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Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR)


Technology Mission for Indian Railways (TMIR)


  • Railways have been the engine of economic and technical growth and development in India. Railway rapid advancement is not merely an area of national concern, but also poses challenges to the engineering and research community of the country. A “Technology Mission for Indian Railways” (TMIR) has been sanctioned to focus national attention and drive modern technologies of monitoring, control, communications, design, electronics and materials for Railway use. The earlier national programs on Space &Defence Research and Technology Mission for Railway Safety (TMRS) as well have not merely achieved goals, specific to the Missions; but have also provided impetus to technology endeavors in institutions all across the country.
  • A Technology Mission for Indian Railways will similarly help to initiate and incubate design and development projects of significant national importance. Technology issues on Railway operations & infrastructure relate to multitude of engineering disciplines. The Mission will help in pooling the relevant engineering knowledge, expertise and resources, available in various research organizations and academic institutions in order to address these issues in an efficient manner. The Mission objective is to develop and adopt state-of-the-art design & control, technologies defined by needs related to Indian conditions.
  • The Mission will formulate and implement projects aimed towards achieving higher throughput, lower per unit cost of transportation, safer train operation and improved infrastructure. It will, thus provide forceful impetus to India’s growth engine on the ‘Make in India’ vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister.


Mission Objectives

              To strive towards achieving a sustainable R&D ecosystem for IR.

              To develop and adopt state-of-the-art design and control technologies, defined by needs related to Indian conditions. The Mission will implement projects aimed at achieving higher throughput, lower cost of transportation, safer train operation, improved environmental and energy footprints and improved Infrastructure & customer services.

              To encourage and initiate Research & Development activities pertinent to Indian Railways in academic institutions & laboratories and establish convergence & synergy among them.

              To disseminate technologies through participatory approach to other (non railway) application areas.


Mission Programs

              Projects will be identified by RDSO on the basis of needs to meet present and future challenges, along with due interaction with Zonal Railways, Production Units, Academic & Research institutions and industries, to meet Mission objectives of achieving higher throughput, lower per unit cost of transportation, safer train operation and improved infrastructure. Additionally, projects identified by other agencies will also be considered by MICC.

                 Project team for respective projects, comprising concerned Executive Director/ Director from RDSO, representatives of academic & research institutions, having domain knowledge, and the concerned industry will be approved by the Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee (MICC).

                 The progress of projects will be monitored quarterly by the Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee (MICC), as per provisions of this Mission Management Manual (MMM).


Mission Implementation And Coordination Committee


(i)   Mission Implementation and Coordination Committee (MICC) will be the principal executive body of the Mission (TMIR). It will have the following:



Prof. N.S. Vyas, IIT Kanpur & former VC/RTU



Shri Alok Kumar, EDCE (G), Railway Board



Shri V.K. Agarwal Executive Director/Research, RDSO



Smt. KalpanaDube, Executive Director/Finance, RDSO



Shri Nikhil Pandey, Executive Director/E&R, Rly. Board       



Dr. AnirudhGautam, GM/RITES (RS) 



Dr. Neeraj Sharma, Scientist ‘G’ (nominee of DST)



Shri S.P. Goyal, JS/TEL (nominee of Ministry of HRD)



Shri O.P. Tantia, MD, BESCO Ltd., Kolkata

Industry Representative


Dr. S.D. Sherlekar : Former Head/Embedded Systems, TCS

Industry Representative



(ii)  Tasks of Mission Implementation & Coordination Committee include –


              The Committee will formulate the Mission Management Manual for functioning of TMIR & its approval from Ministry of Railways.

              Review of provisions in the Manual whenever & wherever necessary and making amendments in the Manual accordingly.

              The Committee will constitute domain specific Sub-Committees for various fields of Railways working and also for monitoring the progress of technology projects.

              Projects Team Constitution.

              Approval of “Detailed Project Proposals” including ‘Detailed Cost Estimate’ for each project. Approval of MICC would be sufficient for project sanction and its implementation.

              Obtaining funds from Ministries (MoR, MHRD, MoST) & Industry partners.

              Budget Allocation to each identified project &authorisation for the related expenditure.

              Periodic Project Monitoring, including review of its scope & modification of approach.

              Short closure of any project, if felt necessary at any stage, can be approved by the MICC and communicated to the concerned Ministries.

              Seeking Government’s advice (MoR/MHRD/MoST) on issues of policy.

              Other specific items, as decided during deliberations of MICC towards meeting the TMIR objectives.


Progress made so far

Nine meeting of MICC has been held so for at Railway Board & RDSO. Mission management manual is finalized and under approval of railway board. Following seven projects have been identified & formulated so for under the guidance of MICC.

      1.              Fog-Vision Instrumentation – ’NAYAN’ (New Apparatus for Year Around Navigation).

      2.              On-Board Diagnostics & Condition Monitoring.

      3.              Design methodology and software development for Railway formation design.

      4.              Wagon Project Consisting of (i) Software Package Development for Wagon / Bogie Design; (ii) Hollow Axle Design and (iii) Metal depository for use of alternate materials in wagon design.

      5.              Development of capability for testing of high speed rolling stock.

      6.              Design and Development of Aluminum based Door, Brake beams and brake discs.

      7.              Way Side Monitoring System.


Source : WELCOME TO RDSO CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 07-08-2019  

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