Secunderabad (SC): South Central Railway spokes person informed that the Passing out function of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) 2012 Batch is scheduled to be held on 5th June, 2015 at the Auditorium of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering & Telecommunications (IRISET), Tarnaka, Secunderabad at 03.30 pm. Navin Tandon, Member Electrical, Railway Board will be the Chief Guest while Shri Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, General Manager, SCR and Shri P.K.Srivastava, Director General, Research Design & Safety Organisation (RDSO) will be the Guests of Honour.
INDIAN RAILWAY SERVICE OF SIGNAL ENGINEERS
The Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) is a Group A Gazetted cadre of the Government of India. The officers of this service are responsible for managing the Signals and Telecommunications Engineering Organisation of the Indian Railways.
The incumbents who are Graduates in Engineering are selected by the Union Public Services Commission, the apex gazetted recruitment body of the Government of India. The examination consists of Engineering Services Exam ; all India written test followed by interview for selected candidates. Based on the marks obtained, a choice can be made to join this service. The Engineering Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. The UPSC is responsible for recruiting middle and top-level bureaucrats for the Government of India.
ROLE AND FUNCTION
Functional Role : The service abbreviated as IRSSE has the job of Managing the vast Signalling and Telecommunication (S&T) infrastructure of the Indian Railways. This basically is techno-managerial in nature, Signalling principles and operating rules. The Signalling is a function essential for Safe Train operations and Maximizing the utilization of fixed and moving assets (Train rakes, locos, Track, Over Head Power Eqpt etc.). Telecom on the other hand caters for Both Safety related, Operational and Administrative communication needs of the Huge IR network. The Copper Cable, Optical Fibre Telecom and Microwave Links span several Lakh km.
General Management: Like all other IR Engineering (IRSE, IRSEE, IRSME) and Civil service Cadres (like IRTS, IRPS and IRAS), the IRSSE has the responsibility of contributing to the General management of railways. In IR, the general management posts are GM (general manager), AGM (Addl. GM), SDGM (Senior Deputy General Manager), CPRO (Chief Public Relations Officer), DGM (Deputy General Manager) etc. at Zonal level and DRM (Divisional Railway Manager), ADRM (Addl. DRM) at Divisional level. They have also to contribute for posts of CSO (Chief Safety Officers), Sr. DSO and Sr. EDPM.
APEX LEVEL :The S&T Organization is headed at apex level (i.e. Railway Board, Ministry of Railways) by ML (Member-Electrical) who heads Electrical and S&T Departments. IRSEE and IRSSE have access to this post. He is assisted by two Special Secy rank (equivalent to GM) officers v.i.z Additional Member (Signal) and AM(Tele). Due to importance of Signalling & Telecommunication in the working of Railways, the 5th Central Pay Commission recommended creation of separate post of Member (Signal & Telecom)in the Railway Board. However, the recommendations are yet to be implemented.
ZONES :The Indian Railways has 17 Zonal Railways with an average Track length of about 4000 km and average staff strength of about 80,000 headed by GMs. The Zonal Organizational structure of Signal Engineers is headed by HAG/SAG grade IRSSE officer designated as CSTE (Chief S&T Engr) who is assisted by various SAG officers designated as CSE (Chief Signal Engr), CCE (Chief Communication Engr), CSTE (Planning), CSTE(Projects) and CSTE(Construction) and SG/JAG, SS & JS grade officers designated as Dy CSTEs, SSTEs and ASTEs.
DIVISIONS : Each Zone is divided into 3-7 Divisions each with an average track length of about 1000 km and staff strength of about 15000 headed overall by DRM (Divisional Railway Manager).
At this Level the Signal Engineers are Headed by a JAG/SG grade IRSSE officer designated as Sr.DSTE (Senior Divisional S&T Engineer) who is in turn assisted by SS & JS grade officers designated as DSTEs and ASTEs. An IRSSE officer starts his career as an ASTE who is the Team leader of about 100-200 staff.
Most of the IRSSE Officers have an opportunity to join/opt on deputation in organisations like RailTel Corporation of India Limited (A Telecom PSU under Ministry of Railways) and Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) – an IT Arm of Indian Railways etc.
Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications
Setup in 1957 by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, to cater to specialised training needs of their own staff and officers in the field of Railway Signalling and Telecommunication, Indian Railways Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunciations (IRISET) in the first year of its existence was concerned only with imparting training to Apprentices JE (junior engineers) Signal and Apprentice JE (junior engineers) Telecommunication, but subsequently, in view of the rapid developments in the field of Signaling and Telecommunication, several specialised technical training needs of Officers and Staff of Signal and Telecommunication Department in Signal Engineering, Telecommunications Technology, Electronics and Information Technology Training have also been introduced. Facilities available in this Institute are also extended to foreign nationals.
Located in the southern part of India in Secunderabad adjoining the capital city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, the Institute is spread over about 28.3 hectares. IRISET provides initial as well as advanced training, theory as well as hands on, in Railway Signalling and Telecommunications. It caters to the total training requirement of the Officers and the Supervisors of Signal and Telecommunication department of Indian Railways.
IRISET is in the approved list of ESCAP and UNDP. It provides training in Railway Signalling and Telecommunications to private and public sector enterprises as well. It also train officials of Foreign Railways.
There are four hostels in the campus itself, one for officers and three for supervisors. There are laboratories for all the important areas of Railway Signalling & Telecommunication to provide hands on training in the Institute. The lecture halls are equiped with the modern teaching aids.