Neerav Parmar has recently taken over as the Chairman of Builders’ Association of India, Mumbai Centre for 2014-15. He was the Hon. Secretary of BAI Mumbai Centre for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and Vice Chairman for 2012-13 and 2013-14.
BAI was instrumental in training of postgraduate civil engineers and in starting National Institute of Construction Management and Research, which has established campuses at Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad and is soon likely to get status of a deemed university.
Born in 1965, Neerav Parmar is a civil engineering graduate from Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur, who started his career with B. E. Billimoria & Co. and then worked with Lok Group and other companies. Subsequently, he started his own contracting company and carried out various works for Mumbai Port Trust, MMRDA, MTP, Military Engineering services, Air-India, etc. With the intention to specialise as a ‘Techno Legal Consultant’, he got enrolled for a full time law course in 2005 and graduated with a first class Law degree from Mumbai University in 2007. Thereafter, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from Mumbai University with a major in Intellectual Property Rights in 2009.
According to Neerav Parmar, “Construction Industry is the second largest employer only after agriculture but there has been an acute shortage of skilled manpower and the need of the hour is to conduct training programs to upgrade the skills of the work force and thus enable them to enjoy better standard of living.”
Neerav further said that over the last two years during his interaction with students of civil engineering degree colleges and Diploma colleges, he has observed that there is a wide gap between academics and the construction industry. “I propose to conduct more implant training of three weeks for civil engineering students from IV Semester onwards at construction sites of our BAI contractors and thereby provide them more opportunity for practical learning”, he said. According to him these programmes would enable the contractors and students to explore possibility for their prospective employees and employers respectively.
As a message to the future engineering students, he said, “I request all civil engineering students to continue to pursue their career in civil and structural engineering field and not to get lured away by the IT industry for greener pastures. In the past, during the IT boom, many civil engineers have switched over to IT career and as a result of this there has been an acute shortage of civil engineers and the vacuum will be felt in next five years.”