Deterioration in the quality of higher education is one of the biggest challenges that the country is facing, E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, has said.

He was inaugurating a three-day international conference on Modelling and Simulation in Civil Engineering organised by the Civil Engineering Department of the TKM College of Engineering here on Thursday.

Dr. Sreedharan said the migration of a major portion of the civil engineers to the field of information technology was highly disturbing.

The trend eroded the quality and standards of the construction industry, he said