Belgaum (BGM): Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) is all set to introduce a postgraduate course (M.Tech.) in Railway Engineering from the academic year 2015-16. With that, the VTU will become India’s first university to provide a PG programme in Railway Engineering.
As experts in the university are giving final touches to the course material, Vice-Chancellor H.Maheshappa said that universities are expected to produce experts in substantial numbers to aid qualitative improvement of the complex railway engineering network.
Dr.Maheshappa said there is a great demand for trained engineers in Railway Engineering, and armed with a Degree from VTU, graduates have the opportunity to get involved in all projects close to home or further away. He said VTU enhances students’ employability with opportunities to gain industry experience, assisting them to secure mentoring opportunities, internships and placements.
D.H. Rao, former dean of VTU, said the syllabus for the PG programme is being articulated in consultation with experts in the domain area. The focus will be on topics such as Locomotive Design, Structural Analysis, Seating Design, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Braking System, Safety and Crash Engineering, and Aerodynamics for high speed, rail-road track design and analysis followed by nearly 16 weeks of internship and project.
The VTU was also working to have tie-up with the Railways Engineering Department for internship. Graduates will also have a solid grounding in Electrical Engineering and will be able to find employment in organisations across the electrical engineering industry as well.
The need for railway engineers is abundant for many existing and future expansion plans in constructing and maintaining Metro systems in India.