IT MAY aptly be called a hi-tech tie up. At a time when the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is gearing up for launching hi-tech super-fast trains in the country, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has signed a pact with BEML Ltd to collaborate in areas of bogie design, propulsion system controls and alternative car body material.
The MoU is likely...to further boost up Narendra Modi's Make in India initiative as it will help in achieving self-sufficiency and reduce the dependency on imports..
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to this effect by Aniruddh Kumar, director (Rail & Metro) BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) and P.P.Chakrabarti, director, IIT Kharagpur on June 19 at the public sector undertaking (PSU's) Bengaluru complex.
"The proposed areas of cooperation include bogie design, three phase propulsion system controls, Electromagnetic interference (EMI) Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) studies, alternate car body material, etc.
The aim of the MoU is to be at the "forefront of the emerging areas of railway rolling stock, including medium speed/high speed rail car and metro projects, with indigenously developed technologies."
"This is a great opportunity for our researchers at faculty and student level," Chakrabarti said. .The institute already has a collaboration with Indian Railways for new technology development and has sponsored projects running at the Centre.
Bharat Earth Movers Limited, a Miniratna PSU, manufactures a variety of heavy equipment for the defence purposes, such as that used for earth moving, transport and mining. It also manufactures metro cars.