India is set to set up five national labs to tackle the challenges of the civil engineering profession, a senior official has said.
The country is the only major economy in the world with no formal civil engineering colleges and many of the state-run ones are underfunded and understaffed, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The new institutes would focus on four areas: urban planning, planning and environment, water, and urban planning.
While the state governments are still in the process of setting up the new institues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered the new departments to work out details and get funding for the first five years.
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