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Ph. D Programme



The Ph.D. programme in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The NorthCap University, Gurgaon is designed to provide an opportunity for students to pursue a program of research in a specialized area and to develop a dissertation that embodies the results of original research and gives evidence of high quality publication.


The Ph.D. program include two semester coursework related with specialized area in which student is planning to conduct the research work. Foreign languages are not required. The focus in doctoral studies at the NCU is the student's dissertation research, which must make a significant contribution to professional knowledge in the field. Department offers Ph.D. in following broad areas.

  1. Concrete technology
  2. Environmental Engineering
  3. Geotechnical Engineering
  4. Air pollution monitoring and modelling
  5. Water treatment and water resource management
  6. Waste management and construction
  7. Remote Sensing & GIS
  8. Climate change & Sustainability
  9. Landfills and solid waste management
  10. Urban development & project management
  11. Transport infrastructure


Broad Area of ongoing PhD Research

Green Concrete Technology:

The production of OPC is responsible for about 7% of the world’s CO2 emissions, Department is working to develop binders for partially replacing the cement, and develop green concrete. Utilization of wastes materials like recycled aggregates in concrete making without compromising the strength and durability.

Remote sensing for irrigation water requirement: Estimation of water consumption based on ET models using remotely sensed data and ground water fluoride and it’s associated affected on health and overall economic burden on society.

Utilization of waste material as binder material in pavements

 Attempts have been made to utilize fly ash from thermal power stations and lime sludge from drinking water treatment plants as a binder material for flexible pavement. This composite was able to achieve the target strengths set by the Indian Road Congress and Electric Power Research Institute (USA).

Remediation of Industrial effluent Adsorption studies for the removal heavy metal copper from waste waters, of copper using different types of biomaterials, biocomposites and bio-geocomposites.


Pile capacity installed adjacent to buried pipe / tunnel

Urban development involves the construction of high rise buildings which require deep foundations at the one end and underground conduits or pipes for supply of water, electricity, sewage or other life lines on the other hand. Therefore, there is co-existence of both deep foundations and buried conduits or tunnels. Under such circumstances, it is possible that a pile foundation designed for a structure may exist near the pre-existing underground tunnel or conduit. Hence, it is necessary to understand how the pile- tunnel interaction affects the pile capacity which in turn affects the safety of pile supported structures. In the past, tunnel-pile-soil interaction has been analyzed numerically, analytically and numerically.

Forensic (Geotechnical) Investigations in Civil Infrastructure projects

Forensic Geotechnical Engineering is a process which involves engineering, legal and scientific investigations and methods to detect the reasons of failure and process of development of sign of distress, failure and collapse in a structure, which may be caused due to geotechnical reasons. The scope for forensic investigation covers the following: (i) To investigate the initial reasons behind failure and establish an initial theory of failure, (ii) collection of the evidences in support of theory adopted for failure, (iii) selection of suitable testing methods and techniques to prove the evidence collection in support of failure scientifically, and (iv) To reach out at the conclusion of final reason of failure and derive the basic cause of failure based on the analysis of evidence.

Current PhD Scholars in the Department

1.      Ms. Anju Bala, working in the area of “Hydrology & Remote Sensing” whose topic of research is “Estimation of evapotranspiration through Surface Energy Balance Model Using Satellite Data”

2.      Ms. Vaishali Sahu, working in the area of “Environmental Geotechnology” whose topic of research is “Study on Stabilized Fly Ash Lime Sludge Composite as Pavement Base Course Layer”

3.      Ms. Geetha Varma, working in the area of “Environmental Engineering” whose topic of research is “Adsorption potentiality of biomaterials and biogeocomposite on the removal of copper from aqueous solutions”

4.      Ms. Niragi Kalpesh Dave, working in the area of “Concrete Technology” whose topic of research is “To Investigate the Behavior and Performance of Quaternary Cement Binder Matrices”

5.      Ms. Ruchi Gupta, working in the area of “Hydrology, GIS and Remote Sensing” whose topic of research is “Environmental and Economic Evaluation of Fluoride Toxicity in Jhajjar district, Haryana”

