The scientific approach and concept of Psycho Technology and psycho technological analysis was inducted in Indian Railways in 1964 in pursuance of the recommendation of Railway Accident Committee-1962 and a unit was set up in Railway Board’s office. This unit was subsequently transferred to RDSO in 1970 and was given the status of a full-fledged Directorate in 1990. Since its inception the Psycho-Technical Unit has been instrumental in development and standardization of behavioral intervention programs and their implementation effectively addressing the safety concern of Indian Railways.
The activities of the Directorate include Research and Development in the area of Human Resource Development, human engineering psychological tools as ’Aptitude Tests’ and ergonomics for safety category railway staff who are directly involved in train operation. The focus has been on job analysis, motivation, stress management, safety supervision, counseling and application of Psychological Test of tools at work places. The vast experience of its existence and the areas of interests have enabled the Directorate to develop expertise in the field of continuous development of human elements to ensure safety in train operation, which is unique in the country.
1. Enhancing Railway safety and maximizing functional efficiency through matching of job requirements with workers aptitude
2. Improving employees’ performance, job satisfaction and motivation
3. Preventing accidents due to human failures.
Development and administration of psychological intervention programs to upgrade the responsiveness of the safety category staff directly involved in train operation.
Areas of Pursuit:
1. Job analysis, development and standardization of personnel testing programs.
2. Development of methodologies and procedures of on job training.
3. Explorations into areas of concern related to organizational behavior.
4. Engineering of the cognitive behavioural aspects of human beings.