Technology is solution to all problems, says Prabhu during the inauguration
NEW DELHI / SECUNDERABAD: Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated one day workshop on “Adaptation and & Sustainability of Modern Technologies in Railways Signaling & Telecom with focus on Skill Development and Make in India” today i.e. 19th April 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Chairman, Railway Board A.K.Mital, other Railway Board Members, Senior Railway Officials, Delegates from Zonal Railways and members from telecom industry were present on the occasion. The workshop started with an inaugural session which was addressed by A.K.Mital, Chairman, Railway Board & Shri Akhil Agarwal, DG (S&T), Railway Board. The workshop was hosted by Institution of Railway Signal & Telecommunication Engineers (IRSTE) and RailTel (Railways PSU) on behalf of Indian Railways.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said, “There is a huge exponential growth in Signal & Telecom sector, Digitization has created new dimensions in Signal & Telecom. Identifying Right technology is important. Make in India is an important programme of Government of India.Railways play a big role in Make in India programme proposed. Loco Production in Bihar is a big part of Global Supply under Make in India programme. Through Make in India, jobs are created as well as supply chain is created. Value Chain & Supply Chain are two different aspects like Make in India & Develop in India.
He said there is a need to focus on safety as it is a much larger issue. “There is a need for upgradation of signalling and balancing it with safety. With safety, there is a greater need for upgradation of signalling. We have to identify new technology and also for training required to use it,” Prabhu said.
He said cutting-edge technology in communication can be used in transportation sector. Adaptation of modern technologies like Centralised Traffic Control, Automatic Train Protection and Automatic Signalling provide low-cost solution for safety at higher speeds and throughout enhancement. “We should constantly develop, modernise (the system) and make it suitable for contemporary times,” Prabhu said.
For sustainability of technologies it is necessary that a framework is made for development of product in India and suitable skill development for its maintainability. He said railways can join hands with foreign countries for development and modernisation. “We can partner with top global companies and co-develop in India. But before it reaches the market a lot of things need to be done,” he said.
Developing technology in India enhance value chain, thus it should be our priority. More R&D may help in developing technology in India, More R& D means more value addition. How can we partner in cutting edge technologies in areas of communication should be our priority. How can we develop the technologies and capture some value in value chain should be our focus. We need to make Railways as value chain of Global Supplies. We have to upgrade technologies in Railways, modernise it and impart skills to those who operate these technologies. The focus should be a clear cut roadmap on how India will look in 2022,” he said.
The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions with five papers presented in each technical session. The first technical session contained paper related to “Skill Development” in modern signaling. The second technical session had papers with the theme “Self Reliance”. These included manufacturing S&T systems under Make in India and improving the maintainers’ skill to deal with modern technology.
The papers in the first technical session were presented by experts from Indian Railways, M/s Kaynes, M/s TCS, M/s Hitachi & IIT Kharagpur. The second technical session contained papers presented by M/s Frauscher, M/s TSTS, M/s Ansaldo, M/s Thales & M/s Hima, Germany. All papers in the technical session were well received and each technical session was followed with a session on questions. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks.
On this occasion, Suresh Prabhu also inaugurated the renovated Officer’s Hostel at the Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications (IRISET), Secunderabad in presence of Shri A.K.Mital, Chairman, Railway Board and Shri Akhil Agrawal, Director General (Signal and Telecom), Railway Board, Chairman, RailTel through video remote link from New Delhi. The newly inaugurated hostel facility marks a major upgrade to the infrastructure of this premier Signal and Telecommunications Training Institute in the country.
The residential needs of the trainees at IRISET are catered by 4 well-furnished Hostels. The Officers Hostel has three blocks ‘A’ and ‘B’ with 30 rooms each to accommodate 60 Officer Trainees and a ‘C’ wing with 15 suites for Senior Officers. The renovation of Officer’s Hostel has been undertaken for providing a comfortable stay for the trainees at a cost of around Rs. 0.81 Crore. Due to the construction of Metro Rail in Hyderabad, which passes through the Institute, the entrance to the Hostel has been totally redone with the front elevation of the building undergoing a changeover. Provision of covered sheds and portico with murals to the new entrance has been done, to enhance aesthetics. The Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, Ms.Aruna Singh coordinated the renovation work under taken by the Engineering wing of the Division.
IRISET is a Centralized Training Institute under the Ministry of Railways. The Institute imparts training to Officers and Supervisors of Signal and Telecommunication Department of Indian Railways, various Foreign Railways, National Public and Private Sector Signal Engineers etc. Apart from induction course training to Probationers (Officers) and Apprentices (Supervisors), IRISET also conducts regular mandatory refresher & safety courses. The Institute was established on 24th November, 1957 with the name as “All India S&T School” which underwent a change later to be known as IRISET.
The need for training has considerably increased over the years due to technical advancements in Signal & Telecommunication Systems and the challenges to meet growing demand for new services & capacity building. Since inception, the Institute has trained more than 78, 000 Officers and Supervisors and enabled them to handle operation, maintenance, expansion and modernization of Indian Railways as well as other Foreign Railways. IRISET holds a massive training based infrastructure comprising of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories and 12 well equipped class rooms besides the Hostels.