Civil engineering is perhaps one of the oldest branches of engineering and primarily deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Advances in this area have brought many specializations like environmental engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, urban engineering, materials engineering, survey and construction engineering etc. The students normally have a conceptual understanding of space and its utilization. The stress of the programme is in developing fluency in mathematics, physics, instrumentation, computers, management and economics. Civil engineers focus on design, construction and maintenance.
In today's world the role of civil engineering is changing as issues of housing, urban development, planned cities and construction using alternative materials for cost reduction and appropriate usage of environment friendly materials etc gain attention. The students at PSET are inculcated into the scientific aspects of civil engineering with focus on the social demands and protection of environment.