6.      Mr.Sameer Gaur, working in the area of “Recycled aggregate concrete”

7.      Ms. Monica Rani Malhotra, working on a topic “Investigation of Pile capacity adjacent to buried pipe system”

8.      Mr. Dharmendra Kumar Srivastavaworking on a topic “Forensic Geotechnical investigations in Civil  & Infrastructure projects


Funded Research Projects

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Experimental and Numerical Study of Single Pile Capacity Adjacent to Existing Buried Pipe System

Rs.24.37 Lakhs


Ms. Vaishali Sahu

Technical sanction for funding granted


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Air quality management and impact assessment through air quality monitoring and modelling in Gurugram

Rs. 96.48 Lakh


Prof Pramila Goyal,

Dr Anil Kumar Mishra &

Ms Purnima Bajpai


Result awaited


Air Quality Forecasting Through coupling of different Models

Rs. 54 Lakhs


Prof Pramila Goyal &

Dr. A.K. Misra

Result Awaited


Development of in-situ management plan for remediation of groundwater fluoride and salinity in Jhajjar district.

Rs. 26 Lakhs


Dr. A.K. Misra

Recommended for resubmission to CSIR


Departmental projects funded by different agencies

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Dr.  A.K.Misra

Ms. Nikita Gupta

Design and Testing of Geo-synthetic materials along with artificial set of lithologies suitable for water filters, RO Systems, Building Recharge Structures and Soil Aquifer Treatment Systems

Ministry of small and medium enterprises, Govt. of India

Rs.1.5 lakhs

Completed in June 2013


Dr.  Anil Kumar Misra

Study of the salinity and flouride hazards in shallow and deep aquifers of Fatehpur Sikri block with special reference to environmental impact analysis of small scale industries and other anthropogenic pollutants on ground water.


Rs.3.5 lakhs

Started in April,2012 and was Completed in April 2013


Dr. V Gayathri

Geotechnical characterization and

strength studies of stabilized and tire shred mixed fly ash


Rs 11.1 lakhs

Started in January 2012 and completed in July 2014


Important Publications in the Year 2015

Choudhury, Thainswemong, and Anil Kumar Misra. "Minimizing changing climate impact on buildings using easily and economically feasible earth to air heat exchanger technique." Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change 19, no. 7 (2014): 947-954.

Mohammadi, Kasra, Shahaboddin Shamshirband, Chong Wen Tong, Muhammad Arif, Dalibor Petković, and Sudheer Ch. "A new hybrid support vector machine–wavelet transform approach for estimation of horizontal global solar radiation." Energy Conversion and Management 92 (2015): 162-171.

Gocić, Milan, Shervin Motamedi, Shahaboddin Shamshirband, Dalibor Petković, Sudheer Ch, Roslan Hashim, and Muhammad Arif. "Soft computing approaches for forecasting reference evapotranspiration." Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 113 (2015): 164-173.

Olatomiwa, Lanre, Saad Mekhilef, Shahaboddin Shamshirband, Kasra Mohammadi, Dalibor Petković, and Ch Sudheer. "A support vector machine–firefly algorithm-based model for global solar radiation prediction." Solar Energy 115 (2015): 632-644.

Misra, Anil Kumar, Mayank Gupta, Manish Lather, and Himanshu Garg. "Design and performance evaluation of low cost Earth to air heat exchanger model suitable for small buildings in arid and semi arid regions." KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering 19, no. 4 (2015): 853-856.

Poyil, Rohith P., and Anil Kumar Misra. "Urban agglomeration impact analysis using remote sensing and GIS techniques in Malegaon city, India." International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment 4, no. 1 (2015): 136-144.

Verma, Upendra, and Vaishali Sahu. "Modification of rain water harvesting pit to neutralize acidic pH of rain water."“International Journal of Civil Engineering and Urban Planning” Vol 02, Issue No 02, PP. 31-38.

Rana, Sahil, and Purnima Bajpai. "Preparation of prequalification system for indian road projects based on dea technique." International Journal of Advanced Technology in Engineering and Science, Vol 04, Issue No 06, June 2016, PP 305-312.

Purnima Bajpai and Garima Srivastava. “Review of Risks in Power Sector, Journal of Energy Research and Environmental Technology”, Volume 2, Number 3, April-June, 2015.

