The Indian Roads Congress (IRC) is the premier technical body of Highway Engineers in the country. The IRC was set up in December, 1934 on the recommendations of the Indian Road Development Committee best known as Jayakar Committee set up by the Govt. of India with the objective of Road Development in India. As the activities of the IRC expanded, it was formally registered as a Society in 1937 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. Over the years Congress has burgeoned and grown into a multi -dimensional many faceted organization, devoted to the cause of better roads & better bridges in the country.
The Congress provides a National forum for sharing of knowledge and pooling of experience on the entire range of subjects dealing with the construction & maintenance of roads and bridges, including technology, equipment, research, planning, finance, taxation, organization and all connected policy issues. In more specific terms the objectives of the Congress are:
- To promote and encourage the science and practice of building and maintenance of roads.
- To provide a channel for the expression of collective opinion of its members regarding roads.
- To promote the use of standard specifications and to propose specifications.
- To advise regarding education, experiment and research connected with roads.
- To hold periodical meetings, to discuss technical questions regarding roads.
- To suggest legislation for the development, improvement and protection of roads.
- To suggest improved methods of administration, planning design, construction, operation, use and maintenance of roads.