On Tuesday, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed
between Indian railways and IIT-Madras for being operative for three years. It
is done with a view to build a long-term frame work for research collaboration and
For this collaboration, centre for railway research (CRR)
will be developed at IIT-M. Researches such as those related to monitoring
health of infrastructure of railways are conducted (like rails, bridges,
engines, wagons/coaches, electrical, stations). This will be achieved by
adopting modern technologies such as intelligent
transportation, embedded intelligence, computer vision and imaging technologies, advanced techniques
for trains control and communication. Center will be responsible for carrying
out this research.
The centre despite conducting researches need to work on
other areas mainly decision sciences, alternate engine propulsion technologies,
reliability engineering, advanced materials technologies, energy management, advanced joining technologies, and non-destructing testing and evaluation.
For conducting the researches and looking into areas
requires expertise so, a programme advisory committee (PAC) will be formed. It
consists of Indian Railways officers and IIT-M faculty members. For carrying
out research, a multi-disciplinary approach would be adopted.
In each and every
field research programme groups will be formed by the center. These will
consist of railway officials as well as professors and faculty members from
Specialized training will be given to the experts working in
the centre for railway research. Training will be imparted in railway
In order to participate in the research and development work
and for training programmes, railway officials will be sent on deputation.
New subjects to
evolve as the centre to provide degrees (postgraduate and PhD programmes) in
different subjects (relating to railway technology), also involving students to
participate in research projects.
IIT Madras is looking towards this association with open
arms as this will help in developing smart and effective transport systems
through research and development at the IIT, confirmed dean, IC&SR
(Industrial Consultancy & Sponsored Research), Prof Krishnan Balalsubramanian.