Mr. R.N.Raikar was the unfading light showing path and direction to the India Chapter of American Concrete Institute (IC-ACI). From its inception in 1979, till his untimely departure on 8th March 2008, his untiring efforts catapulted IC-ACI into a national body for concrete excellence. Under his able leadership IC-ACI won ‘Excellent Chapter Awards’ from parent body ACI consecutively for last 21 years – a feat it continues to achieve to date.
ACI in its centennial year conferred on him the highest individual honour of being an ‘Honorary Member’ of the Institute in recognition of his service to the concrete industry. As a tribute to his legacy, the R.N.Raikar conference series aims to salute global concrete icons of Indian origin.