With the rapid advancement and development in Railway technology, the need for having a dedicated and specialized institute to upgrade Indian Railways capability in maintenance of its Assets has been in consideration for long time.
In 1987, Railway Board decided to set up an Institute to undertake and evolve strategies for maintenance of all types of assets.
This Institute was named as Indian Railways Centre for Maintenance of Advanced Technologies (IRCAMTECH or short name as CAMTECH) and started functioning from 1991 onwards at Gwalior. Initially CAMTECH worked as attached office of Railway Board and since 1992, CAMTECH has been placed under the administrative control of Director General, RDSO, Lucknow.
Main objectives of CAMTECH
Upgrading Maintenance Technologies & Methodologies and achieve improvement in productivity and performance of all Railway assets and Manpower. This inter alia covers reliability, availability, utilisation and efficiency.
To cater to said objectives; CAMTECH carries out in depth studies of maintenance problems, identifies and help Zonal Railways to implement possible solutions, imparts training, prepares Maintenance Manuals, Handbooks, Technical instructions, guidelines, pamphlets, video films for maintenance of all four technical departments of IR. This literature is made available both on the CAMTECH website & in the printed format as well. For dissemination of the information seminars & workshops are organized in which representatives from all over Indian Railways participate.
CAMTECH has multidisciplinary team of officers and technical Supervisors from all the four technical departments viz. Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, S&T along with supporting departments like Accounts, Personnel, General Administration. CAMTECH is also equipped with Library, Computer Centre, Documentation Centre and Hostel facilities.