Ministry of Railways and PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh on 30 May 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up Kalpana Chawla Chair on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways at the University.
The MoU was signed in the backdrop of 2016-17 Railway Minister’s Budget announcement.
For the purpose, the Indian Railways would provide a corpus of 10 Crore rupees to PEC University of Technology, for setting and to meet the running expenses of this chair.
• To encourage research activities in Geo-spatial Technology.
• To strengthen Indian Railways especially Railway projects where use of remote sensing data, global positioning system (GPS) and Geographical information System (GIS) is predominant.
• This academic chair is being instituted in fond memory of Late Kalpana Chawla an Indo–American Astronaut and Alumnus of PEC during the year 1978-82.
• To honour her contributions in Aerospace Engineering Indian Railways decided to institute the academic chair in the area of Geo-spatial Technology in her alma mater.
• Incidentally, Chawla was the first woman of Indian origin in space.
• The Chair will be headed by VK Gupta, Member Engineering, Railway Board as Chairman and Shri Manoj Arora, Director, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh as Co - chairman.
• The Chair will function through a Chair Core Committee (CCC) having members from Railways and PEC.
• Development of the chair and its research will help Indian Railways to develop in house solutions to the problems which are often outsourced to western countries.
• It will help in developing applications to remove day to day engineering and technological problems and geospatial solutions to Indian Railways.
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When: 30 May 2016
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