal for working executives and entrepreneurs who are hard pressed for time and find it difficult to enrol for regular long duration programmes. Inclusion of a pre-qualification condition in NHAI’s tender documents stating a minimum of 5% of trained and certified workers to be employed to be eligible for any of the bid invited by NHAI has been made. Contract Clause has been introduced by Military Engineering Services for the Mandatory Employment of 25% trained and certified workforce in all contracts. CPWD, Delhi PWD, DMRC, Engineering Projects (I) Ltd., ONGC & various other PSUs have introduced contract clause 19K making it mandatory for the contractor to deploy not less than 20% of total skilled/ semi-skilled workers in each trade, at any stage of work. Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (vide G.O.Ms.No.61 dated 11-04-2000 issued by Transport, Road & Buildings (R.III) Department) has introduced a voluntary cess of 0.25% to be deducted from the bill of all the civil contractors; this amount is used for training and certification activities of construction workers. Ministry of Labour (vide Office Order Ref No. DGET-17/1/5/2001-PCT (Pt) dated 08/05/2003) has authorized CIDC as the nodal agency for certification of construction workers under their scheme of “Certification of skills of workers in the Informal Sector” during 10th Five Year Plan.
- Contract Management Services: To eliminate the time and cost overrun in construction project execution, Contract Management Systems developed by CIDC were well adopted by Ministry of Statistics, Planning and Programme Implementation and issued a set of guide lines on Contract Management System and harmonized bidding condition for domestic Construction Contracts on November 7, 2001. Since then CIDC is helping project authorities to revamp their contract management systems.
- Training on Emerging Technologies: Drones, Arbitral Assistants, Online Dispute Resolution, Ground Aquifer Recharging etc.
- Networking with National and International bodies for promotion of best practices and technologies.
- Creation of Databases.
- Program for Awards and Motivation for the industry.
CECR: What special activities are taken up / promoted by the CIDC towards Make in India initiative by the Government?
P.R.S: CIDC is relentlessly working towards National Schemes like “Make in India”, “Skilling India”, “Swachh Bharat” etc, and CIDC is approaching various Industry, State Government, Departments and PSUs for the following:
1. Creation of a National Database of reliable vendors including Contractors, Suppliers, Manufacturers, Consultants and Service Providers for use by all stakeholders.
2. Construction of Toilets in rural hinterland.
3. Training and Human Resource Development programmes for Senior Administrative and Technical Officers.
4. Manpower planning studies / Strategy formulation including business process reviews / Detailed Design and project preparation.
5. Testing, Certification and Training of Unskilled Workers engaged in construction activities.
6. Procurement Process Review and streamlining - Preparation of standard contract clauses/Works Manuals-amendment to existing chapters and documents.
7. Development of Construction cost indices / Schedule of rates / preparation and provision for its revision.
8. Independent Quality Assurance of Construction.
9. Project Management Consultancy.
10. System for monitoring, quality checking and evaluation of work done.
11. Organizing Seminars / Workshops for all stakeholders.
CECR: What do you foresee as the growth of the Construction Industry in the next five years in India? In what aspects will the industry develop?
P.R.S: In the next few years nature of construction will change a lot, like more automation will come into force, output per person is bound to increase, quality of training of personnel required will be very high and facilities will be required to provide required skills, which is slightly lacking in our country.
CECR: How are you achieving Skill Development in the construction field?
P.R.S: CIDC is approaching various Union Government departments, State Government departments, PSUs, academia and industry for achieving skill development in the construction industry through its various programs, such as
1. On-site testing, training & Certification of construction workers.
2. Skill upgrading of supervisors & managers.
3. Skilling the Project affected persons / unemployed youth of India under Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
4. Weekend Diploma, Degree, M. Tech & PhD programs, jointly offered with universities.
CECR: Any other views you would like to share with our readers?
P.R.S: CIDC is now taking up a major initiative of training engineering students. CIDC is a member of the apex Indian Engineering Guild, Engineering Council of India (ECI), which is created for professionalization of Engineering Operations. Recently ECI has entered in a MoU for conducting internships with Indian Government Technical Education Regulator, AICTE (http://www.aictindia.org/downloads/eci.pdf). This MoU authorises ECI and its member associations to provide compulsory internships to students of AICTE approved programmes where the total number of candidates for these training programmes are close to 2.5 million each year. It is a giant step, and CIDC, jointly with other 31 technical societies / associations, would be contributing its bit in this major national training initiative by providing some of these trainings in construction sector. AICTE has made the “Internship” component mandatory for graduating engineers & management students from session 2017-18, to obtain their degrees.
It is a giant step to make country’s youth employable and strengthen them economically by providing them a meaningful, industry relevant, skill-based training, to help engineers/ technologists acquire necessary skills through internship and training. It is essential to develop young technical professionals with required proficiency and skills to meet the needs of industry and infrastructure development. Through internship programmes CIDC is trying to develop integration between academia and industry to reduce unemployability of young personnel.
CECR: What message would you like to share with the new applicants, those who are willing to join the forthcoming 11th Vishwakarma Award?
P.R.S: As we move ahead in our quest for excellence, we need to self-introspect from time to time and see that we carry our good work and practices from one site to another. Adoption of best practices & technology needs to be encouraged at all levels and we should put all our efforts to keep the people we work with and the people we work for, happy. We need to do things that build on sustainable practices for continuity of our efforts and rewards.
CECR: A few words about CE&CR as your regular companion?
P.R.S: Keeps me in tune with the construction ecosystem and beyond - honest, reliable, sustainable – Keep doing the good work!
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