Three Ministries join hands for a technology mission for railways

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Mains Paper 3: Economy | Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Technology Mission for Indian Railways

Mains level: Steps being taken for railway modernization


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MoU on Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR)

  1. Three Central Ministries have come together to drive a technology mission for Indian Railways
  2. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR) was signed on Thursday by the Ministries of Railways, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Science and Technology

Benefits

  1. It would be beneficial for both the national transporter and academic and research institutions
  2. The Indian Railways would get the world-class technologies and academic and research institutions would get involved in numerous applied research projects which would help them in reorienting research towards national objectives
  3. The agreement will “facilitate collaboration and cooperation” between the Ministries

Working of agreement

  1. The funding component of the Railways Ministry is 30 percent, the HRD ministry is 25 percent and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) 25 percent
  2. The Technology Mission will take up research and development projects in the areas of heavy haul, safety, energy, environment and urban railways
  3. The projects will be implemented through a Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee having members from the three ministries, academia and the industry
  4. The projects will be implemented in the national research and development labs and academic institutions
  5. Collaborations, wherever essential, will be entered into with similar foreign institutions
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