The major objective of the program is to train and prepare students for a career in Geotechnical Engineering in accordance with the current industrial needs. It is also intended that the programme develops a passion and a firm base for research at doctoral level (Ph.D.). The program offers courses in various specialised areas of Geotechnical Engineering, such as soil mechanics, geotechnical investigation, foundation engineering, ground improvement techniques, environmental geotechnics, slope stabilisation, retaining structures, and soil dynamics, to name a few. The course work is broadly divided into core and elective courses. While the core courses are meant to provide a solid foundation to the M.Tech. students in Geotechnical Engineering, the elective courses offer the students the flexibility to choosecourses that best suit their future career aspirations. The elective courses include advanced topics that are relevant to current industry requirements. The program has also been planned meticulously to have a good blend of theory and practice, wherein, in addition to the theory courses, students are exposed to experimental methods and the computational/modelling aspects of geotechnical analysis and design.
The Geotechnical Engineering laboratory is well equipped with all the basic equipment for the characterization of geomaterials and advanced testing equipment. The state-of-the art advanced testing equipment currently includes automated static and cyclic triaxial systems, computerized direct shear system, automated consolidation apparatus, computer-controlled flexible wall permeameter, and large soil-geosynthetic interface resistance testing system. In addition, X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) are available in the Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) of the Institute. The Institute is in the process of procuring additional advanced equipment and various sensors for model and large–scale geotechnical studies.
The institute has a state-of-the-art High-Performance Computing Cluster (HPC) ‘Chandra’ that is available to the students, research scholars, staff and faculty. Computational facilitates for conducting studies in geotechnical engineering include ABAQUS, PLAXIS 2D, PLAXIS 3D, ANSYS, GeoStudio 2018 (SLOPE/W, SEEP/W, SIGMA/W, QUAKE/W, TEMP/W) for finite element modelling of geotechnical problems, FB-Multipier and FB-Deep (educational version) for individual and group analyses of deep foundation and MATLAB and other programming software packages. Purchase of additional relevant software packages is underway.