The Ministry of Railways (MOR), the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Department of Science & Technology (DST) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here today to propel the Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR).
The MoU for joint funding of TMIR was signed by Chairman, TMIR Prof. N.S. Vyas; Mr. Alok Kumar, Co-Chairman/TMIR, on behalf of the Ministry of Railways; Mr. R. Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary (TE) on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Adviser, DST on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said the MoU would facilitate collaboration and cooperation among the parties and the co-financing of TMIR by investment sharing for identified railway projects for applied research.
The funding component of MOR is 30%, MHRD is 25% and DST is 25%, an official press release said.
“This Technology Mission will provide forceful impetus to India’s growth engine on the ‘Make in India’ vision track of the Prime Minister. The indigenous technologies would successfully be developed with win-win scenario to all the consortium members. While Indian Railways would get the world class technologies, academic and research institutions would get involved in numerous applied research projects which would help them in reorienting research towards national objectives,” he said.
He said the applied research done under the Mission would help Indian Railways provide a safer, more comfortable, hassle-free and faster journey to all rail users and will make Indian Railways the world leader.
Mr. K.K. Sharma, Secretary, MHRD and Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST also spoke on the occasion.
The Ministry of Railways had set up the Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR) as a consortium of Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Science & Technology on an investment sharing model for taking up identified railway projects for applied research and use on Indian Railways.
As per the MoU, Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Science & Technology have agreed to fund TMIR projects to the tune of Rs. 75 crore each while Railways and the industry will also contribute their respective shares The Technology Mission will take up R&D projects in the areas of heavy haul, safety, energy, environment and urban railways. The projects will be implemented through a Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee having members from the three Ministries, academia and industry. The projects will be implemented in the national R&D labs and academic institutions. Collaborations, wherever essential, will be entered into with similar foreign institutions.
The MICC consists of nominees of Railways, RDSO, Ministry of HRD, Ministry of Science & Technology and is headed by Prof. N.S. Vyas of IIT-Kanpur as Mission Chairman and Mr. Alok Kumar, Chief Admin. Officer/Const/Northern Railway as Co-Chairman/TMIR.
“While through this consortium approach for technology development in mission mode, Railways will be benefitted with availability of world class indigenized technologies at very reasonable cost, academic research institutions will be benefitted with applied research and real situation output in the form of new products for immediate use and with availability of source codes for all such indigenized technologies at very low cost. The Indian industries will also be gaining in the form of production of new items to be used on Indian Railways with additional export potential, helping in the national cause of revenue generation and on the theme of ‘Make in India’,” the release said.