NCRI is The National Conference conducted by Kerala Highway Research Institute in association with the Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad.


Kerala is witnessing unpredictable weather and floods, an eye-opener which made us realize the need for resilient and sustainable infrastructure. The key issue in this respect is the integration of academic research into field practices, which gave rise to the idea of conducting a National Conference on Resilient Infrastructure (NCRI). NCRI is a platform for bright minds from academia and industry to discuss challenges, share information in a sustainable way, and introduce innovative and modern technologies in addition to modifications to current designs and practices. 


The first edition of the conference was conducted in December 2020 with the theme Environment-friendly, climate-resilient designs and construction practices for natural disaster-prone areas. 


NCRI 2022


NCRI 2022 is the second edition of the national conference scheduled for 16 September and 17 September 2022 at Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Building resilient infrastructure is of paramount importance to our State. At NCRI-2022, we shall work on the theme ‘Climate Resilient Construction Practices’. The conference presents 10 Keynote Addresses / Invited speeches by some of the most renowned civil engineers in India. NCRI2022 team was also able to secure 48 research papers which were peer-reviewed and published as the NCRI2022 Conference Proceedings. The Conference is divided into six tracks, focusing on resilient infrastructure as follows:

  • Resilience in Infrastructure Project Delivery
  • Resilient Pavement Technologies
  • Structural Resilience
  • Safety and Resilience of Transport Systems
  • Resilient Geotechnics
  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure


It is the vision of KHRI to bring together the eminent subject experts, industrialists and departmental engineers and provide a platform to freely interact with each other and share ideas and views on the topic of resilient infrastructure development, thereby encouraging research and expanding the knowledge of the whole engineering community in Kerala. This event could lead to future collaborations and innovative projects with the participating stakeholders with positive 


Day 1 – 16 September 2022

The inaugural ceremony of NCRI 2022 will be conducted on 16 September 2022, with the Hon. Minister for Public Works, Sri P A Mohamed Riyas, as Chief Guest. 2022 is the Golden Jubilee Year of KHRI, the inaugural day of NCRI 2022 shall also lay witness to our Golden Jubilee Celebrations. A few events have been arranged in connection with the Golden Jubilee Celebrations such as:

  • Release of KHRI’s Golden Jubilee Souvenir – the book recounting the past and present of KHRI along with its visionary future
  • Release of “Guidelines for Durability Design & Performance Specifications for Concrete Structures” in association with IIT Madras
  • Launch of KHRI website

Following the above will be a talk on the ‘Significance of Durability based Design and Performance Specifications’ by Prof Manu Santhanam (Dean IC&SR, IIT Madras) and Prof Radhakrishna G Pillai (IIT Madras).

Plenary keynote addresses will be conducted by eminent persons from academia and industries with expertise in various relevant areas of Civil Engineering. They are as follows:

  • Inaugural Keynote address on ‘Precasting and Some other Construction Efficiency Boosters’ – by Prof N Raghavan, IIT Madras
  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘Safeguarding the Future Funding of Bridge Projects through UHPC’ – by Dr Satish Jain, Satish Jain Consultancy Engineers
  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘Traffic Safety and Road Designs’ – by Prof Geetam Tiwari, IIT Delhi
  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘Metamaterial towards Resilient Infrastructure through Enhanced Vibration Control’ – by Prof Arnab Banerjee, IIT Delhi.


Day 2 – 17 September 2022

On the second day, the plenary and thematic keynote addresses by eminent subject experts are as follows: 

  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘GHG Estimation Methodology and Carbon Efficient Technologies for Sustainable Road Construction and Maintenance – by Prof Ankit Gupta, IIT BHU
  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Highways with Reduction in Life Cycle Cost’ – by Dr Minimol Korulla, Maccaferri
  • Thematic Keynote address on ‘Resilient Pavement Systems for Urban Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities - by Dr Anush K Chadrappa, IIT Bhubaneswar 
  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘Transport Systems’ – by Dr Rajesh Krishnan, ITS Planners and Engineers Pvt Ltd
  • Plenary Keynote address on ‘Project Delivery’ – by Prof L Boeing Singh, IIT Guwahati
  • Thematic Keynote address on ‘Resilient Pavement Technology’ - by Prof Dharamveer Singh, IIT Bombay 


In addition to the keynote speeches, 32 research scholars from across India will present their research findings in the area of Climate Resilient Infrastructure as paper presentations. 


The National Conference on Resilient Infrastructure 2022 is expected to bring about a systematic change in the research and practice of Resilient Infrastructure Development in Kerala. NCRI2022 envisions sparking innovative and applied research ideas in brilliant academic minds which could be transformed to field applications through the sharing of ideas and collaboration in avenues like the NCRI2022. 





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