Indian Railway Board is constructing its Center for Railway Research (CRR )at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur campus at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
The project is being supervised by Prof. Subhransu Roy and will be ready in the next 7-8 months. It will work according to the 'Make in India' campaign to develop indigenous technology in railways.
Prof. Subhransu Roy said that the Indian Railways has zeroed in on four thrust areas for research -- high-speed trains, developing heavy haul capacity to carry more freight, intelligent maintenance and use of advanced materials like polymers, rubbers, etc.
Developing technologies related to bullet trains is one of our focus areas," Roy said. India is currently considering two corridors for high speed trains.
Functioning from out of a temporary set-up, IIT researchers have already started working on suspension and bogies technology for high-speed trains.
About 40 faculty members from different departments of the institute and as many scholars are engaged in the research projects.
Once fully ready with high-end specialized labs, CRR will also house an academic unit offering MTech courses in railway management and engineering.
Besides the regular civil and mechanical engineering aspects, students would be taught on rail wheel dynamics, track, geotechnical aspects, transport planning, etc, officials said.
For operational aspects related to trains, they will invite working rail professionals as adjunct faculty.
The proposed degree course, whose curriculum is yet to be finalised, will have a maximum of 30 seats having space for both railway-sponsored employees as well as candidates who have cleared GATE entrance exam.
Currently, technical aspects are dealt by railway PSUs like Research Design and Standards Organisation.
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