The Times of India | Tapan Susheel | TNN | April 11, 2016 |
ROORKEE: The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) is set to offer a new course on railway engineering from the next academic session. The BTech degree in high speed railway engineering is the first such course to be offered by an IIT in the country. IIT-R officials said that the course will focus on the complexities of high speed trains which Indian Railways is planning to introduce in the country. IIT-R runs 12 undergraduate programmes that award a BTech or BArch degree and 16 postgraduate programmes in different disciplines of engineering and sciences apart from various integrated diploma and PhD programmes. The institute has in the past introduced courses such as BTech (Engineering Physics) and MSc (Economics) in their curriculum. The institute would be the first among IITs to offer a BTech programme in the field of high speed railway engineering at undergraduate level. IIT-Kharagpur has already introduced an MTech degree in railway engineering from the 2015-16 academic session. “We have had a long association with Indian Railways. We have supplied railway technology, engineers, and administrators from the institute and have a centre dedicated to railway research here,” said dean, academic, professor Pramod Agarwal.
Agarwal said that to run high speed trains in the country, issues of manpower and technology would have to be addressed. “We have decided to cater to this area of high speed trains through our expertise and manpower,” said Agarwal. Another undergraduate programme BTech (Aeronautical Engineering) is also being planned from the 2017-18 academic session. “We have started work in this direction,” deputy director professor Vinod Kumar told TOI. Institute authorities have sent a proposal to different departments to gather feedback over introduction of the two new courses. “After getting feedback from various departments over feasibility of both the courses, we will seek approval to start them. For the four-year programmes only students who qualify the IIT-JEE exam in 2017 will be admitted,” said the dean. – Courtesy