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Civil Engineering Education at the Anna University, India, and at the University of Florida

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Education and Comparative Studies at Universities throughout Asia, Far East

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25.310.1 - 25.310.13



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Rajarajan Subramanian Maryland State Highway Administration

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Rajarajan Subramanian is currently working as a Transportation Engineer at Maryland State Highway Administration. He earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in engineering from the Department of Civil & Costal Engineering, University of Florida. He has 20 years of experience with government, academia and industry. He was a Senior Lecturer at Annamalai University, India, teaching civil engineering for nine years. He also worked in Linton Institute of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in Ipoh, Malaysia, for three years. In Watertown, Mass., he worked as a Transportation Engineer for VHB. Inc., for one year.

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Thavavigna Thanikachalam University of Florida

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Thavavigna Thanikachalam is a student pursuing a master's in civil engineering at the University of Florida and an acctive member in ASCE, ASTM, ACI, and AASHTO.

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Fazil T. Najafi University of Florida

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Fazil T. Najafi a professor of civil and coastal engineering at the University of Florida earned his B.S.A.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has more than 35 years of experience with government, industry, and education. He has more than 300 research papers published and presented to international, national, and local organizations. Dr. Najafi is a member of many professional committees and several professional societies. His areas of specialization include transportation planning and management, legal aspects, construction contract administration, and public works.

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CIVIL ENGINEERING EDUCATION AT THE ANNA UNIVERSITY, INDIA AND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Abstract This paper gives an overview and comparison of curriculum, method of teaching, examinations and grading system in Civil Engineering Department at Anna University, College of Engineering, India and University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, U.S.A. East India Company started College of Engineering, India as school of survey in 1794 and the Survey School was upgraded to Civil Engineering in 1858. It is one of the oldest engineering colleges in India. There is no major variation in fundamental courses but design courses vary due to variation in codes. Most of the courses the problems and questions are solved manually using calculators. Whereas in University of Florida, Software Applications are used for solving the problems in home-works and tests. Anna University Curriculum is focused on theoretical and basic concepts. Whereas in at the University of Florida, the curriculum is focused on the latest technology and practical applications. Grading and Examination policies are variable in Anna University and University of Florida. Industrial Internship is mandatory in the final semester for students to Graduate at Anna University. Whereas, at University of Florida, it is not mandatory and it is flexible. There is flexibility in selection of courses in UF. There is no flexibility in selection of courses in our Civil Engineering Department in Anna University.

Subramanian, R., & Thanikachalam, T., & Najafi, F. T. (2012, June), Civil Engineering Education at the Anna University, India, and at the University of Florida Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21068

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