Misra, Anil Kumar, Ankit Pachouri, and Amandeep Kaur. "Watershed Management Structures and Decision Making Frameworks." Water Resources Management 29, no. 13 (2015): 4849-4861.

Negi, Mohan Singh, and Vaishali Sahu. Performance evaluation of9 mld[AM1] sewage treatment plant at gurgaon and cost effective measures in treatment process."International Journal of Civil Engineering and Urban Planning” Vol 02, Issue No 03, PP. 01-07.

Sohoni, Prachi, and Vaishali Sahu. "Comparative strength studies of recycled aggregate concrete and fresh concrete."International Journal of Civil Engineering and Urban Planning” Vol 02, Issue No 03, PP. 09-13.

Choudhary, Lokesh, and Ankit Pachouri. "Analysis of non-engineered structure using sap 2000." 2nd International Conference on Science, Technology and Management (ICSTM-15), Delhi University, New Delhi, pp. 218-227

Amit Srivastava (2015). Stability assessment of granular filters provided at the toe of water retaining structures for protection against piping, Indian Geotechnical Conference (IGC-2015), Pune Chapter.

Amit Srivastava, G. L. Sivakumar Babu (2015). System reliability analysis of granular filter for protection against piping in dams. International Symposium on Geohazards and Geomechanics (ISGG 2015), 10-11 September, University of Warwick (Coventry), U.K.  IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 26 (2015) 012055 doi:10.1088/1755-1315/26/1/012055

Amit Srivastava, Deepanshu Yadav, Himanshu Bhardwaj (2015). Ground water quality assessment around Gazipur landfill site, Delhi. International Conference on Geo-Engineering and Climate Change Technologies for Sustainable Environment Management (GCCT-2015), 9th – 11th October 2015, MNNIT, Allahabad, India (

Choudhary, L. & Garg, A. “Sustainable Computing Initiatives – A TCS Operation Center Case Study”, 3rd International Conference On Applied Sciences, Environmental Engineering and Clean Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development (ASECET-15), Journal of Basic & Applied Engineering Research, Vol. 2 No. 11, pp. 929-932 (2015) 

Sugandh Sharma, Taranjeet Kaur and Megha Kalra (2015) "The study of structural behaviour of steel fiber reinforced concrete beam ", Journal of  structural engineering and management, Volume 2, Issue 3, PP 27 to 33.


Important Publications in the year 2016

Verma, Nipun, and Anil Kumar Misra. "Bond Characteristics of reinforced TMT bars in self compacting concrete and normal cement concrete." Alexandria Engineering Journal 54, no. 4 (2015): 1155-1159.

Bajpai, Purnima. "Cross country r&d performance studies using data envelopment analysis." International Journal of Science Technology and Management, Vol 04, Special Issue No 01,Nov 2015,Pg No 45-50.ISSN 2394-1537.

Gupta, Rupali, Shivam Aggarwal, Vaibhaw Vishal, and Vaishali Sahu. "Soil biotechnology to treat nazafgarh drain water before disposal into river yamuna."International Journal of Civil Engineering and Urban Planning” Vol 02, Issue No 04, PP. 01-07.

Purnima Bajpai and Ankit Pachouri, Socio Economic Impact of Rural Road Development in India & its role in enhancement of the Gross Domestic Product of the Nation, Advances in Economic & Business Management, Volume 1, Number 2

Bala, A., K. S. Rawat, A. Misra, and A. Srivastava. "Vegetation indices mapping for Bhiwani district of Haryana (India) through LANDSAT-7ETM+ and remote sensing techniques." Journal of Applied and Natural Science 7, no. 2 (2015): 874-879.

Dave, Niragi, Anil Kumar Misra, Amit Srivastava, and Surendra Kumar Kaushik. "Experimental analysis of strength and durability properties of quaternary cement binder and mortar." Construction and Building Materials 107 (2016): 117-124.

Bala, Anju, Kishan Singh Rawat, Anil Kumar Misra, and Amit Srivastava. "Assessment and validation of evapotranspiration using SEBAL algorithm and Lysimeter data of IARI agricultural farm, India." Geocarto International 31, no. 7 (2016): 739-764.

