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Railways signs MoU for next-generation transportation system

Ministry of Railways has signed MoU with University of Birmingham for establishment of centre of excellence for next generation transportation systems
New Delhi: The National Rail Transport Institute, a deemed to be university under the Ministry of Railways, has signed an MoU with the University of Birmingham in Rail Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. The MoU has been signed for setting up the first centre of excellence for next-generation transportation systems. The MoU was signed by Railway Board's Chairman and Chancellor of NRTI Vinod Kumar Yadav and Head of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) Professor Clive Roberts at the University of Birmingham. Indian Railways is a founding partner of this centre and would provide proprietary data, professional expertise, spare equipment and other available resources directly or through its Centralised Training Institutes and research organisations. The centre would also invite partnerships from other industry and academic organisations as it develops in the future.

The work scope of the centre of excellence

This centre will be involved in promoting development of the rail and transportation sector in India which include offering post-graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral programmes, customised training programmes for in-service professionals, undertaking joint research projects in areas such as signalling, communication, asset maintenance, traction and safety and developing benchmarks, standards and certifications for specialized skills. It will also be involved in organising knowledge events, conferences, workshops to disseminate trends, latest research, global best practices and developments in the transportation sector, access to industry and academia.

National Rail Transport Institute

The National Rail Transport Institute has been set up as a deemed to be university and has been operational since 2018. In addition to Schools and Departments in various disciplines, NRTI aims to develop interdisciplinary Centres of Excellence which would be collaborative constructs to promote research and education to the transportation sector.

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

The University of Birmingham is home to the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) with over 150 academics, researchers and professional services staff, delivering world-class research, education and leadership to the global rail industry. The BCRRE is the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, involved in developing world-leading new technologies alongside higher education programmes, research and innovations in Climate Change, Aerodynamics and International Benchmarking, Power Systems and Energy Use, Railway Control and Operations Simulation.