IRISET adopts Modern Technology & e-Learning Modules to train Rail Personnel globally

On its 58th Annual Day, IRISET proudly declare its tie-up with IIT-Hyderabad, Osmania University; also moots Heritage Museum to showcase Technology Advancements in Railways’ Signal and Telecommunications of its own

Ravindra Gupta, GM, SCR at the 58th IRISET Annual Day celebrations on Tuesday
Ravindra Gupta, GM, SCR at the 58th IRISET Annual Day celebrations on Tuesday at Secunderabad

Secunderabad: The Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET), the premier training institute o¬n Indian Railways at Tarnaka would soon have a heritage museum to showcase the signal & telecom equipment being used since the inception of railways in India from 1853. Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, South Central Railway said that there was a need for a museum and signal and telecommunications play a vital role.

The Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications (IRISET) at Tarnaka, a centralised training institute under the Union ministry of railways, has trained 3,000 persons till October in the current calendar year.

He was speaking at the 58th Annual Day celebrations held on Tuesday. He called upon the trainees and faculty to imbibe the complexities of signal & telecom technology with up to date knowledge to improve their confidence in handling their job.

The Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunication (IRISET) here has signed up memorandum of understandings with the IIT Hyderabad for an M. Tech programme and another one with the Osmania University College for Engineering for enabling IRSEE probationers to obtain M.E. degree in Railway Signal Engineering along with their training at IRISET.

Navin Tandon, Member Electrical/Railway Board, New Delhi was the chief guest on the occasion. He said that IRISET holds a pivotal place in the Afro-Asian region, as one of the best training institutions in the field of signal engineering and telecommunications on railways.

Vikrant Karla, director IRISET in his annual report said that IRISET organised 113 courses and trained 3,000 persons during the current calendar year up to October, 2015. 15 refresher training courses were conducted for 1,044 trainees.

The institute was established on November 24, 1957 as All India S&T School and later named IRISET.  At present, IRISET has 11 laboratories, 12 well-equipped classrooms and four  well-furnished hostels. Keeping abreast with technological advancements, more and more advance systems and equipments are being provided in the labs.

The institute imparts training to officers and supervisors of signal and telecommunication department of Indian Railways, foreign railways, public and private sector signal engineers. Apart from imparting induction course training to probationers and apprentices (supervisors), IRISET also conducts regular mandatory refresher and safety courses.

Since its inception, it has trained 74,337 supervisors and officers, and enabled them to handle railway operations, maintenance and modernisation.

IRISET has earned Rs.1.57 crore as training fee for training personnel of non-railway departments and institutions such as public sector units, corporates and foreign nationals.

The need for training has considerably increased over the years due to technological advancements in signaling and telecommunication systems, the challenges to meet growing demand for new services & capacity building. IRISET also provides training to the personnel of foreign railways, public and private sector companies in India. signal engineers from Afro-Asian economies like Bangladesh, East Africa, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Syria, Nigeria, Philippines, South Korea, Sudan, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia have received training at IRISET.

IRISET has also developed e-learning modules for interactive learning on ‘Anywhere Anytime’ basis, which is uploaded on IRISET’s website.

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