Varma V, Geetha, and Anil Kumar Misra. "Equilibrium and kinetic studies on the adsorption of copper onto paddy straw powder." Desalination and Water Treatment 57, no. 28 (2016): 13081-13090.

Varma, Geetha, and Anil Kumar Misra. "Equilibrium and kinetic studies on the adsorption of copper onto carica papaya leaf powder." (2016). Desalination and Water Treatment 07, no. 05 (2016). Pg 403-406:

Misra, Anil Kumar, Nikita Gupta, Anupriya Gupta, Ankur Shivhare, and Manav Wadhwa. "Designing and testing of a portable filter for groundwater defluoridation and desalination, equipped with non-woven geotextiles." Desalination and Water Treatment 57, no. 23 (2016): 10593-10603.

Kalra, Megha. "Effect of Coarse Aggregate size on strength of high performance concrete." International Journal of Advance Research and Innovation, no. 4 (2016): 619-621.

Kalra, Megha, Garima Srivastav, and Atul Thakur. "The study on use of rice husk ash."International Journal of Science and Engineering, Volume 3, Special Number ICRAESM - 2015, PP: 85-88

Kalra, Megha. "Seismic analysis of six storeyed rc framed building with bracing systems."International Journal of Innovative research in science and engineering, Vol 2, Issue 5, May 2016, 297-305

Kalra, Megha. “Effect of wind on multi storey buildings of different shapes”, Indian journal of science and technology, vol 9 issue 48 (2016)

Prabhakar, Ujjwal, and Purnima Bajpai. "Understanding and modelling of key performance factors in the airport sector." International Journal of Science Technology and Management, Vol 05, Issue No 06,June 2016, PP. 175-183

Sahu, Vaishali, Amit Srivastava, Anil Kumar Misra, and Anil Kumar Sharma. "Stabilization of fly ash and lime sludge composites: Assessment of its performance as base course material." Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering 17, (3), (2017): 475-485.

Poyil, Rohith P., S. Dhanalakshmi, and Pramila Goyal. "Predicting future changes in climate and its impact on change in land use: a case study of Cauvery Basin." In SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing, pp. 98772Y-98772Y. International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2016.

Niragi Dave, Anil Kumar Misra, Amit Srivastava, S.K. Kaushik (2016) Setting time and standard consistency of quaternary binders: The influence of cementitious material addition and mixing. International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment (Elsevier)..

Ruchi Gupta and Anil Kumar Misra (2016), Groundwater quality analysis of quaternary aquifers in Jhajjar District, Haryana, India: Focus on groundwater fluoride and health implications. Alexandria Engineering Journal. Online published []

Vaishali Sahu, Amit Srivastava, V. Gayathri(2016). Effect of lime and gypsum on engineering properties of Badarpur fly ash. International journal of Engineering and Technology Innovation, Vol. 6, No. 4, PP. 294-304.

Amit Srivastava, Chaitanya R. Goyal (2016) Characterization of strength and stiffness parameters of clayey soil partially replaced with plastic Granules. Indian Journal of Science & Technology, Vol.9, Issue 48, 1-6. (DOI: 10.17485/ijst/2016/v9i48/105710).

Amit Srivastava(2017). Seismic Upgradation of Non-Ductile Reinforced Concrete framed building: A Case Study. Indian Journal of Science & Technology, Vol 9(48), DOI: 10.17485/ijst/2016/v9i48/105770.

Amit Srivastava, Drarmendra K. Srivastava (2016) Geotechnical perspectives of Failure cases in Head walls of Hume pipe culverts and their Forensic Investigations. 5th International Conference on Forensic Geotechnical Engineering, IISc Bangalore, India,8-10 Dec, 2016, 448-457


Important Publications in the year 2017

Vaishali Sahu, Amit Srivastava, Anil Kumar Misra, Anil Kumar Sharma (2017) Stabilization of fly ash and lime sludge composites: Assessment of its performance as base course material. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (Elsevier), 17: 475-485.

Vaishali Sahu, Amit Srivastava, Anil Kumar Misra, Anil Kumar Sharma (2017) Synthesis and characterization of green composites: Focus on accelerated strength, ductility and durability. Indoor and Built Environment, (SAGE), doi/full/10.1177/1420326X16689293.