University a remote village where there were no basic

University
of Maryland, College Park is a flagship university and is consistently ranked
as a top-tier university for graduate studies. Also, James Clark School of Engineering
offers one of the best engineering programs in the United States. Any institution which is having support
from the government for research initiatives will excel in academics. UMD has
many research partnerships with government agencies due to its vicinity to
Washington, D.C making it a most-research intensive university. I feel that construction is the field which requires a lot of patience,
perseverance and management skills to be successful. My strategy for a graduate
study will, therefore, be a prolonged one where I shall be consolidating my
knowledge in a more specialized way and acquire the skills required to develop and refine scientific ideas
and hypotheses. I personally
like the university for its Sustainable and Clean energy initiatives such as
its plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and campus-wide efforts to compost dining
hall waste.

I
was born in an upper-middle-class family in a remote village where there were
no basic amenities like roads and drains, water supply and electricity. After a
few years, my grandparents had some issues with my father and they asked us to
leave the house empty-handed. All of a
sudden our lives changed. We then lived in a house of mud. The thatched roof
couldn’t stop the water trickling in during the rains. Even though
my parents discontinued their education at a very early age, they don’t want me
and my brother to be deprived of education. However bad the financial condition
is they had never let that impact fall on our education. I knew the hard work
and struggles they had gone through just to earn a livelihood and to pay our
tuition fee. They used to work all day long, I could hardly see them in the
house. I couldn’t rely on the electricity which is inconsistent so after coming
from school I managed to complete my study tasks during the daytime when there
is light. On Sundays, I used to accompany my parents to the agriculture field
and assisted them in their work. We never went for grandeur in anything during
my childhood. Those savings helped us to attain a settled life after many
years. Coming from this background I had worked very hard to achieve academic
excellence and this hard work led me into an institute of national importance
NIT, Durgapur which had one of the lowest acceptance rates for engineering
institutes in India, of around 2 to 3 percent. What I’ve learned from my parents
is that perseverance to achieve, effectively manage available resources,
determination, and courage during times of turmoil and being adaptable to
changes.  Those adverse conditions made
me what I am today and encouraged me to do my undergraduate in a diverse
institute like NIT Durgapur where students from different nationalities come
and to do an internship at an isolated camp under torrid heat. I strongly
believe that my life experiences would definitely contribute to the diversity
of your institute.

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My interest in the field of construction started at
the age of 10. During the summer holidays of my 4th standard, I went
to visit a nearby town with my uncle who is an engineering contractor working
for the same. The beautiful buildings, wide roads, and the infrastructure had
held me spellbound because that was the first time I had seen such good
infrastructure, as I come from a remote village. As years passed by, I had
visited many such sites with my uncle and I came to realize that my career path
would surely be around the field of development and construction of buildings.

India is a developing nation and has many
infrastructure challenges with limited funding resources. It is my firm belief
that if the principles of Project management are extended in the construction
industry, it would result in an overall profitable, safer, economical,
qualitative and speedy construction. Keeping in mind the complexities involved
in achieving this I am constantly seeking out opportunities to learn how to
contribute to this long-term goal of mine. This is one of the main reasons why I
was interested in Project management. I want to see myself as a remarkable
contributor in the construction field, which would be for the betterment of
society. I would rather say that I’m inclined to do my masters in Project
Management program. I extremely value both quantitative and qualitative approaches
in the field of project management. By the end of my graduate program I expect
myself to understand the total
project process including; concept, design, procurement, planning, and delivery
of the functioning project. The Project Manager’s professional responsibility
as a leader and member of a multi-disciplinary team, working in diverse-environments,
assessing risks, and showing definitive progress, all while maintaining
priorities in safety, sustainability, purpose, business and societal issues. More
importantly, I would like to be a specialist in construction productivity
improvement and infrastructure asset management which would help in solving the
problem of limited funds for developing economies.                                                                         

Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelor of Technology
in Civil engineering at National Institute of Technology Durgapur. During my
Bachelor’s I have had a comprehensive exposure to core areas of civil
engineering such as surveying, building material and construction technology,
structural analysis, estimation etc. I stand in the top 15% of my class
students considering aggregate percentage until the sixth semester. I have also
gained hands-on experience in casting cubes, cylinders, prisms and testing
their compressive strengths. We have also done quality and properties test on
Bitumen like ductility test, penetration test, softening point and specific
gravity test for pavement construction.

As my area of interest is project management, the
Residential Township project I did in my final year was accompanied by the
details including Estimating, Scheduling involving PERT, CPM etc. The second
one is a team project which is about the investigation of fiber reinforced mud
brick as a building material. Home brick-makers have long been using fibrous
ingredients like straw to improve the tensile strength of mud bricks. We are
making fiber reinforced mud bricks out of clay, lime, cement, and gypsum using
straw, plastic fiber, and polystyrene fabric as fibrous ingredients, each at a
time. These fibrous ingredients would be placed at one-third & two –third heights
of a brick specimen using special geometrical shapes sieves which would
optimize the use of fibers. Our aim is to find out the effects of geometric
shapes on the compressive strengths of different groups of bricks.

I have worked as a site engineer  during my summer internship(9th
may 2017 to 15th July 2017) 
from Gayatri Projects Ltd company in 
India’s largest and first of its kind project in the railway sector; the
Dedicated Freight Corridor project which will enable Indian Railways to improve
its customer orientation and meet market needs more effectively. At present
earthwork for filling the embankment is in progress. During my first two weeks,
I was involved in surveying and estimation. I have given center lines to the
Right of Way using the Total station and also calculated reduced levels
transverse to the way using Dumpy level. By knowing the width at the top, height,
and slope of the embankment and using reduced levels we have successfully
calculated and estimated the amount of soil that would be required for filling
the embankment as it varies along the way. During the next two weeks, I was
into soil investigation. We have calculated Maximum Dry Density (MDD) and
Optimum Moisture Content at Quality control laboratory from Proctor Compaction
test. After laying each layer of soil (250mm thick) I have conducted Field Dry
Density (FDD) test at multiple points using sand replacement method and I have
calculated the compaction percentage by dividing FDD by MDD. After performing
technical operations as a site engineer effectively for 1 month I was given a
chance to supervise a section of the project along a team under the guidance of
a project manager which has helped me to experience the practical issues of
project financing, navigating the labors and interact with vendors on a regular
basis to track ordering and delivery of equipment. This also gave me an
opportunity to review contract documents and to supervise the workers to ensure
safety on the field. I had exhibited excellence in updating work progress,
schedule and reports on files and maintained an organized work environment
under my section. I believe that working as a site supervisor brought out some
of my best professional qualities, such as my ability to learn quickly, to deal
with different types of people and to pay attention to details. This internship
had further stimulated my interest in Project management. Studying at master
level for a course in project management at your university that offers a
skill-set would enhance my current academic level with advanced and newer
knowledge, skills and professional discourses.